Beardsley was born March 5th 1976 in Santa Cruz, California.
He graduated from San Lorenzo Valley High School in 1994 and
went on to achieve a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa
Cruz. Up until his first year of college, Michael didn't know
what he wanted to do with his life. Aside from a sixth grade
production of Hamlet (in which he played Horatio) and some
very amateur videos in high school, Michael had never ventured
into the world of acting. Somewhere deep inside Michael's
shy persona lurked a performer that wanted to stand out.
attending UCSC, Michael discovered something he wanted to
do for the rest of his life: act. The first introductory acting
class was taken as an experiment more than anything, but after
he took one class, Michael had to take more. In the following
four years, he appeared in several of the school's productions,
while also working behind the scenes as prop master for many
of UCSC's most elaborate shows. He was also captured on film
for the first time when he was cast in two student films.
By the time he graduated, he knew what he wanted to do; in
October 1998, about four months after graduation, he moved
to Los Angeles.
he's been in Los Angles, Michael has acted (as an extra) in
several major television shows, as well as a few movies. In
the independent movie Bloodstream, Michael plays a character
named Sammy Barton; this was the first time he was permitted
to speak in a movie. He's best known for his reoccurring character
"Humphries" in Freaks and Geeks. Though "Humphries" has never
actually been given a line of dialogue, he has appeared in
fourteen episodes and is seen by some as an interesting character
with a lot of growth potential.
Humphries All The Time.. but who is Humphries?
Humphries is a character on Freaks and Geeks, that can
often be seen standing in line, or walking the halls, but you probably
dont know much about him, so here's some places to look and find out more.
This is an investigation of the mysterious Humphries. The first know siting
was in "Tests and Breasts", he was nowhere before that, and now he just
won't go away. Here's what we know so far:
Tests and Breasts
There are several sightings in this episode. He's first seen eating in
the cafeteria with a trio of jocks, including Tom and Kevin (the jocks
that first told the joke that so puzzled the Geeks). Later on during lunch,
he can be seen talking to yet another jock outside, beyond "the patio"
(this is very hard to see). Humphries doesn't seem like a jock, yet he
seems to be hanging out with them an awful lot. We next see Humphries
in the library, a place that he seems far more comfortable in. The final
sighting of Humphries in this episode occurs in the cafeteria; Cindy Sanders
stops and talks to him briefly before going over to talk to Sam Weir.
Notice how Humphries looks over his shoulder as she leaves, it looks like
maybe he also likes Cindy. There are five additional sightings of Humphries
that yield no new information; they consist of nothing more of him walking
by in the background or standing off to the side.
Carded and Discarded
Humphries is all over in this episode, but we don't actually learn much
about him. We see him thrice in the cafeteria, and once in the hallway
talking to an unseen companion. We do discover the location of Humphries'
locker in this episode, when Lindsay talks to Mr. Rosso about her future,
Humphries can be seen fiddling about with his locker in the background.
His locker is located near the main stairwell on the bottom level.
Boyfriends and Girlfriends
Humphries can only be seen a couple times in this episode, and we learn
nothing much about him, very frustrating. We see him walking down the
hall in one scene, and in the cafeteria in another. Later in the episode,
we see Humphries running up the stairs with an Asian girl as the bell
rings; apparently they are both late for a class that's on the second
level of the school.
We've Got Spirit!
This is a major episode for Humphries; it's in this episode that we hear
his voice for the first time... sort of. Humphries auditions to be the
school mascot; all seven applicants are made to do "The Funky Chicken"
in unisonā¤| his voice is in there somewhere. Humphries does not appear
to be particularly coordinated, and he is not picked to be the mascot
(Sam Weir is). Humphries so wanted to be Mascot, he's devastated we he's
not picked. Later in the episode, right before the big game, we see Humphries
and an adult (maybe his father?) arriving for the event. The purchase
tickets and are eyeing the bake sale table when Daniel, Kim and Ken bust
through the doors, having just been in a fight, and shove them out of
the way. Humphries still seems interested in the bake sale after this,
but the adult ushers him down the hall. Humphries can also be seen walking
down the hall a couple other times in this episode, and once in the cafeteria.
He was also witness to the Freaks being pelted by water balloons in the
In this episode, we discover that Humphries is in the same gym class as
Sam Weir; this is also the episode that we actually learn that his name
is "Humphries". As he wasn't in the class in previous episodes, we must
assume that he transferred in, maybe at the start of the second semester.
The fact that he is in a class that is mostly freshmen proves nothing,
the students that are chosen as team captains are clearly not freshmen
so the class must be mixed grades. Humphries is picked second; he is actually
the first one picked by Rick Phillips! Could Humphries be a jock? I don't
think so. Rumor has it that Humphries was doing Rick's homework because
he thought Rick was his friend; in order to maintain the illusion of friendship,
Rick sacrificed his first pick and choose Humphries for his team on more
than one occasion. He also allowed him to play second base. In Humphries'
defense, he can't be that much worse then many of the other people in
the class. He was very thrilled to be picked first. Notice that Humphries
laughs at the other geeks; obviously he's trying to separate himself from
them by mocking them with his new "friend". Notice how he laughs when
Rick picks Gordon for his team. Later on, Humphries ends up on the team
captained by Bill Haverchuck; strangely enough, he's still plays second
base. Also notice how Humphries shoves Sam Weir out of the way when he's
picked, could it be that he's harboring resentment because Sam was picked
as mascot in the previous episode? We also see Humphries at his locker
in this episode... and it's not the same locker as before! Rumor has it
that his other locker was broken into and he had to relocate... poor Humphries.
His new locker is just around the corner from his old one, even closer
to the main stairwell. We also see him in the cafeteria once and in the
hallway a couple times; nothing significant is learned from these sightings.
Looks and Books
In this episode, we learn that Humphries is a Mathlete... but not in first
block. We once again get to here his voice again (sort of) when he (and
the other nine Mathletes) say "Yeah" after Mr. Kowchevski gives them a
pep talk. We also see that Humphries dresses better when he's in academic
competition, check out that sweater vest and tie! Also, we learn in this
episode that Humphries is musically inclined; he's seen entering the band
room with a large instrument case (maybe a tuba?). Later evidence suggests
that's it's a beginning instrument class as Humphries is not in the marching
band or the band that plays in honor Vice-President George Bush's visit.
He's also seen in the hallway a couple times and in the cafeteria once.
Humphries seems to be with different people most every time we see him...
and he seems to be the one doing all the talking... perhaps he's desperately
trying to make friends. Humphries is also quite amused when he sees Sam
Weir in his "Peresian Night Suit;" is he still harboring anger from the
The Garage Door
Very little is learned about Humphries in this episode; we only see him
a few times. We see him walking down the hall between classes with a huge
load of books (that he almost drops); what he was doing out of class we
do not know. In addition, we see Humphries at yet another locker! Rumor
has it that Humphries locker was broken into yet again. His new locker
is located on the bottom level of the school just down from the display
cases. A couple minutes after we see Humphries at his locker, we see him
in the cafeteria with a bag lunch; obviously he was getting his lunch
out of his locker.
Chokin' and Tokin'
In this episode, we don't have to wait long to see Humphries, he makes
an appearance within first couple seconds. We see in the lunch line behind
Daniel Desario; he doesn't seem to be to pleased about the fact that Nick
Andopolis is holding the line up. This tells us that Humphries sometimes
buys lunch at school rather than bring food from home (as he did in the
previous episode). As Daniel pays for his food, notice Humphries reaching
into his pocket and taking out a handful of bills... what is he flashing
that money around for, there is no way his lunch costs more then a dollar
or two! At one point, we see Humphries at his locker, and it's the same
locker he had in the last episode! Perhaps his locker vandalism problem
has been resolved. There were a couple other sighting, one in the hallway
and another in the cafeteria. Humphries is in the cafeteria when Bill
Haverchuck almost dies from eating a peanut.
Get Real, "Performance Anxiety" (EP 5) Truman High School
Get Real, "Prey" (EP 6) Truman High School Student
Party of Five, "The Shortest Diatance" (EP 123) Jason
Time of Your Life, "The Time They Threw That Party"
(EP 3) Careless Partygoer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Beer Bad" (EP 61) UC Sunnydale
Angel, "Sense and Sensitivity" (EP 5) Auto Accident
Hang Time, "The Upset" (EP 88) Deering High School
X-Files, "Rush" (EP 144) Adams High School Student
Felicity, "Things Change" (EP 37) NYU Political Science
Freeks and Geeks, "Kim Kelly is My Friend" (EP 4)
Freeks and Geeks, "Tests and Breasts" (EP 6) Humphries
Freeks and Geeks, "Boyfriends and Girlfriends" (EP
Freeks and Geeks, "We've Got Spirit" (EP 8) Humphries
Freeks and Geeks, "The Diary" (EP 9) Humphries
Freeks and Geeks, "Looks and Books" (EP 10) Humphries
Freeks and Geeks, "Carded and Discarded" (EP 11)
Freeks and Geeks, "The Garage Door" (EP 12) Humphries
Freeks and Geeks, "Chokin' and Tokin'" (EP 13) Humphries
Freeks and Geeks, "Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers" (EP
Freeks and Geeks, "Noshing and Moshing" (EP 15) Humphries
Freeks and Geeks, "Smooching and Mooching" (EP 16)
Freeks and Geeks, "The Little Things" (EP 17) Humphries
Freeks and Geeks, "Discos and Dragons" (EP 18) Humphries
Popular, "Two Weddings and a Funeral" (EP ?) - Wedding
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle - Wossamotta
U. Student Protester
Spiders - Hamdin Collage Student-Reporter
Microscopic Boy - "Water Den" Partygoer
Ghost of a Chance - Crew Member
Ready to Rumble - Wrestling Fan
Love and Sex - Okey-Doggie Restaurent Patron
Bloodstream - Sammy Barton
Snuff - Film Student
Ping! - Partygoer
Patsy (student film) - "The Patsy" (Hospital Worker)
The Keys (student film) - Troubled Artist
Turning Points - Doctor Andrew Stone
About Face - Character B
Vic & Peri - Young Elvis Presley
Farewell to Manzanar - President Franklin D. Roosevelt,
Albert Nakai, Inquisitor
Baba: Flight on the Monkey King - Elder Brother/Buda
By the Dawns Early Light: The Return of Quetzalcoatl
-Lieutenant Higgens, Priest, Tourist
Bank Training Film - Bank Teller with Poor Customer
Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus (EP 1)
Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus (EP 2)
World's Funniest - Animals
World's Funniest - All News Edition
World's Funniest - Salute to Kids
Get Real - "Performance Anxiety" (Episode 5) - I know I was there... I
should be in it somewhere... but if you can find me in it I'll be very
surprised. I you might be able to catch a brief glimpse of the top of
my head in one scene.
Get Real - "Prey" (Episode 6) - I see a trend with this show... only this
time even the top of my head doesn't make an appearance. The show is pure
agony to watch anyway; I've seen it three more time than I wish I had
(I've only seen it twice).
Party of Five - "The Shortest Distance" (Episode 123) - In this episode,
I played Jason Reader, owner of "Read-R-Books" (a really cool name...
but still just an extra). In the scene in which Julia and Evan talk to
the audience at the book conference, I am sitting in the front row. You
see the back of my head once... a partial profile actually... and an out
of focus version of me at the reception following the conference. Nothing
exciting here. This was actually the first time I actually saw myself
on a show.
Time of Your Life - "The Time They Threw That Party" (Episode 3) - Finally,
good exposure! I am all over the party that Sarah and Romy throw in this
episode. My bad dancing was all of my own design... in fact they had to
tell me to tone it down... twice. I play the careless partygoer that smashes
into Joss and Kenny, thus causing them to get a little closer. While filming
this, I personally ruined a take for the first time (I missed my cue).
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - "Beer Bad" (Episode 61) - It's hard to spot
me in this one. In the first scene after the opening credits, I walk by,
going away from the camera, just as Buffy, Willow and Xander get up from
their table. I'm wearing a green UC Sunnydale shirt. I actually really
wanted to work on this show... but as it turns out I didn't get to see
anything cool. It was actually one of the worst episodes after too.
Angel - "Sense and Sensitivity" (Episode 5) - This is another tough one
to spot me in, it's very quick. In the middle of the episode, there is
a scene that takes place at the aftermath of an auto accident; a cop is
telling the two drivers who were involved in the accident that he has
"Emotional Whiplash." In the wide shot, I can bee seen on the sidewalk
looking at the accident. I am wearing a red shirt, it's very exciting
(that was sarcastic).
Hang Time - "Finals Fury" (Episode 87) - Though I try and watch all the
episodes I'm in, I never actually saw this one. I'm part of the crowd
during the big basketball game; I'm sitting right behind Coach Katowinski
(Dick Butkus). I originally though I was in a different episode, so I
watched it... this has got to be the worst show I've ever seen! And to
make it worse, it wasn't even my episode that I suffered through!
The X-Files - "Rush" (Episode 144) - I'm in a couple scenes in this one...|
but it's hard to actually tell it's me. In the scene in which the teacher
is killed in the cafeteria, I am the last one to get out of the way before
the table smashes into the wall. I can also be seen walking down the hall,
away from the camera, just after the murder. It was a fun show to work
on, but the days were very long.
Felicity - "Things Change" (Episode 37) - In this episode, I can be seen
exiting Noel's political science class; I am the first one out the door
(I actually open the door). I am wearing tons of cold weather clothing,
including a snazzy nit hat that make my eyes stick out. Lets just say
it was a very hot day of filming.
Popular - "Two Weddings and a Funeral" (Episode ?) - I played a wedding
guest in this one. As it was a cliffhanger season finally, they said there's
a good chance I'll be asked back for the first episode of season two.
There were a lot of people, I suspect it'll be hard (if not impossible)
to spot me.
Freaks and Geeks (14 Episodes) - Humphries is everywhere... I cannot begin
to describe all the places he pops up. It looks like the Humphries investigation
above does a very good job of pinpointing me.
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle - This movie should come out in
the summer of 2000. I don't expect that I'll be seen much in this one;
they filmed an unbelievable amount of footage and there were a lot of
people there. I am in the big protest scene; just look for the really
bad maroon suit (and yes I actually own that suit).
Spiders - Continuity in this one will be terrible... if it ever actually
ever comes out anywhere. This movie is about a giant spider from space.
First I am seen in a school newspaper office... in three different areas
in the space of two minutes. Then for most of the rest of the movie, I'm
running from the giant spider... but I never seen to get away (though
I apparently I did have time to stop and change my shirt).
Microscopic Boy - Oh boy, more on screen dancing; this time they only
had to tell me to tome it down once. I can't be missed in this one as
I am wearing a bright orange and yellow Hawaiian shirt and somehow managed
to be in the front of most every shot in the nightclub. This movie is
a "B-Movie," very cheesy. I hope it comes out someday.
Ready to Rumble - This is that stupid wrestling movie. I am one of the
many faces in the crowd... but not in the really wide shots. I might be
somewhat visible in one scene... but I'm not holding my breath. I don't
think I want to see this one anyway.
Love and Sex - This is another quick one, I can be seen gnawing on some
food in the background when the stars of the movie go to a restaurent
called "The Okey-Doggie." The food they made us eat was cold and gross
and I'm glad as was far enough in the background that I didn't have to
Ghost of a Chance - I play a crew member in this one; it's one of those
movie within a movie deals. There should be a couple scenes in which I
am seen sitting at the lunch tables with the other members of the fake
crew. I am also at a New Years Eve party in one scene. I think this is
a Disney movie; probably made for television.
Bloodstream - Independent movie alert! This one will probably never seen
the light of day... though from what I saw, it looked like a decent movie.
I play Sammy Barton in this movie, one of the four competitors in a talent
show. I sing a stirring rendition of "The Thing." And you though my dancing
Snuff - This is another independent movie... and if this one never sees
the light of day, the world should be happy. From what I saw, it was total
garbage. Anyway, I play a theater student in this one; I think I was in
Ping! - Don't look for me in this one because you won't find me. It's
a movie about a little dog and it has a bunch of kids in it... why am
I going on about it? I can't be seen in it anyway!