Michael Villani is an actor/voice over artist in Los Angeles, and has been since graduating from the University of Missouri with a Broadcast Journalism degree in 1970. After 15 years in radio, Mike started his career in Hollywood as a Page at NBC, where he worked on some classic programs, like The Tonight Show, Laugh In, and Hollywood Squares. He co-starred with Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer in Up Close and Personal, was featured in Volcano with Tommy Lee Jones and Wag the Dog with Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman. He co-starred as Merv Griffin in the Milos Forman film, Man On The Moon, the Andy Kaufman story, starring Jim Carrey, as well as appearing in Jim’s blockbuster Bruce Almighty. He was also featured in The Girl Next Door, and can be seen with Jamie Foxx and Beyoncé Knowles in Dreamgirls.
Mike’s television credits include co-starring roles in hits like Criminal Minds, CSI and Fresh Off the Boat.
Mike was the announcer for the Hollywood Film Festival for 18 years, and was the Venue announcer for Indoor Volleyball at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece and in the same capacity in the summer of 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing, China. Mike was in Vancouver for the Winter Olympics, in 2010, as the Venue announcer for Figure Skating and was the English announcer in Olympic Park at The Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, 2014. He was the announcer for Indoor Volleyball at the Arab Games in Doha, Qatar in 2011, and the Announcer for the FIVB World League Finals in Rio in July of 2015…also in August, 2015, Mike was the Beach Volleyball Announcer for The World Games, Special Olympics in Los Angeles. In May, 2016 he was in Orlando, Florida, announcing at the Invictus Games. In Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games, Mike was the Venue announcer for Indoor Volleyball and again for Sitting Volleyball at the Paralympics. He’s the PA, Stadium1, announcer for the BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament in Indian Wells, California. He also worked the Wounded Warrior Games at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where he announced the Opening and Closing Ceremony and the Sitting Volleyball competition. Mike was in Lima, Peru in August 2019, as the PA announcer for Softball at the Pan American Games. Mike is “Inside the Ropes” with the PGA, as a starter at the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club, in Los Angeles.
Commercially, Mike was the national spokesman for DiTech.com for eleven years and the international voice for Warner Brothers Television, just to name a few of his long list of credits. He’s the Voice of the Anaheim Police Department, where he’s been a Technical Reserve for the past 39 years. He was honored with the Reserve Officer of the Year Award for 2016. Mike is also the Master of Ceremonies for many corporate, charitable events and golf tournaments in and around Southern California.
Mike as Merv Griffin
"Man on the Moon" - The Andy Kaufman Story
Starring Jim Carrey