Julie Michaels - The Happy Life And Successful Career Of The Road House Star
Julie Michaels acting career has benefited from her portrayal of the sultry, All-American bombshell. Fans will agree that Julie's performance in Road House in 1989 was legendary and impossible to forget. The New York Times dubbed her "The chick Who Nuked Keanu" after her fight scene with Keanu Reeves in Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break in 1991.
Julie is undeniably talented, gorgeous, and tenacious, but the multi-nominee and Emmy Award winner has transcended the label of "seductress" to work in a variety of roles in the entertainment industry, flitting between acting, stunt coordinating, and producing with ease. While frequently donning multiple hats at the same time.
Julie Michaels was born on July 20, 1970, in Northwestern, Washington, D.C., USA. She was an NCAA gymnast at the University of Washington. Michaels then went on to win two Miss America. She pursued martial arts for her stunt career.
She is most remembered for her iconic acting in the film Road House, in which she co-starred with Patrick Swayze.
Julie Michaels killed "Jason" in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), fought Dwayne Johnson in The Scorpion King (2002) and battled the "Ultimate Fighter" in John Herzfeld's 15 Minutes (2001). Roles that relied on her experience as a stuntwoman as well as her experience as an actress.
She has also starred alongside Dean Cain, was frozen by The Governator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in Batman & Robin (1997), and has recently appeared in television shows such as Southland, Nashville, How To Get Away With Murder, Seal Team, and Chick Fight, alongside Malin Ackerman and Alec Baldwin.
Julie Michaels won Best Actress for her role in Last Writes, a short film in which she was also an executive producer.
She also co-executive produced After Forever, a critically acclaimed show that received multiple Daytime Emmy Awards in 2019.
This "Golden Girl" appears to have the Midas touch, breaking barriers in her own profession as well as in the industry for other women.
Julie had her first job as a stuntwoman in the movie Last Exit to Earth in 1996, before going on to act in Most Wanted and Double Tap in 1997. Before starring in Domino in 2005, she appeared in Titanic. The Newsroom, Matador, and Jane the Virgin are among the numerous shows and films in which she has appeared as a stuntwoman.
She was nominated for a Prime-Time Emmy Award for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy or Variety Show in 2016. She was the first woman to be nominated in that category. And in 2017, she received an Action Icon Award. Julie also co-stunt coordinated the program Seal Team with her equally successful husband, Peewee Piemonte, from 2017 to 2019, where the two proudly recruited and hired hundreds of Veteran performers over the course of the pilot and 44 episode run. This garnered them another Emmy Nomination.
Julie Michaels' estimated average salary is $50,000 per film. These values, however, may differ significantly. Her approximate net worth is over $1,000,000 as of 2022.
It is still unclear whether Julie Michael and her husband, Peewee Piemonte, have children together.
However, Julie always posts pictures of Vincent Piemonte, a Stunt Performer, and a Professional Race Car Driver.
Julie Michaels continues to find her way back in front of the camera despite her dedication and commitment to creating action for television and movies behind the camera. She's exactly where her adoring admirers want her!