Michael is Will's ex-boyfriend. He is Will's last significant relationship before Vince D'Angelo.


Michael dated Will for seven years, and they lived together in Will's apartment during this time[1]. Grace and Jack have mentioned that Will had issues with sharing during his relationship with Michael.[2] They eventually broke up less than year prior to the beginning of the series[3]. It is implied that Michael broke up with Will, though the reason is never mentioned.[4] Jack mentions that Will tried to win him back by standing outside his bedroom window singing a medley of Peter, Paul, and Mary songs.[5]

The break up would leave a lasting effect on Will that Michael is still referred to as the love of his life several times, and throughout the first seasons, Will is frequently seen still pining over him.[6][3]

He appears during the second season when he hires Grace to decorate his new apartment. Will mistakenly believes Michael is trying to rekindle their romance, but it is later revealed that Michael is actually moving in with his new boyfriend, Andrew Kirkland.[7]

Michael returns season nine episode The Beefcake and the Cake Beef.


  • He once went Buddhist with Grace for a week.
  • Before their break up, he bought Will a scarf he still keeps, which according to Jack only costs $12.[3]
  • Cheyenne Jackson replaces Chris Potter when the character reappears during the revival series, although the actors have a 15-year age difference.


Michael:Oh, Grace, one thing. I want the powder room to be kinda butch.
Grace:Well, let's start with not calling it the powder room.
hiring Grace to design his apartmentHey La, Hey La, My Ex-Boyfriend's Back


  1. Love and Marriage
  2. Head Case
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Secrets and Lays
  4. A New Lease on Life
  5. Grace 0, Jack 2000
  6. Das Boob
  7. Hey La, Hey La, My Ex-Boyfriend's Back