Award-winning director, writer and producer Michael Dinner grew up in Denver, Colorado, where he dreamed of becoming either a pitcher for the New York Yankees, Keith Richards, or John Ford.
After graduating with a crummy curve ball from Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, Dinner spent a year attending college and playing music in clubs on the East Coast. He then moved to Los Angeles and worked as a songwriter for MCA Music until eventually becoming a solo recording artist for Fantasy Records, where Dinner recorded his first two albums, “The Great Pretender” and “Tom Thumb the Dreamer.”
Dinner then returned to college at Harvard. He graduated cum laude in Irish Studies and was Phi Beta Kappa. After graduating from Harvard, he attended The American Film Institute in Los Angeles.
At AFI, he began work as the director, writer and producer of his first film, Miss Lonelyhearts. The film, which starred Eric Roberts, was selected for the Cannes Film Festival and was honored with the “Prix de la Jeunesse,” a special jury award for directing. The film went on to win the “Bronze Leopard’s Eye” at the Locarno Film Festival, and to air as part of the “American Playhouse” series on PBS. While working on Miss Lonelyhearts, Dinner began developing the script for Heaven Help Us (a.k.a. Catholic Boys). Heaven Help Us became his studio directorial debut and was selected as the opening film for the Deauville Film Festival.
Dinner has gone on to direct, write and produce both feature films and television. In television, he has directed pilots and long-form and has been the executive producer/director of The Wonder Years, Chicago Hope, Early Edition, Karen Sisco and Kidnapped. Dinner was the director of the critically-acclaimed pilots for The Street, Fantasy Island, Karen Sisco, Kidnapped, Bionic Woman and Sons of Anarchy, and was the director of the film The Crew.
Dinner directed the pilot for Justified and is executive producer of the series. Recently, he directed both the FX pilot Outlaw Country, and the FX pilot Powers, based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis.