Award-winning director, writer and producer Michael Dinner grew up in Denver where he dreamed of becoming a pitcher for the New York Yankees, Keith Richards or John Ford.
After graduating high school with a crummy curve ball, Dinner spent a year attending college and playing music in clubs on the East Coast. He moved to Los Angeles to work as a songwriter for MCA Music, eventually becoming a solo artist for Fantasy Records and recording his first two albums, “The Great Pretender” and “Tom Thumb the Dreamer,” collaborating with Glenn Frey, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris. Later, he returned to Harvard and graduated cum laude in Irish Studies before attending The American Film Institute (AFI).
At AFI, Dinner began work as director/writer/producer on his first film, Miss Lonelyhearts. Starring Eric Roberts, the film screened at the Cannes Film Festival and was honored with the Prix de la Jeunesse, a special jury award for directing. Miss Lonelyhearts went on to win the Silver Lion at the Locarno Film Festival and then aired as part of the American Playhouse series on PBS. Simultaneously, Dinner began developing the script for Heaven Help Us (a.k.a. Catholic Boys), which became his American studio directorial debut and was ultimately selected as the opening film for the Deauville Film Festival.
Since then, he has directed and produced both feature films and television. On the small screen, he served as executive producer/director for multiple series including The Wonder Years, Chicago Hope, Early Edition, Karen Sisco, Kidnapped, Justified, Masters of Sex and Sneaky Pete. He also directed the critically acclaimed pilots for The Street, Fantasy Island, Bionic Woman and Sons of Anarchy, plus the film The Crew.
Dinner also served as creator/showrunner/executive producer/writer/director of Electric Dreams, an anthology series based on the work of Philip K. Dick, and executive producer/director of the pilots for L.A. Confidential and CBS’ Blood & Treasure. Additionally, he has been a contributing director to Netflix’s Unbelievable and the Apple re-boot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories, executive producer for the Australian series The Commons and showrunner/executive producer/director of Spectrum Originals’ Manhunt. Most recently, he is the executive producer/director of Mayans M.C. for FX.
Dinner resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Ann, their sons Nicholas Liam and Matthew Finn, and their genius dog, Bonnie Labowowski.