When Euna Lee’s husband Michael Saldate was asked what he did for a living during a June 1st broadcast of Larry King Live, he stared down at his hands for a moment and then answered rather sheepishly, “I’m an actor.” The reason for his hesitation was not one of embarrassment about his chosen profession; rather, it was because the 5’11”, 210-pound purveyor of Spanish, British, New York and Southern accents has, like so many other aspiring actors, yet to reach that first tier of paid professional success.
The most prominent credit on Saldate‘s acting resume is arguably his role as Al Capone in a 2006 episode of the History Channel series Man, Moment, Machine. Ironically, program host Hunter Ellis is just the kind of guy who in a perfect world could help the affable Saldate solve his current predicament, what with his 2,000 hours of flying time and two Middle Eastern deployments as a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot.
A few weeks after the @kingsthings appearance, Saldate found himself during a June 24th Laura Ling–Euna Lee rally speaking from the very same @Academy_of_Art stage of Lee‘s San Francisco Alma Mater where he had once played the part of a husband in a play. He couldn’t help but note the strangeness of having returned there in the guise of his toughest role yet – powerless real-life husband.
It’s unclear what kind of psychological damage will be carried back to the United States by Ling and Lee, or how long they may respectively need to recharge their batteries before ostensibly returning to their jobs @Current. But here’s a very pragmatic way for Los Angeles area talent agents, personal managers, casting directors and acting coaches to help with the situation; once Euna returns, consider throwing her long-suffering husband the bone of a representation meeting, cold reading, SAG-credit audition or free workshop. For starters, here’s Saldate’s demo reel.