Puppeteer / Animator / Actor
At 16 years of age Mike was chosen and mentored by Jim Henson to work as a Muppet Performer on many Muppet film and television projects, including The Great Muppet Caper, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller, Dreamchild, Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island and the more recent Muppet films The Muppets and its follow up Muppets Most Wanted. He also assisted Kermit and friends on the recent ABC series The Muppets for prime time television and three live Muppet performances at the Hollywood Bowl.
Possibly his most famous role is the character Nien Nunb, the co-pilot next to Lando Calrissian, of the Millennium Falcon, who flew into and blew up the second Death Star in Star Wars Return Of The Jedi. Also in Jedi he assisted performing Yoda with Frank Oz and many other creatures. Now considered an official Star Wars Legacy character, fan favorite Nien Nunb can also be seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Other feature films include Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Little Shop Of Horrors and How To Get Ahead In Advertising
Wishing to straddle the analogue and digital worlds, he became a CG character animator for Pixar on A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2 and at ILM Lucasfilm to animate dinosaurs in Jurassic Park 3 and creatures in Star Wars Attack Of The Clones.
When not working for the Muppets and others, Mike keeps busy with his production company QuinnZone Studios where he is developing projects for film, television, games and the web. He is also working on a new technology that brings animation and puppetry together, called QZimation. His latest project is the world's first fully comprehensive online training academy for Film and TV hand puppetry at SecretsOfPuppetry.com