FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Happy birthday to Fairfield’s Michael Manning Weatherly Jr.!
Weatherly, who grew up in Fairfield, turns 46 on Tuesday. The actor, writer, singer and director was born July 8, 1968, in New York City.
Weatherly began his acting career with a minor television role on "The Cosby Show" as Theo Huxtable's roommate. He then obtained the role of Cooper Alden on "Loving" and later on "The City," a role he would portray from 1992 until 1996.
With various guest spots on television, he moved to Los Angeles. He landed a role as a series regular on the FOX television series "Significant Others."
He then met director Whit Stillman, who cast him in the 1998 film "The Last Days of Disco," and also had a guest appearance as a Warlock in the series "Charmed" during its first season in 1998.
He began his movie acting career in 1997 with "Meet Wally Sparks" as Dean Sparks. In 2000, he had a role in "Cabin by the Lake." This was followed by a role in the independent film "Trigger Happy" (2001).
He starred in "Dark Angel" for the two seasons it was on the air. This role earned him three award nominations, two Saturn awards for best supporting actor on television in 2001 and 2002, and one Teen Choice award for choice actor in 2001.
In 2003, he appeared in "JAG" as Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo and continued that role on the CBS-TV show "NCIS." In 2004, he starred in the television film "The Mystery of Natalie Wood."
He made his directing debut with the season 8 episode of "NCIS" titled "One Last Score," which aired March 1, 2011.