Michael Urie

By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer From the moment we laid eyes on him in the first episode of “Ugly Betty,” we knew that Michael Urie, who plays the fabulous gay assistant Marc St. James, was something special. Who else could lift a snobby nose in the air with so much height? Who else could pull off brightly colored argyle vests without looking absurd? He doesn’t just walk through the Mode offices -- he sails. There’s something balletic about his performance each week. It’s upright, graceful and controlled. It should come as no surprise then, that this Juilliard-trained Shakespearean actor is a student of physical comedy. When we asked him to do a list for us, we were delighted when he suggested his seven favorite physical comedians. And when he promised to start off with our all-time favorite, John Ritter, we knew we’d found a soul mate.
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