Michael McGrady

Michael McGrady
Michael McGrady
Born Mike Steven McGrady
March 30, 1960 (1960-03-30) (age 51)
Federal Way, Washington, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present
Spouse Ilka McGrady

Michael Steven McGrady (born on March 30, 1960) is an American theater, film and television actor. He is best known for playing Detective Daniel "Sal" Salinger in the television series Southland. His character is a D3 in Los Angeles' South Central area who struggles with conflict at home between his wife and troublesome teenage daughter as well as the dark, gritty reality of gang life on the streets. He appeared in the films 5 Aces, The Deep End of the Ocean and Half Past Dead. He also starred opposite Taye Diggs in the 2006 ABC series Day Break as Buchalter.


Early life

McGrady was born in Federal Way, Washington to Gloria, a hair salon owner, and George McGrady, an airline mechanic. For High School, he attended Federal Way High School and attended the University of Washington majoring in Business Administration. He currently resides in Southern California with his wife Ilka and his 3 children. His daughter Hunter is a model and actress as well.[1]


He had planned to become a lawyer and was working at a bank when his sister entered him in a contest for a scholarship to a local prestigious acting school. After that McGrady decided to pack up and move to California to pursue his dream of becoming an actor.[2]

His foray into television was quick as he was cast in one of the nations first Cherry Pepsi commercials. From then on McGrady has worked steadily in the industry for almost 30 years. He has guest starred on shows such as "24", CSI: Miami, Leverage and Prison Break.[3]

He is a skilled painter and has been touring the various galleries he is currently being featured in[4]

He stars as D3 Daniel "Sal" Salinger on the NBC drama Southland, which premiered on April 9, 2009. The show was let go by NBC after its first season, but cable channel TNT bought the rights for the show and ordered 7 new episodes. Then the show was picked up again for 10 more episodes for a third season, beginning in January 2011. The show has been renewed by TNT for a fourth season.

He recently completed lending his voice and likeness to Rockstar Games period game L.A. Noire for supporting character and partner to main character Phelps named Rusty Galloway, and starred along with Robert DeNiro and Forrest Whitaker and 50 Cent in Freelancers.


Year Film Role Notes
2012 The Perfect Family Frank Cleary
2008 Ring of Death Colson
2008 Keith Pete Anderson
2009 Half Past Dead" Guard Damon J. Kestner
1988 Born to Race Walt
1987 Project X Wilson
1986 Back to School Player #2
Invaders from Mars Soldier #1
1985 Trancers Chris Lavery
Creator Larry
1984 The Bear Gene Stallings
Year Title Role Notes
2009-2010 Southland Detective Daniel "Sal" Salinger Main cast
2010 CSI: Miami Larry Chandler 1 episode
2010 Lie to Me Gil Wallace 1 episode
2009 The Mentalist Coach Dieter 1 episode
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2011 L.A. Noire Finbarr "Rusty" Galloway


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