Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthDecember 29, 1964
SpouseRachel Cudlitz
FactReunited with fellow Band of Brothers star Damien Lewis in a couple of episodes of TV show Life (2007), playing the character Mark Rawls.

Michael Cudlitz is an American actor. He is known for his role as Sergeant Abraham Ford in the AMC television series The Walking Dead.

Cudlitz was born on December 29, 1963 in Long Island, New York. His parents are Mary and Paul Cudlitz. He has two sisters, Karen and Michele. Cudlitz was raised in a Catholic household. He attended Connetquot High School in Bohemia, New York. Cudlitz played football and lacrosse in high school. He graduated from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in communications.

Cudlitz began his acting career in the early 1990s. He had guest roles on television shows such as Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Seinfeld, and NYPD Blue. In 2000, he had a recurring role on the medical drama ER. Cudlitz’s breakout role came in 2010 when he was cast as Sergeant Abraham Ford on The Walking Dead. He appeared in 44 episodes of the show over four seasons.

Cudlitz has won several awards for his work on The Walking Dead. In 2015, he won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television. In 2016, he won a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Cudlitz’s other television credits include Southland, Band of Brothers, and Ballers. His film credits include A River Runs Through It, Grosse Pointe Blank, and Surrogates.

Cudlitz is married to Rachel Cudlitz. They have two children together.

As of 2021, Michael Cudlitz’s net worth is $4 million. He earns a salary of $100,000 per episode of The Walking Dead.

General Info

Full NameMichael Cudlitz
Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthDecember 29, 1964
Height1.88 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Actor
EducationCalifornia Institute of the Arts


SpouseRachel Cudlitz


AwardsCritics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
MoviesDark Tourist, D3: The Mighty Ducks, Surrogates, A River Runs Through It, Running Scared, The Negotiator, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Pawnshop Chronicles, Grosse Pointe Blank, Forces of Nature, Sex Drive, Live from Baghdad, Follow The Bitch, Rogue River, A Question of Faith, American Virgin, Lured I...
TV ShowsSouthland, Standoff, Band of Brothers, The Walking Dead

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1We all know from growing up with TV that John Wells shows are usually very large ensembles with amazingly written characters. He tends to redefine the way stories are told in a specific genre, whether it's 'China Beach,' 'The West Wing,' or 'E.R.'
2When it really comes down to it, the job you do is more important and is more representative of who you are than your sexuality or anything else that you have going on in your life.
3You've got to get your mind connected to the workout. Pay attention to what your body's doing. It's about connecting mind and the body. Visualize the muscles moving.
4You've gotta take care of the body you've got. You've got to be fit. You've got to be active. You've got to be healthy. We don't need to be pictures in a magazine.
5A lot of times, actors give so much power to the producers and the producing companies because, quite frankly, they have it. But we don't take the limited power that we have, which the power you initially have is to say 'no.' But 'no' in a positive way.
6I much prefer the company of the crew, the sort of 'blue-collar working person.' I much more have that sensibility than what the public perceives as what a typical actor would have.
7I paid my way through school doing set construction for film and television. I'm a member of Local 44. I was a construction coordinator on 'Beverly Hills 90210' for 4 1/2 years and ran their whole construction program. I did two other pilots as a coordinator for Aaron Spelling.
8I've always worked out. I've always gone to the gym. But it was always a chore, and it was always, like, 'Man, I've gotta go do this because if I don't I'll get all dumpy and out of shape and then no one will hire me for good roles.'
9Sometimes you walk out of an audition and you kind of know you nailed it and you're probably going to book it, but you very rarely are told in the room by the people who are hiring you.
10As an actor, you try to put a little bit of yourself in everything you do.
11Everybody works in a different way, and I've worked with actors that have no training whatsoever who are phenomenal.
12I learned construction and carpentry from my father at a young age, so I felt very comfortable and I felt very satisfied when I worked in that field.
13Most people don't like challenges at work. Actors love challenges at work.
14My favorite part about going to the gym used to be leaving.


1Names Band of brothers (2001) and Southland (2009) his greatest working experiences.
2Reunited with fellow Band of Brothers star Damien Lewis in a couple of episodes of TV show Life (2007), playing the character Mark Rawls.
3Graduated from the California Institute of the Arts.




The Walking Dead2014-2016TV SeriesSgt. Abraham Ford
House of Lies2016TV SeriesKohl Brother
Ballers2015TV SeriesDan Balsamo
Cesar Chavez2014Sherriff Smith
Pawn Shop Chronicles2013Ben
Southland2009-2013TV SeriesOfficer John Cooper
Dark Tourist2012Jim
Rogue River2012Sherrif Boyd
Silent Witness2011TV MovieSam Robb
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 32011Video Game voice
Inside Out2011/IDetective Calgrove
Satin2011Kip Tanner
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 22009Video GameAdditional Voice Talent (voice)
Surrogates2009Colonel Brendon
Red Faction Guerrilla2009Video Game voice
Saving Grace2009TV SeriesDonald Gilmore
Crossing Over2009San Pedro ICE Processing Agent
Eleventh Hour2009TV SeriesBen Finney
Knight Rider2009TV SeriesLead Gunman
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2001-2009TV SeriesJosh Barston / Officer William Spencer
Danny Fricke2008TV MoviePraeger
Life2007-2008TV SeriesMark Rawls
Sex Drive2008Rick
The Cleaner2008TV SeriesJWB
Criminal Minds2007TV SeriesFrancis Goehring
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare2007Video GameU.S. Marine (voice)
Bones2007TV SeriesLucky
Standoff2006-2007TV SeriesFrank Rogers
Dr. Vegas2004-2006TV SeriesGlen
CSI: NY2006TV SeriesVern Dox
Close to Home2006TV SeriesDan Johnson
Running Scared2006Sal 'Gummy Bear' Franzone
Sleeper Cell2005TV SeriesLAPD Detective Walt Moss
Wanted2005TV SeriesDep. Reed
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One2005Video GameSgt. Glenn 'Hawk' Hawkins (voice)
Call of Duty 22005Video GameSgt Glenn 'Hawk' Hawkins (voice)
Prison Break2005TV SeriesCorrections Officer Robert 'Bob' Hudson
The Dead Zone2005TV SeriesHerb Smith
Over There2005TV SeriesColonel Ryan
Line of Fire2005TV SeriesJury Member
Without a Trace2004-2005TV SeriesFreddy Katan / Mark Casey
CSI: Miami2005TV Series'Mac' MacKern
Medical Investigation2005TV SeriesLt. Troy Adams
Las Vegas2005TV SeriesBrian Carlton Venturi - the Kidnapper
Nip/Tuck2004TV SeriesBrody
Homeland Security2004TV MovieAgent Tango 12
JAG1997-2004TV SeriesCpl. Hal Strange / Sergeant Tesla
Welcome to the Neighborhood2003George
242002-2003TV SeriesRick Phillips
Live from Baghdad2002TV MovieTom Murphy
MDs2002TV SeriesElkin
The Agency2002TV Series
Fastlane2002TV SeriesDet. Ray Cornwright
Push, Nevada2002TV Series
Family Law2002TV SeriesDarren Carson
The Practice2002TV SeriesRussell Hampton
Philly2001TV SeriesJoe
The Mind of the Married Man2001TV SeriesContractor
Band of Brothers2001TV Mini-SeriesDenver (Bull) Randleman
Six Feet Under2001TV SeriesDennis, Crossroads Leader
Walker, Texas Ranger2001TV SeriesState Trooper
Love & Money2000TV SeriesJoe
Lured Innocence2000Harry Kravitz
A Question of Faith2000James
Snoops1999TV SeriesMichael Keppler
American Virgin1999Bob
Small Change1999ShortGary
Good vs Evil1999TV SeriesThe Wiz
Chicago Hope1999TV Series
Forces of Nature1999Bartender
Buffy the Vampire Slayer1999TV SeriesBob
Any Day Now1998TV Series
Thirst1998TV MovieAndy
Home Improvement1998TV SeriesKyle
The Negotiator1998Palermo
NYPD Blue1998TV SeriesJoshua
Touched by an Angel1998TV SeriesChug Landau
Party of Five1997TV SeriesSchuyler
Leaving L.A.1997TV SeriesJoey Reno
Grosse Pointe Blank1997Bob Destepello
Last Exit to Earth1996TV MovieHardester
Renegade1996TV SeriesPatch / Beau
D3: The Mighty Ducks1996Cole
Pacific Blue1996TV SeriesBrett Andrews
Follow the Bitch1996Ty
ER1996TV SeriesInjured Fireman
The Marshal1995TV SeriesGary Lowell
Picket Fences1994TV SeriesWhite Teenager #1
Lifestories: Families in Crisis1994TV SeriesWalton
The Liars' Club1993Jimbo
Against the Grain1993TV SeriesBud Hardeman
Beverly Hills, 902101992-1993TV SeriesTony Miller
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story1993Tad Overton
A River Runs Through It1992Chub
Life Goes On1992TV SeriesErnie
Growing Pains1991-1992TV SeriesChucksteak
Step by Step1992TV SeriesEd
L.A. Law1991TV SeriesPasserby
21 Jump Street1991TV SeriesDennis Richards
Crystal Ball1989ShortScottie

Art Department

Nobel Son2007propmaker
American History X1998construction coordinator
Dunston Checks In1996propmaker gang boss - as Mike Cudlitz
Beverly Hills, 902101990-1993TV Series construction coordinator - 65 episodes
W.B., Blue and the Bean1989Video set construction - as Mike Cudlitz
C.H.U.D. II - Bud the Chud1989carpenter
Tales from the Darkside1986-1988TV Series carpenter - 12 episodes
The Unnamable1988carpenter


Dark Tourist2012producer
Rogue River2012associate producer


The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far2016TV Movie documentary special thanks


Conan2016TV SeriesHimself - Special Appearance
Talking Dead2014-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Panelist / ...
The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far2016TV Movie documentaryHimself / Sgt. Abraham Ford
Hardwick Aerodrome 104: Home of the 93rd Bomb Group2016DocumentaryHimself
The Walking Dead Season 5 Hangout on Air2015TV MovieHimself
Larry King Now2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
17th Annual PRISM Showcase2013TV MovieHimself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself
Southland: Shooting in Progress2013Video shortHimself
16th Annual Prism Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
The 3 Minute Talk Show2011TV SeriesHimself
The Wine Guy Unplugged with Anthony Gilardi2010TV MovieHimself
The Making of 'Band of Brothers'2001TV Short documentaryHimself
The Test2001TV SeriesHimself - Panelist

Archive Footage

Ok! TV2015TV SeriesHimself
Lost: A Journey in Time2009TV MovieBig Mike Walton (uncredited)
Lost: The Story of the Oceanic 62009TV MovieBig Mike Walton (uncredited)
Lost: Destiny Calls2009TV MovieBig Mike Walton (uncredited)
Prison Break2006TV SeriesCorrectional Officer Robert 'Bob' Hudson


Won Awards

2013Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesSouthland (2009)
2013Prism AwardPrism AwardsPerformance in a Drama EpisodeSouthland (2009)

Nominated Awards

2014Prism AwardPrism AwardsPerformance in a Drama Series EpisodeSouthland (2009)
2012Prism AwardPrism AwardsMale Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode StorylineSouthland (2009)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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