Born in the rural upper reaches of Ontario as the son of a diamond driller-cum-prospector, Canadian performer Michael Hogan trained as a young adult at Montreal's National Theatre School. Dramatically, Hogan maintained equal footing in stage classics and filmed productions. His theater work frequently included performances at the Stratford Festival with roles including Biff in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. Hogan's feature and television credits demonstrated a marked adroitness at handling diverse characterizations; he typically played bit parts, and could be effective as everything from military personnel to detectives to physicians. Hogan made his feature debut in the Peter Fonda/Jerry Reed good ol' boy comedy High Ballin' (1978) and later signed for theatrically released projects including Gas (1981), Stella (1989), and The Cutting Edge (1992). Meanwhile, the actor maintained a strong emphasis on small-screen work. In 2004, he took on one of his most high-profile roles up to that time, playing the hard-drinking, cantankerous Colonel Tigh on the Sci-Fi Channel update of Battlestar Galactica.