Michael says he was a wallflower growing up, so playing a "cad" on TV was fun for him. "Women were a mystery to me, and to get [to play] Tad at 22...you'd be surprised how confident you get when women have to say 'yes' because it's in the script," he jokes.
These days, Michael's character is more of a family man—having married his soul mate, Dixie, three times now. Michael says he had a hand in how his character has changed throughout the years. "When Tad started, you saw the Lothario thing. He was sort of a villain, and I didn't feel too good about it. So Jackie Babbin, the producer at the time, said, 'What would you do to it?' And I said, 'Can I make him funny?' And I think it's one of those things that's kept him around, because you can always rely on him to look at it from a different direction."