Dante has appeared in 30 films and 150 television shows. He is notable for spending seven years in supporting roles under contract to three major studios at once: MGM, Warner Brothers and Twentieth Century Fox. He considers his best performances the role that he played in Killer Instinct on the CBS television series Desilu Playhouse, along with his roles in the movies Westbound, Winterhawk andSeven Thieves.
Dante was cast twice in on the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Colt .45, starring Wayde Preston. Dante and Forrest Lewisportrayed Davey Lewis and Willy Ford, respectively, in the 1957 episode “The $3,000 Bullet”. Dante then played the role of Ab Saunders in the 1958 episode “The Deserters”, with Angie Dickinson as Laura Meadows and Myron Healey as an unnamed fur trader. That episode was directed by Leslie H. Martinson.He also appeared on the ABC-WB crime drama, Bourbon Street Beat, withAndrew Duggan, on the syndicated adventure series, Rescue 8, starring Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries, and in three episodes of CBS’sThe Texan, starring Rory Calhoun.
Dante made two guest appearances on Perry Mason starring Raymond Burr. In 1959 he played Arthur Manning in “The Case of the Dangerous Dowager,” and in 1965 he played murder victim Douglas Kelland in “The Case of the Feather Cloak.”
His 1967 performance in the “Friday’s Child” episode of Star Trek as a member of an alien race, has garnered him invitations to Star Trek conventions. He also had a recurring role as the Sioux Chief Crazy Horse in the short-lived ABC military western series, Custerstarring Wayne Maunder in the title role of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer.
Michael Dante is currently the host of a syndicated radio talk show, On Deck, previously known as the Michael Dante Celebrity Talk Show on which he interviews some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. His program guests have included Milton Berle, Tony Curtis, andBryant Gumbel. An avid golfer, he once hosted the annual Michael Dante Celebrity Golf Tournament, a charitable fund-raiser held annually in Palm Springs, California, beginning in 1991.