Hooten & The Lady

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Michael Lan­des plays trea­sure hunter Ulysses Hooten in In­di­ana Jones-style ad­ven­ture se­ries Hooten & The Lady (2016-cur­rent) and it’s a role he calls “my favourite”. That’s hardly sur­pris­ing, since his ca­reer got off to a rough start… Michael played Jimmy Olsen in the sci-fi show Lois & Clark: The New Ad­ven­tures of Su­per­man (1993-1997) but was fired at the end of sea­son 1 “be­cause I ap­par­ently looked too much like Dean Cain, who played Clark Kent/ Su­per­man,” says the 44-year-old.

Michael jokes that he’s been act1

ing since school – “I was the class clown – I went to a Catholic school and the nuns shouted at me all the time”.

He only con­sid­ered act­ing as a job 2

after be­ing cast in his high school stage pro­duc­tion of Annie Get Your Gun. By 16, he’d bagged his first TV role, play­ing Kirk for a few episodes in iconic drama show The Won­der Years’ (1988-1993) first and sec­ond sea­sons.

For his role as Jimmy, Michael fol3

lowed pa­parazzi around in LA to learn their tech­niques. He could’ve looked closer to home though – Mike’s fa­ther-in-law is ac­claimed Scot­tish pho­tog­ra­pher Harry Benson, best known for his work with The Bea­tles, Michael Jack­son and US pres­i­dents.

In Oc­to­ber 2000 he mar­ried 454

year-old Wendy Benson, who played Bar­bara in sit­com Un­hap­pily Ever After (1995-1999). They met while shoot­ing in­die movie The Gen­tle­man From Bos­ton in 1999 and have two kids, daughter Mimi and son Do­minic.

Hooten & The Lady was filmed 5

largely in SA and while Michael says “it’s a lovely place”, he’s pet­ri­fied of snakes and adds, “Our snake wran­gler found, like, 37 in one week. Five were black mam­bas – it was crazy!”

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