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Seven Questions: Michael Kostroff, Actor - 'The Wire'

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LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email.

Today's subject is Michael Kostroff.

You may recognize Michael from his work on the critically acclaimed series, "The Wire" as Maurice "Maury" Levy, a corrupt and unscrupulous defense attorney who represented drug traffickers. Kostroff has gone from slimy lawyer on the gritty streets of Baltimore to the Disney Channel's "Sonny with a Chance" where he can be seen alongside Demi Lovato playing a nervous TV producer, Marshall Pike.

Kostroff has also written Letters from Backstage: The Adventures of a Touring Stage Actor, a hilarious account of the life of a touring stage actor. In addition, he also teaches "Audition Psych. 101" a highly regarded one-night seminar that deals with the mental challenges actors face in auditions. (Kostroff's next Audition Psych. 101 seminar will be held in Hollywood on Saturday, September 19th. For more information send an email to auditionpsych101 @

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Michael was kind enough to exchange emails with LAist to discuss his work on "The Wire," making the transition to a Disney Channel show, running into fans of the show and learning what a "re-up" is.