Nothing is known about Michael's life before the outbreak, except that he was a passenger on Flight 462 destined for Phoenix, Arizona.
Michael is one of several passengers to have survived the plane crash in the ocean. He is able to make it onto a lifeboat with Ian and Tom. That night, after Alex kills Tom for trying to murder Jake, Michael pleads Alex to end Jake's suffering and to prevent the possibility of Jake reanimating. Alex silenced Michael with a threatening stare. After an unspecified time, Michael dies and reanimates into a zombie in the ocean and ends up getting stuck in the filtration system of The Abigail. He is encountered by Travis as he attempts to investigate what is blocking the filtration system. For his second attempt to clear the filtration system, Travis stabs Michael in the head and later removes his severed hand from the pipes.
- The casting call for this character used the name Oscar Fratto.
- He was described as "Middle-aged. He is a mid-level sales manager at a Midwest box store. He is single, thin, and meek. He is a good worker bee, but modern life is a little too much for him. He has reached that point in his life when he's realized he hasn't done much with it".