MICHAEL GREENE

michael greene

Michael H. Greene

11/04/1933 – 1/10/2020

“I’m gettin’ too old for this sh*t,” the silver fox said, like a man nearing the end. The year, 1985, the film,“To Live and Die In L.A,” the actor – Michael Greene. In truth, he still had another thirty-five years in him, which he lived, as always, in perpetual motion. He passed peacefully at his home in Haiku on Friday, January 10th, surrounded by loved ones.

Born Myron Harris Greene In San Francisco, he was raised amidst the waterfront bars that his father owned. Drawing upon the vice he was raised around, he worked as a card-shark consultant for Steve McQueen on “The Cincinnati Kid,” and then played a card dealer in Robert Altman’s ‘California Split.’ He first broke in under the name Michael Greene on the TV Western “The Dakotas” in 1963. His acting career spanned over fifty years, including over 100 performances in film, television, as well as commercials and theater. His TV work zigzagged from “Batman” to “Lost In Space” to “Mannix” to “Kung Fu.”  He popped up in character roles in films by auteurs like Altman, Paul Mazursky and Woody Allen.

Greene ultimately settled in Los Angeles, at the base of Topanga Canyon. There, in a rustic, off-the-grid enclave called The Rodeo Grounds, he presided over a bohemian compound, hosting a stream of beatniks, folk singers, and vaguely employed sculptors, writers and layabouts.

Since retiring to Maui in 2004, Greene’s daily ritual was a morning walk on Baldwin Beach, followed by a trip to Mana Foods. Greene liked tasting the produce as he browsed the aisles, talking and flirting and chomping – maybe his favorite shtick. But most meals were built around daily strolls to his fruit and vegetable gardens.

He lived with his wife Pat, adjacent to daughter Moonstar and his two granddaughters. Deeply committed to health, and to the health of the island, Michael focussed on living naturally and minimally.

Michael happily boasted of the screw-ups of his youth, yet was charmed by an uncanny sense of luck, and a tangible generosity of spirit. He led a rich, adventurous life, maybe even nine of them.

Michael is survived by his wife, Pat Donovan, daughter Moonstar Greene, step-daughter Dionis Burke, step-son Devin Burke, granddaughters Naia Lickle and Siena Lickle, and friends both in Hawaii and on the mainland.

Celebration of Life

Maui

BRING AN UMBRELLA

March 1st
3:00 P.M – Neverending

Los Angeles

TBD Due to Covid-19

RSVP For Invite Details

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