Michael Cudlitz was born on December 29, 1964, in Long Island. He grew up in New Jersey along with his parents in a jewish family.
He became interested in acting from an early age. He got his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts in 1990. His first acting role was in the 1989 film Crystal Ball, playing Scottie.
- He had a large mole removed from his right upper lip. The mole had previously been a signature feature of the actor's appearance.