Michael Fairman is an American actor, and writer best known for his various roles during his long career, which started when he was 31 years old. This includes the role of Nick Szabo on the daytime drama Ryan's Hope from 1975 to 1980, in his recurring role as Department Inspector Knelman on Cagney & Lacey, and is currently playing the recurring role of Patrick Murphy on CBS's daytime drama The Young and the Restless.
Additional television credits include,Charlie's Angels, Eight is Enough, Barnaby Jones, Taxi, WKRP in Cincinnati, Knight Rider, The A-Team, Remington Steele, Hill Street Blues, The Dukes of Hazzard, Newhart, 21 Jump Street, Dynasty, Night Court, My Two Dads, Quantum Leap, Cheers, Wings, Murder, She Wrote, Mad About You, Alien Nation, Seinfeld, L.A. Law, ER, Murphy Brown, Brooklyn South, The X-Files, Viper, Providence, Boy Meets World, Sunset Beach, Family Law, Boston Public, The King of Queens, Dharma & Greg, JAG, Firefly, Judging Amy, Just Shoot Me!, 7th Heaven, Without a Trace, Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Sons of Anarchy, Monk and many more.
He also wrote five episodes of WKRP in Cincinnati.
Fairman was a long-time member of Church of Scientology. He was featured in several promotional Scientology training films and eventually reached the OT VII level. Fairman left the church in January 2011, around the time he was declared a Suppressive Person.