For decades, Floyd Lawton was a name that was only known to avid comic book fans. That’s no longer the case as Floyd Lawton and his alter-ego Deadshot are now known to millions of people around the world thanks to Michael Rowe’s charismatic portrayal of the anti-heroic Suicide Squad leader on the hit CW series Arrow.
A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, Michael’s first passion in life was music. But after ten years as songwriter and drummer for the metal/punk band Bucket Truck—who shared the stage with the likes of Green Day, Slayer, and D.O.A—Michael found himself at a crossroads. The breakup of his band sent Michael west to Vancouver where his brother Andrew was starting out as a filmmaker. Without any prior experience, Michael began producing and performing in short comedy films written and directed by his brother. Their 2012 short film “Sleepy Stories” became a film festival favorite, screening in Vancouver, Halifax, Whistler, and the Czech Republic.
Acting became a new passion for Michael, and after a year of honing his craft at Vancouver’s Actor’s Foundry, he broke through to mainstream success when he landed the recurring role of Deadshot in 2012. His background in comedy allowed him to bring a unique and darkly offbeat energy to his performance, which has led to his character becoming a fan favorite.
Michael continues to prioritize working on independent projects with his brother. He’s set to produce and act in Andrew’s debut feature film, which is currently in development.
Rowe is now tacking the lead role of Ninjak in the upcoming web series Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe, which features characters from the comic company in their first foray into live action.