|Michael Eric Hurst|
Michael Hurst is a New Zealand actor, director and writer, mostly on stage and television. He is best known internationally for playing Iolaus in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and in Xena: Warrior princess.
In 1984, Hurst won the lead role of Death Warmed Upand the film won the grand prize at a fantasy film festival in Paris. The same year Hurst began playing drummer Dave Nelson over two series of Heroes, about a band searching for fame.
Hurst made his feature debut as a director with Jubilee (2000), based on the book by Nepi Solomon. In 2003, Hurst was awarded an Acts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award. He was later designated an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005 "for services to film and the theatre".