For decades, if you knew the name Floyd Lawton, then you were certainly an avid comic book fan. 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 The CW series Arrow.
Now Rowe is following up that success by starring as Ninjak in the upcoming series Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe.
A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Rowe’s first passion in life was music. But after a decade as a 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. – Rowe found himself at a crossroads. The breakup of his band sent Rowe west to Vancouver where his brother Andrew was starting out as a filmmaker.
Without any prior experience, Rowe 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 not only in Vancouver, but also in Nova Scotia and even the Czech Republic.
Acting became a new passion for Rowe, 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. Rowe’s 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.
Rowe continues to prioritize working on independent projects with his brother. He’s set to produce and act in Andrew’s debut feature film, which currently is in development.