Michael Scott Lima was born in Philadelphia, PA to a father of Portuguese descent and a mother of German ancestry. He grew up in Maryland, graduating from Laurel Senior High School in 1981 and worked as a waiter at Denny’s Restaurant.
In Sept., 1981, he entered the United States Marine Corps and graduated boot camp from Perris Island, South Carolina, where he was assigned to the Mortar Platoon in Weapons Company 3rd Bn., 4th Marines for a year on the island of Okinawa, Japan. In 1982, he obtained his PADI certification as an Open Water (Scuba) Diver. Upon the unit rotation back to the states in ‘83 he submitted and was selected to join UNITAS/WATC-’83, a show unit deployed annually to visit and cross-train military units in South America and Africa. Again returning to the states, now a Corporal and a Forward Observer, he requested, was screened and passed the grueling 2nd Recon Indoc test to join 2nd Platoon, C Co., 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion. 2nd Platoon had lost 18 Marines in the Beirut Bombing in October, ’83. After Reconnaissance training at Little Creek, Virginia, and the Florida Keys, he was deployed to the Mediterranean. During his 4 years in the Marines, Michael spent 2 ½ years overseas, visited 24 countries on 5 continents and earned a lifetime of friendships and stories of his adventures.
Upon his honorable discharge in 1985, Michael began studies at Temple University. He and Kathryn Morris (Lily Rush, Cold Case TV series, CBS 2003-2010) were in the same acting class taught by Jim Ambandos. In 1990, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies with a dual minor in Political Science and Psychology in 1990. In ’91, he took acting classes at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. While attending Temple U., full-time, Michael was hired by FedEx Express where he worked as a Courier for 8 ½ years then in Management for 19 years.
Following a bungee jump in 1992, he performed his first skydive on his 30th birthday in 1993. Over the next 11 years he made over 450 skydives and attained his “D” License as a Master Skydiver with the United States Parachute Association where he has now been a member for over 22 years.
Leaving FedEx in 2013, he began earnestly writing screenplays in the action/adventure and sci-fi genres. After 5 exercises in writing, he’s introducing “EXTRAORDINARY EVIDENCE” and “Welcome to the Danger Zone” as his first official forays into screenwriting.
Name: Michael Scott Lima
Lives in: Perkasie, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Actor and Screenwriter
Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)