Michael Cimino (born November 10, 1999) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Bob Palmeri in Annabelle Comes Home and as Victor Salazar in the Hulu series Love, Victor, a spin-off of the 2018 film Love, Simon.
Cimino was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is of Italian-German and Puerto Rican descent. He took up acting at eight years old after joining an acting group taught by a fellow church member. He enjoys singing and playing guitar, and had his song “Everything I Own” included on the soundtrack for Annabelle Comes Home, Cimino faced racism through elementary school, saying children would throw him on the floor and kick him, and claim he ate bugs. Though he says those experiences made him more compassionate towards others. Cimino graduated high school early to get into acting more seriously, and decided not to attend college. In August, 2019 it was announced Cimino would star in the leading role as Victor in the Disney+ series Love, Victor alongside actors Ana Ortiz and James Martinez. The show was later moved to Hulu where it premiered in June 2020. Cimino consulted with his real life gay cousin to ensure the role of Victor would be a relatable and believable character.
Despite his character being gay, Cimino identifies as straight, though also saying:
“I don’t want to put myself in a box and put myself in a position where if I were to come out as bi or as gay 10 years from now, that I was defending an identity that was being true to myself.”