In 2000, 12-year old Angarano acted in Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family. The following year, he landed his first major film role in Little Secrets
, opposite Evan Rachel Wood and David Gallagher.
Michael then starred in a 2003 telefilm named Maniac Magee as Jeffery Lionel Magee, a 12-year-old boy who finds his way into Two Mills, Pennsylvania, a place divided by racial prejudice. It premiered on Nickelodeon.
In 2004, he appeared in the movie version of the critically acclaimed novel Speak
, which costarred Kristen Stewart. Angarano was the lead role in Sky High
and had a major role in Lords of Dogtown, both of which were released in the summer of 2005. Other film roles include parts in The Bondage
, Black Irish
, Man in the Chair
, Snow Angels
, The Final Season, One Last Thing...
and The Forbidden Kingdom
On television, Angarano had a recurring role as Elliott, the son of Jack McFarland, on the television series Will & Grace. In 2007, Angarano appeared in four episodes of the hit 24 as Scott Wallace, a teenager taken hostage by a terrorist.
In 2008, Angarano was featured in Vanity Fair as one of Hollywood's "New Wave" young stars.
He filmed Gentlemen Broncos
, from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess. The comedy film was released in October 2009. In 2010 he had the lead role in Ceremony
, and in 2011, Angarano starred in the horror-thriller film Red State