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Michael "Mike" Heck, Jr. (born 1963) is Frankie Heck's tall, boring, blunt husband, and the father of Axl Heck, Sue Heck, and Brick Heck. He is the manager of a quarry in Orson and is known for his straight-forward, practical attitude, as well as his tendency to be an emotional brick wall.
We know Mike pursued Frankie when they were younger and that at first she did not like him and even lied about what her name was to avoid him. Despite a short period where they broke up while dating, they have been together since their first date. It has been said on several occasions that Mike's favorite film is Reservoir Dogs and he only asked Frankie out on a second date because she lied and said she also liked the film.
Mike and Frankie bicker about a lot of things involving their children. According to Mike, Frankie isn't young and shiny looking anymore. Frankie tries to get Mike ivolved in some things like having a social gathering in the backyard for both Mike and Brick. Frankie invited the neighbor over to hang out with Mike and when Mike found out he got angry. He also didn't like the fact that she's telling new neighbor Don that he is shy. He then found out Frankie was telling him personal stories about his brother and dad. Mike considered Frankie chatty in his pro and con chart Marry Frankie. When Frankie finds the chart she freaks out when . The chart had more negatives than positives and one of the positives didn't say what she was great at. Frankie made a similar one for Mike having an imcomplete one which led into an argument. Mike did suprise her with a special anniversary gift even when they agreed not to get each other anything.Years ago on their honeymoon, Mike took Frankie camping which was terrible according to Frankie.
Mike has 3 kids but favors Axl because because of their love of sports. Mike also pays the most attention to Axl and yells at him about his grades. When Axl went away to college, Axl wouldn't text Frankie but would text Mike which got Frankie annoyed and stressed out. Mike texted Axl to text Frankie which he did and made her happy. Mike often forgets about Sue which makes her feel left out. For the longest time, Mike didn't know the potato place she worked at in the mall or what her JPLA meant. Brick is forgotten all the time by both Frankie and Mike. Brick basically reads his life away and Mike and Brick never get to bond. Mike got Brick into football by having him read up on facts and find his favorite 3-syllable words.
Mike's reclusive, unaffectionate father Big Mike and Mike's well-meaning, but unreliable and unsuccessful brother Rusty , both live in Orson . In the middle of season 2, the two move in together, as Big Mike recovers from a broken hip and Rusty needs a roof as he has been living in a tent since his house burned down.
Mike always seems to wear a checkered shirt with jeans, leather belt and a pair of Red Wing 877 boots'.
He is known for his straightforward manner and emotional stability. Mike works at the quarry as the manager, and despite his no-nonsense approach to work and family, he is a devoted and understanding husband and father who always seems to come through for Frankie and the kids.