He was born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. He was a homosexual and was partners with Sean Blue from 1995 until his death in 2003. Jeter was found dead on March 30, 2003 in his Hollywood, Los Angeles, California home from complications from epilepsy, he was 50 years old. His remains were cremated.
- "Michael Jeter Biography". filmreference. 2008. http://www.filmreference.com/film/53/Michael-Jeter.html. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
- "Actor Michael Jeter Dead At 50". CBS. April 1, 2003. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/04/01/entertainment/main547217.shtml.
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