For Denham, Mike was a true professional. He came along with Denham and the actors to Skull Island to shoot some of the film. After Denham tries to give a child a piece of chocolate, a native throws a spear at Mike , impaling him through the chest. Ann screams in shock, responded with a roar from Kong. As the natives attack the rest of the group, Mike lays to side on the ground with the spear still sticking from his stomach. Mike was the first person to die from the expedition.
Carl was devastated on his death and decided to to finish the film for Mike and donate the proceeds to his wife and kids. He would later do the same for his cameraman Herb, when he got eaten by a Venatosaurus.