Michael B. Jordan
Michael Bakari Jordan (born February 9, 1987) is an American actor.
|Michael B. Jordan|
Jordan at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Michael Bakari Jordan
February 9, 1987
Santa Ana, California, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
Jordan's television roles include Wallace in the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire (2002), Reggie Montgomery in the ABC soap opera All My Children (2003–2006), and Vince Howard in the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights (2009–2011).
Jordan's film roles include shooting victim Oscar Grant in the critically acclaimed film Fruitvale Station (2013), the Human Torch in the 2015 Fantastic Four, and Adonis Creed in the Rocky sequel film Creed (2015). Other film performances include Red Tails (2012), Chronicle (2012), That Awkward Moment (2014) and the forthcoming superhero film Black Panther (2018). He frequently collaborates with filmmaker Ryan Coogler.
Jordan was born in Santa Ana, California, the son of Donna (née Davis), an artist and high school guidance counselor, and Michael A. Jordan. He is the middle of three children with an older sister, Jamila, who works in production, and a younger brother, Khalid, who was a football player at Howard University.
Jordan's family spent two years in California before moving to Newark, New Jersey. He attended Newark Arts High School, where his mother works, and where he played basketball. Jordan's middle name, "Bakari", is Swahili for "noble promise".
Jordan launched his career as a professional actor in 1999, when he appeared briefly in single episodes of Cosby and The Sopranos. His first principal film role followed 2001 when he was featured in Hardball, which starred Keanu Reeves. In 2002, he gained more attention by playing the small but pivotal role of Wallace in the first season of HBO's The Wire. In March 2003, he joined the cast of All My Children playing Reggie Porter, a troubled teenager, until June 2006 when Jordan was released from his contract.
Jordan's other credits include guest starring appearances on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Without a Trace and Cold Case. Thereafter, he had a lead role in the independent film Blackout and starred in The Assistants on The-N. In 2008, Jordan appeared in the music video "Did You Wrong" by R&B artist Pleasure P. In 2009, he guest-starred on Burn Notice in the episode "Hot Spot", playing a high school football player who got into a fight and is now being hunted by a local gangster. In 2010, he guest-starred in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "Inhumane Society" as a boxer involved in a Michael Vick-inspired dog fighting scandal.
In 2009, Jordan began starring in the NBC drama Friday Night Lights as quarterback Vince Howard, and lived in an apartment in Austin where the show was filmed. He played the character for two seasons until the show ended in 2011. In 2010, he was considered one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazine's Young Hollywood Issue. That year, he landed a recurring role on the NBC show Parenthood playing Alex (Haddie Braverman's love interest). This marked his second collaboration with showrunner Jason Katims, who was in charge of Friday Night Lights. BuddyTV ranked him #80 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011". Jordan voiced Jace in the Xbox 360 game, Gears of War 3.
In 2012, Jordan appeared in the George Lucas-produced movie Red Tails and played one of the leads in Chronicle, a film about three teenaged boys who develop superhuman abilities. He also guest-starred in an episode of House's final season, playing a blind patient. In 2013, Jordan starred as shooting victim Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler. His performance was well received, with The Hollywood Reporter film critic Todd McCarthy writing that he reminded him of "a young Denzel Washington".
Following his role in Fruitvale Station, Jordan was named an "actor to watch" by People and Variety. Time named him with Coogler one of 30 people under 30 who are changing the world and he was also named one of 2013's Breakout Stars by Entertainment Weekly and GQ. He lent his voice to Cyborg in the animated superhero adventure Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
Jordan co-starred in That Awkward Moment, with Zac Efron and Miles Teller, which was released in 2014. In 2015, he starred as Johnny Storm, the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four, also co-starring Teller. The latter was universally panned by critics, holding a 9% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Jordan received further critical acclaim and positive reviews when he starred as Adonis Creed, the son of boxer Apollo Creed in the Rocky sequel Creed (2015), his second collaboration with Coogler, which co-starred Sylvester Stallone. Jordan prepared for his role as a boxer in Creed by undertaking one year of rigorous physical training and a stringent low-fat diet. He did not have a body double during filming and was "routinely bloodied, bruised and dizzy" when fighting scenes were being filmed.
Jordan is slated to re-team with Coogler in a film titled Wrong Answer, based on the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal. Further, he will portray Bryan Stevenson in a biopic titled Just Mercy. Jordan will also be appearing in a second remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, and will collaborate with Coogler for a third time in Black Panther as Erik Killmonger.
In 2016, Jordan appeared in an Apple commercial with retired NBA player Kobe Bryant and is tied into the story line for the video game NBA 2K17, where he does several scenes with Bryant that mirror their interactions in their joint Apple commercial.
|1999||Black and White||Teen #2|
|2009||Pastor Brown||Tariq Brown|
|2012||Red Tails||Maurice 'Bumps' Wilson|
|2013||Fruitvale Station||Oscar Grant|
|Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox||Victor Stone / Cyborg||Voice|
|2014||That Awkward Moment||Mikey|
|2015||Fantastic Four||Johnny Storm / Human Torch|
|Creed||Adonis "Donnie" Johnson Creed|
|2018||Black Panther||Erik Killmonger||Post-production|
|1999||The Sopranos||Rideland Kid||Episode "Down Neck"|
|Cosby||Mike||Episode: "The Vesey Method"|
|2002||The Wire||Wallace||11 episodes|
|2003–06||All My Children||Reggie Porter Montgomery||Regular role|
|2006||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Morris||Episode: "Poppin' Tags"|
|Without a Trace||Jesse Lewis||Episode: "The Calm Before"|
|2007||Cold Case||Michael Carter||Episode: "Wunderkind"|
|2009||Burn Notice||Corey Jensen||Episode: "Hot Spot"|
|Bones||Perry Wilson||Episode: "The Plain in the Prodigy"|
|The Assistants||Nate Warren||13 episodes|
|2009–11||Friday Night Lights||Vince Howard||Regular role|
|2010||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Danny Ford||Episode: "Inhumane Society"|
|Lie to Me||Key||2 episodes|
|2012||House||Will Westwood||Episode: "Love Is Blind"|
|County||Travis Hancock||Unaired TV pilot|
|The Boondocks||Pretty Boy Flizzy||Voice role|
|2015||Running Wild with Bear Grylls||Guest star||Season 2, episode 7|
|TBA||Fahrenheit 451||Guy Montag||Television movie; Filming|
|2011||Gears of War 3||Jace Stratton||Voice role|
|2016||NBA 2K17||Justice Young||Host|
|2017||Wilson's Heart||Kurt Mosby||Voice role|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2005||Soap Opera Digest Award||Favorite Teen||All My Children||Nominated|||
|NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series||Nominated|||
|2006||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series||Nominated|||
|2007||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series||Nominated|||
|2008||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author||"Homeroom Heroes"||Nominated|||
|2011||EWwy Awards||Best Supporting Actor in a Drama||Friday Night Lights||Nominated|||
|2013||Detroit Film Critics Society||Best Breakthrough||Fruitvale Station||Nominated|||
|Hollywood Film Awards||Hollywood Spotlight Award||Won|||
|Gotham Awards||Breakthrough Actor||Won|||
|National Board of Review of Motion Pictures||Breakthrough Actor||Won|||
|Phoenix Film Critics Society||Breakthrough Performance on Camera||Nominated|||
|Satellite Awards||Breakthrough Award Performance||Won|||
|Santa Barbara International Film Festival||Virtuoso Award||Won|||
|St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association||Best Actor||Nominated|||
|2014||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Male Lead||Nominated|||
|Black Reel Awards||Outstanding Actor||Nominated|||
|NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture||Nominated|||
|2015||Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Screen Combo (shared with Kate Mara, Miles Teller, and Jamie Bell)||Fantastic Four||Nominated|
|African-American Film Critics Association||Breakout Performance||Creed||Won|
|Boston Online Film Critics Association||Best Actor||Won|
|Online Film Critics Society||Best Actor||Nominated|
|Austin Film Critics Association||Best Actor||Nominated|||
|Las Vegas Film Critics Society||Best Actor||Nominated|
|NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture||Won|
|Black Reel Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|National Society of Film Critics||Best Actor||Won|
|Empire Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|||
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Male Performance||Nominated|||
|2016||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor: Drama||Nominated|
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