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Mike Randal Colter (born August 26, 1976) is an American actor best known for his role as Luke Cage in Marvel's Luke Cage (2016–2018), The Defenders (2017), and Jessica Jones (2015-2019), all set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has also appeared as Lemond Bishop in the television series The Good Wife (2010–2015), Malcolm Ward in Ringer (2011–2012), and Jameson Locke in the Halo franchise (2014–2015).

Mike Colter
Mike Colter 2018.jpg
Colter at the 2018 Florida Supercon
Born (1976-08-26) August 26, 1976 (age 42)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
EducationBenedict College
University of South Carolina, Columbia (BA)
Rutgers University, New Brunswick (MFA)
Spouse(s)
Iva Colter (m. 2016)
Children2

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Early lifeEdit

Colter was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and grew up in St. Matthews, South Carolina. Colter is the youngest of five children born to Eddie Lee, Sr. and Freddie Marion (née Mitchell) Colter. He is a graduate of Calhoun County High School. His senior year, his senior superlative as voted by the class was "most ambitious."[1] Colter spent a year at Benedict College, before transferring to the University of South Carolina, from which he received a bachelor's degree in theater in 1999. He obtained an MFA degree in acting from the Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.[2]

CareerEdit

Colter's first role was in the film Million Dollar Baby, as boxer Big Willie Little. He has also guest starred on Law & Order: Trial By Jury, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The Good Wife, ER, and The Parkers, as well as several TV movies. He also starred in the series Ringer.[3]

In 2014, Colter began portraying the role of Agent Jameson Locke in the Halo franchise.[4] Colter starred in the series Halo: Nightfall and provided the motion capture for Agent Locke in Halo 5: Guardians while the voice acting is performed by Ike Amadi. He also co-starred as Luke Cage in Jessica Jones, on Netflix. The entire first season was released online on November 20, 2015.[5] This was followed by the character's individual series, Luke Cage, with the first season being released on September 30, 2016, and the second season being released on June 22, 2018.[6] In between the two seasons, Colter also played Luke in The Defenders.

Colter was announced as the male lead in the CBS drama pilot, Evil, as David DaCosta, a Catholic priest that assesses unexplained phenomena for supernatural or scientific explanations.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Colter is married to Iva Colter, as of 2016. He also confirmed on the September 27, 2016 segment of The Wendy Williams Show that he has a daughter with her. He is a second cousin of actress Viola Davis.[8][9] He resides in Los Angeles.

In 2019, Colter played for the "Home" roster during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. The roster was made up of celebrities with Carolina roots.[10]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Million Dollar Baby Big Willie Little
2005 Brooklyn Lobster Jamal
2007 And Then Came Love Yuppie Paul
2010 Salt CIA Tactical Leader
2012 Men In Black 3 Colonel James Darrell Edwards Jr.
Zero Dark Thirty DEVGRU Operative Mike
2015 America Is Still the Place Charlie Walker
2017 Girls Trip Stewart Pierce
2018 Extinction David
Skin Daryle Lamont Jenkins
2019 Before You Know It Charles
Breakthrough Tommy Shine
Black and Blue Post-production
Fatale Post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2002 ER Watts Episode: "Hindsight"
2002 The Parkers Lamar Episode: "Lights, Camera, Action"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Officer Billy Tolbert Episode: "Blue Wall"
2005 Silver Bells Bill Television film
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dave Oldren Episode: "Albatross"
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Joseph Serumaga Episode: "Hell"
2009 Solving Charlie Jack Dash Television film
2009 Taking Chance Master Gunnery Sergeant Demetry Television film
2010 Royal Pains Officer Tanner Episode: "Lovesick"
2010–2015 The Good Wife Lemond Bishop 21 episodes
2011 Blue Bloods Cliff Reacher Episode: "The Blue Templar"
2011–2012 Ringer Malcolm Ward 17 episodes
2013 The Following Nick Donovan 8 episodes
2013 Criminal Minds Colin Bramwell Episode: "Final Shot"
2014 American Horror Story: Coven David 3 episodes
2014 Halo: Nightfall Agent Jameson Locke 5 episodes
2015 Agent X Miles Lathem 7 episodes
2015, 2019 Jessica Jones Luke Cage 8 episodes
2016–2018 Luke Cage Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2017)
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Hero (2017)
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2017)
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television (2017)
2017 The Defenders 8 episodes;
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2018)
2018 Cloak & Dagger Photograph
2018 American Dad! Guerrilla Soldier (voice) Episode: "(You Gotta) Strike for Your Right"
2018–2019 The Good Fight Lemond Bishop Episodes: "Day 471" and "The One with the Celebrity Divorce"
2019 Evil David Acosta Main cast

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role Notes
2014 Halo: The Master Chief Collection Spartan Jameson Locke
2015 Halo 5: Guardians Spartan Jameson Locke Motion-capture only

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "7 Fast Facts About Mike Colter Marvel's Luke Cage". The Geek Twins. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  2. ^ Gleaton, Dionne (July 22, 2012). "Following a dream: St. Matthews native navigating acting world". The Times and Democrat. Orangeburg, South Carolina.
  3. ^ http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/mike-colter/credits/258829/
  4. ^ Opam, Kwame (November 10, 2015). "Meet the new face of 'Halo'". The Verge. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  5. ^ Truitt, Brian. "'Jessica Jones' star Mike Colter a powerhouse as Luke Cage has some really yellow teeth". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  6. ^ Stedman, Alex (December 4, 2016). "'Luke Cage' Renewed for Season 2 on Netflix". Variety. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  7. ^ Baysinger, Tim (February 19, 2019). "Luke Cage' Star Mike Colter Cast as Lead on CBS Drama Pilot 'Evil'". www.thewrap.com. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  8. ^ Sharma, Nemisha (December 6, 2015). "'Luke Cage': 5 Cool Things You Didn't Know About Marvel/Netflix Star Mike Colter". Design & Trend. Archived from the original on July 27, 2016. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  9. ^ Mike Colter; Luke Cage (September 30, 2016). "Mike Colter Interview With The Breakfast Club (9-30-16)". The Breakfast Club (Radio program). Interviewed by DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God. New York City. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  10. ^ release, Official. "ESPN and NBA announce celebrity rosters and coaches for 2019 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles exclusively on ESPN". NBA.com. Retrieved February 11, 2019.

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