Michael B. Jordan
|Michael B. Jordan|
|Born||Michael Bakari Jordan
February 9, 1987
Santa Ana, California,
Michael Bakari Jordan (born February 9, 1987) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as teenage drug dealer Wallace on the HBO drama television series The Wire, Reggie Montgomery in All My Children, quarterback Vince Howard on the NBC television series Friday Night Lights, and since 2010, as Alex in Parenthood. He played Steve Montgomery in the 2012 film Chronicle and, in a lead role, shooting victim Oscar Grant in the 2013 film Fruitvale Station.
Jordan was born in Santa Ana, California, to Donna (née Davis), who works at Arts High, and Michael A. Jordan, a caterer. Jordan is named after his father, and has no connection with basketball player Michael Jordan. His middle name is Swahili for "noble promise". Jordan is the middle of three children with an older sister, Jamila, who works in production and a younger brother, Khalid, who is a Howard University footballer. Jordan spent two years in California and then moved with his family to Newark, New Jersey. He attended Newark Arts High School, where he played basketball. He did not plan on being an actor. He first started off modeling for local companies. He modeled for Modell's sporting goods and Toys "R" Us. Despite the end of Friday Night Lights he still has his apartment in Austin where the TV series was filmed.
In 1999, at twelve, he was a cast in a recurring role in the CBS comedy Cosby. In the same year, he appeared in the HBO series The Sopranos and the following year, he played alongside Keanu Reeves in Hardball. 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 (later Reggie Montgomery), a troubled teenager, until June 2006. Jordan was released from his contract from the soap after three years due to lack of airtime, and last aired on June 5, 2006.
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 also starred on a sitcom called 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 the popular TV Spy show 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.
He had a major role in the two final seasons of NBC drama Friday Night Lights as quarterback Vince Howard. 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 superpowers. 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. His performance was well received, with The Hollywood Reporter film critic Todd McCarthy writing that he reminded him of "a young Denzel Washington". He lent his voice to Cyborg in the animated superhero adventure Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. He will next star in That Awkward Moment. In April 2013, Jordan joined the cast of Josh Boone's Pretenders. In July 2013, Jordan was announced to portray the grandson of Apollo Creed in the Rocky spinoff Creed with his Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler and Sylvester Stallone. Following his stint in Fruitvale Station, Jordan was named one actor to watch by People and Variety. Jordan was announced to portray Johnny Storm in The Fantastic Four reboot.
|1999||Black and White||Teen #2|
|2009||Pastor Brown||Tariq Brown|
|2012||Red Tails||Maurice 'Bumps' Wilson|
|2013||Fruitvale Station||Oscar Grant||Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Breakthrough Actor
National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Actor
Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Virtuoso Award
Satellite Award for Best Newcomer
Pending—Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Pending—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance on Camera
Pending—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough
|2013||Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox||Victor Stone/Cyborg||Voice|
|2014||That Awkward Moment||Post-production|
|1999||Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos||Rideland Kid||Episode "Down Neck"|
|1999||Cosby||Michael||Episode "The Vesey Method"|
|2002||Wire, TheThe Wire||Wallace||13 episodes|
|2003–06||All My Children||Reggie Porter Montgomery|
|2006||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Morris||Episode "Poppin' Tags"|
|2006||Without a Trace||Jesse Lewis||Episode "The Calm Before"|
|2007||Cold Case||Michael Carter||Episode "Wunderkind"|
|2009||Burn Notice||Corey Jensen||Episode "Hot Spot"|
|2009||Bones||Perry Wilson||Episode "The Plain in the Prodigy"|
|2009||Assistants, TheThe Assistants||Nate Warren||13 episodes|
|2009–11||Friday Night Lights||Vince Howard||26 episodes|
|2010||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Danny Ford||Episode "Inhumane Society"|
|2010||Lie to Me||Key||2 episodes|
|2012||House||Will Westwood||Episode "Love is Blind"|
|2012||County||Travis Hancock||Unaired TV pilot|
|2011||Gears of War 3||Jace Stratton||Voice role|
Awards and nominations
|2005||Soap Opera Digest Award||Favorite Teen||All My Children||Nominated|
|2005||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|
|Independent Spirit Awards||Best Male Lead||Pending|
|National Board of Review of Motion Pictures||Breakthrough Actor||Won|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society||Breakthrough Performance on Camera||Pending|
|Satellite Awards||Breakthrough Award Performance||Won|
|Santa Barbara International Film Festival||Virtuoso Award||Won|
|St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association||Best Actor||Pending|
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