Michael B. Jordan

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Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Michael Bakari Jordan
(1987-02-09) February 9, 1987 (age 28)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Known for

Michael Bakari Jordan (born February 9, 1987) is an American actor. His television roles include East Dillon High School quarterback Vince Howard in Friday Night Lights, teenage drug dealer Wallace in The Wire, Reggie Montgomery in All My Children, and Alex in Parenthood.

On film, he has played shooting victim Oscar Grant in the critically acclaimed film Fruitvale Station (2013), the Human Torch in the 2015 film Fantastic Four, and Adonis Creed, son of fictional boxer Apollo Creed, in the Rocky spinoff film Creed (2015). Other film roles include Red Tails (2012), Chronicle (2012) and That Awkward Moment (2014).

Early life[edit]

Jordan was born in Santa Ana, California, the son of Donna (née Davis), a high school guidance counselor and artist, and Michael Jordan, a caterer.[2][3][4] Jordan spent two years in California.[5] His parents moved with his family to Newark, New Jersey.[2] He attended Newark Arts High School, where his mother works, and where he played basketball.[2] He had not planned on going into acting and had done some modeling for local companies.[6] He modeled for Modell's sporting goods and Toys "R" Us.[7] Despite the end of Friday Night Lights, he maintained his apartment in Austin where the show was filmed.[8]


Jordan alongside Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson promoting Creed in November 2015.

Jordan launched his career as a professional actor in 1999, when he appeared briefly in single episodes of Cosby and The Sopranos.[2] 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 (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.[9]

Jordan's other credits include guest starring appearances on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,[10] 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.

In 2009, Jordan began starring in the NBC drama Friday Night Lights as quarterback Vince Howard for two seasons until the show ended in 2011.[11] In 2010, he was considered one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazine's Young Hollywood Issue.[12][13] That year, he landed a recurring role on the NBC show Parenthood playing Alex (Haddie Braverman's love interest).[14] 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".[15] Jordan voiced Jace in the Xbox 360 game, Gears of War 3.[16]

In 2012, Jordan appeared in the George Lucas-produced movie Red Tails[17] and played one of the leads in Chronicle, a film about three teenaged boys who develop superpowers.[18] He also guest-starred in an episode of House‍‍ '​‍s final season, playing a blind patient.[19] 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".[20] Following his stint in Fruitvale Station, Jordan was named one actor to watch by People and Variety.[21][22] 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.[23][24][25] He lent his voice to Cyborg in the animated superhero adventure Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.[26]

Jordan co-starred in That Awkward Moment, with Zac Efron and Miles Teller, which was released in 2014.[27] In 2015, he starred as Johnny Storm, the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movie.[28][29][30]

Jordan starred as Adonis Creed, the son of fictional boxer Apollo Creed in the Rocky spinoff Creed (2015), a film directed by Ryan Coogler and co-starring Sylvester Stallone.[31] Jordan prepared for his role as a boxer in Creed by undertaking one year of rigorous physical training and a stringent low-fat diet.[4] He did not have a body double during filming and was "routinely bloodied, bruised and dizzy" when fighting scenes were being filmed.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Jordan's middle name, "Bakari", is Swahili for "noble promise".[32] He is the middle of three children with an older sister, Jamila, who works in production, and a younger brother, Khalid, who plays football at Howard University.[33]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Black and White Teen #2
2001 Hardball Jamal
2007 Blackout C.J.
2009 Pastor Brown Tariq Brown
2012 Red Tails Maurice 'Bumps' Wilson
Chronicle Steve Montgomery
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 Creed


Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Sopranos Rideland Kid Episode "Down Neck"
Cosby Mike Episode: "The Vesey Method"
2002 The Wire Wallace 13 episodes
2003–06 All My Children Reggie Porter Montgomery
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 26 episodes
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Danny Ford Episode: "Inhumane Society"
Lie to Me Key 2 episodes
2010–11 Parenthood Alex 16 episodes
2012 House Will Westwood Episode: "Love is Blind"
County Travis Hancock[34] Unaired TV pilot[35]
2014 Ridiculousness Guest star
The Boondocks Pretty Boy Flizzy Voice role
2015 Running Wild with Bear Grylls Guest star Season 2 episode 7

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Gears of War 3 Jace Stratton Voice role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result ref
2005 Soap Opera Digest Award Favorite Teen All My Children Nominated [36]
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series Nominated [37]
2006 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series Nominated [38]
2007 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series Nominated [39]
2008 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author "Homeroom Heroes" Nominated [40]
2011 EWwy Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Friday Night Lights Nominated [41]
2013 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Breakthrough Fruitvale Station Nominated [42]
Hollywood Film Awards Hollywood Spotlight Award Won [43]
Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor Won [44]
National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Breakthrough Actor Won [45]
Phoenix Film Critics Society Breakthrough Performance on Camera Nominated [46]
Satellite Awards Breakthrough Award Performance Won [47]
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award Won [48]
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated [49]
2014 Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Nominated [50]
Black Reel Awards Outstanding Actor Nominated [51]
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated [52]


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