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Michael Ealy

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Michael Ealy
Michael Ealy 2012 (cropped).jpg
Ealy in 2012
Born Michael Brown
(1973-08-03) August 3, 1973 (age 42)
Washington, D.C., United States
Occupation Actor
Years active late 1990s–present
Spouse(s) Khatira Rafiqzada (m. 2012)
Children 1

Michael Brown (born August 3, 1973),[1] professionally known as Michael Ealy, is an American actor. He is known for his roles in Barbershop (2002), its sequel Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005), Seven Pounds (2008), Takers (2008), For Colored Girls (2010), Think Like a Man (2012), About Last Night (2014), and Think Like a Man Too (2014). Ealy starred as Dorian the android in the Fox TV science fiction police drama series Almost Human.

Early life[edit]

Ealy was born in Washington, D.C.,[2] and was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. Ealy graduated from Springbrook High School[3] and attended the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.[4] His mother worked for IBM and his father was in the grocery business.[5]


He started his acting career in the late 1990s, appearing in a number of off-Broadway stage productions. Among his first film roles were Bad Company and Kissing Jessica Stein. His breakout role came in 2002's Barbershop, in which he plays reformed street thug Ricky Nash, a role that he reprised in the 2004 sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business.[6] In 2003, he played the role of Slap Jack in the second installment of the Fast and the Furious film series, 2 Fast 2 Furious. Later in 2004, Ealy appeared in Never Die Alone with DMX.[7] He also appeared in Mariah Carey's music video for her hit single "Get Your Number" from her 2005 album The Emancipation of Mimi.[4]

In 2005, Ealy co-starred in the Television film version of Their Eyes Were Watching God, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones, and starring Academy Award–winning actress Halle Berry.[8] The same year, he starred in the independent film Jelly smoke, directed by Mark Banning. He starred in the Showtime television series Sleeper Cell, the first season of which aired December 4–18, 2005, and the second season of which, Sleeper Cell: American Terror, aired December 10–17, 2006.[9]

On December 14, 2006, Ealy was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in Sleeper Cell: American Terror in the category Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.[4] In December 2008 he was featured in the movie Seven Pounds alongside Will Smith as Ben Thomas.[10] He also starred as the male lead in Beyoncé's "Halo" music video,[4] and as CIA Field Officer Marshall Vogel in the ABC television series FlashForward.[11]

Ealy also appears in the limited-edition coffee table book (About Face) by celebrity photographer John Russo, published by Pixie Press Worldwide.[12][13] He is currently working on independent writing projects. In 2009, Ealy performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.[14]

In 2010, Ealy appeared as attorney Derrick Bond in the second season of The Good Wife.[15] He co-starred in the 2010 action movie Takers as Jake Attica, and appeared as Travis Marks in USA Network's original series Common Law about two cops who have to go to counseling because they argue too much. Common Law premiered following Fairly Legal on Friday, May 11, 2012.[16]

Ealy appeared as Dominic in the 2012 ensemble comedy Think Like a Man and its 2014 sequel, Think Like a Man Too,[17] and appeared as "Papa Joe" in the 2012 inspirational film Unconditional.[18] He appeared opposite Think Like a Man co-star Kevin Hart in the 2014 remake of About Last Night.[19]

In 2013, Ealy signed on to play "Dorian" in the Fox TV series Almost Human. The sci-fi police procedural takes place in the year 2048 and follows the relationship between two cops as they struggle to solve futuristic crimes that involve complex technology. Ealy depicts the android "Dorian", an older, "DRN" android model that is considered to be less reliable due to its artificial emotions and that is tasked with protecting his partner John Kennex (Karl Urban).[20] The show aired for one season on Fox from 2013 to 2014.[21]

In 2015, Ealy played perfect serial killer "Theo" in season 3 of the television series The Following.[22] Ealy will join the season 2 of the ABC crime mystery show Secrets and Lies, which will air in mid 2016.[23]

Personal life[edit]

In October 2012, Ealy married his girlfriend of four years, Khatira Rafiqzada, in a ceremony in Los Angeles.[24] He announced in February 2014 that he and his wife are parents to a boy named Elijah.[25]



Year Film Role
2001 Kissing Jessica Stein Greg
2002 Bad Company G-Mo
Barbershop Ricky Nash
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious Slap Jack
2004 November Jesse
Barbershop 2: Back in Business Ricky Nash
Never Die Alone Mike
2005 Their Eyes Were Watching God Virgible 'Tea Cake' Woods
Jellysmoke Jacob
2008 Miracle at St. Anna Sgt Cummings
Seven Pounds Ben Thomas
2009 The People Speak Himself
2010 Takers Jake Attica
For Colored Girls Beau Willie
2011 Margaret Dave the Lawyer
2012 Underworld: Awakening Detective Sebastian
Think Like a Man Dominic
Unconditional "Papa Joe" Bradford
2013 Last Vegas Ezra
2014 About Last Night Danny
Think Like a Man Too Dominic
2015 The Perfect Guy Carter Duncan


Year Television Role Other notes
2002 ER Rick Kendrick Episode: Hindsight
2005–2006 Sleeper Cell Darwyn al-Sayeed
2009–2010 FlashForward Marshall Vogel
2009 The People Speak Voice of Malcolm X
2010 The Good Wife Derrick Bond
2011 Californication Ben
2012 Common Law Travis Marks
2012 WWE Raw Himself - May 7 Episode
2013 La Familia De Jimenez Rodrigo (Love interest of Ancho Giorgadze) Season 4 - Regular
2013–2014 Almost Human Dorian Main Character
2015 The Following Theo Season 3 - Regular
2016 Secrets and Lies Eric Warner Season 2 - Regular

Music videos[edit]

Year Music video Role
2005 "Get Your Number" Love interest of Mariah Carey
2009 "Halo" Love interest of Beyoncé Knowles
2012 "Tonight" Love interest of woman John Legend ft. Ludacris[26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result
2007 Sleeper Cell Golden Globe Awards Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated[27]
2005 Their Eyes Were Watching God Black Reel Awards Best Actor Won[27]
2010 For Colored Girls African-American Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Won[27]
2011 For Colored Girls NAACP Image Awards Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated[27]
2012 Think Like a Man Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor Romance Nominated[27]


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  2. ^ "Michael Ealy (@MichaelEaly) on Twitter". Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  3. ^ "Local Actor Makes It Big". March 4, 2005. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Michael Ealy biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Michael Ealy on ‘Good Wife,’ ‘Colored Girls’, and Doing Laundry - Speakeasy - WSJ". 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  6. ^ "Actor Michael Ealy on "Barbershop 3," "Think Like A Man 3," and Why He Has Blue Eyes". Cinemablend. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Never die alone". March 26, 2004. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God". Entertainment Weekly. March 2, 2005. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Sleeper Cell". New York Times. December 8, 2006. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Seven Pounds (2008)". New York Times. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Good Wife' exclusive: 'FlashForward' alum Michael Ealy named partner!". Entertainment weekly. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Site Coming Soon!". Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  13. ^ Metro Source LA magazine
  14. ^ "Lupe, Ealy, and The People Speak". Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Michael Ealy Joins the Cast of The Good Wife". 
  16. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 2, 2012). "USA Sets 'Common Law' Premiere Date For Friday, May 11 At 10/9c". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Michael Ealy says ‘Think Like a Man Too’ ups the romantic ante". The Washingtonpost. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "Michael Ealy talks unconditional". Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "Michael Ealy: 'I Had To Lose 25 Pounds For 'About Last Night' Role'". Huffingtonpost. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Almost Human's Michael Ealy Dissects Dorian". TV Guide. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  21. ^ "Fox Drama ‘Almost Human’ Cancelled". deadline. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  22. ^ "Michael Ealy's Big Bad on 'The Following' Is No Clown". Yahoo. March 30, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Michael Ealy Joins Secrets & Lies For the Next Tragic Murder Mystery". TV Guide. June 17, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Michael Ealy Quietly Married Longtime Girlfriend in October". People. December 20, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Michael Ealy Announces He Has a Son". Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  26. ^ "Michael Ealy, ‘Think Like A Man’ and John Legend: The Parlour Review". April 6, 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  27. ^ a b c d e "Michael Ealy Awards". imdb. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 

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