Michael Jace

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Michael Jace
Born (1962-07-13) July 13, 1962 (age 55)
Paterson, New Jersey, US
Residence North Kern State Prison in Delano, California
Occupation Actor
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)[1]
Weight 212 lb (96 kg)[1]
Criminal charge Murder[1]
Criminal penalty 40 years to life in prison[2]
Criminal status In prison[1]
Spouse(s) Jennifer Bitterman (m. 1996; div. 2002)
April Laune (m. 2003; d. 2014)
Children 3
Motive Marital problems, financial difficulties
Conviction(s) Second degree murder
Victims April Jace
Country United States
State(s) California
Date apprehended
May 20, 2014[1]
Imprisoned at North Kern State Prison

Michael Andrew Jace (born July 13, 1962)[3] is a former American actor, best known for his role as Los Angeles Police Officer Julien Lowe in the FX drama The Shield. He played Andre Tibbs, ex-convict mover accused of murder, on an episode of Cold Case.

On May 20, 2014, Jace was arrested and booked with fatally shooting his wife, April Jace. A jury subsequently convicted him of second-degree murder on May 31, 2016,[2] and on June 10, 2016 sentenced him to forty years to life in prison.


Jace began his professional acting career in 1992, appearing in an episode of Law & Order. In 1994, he appeared in several TV shows like Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and films like Clear and Present Danger. He also appeared in the hit film Forrest Gump, playing a member of the Black Panthers.

Jace's other film appearances include Strange Days, playing a bodyguard to a corrupt record executive; The Replacements, playing a prison inmate-turned-football player; The Great White Hype, playing antagonist Marvin Shabazz; Boogie Nights, playing Jerome; The Fan, playing an arrogant ticket scalper; and Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes remake, playing Major Frank Santos.

Aside of his film appearances, Jace's TV appearances include the 1995 HBO TV movie Tyson (as boxer Mitch Green); Cold Case; and the 1999 Fox TV movie Michael Jordan: An American Hero (as Jordan).

In 2002, Jace was cast as Officer Julien Lowe on FX's hit show The Shield. Jace was part of the main cast, and appeared in 89 episodes through all seven seasons. His character started as a rookie cop that had internal conflicts between his belief in the teachings of the Bible and his homosexuality.

After his role on The Shield, Jace appeared, uncredited, in State of Play with Russell Crowe. From 2009 to 2013, he had a small recurring role on the show Southland.

Murder conviction[edit]

Jace was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department on the evening of May 19, 2014, at his Hyde Park, South Los Angeles home, following a domestic violence report, as well as Jace's own 9-1-1 call, in which he stated, "I shot my wife."[4] When police arrived, they found Jace's wife, April, dead from gunshot wounds. After being questioned by police regarding his wife's death,[5] Jace confessed to the shooting. On May 20, 2014, at approximately 2:30 am, Jace was arrested and booked for the murder of his wife.[1] On May 22, 2014, he was formally charged with murder by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.[6] On May 31, 2016, Jace was found guilty of second-degree murder.[7] On June 10, 2016, he was sentenced to forty years to life in prison. He is incarcerated at the California State Prison at Centinela in Imperial County.[8]


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  2. ^ a b Digon, Sno-Ann (2 June 2016). "Michael Jace Guilty Of Wife's Murder; Sentenced To 40 Years". Parent Herald. IQADNET LLC. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Biographical facts on arrested actor Michael Jace". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Associated Press. May 20, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Longeretta, Emily (May 20, 2014). "Michael Jace Charged For Shooting & Killing Wife In Front Of Kids". Penske Media Corporation. hollywoodlife.com. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ Staff (May 20, 2014). "Actor Michael Jace held over fatal shooting of wife, April Jace at home in Los Angeles". CBS News. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (May 22, 2014). "Prosecutors Charge ‘The Shield’ Actor With Murder in Wife’s Death". Variety. Variety Media, LLC. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ Lara, Jovana; ABC7.com staff (May 31, 2016). "Former 'Shield' actor Michael Jace found guilty of wife's murder". ABC7 Los Angeles. ABC Inc. Associated Press. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  8. ^ Myers, Amanda Lee (June 11, 2016). "'Shield' actor gets 40 years to life in wife's killing". CTV News. Bell Media. Associated Press. 

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