Mike Colter

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Mike Colter
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Mike Colter at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Mike Randal Colter

(1976-08-26) August 26, 1976 (age 45)
EducationBenedict College
University of South Carolina, Columbia (BA)
Rutgers University, New Brunswick (MFA)
Years active2002–present
Iva Colter
(m. 2002)
RelativesViola Davis (second cousin)

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) and The Good Fight (2017–present), Malcolm Ward in Ringer (2011–2012), Jameson Locke in the Halo franchise (2014–2015) and Agent J's father in Men in Black 3.

Early life[edit]

Colter was born in Columbia, South Carolina the youngest of four children born to Eddie Lee, Sr. and Freddie Marion (née Mitchell) Colter and grew up in St. Matthews, South Carolina. He is a graduate of Calhoun County High School. In his senior high school yearbook, 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, receiving 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][3]


Colter's first role was in the film Million Dollar Baby as boxer Big Willie Little. He 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 starred in the series Ringer.[4]

In 2012, he was featured in the final act of the film Men in Black 3, playing agent J's father in the year 1969.

In 2014, Colter began portraying the role of Agent Jameson Locke in the Halo franchise.[5] Colter starred in the series Halo: Nightfall and provided the motion capture for Agent Locke in Halo 5: Guardians, and the voice acting is performed by Ike Amadi. He also co-starred as Luke Cage in Jessica Jones on Netflix. The first season was released online on November 20, 2015.[6] This was followed by the character's own series, Luke Cage, and the first season was released on September 30, 2016. The second season release followed on June 22, 2018.[7] In between the two seasons, Colter also played Luke in The Defenders. He also starred in the 2018 alien invasion movie Extinction.[8]

Colter was announced as the male lead in the CBS drama pilot, Evil as David Acosta, a Catholic seminarian who assesses unexplained phenomena for supernatural or scientific explanations.[9]

In 2020, Colter starred in the Netflix anthology series Social Distance.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Colter met his future wife, Iva, at Rutgers University in New Jersey while he was pursuing his Masters and she was working on her PhD. The couple married in 2016, ten years after they first met.[11][12] He also confirmed on the September 27, 2016, segment of The Wendy Williams Show that he has a daughter with Iva. The couple's second daughter was born in October 2018.[13] Colter is a second cousin of actress Viola Davis.[14][15] 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.[16]



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 Senior.
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 Darius Tureau
2020 Fatale Rafe Grimes
2021 South of Heaven Whit Price
TBA I’m Charlie Walker Charlie Walker Post-production


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 26 episodes;
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)
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Mike Colter Wears a Pink Button Up and Black Boots"
2017 The Defenders Luke Cage 8 episodes;
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2018)
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–present Evil David Acosta Main cast;
Nominated – Critics' Choice Super Award for Best Actor in a Horror Series (2021)
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series (2020)
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television (2021)
2019 Seis Manos Brister (voice) 8 episodes
2020 Tiny Creatures Narrator (voice) 8 episodes
2020 Monsterland Brian Cooke Episode: "Newark, New Jersey"
2020 Social Distance Ike Episode: "Delete All Future Events"

2021 City confidential Narrator

Video games[edit]

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


  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. ^ Myers, Marc (June 16, 2020). "To Act or Not to Act? For Mike Colter, That Was Never a Question". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  4. ^ "Mike Colter | TV Guide". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  5. ^ Opam, Kwame (November 10, 2015). "Meet the new face of 'Halo'". The Verge. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  6. ^ Truitt, Brian. "'Jessica Jones' star Mike Colter a powerhouse as Luke Cage". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  7. ^ Stedman, Alex (December 4, 2016). "'Luke Cage' Renewed for Season 2 on Netflix". Variety. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  8. ^ Caron, Nathalie (April 21, 2017). "Luke Cage's Mike Colter joins alien invasion movie Extinction". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Warner, Sam (August 27, 2020). "Luke Cage's Mike Colter returns to Netflix in quarantine-shot series Social Distance". Digital Spy. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  11. ^ "Fun Facts About 'Evil' Star Mike Colter's Wife, Iva Colter". YourTango. October 1, 2020. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  12. ^ Sihlangu, Junie (December 26, 2020). "Mike Colter's Wife Iva Works at Netflix — Glimpse into the Actor's Interracial Marriage". news.amomama.com. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  13. ^ "Mike Colter Welcomes Baby as Luke Cage Is Canceled: 'As One Door Closes, Another Has Opened'". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ 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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