Mike Colter

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Mike Colter
Mike Colter 2015.jpg
Colter at the 2015 New York Comic Con
Born (1976-08-26) August 26, 1976 (age 40)
Columbia, South Carolina
Alma mater University of South Carolina
Rutgers University
Spouse(s) Iva Colter

Mike Randal Colter (born August 26, 1976) is an American actor best known for his roles as Lemond Bishop in the television series The Good Wife, Malcolm Ward in Ringer, and Luke Cage in Marvel's Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, both set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Early life[edit]

Colter was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and grew up in St. Matthews, South Carolina. Colter is the youngest of five children born to Eddie Lee, Sr. and Freddie Marion (née Mitchell) Colter. He is a graduate of Calhoun County High School. His senior year, 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, from where he received 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]


Colter's highest profile role was in the film Million Dollar Baby, in which he portrayed boxer Big Willie Little. He has also guest starred on Law & Order: Trial By Jury, The Good Wife, ER, and The Parkers, as well as several TV movies. He also starred in the series Ringer.[3]

In 2014, Colter began portraying the role of Agent Jameson Locke in the Halo franchise.[4] Colter starred in the series Halo: Nightfall and provided the motion capture for Agent Locke in Halo 5: Guardians while the voice acting is performed by Ike Amadi. He is also co-starring as Luke Cage in Jessica Jones, on Netflix. The entire first season was released online on November 20, 2015.[5] This was followed by the character's individual series, Luke Cage, which was released on September 30, 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Colter is married to Iva Colter, as of 2016. He also confirmed on the 27th September 2016 segment of the Wendy Williams show that he has a daughter with her. [6] He is a second cousin of actress Viola Davis.[7][8] He resides in Los Angeles.


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 Jr.
2012 Zero Dark Thirty DEVGRU Operative Mike
Year Title Role Notes
2002 ER Watts Episode: "Hindsight"
2002 Parkers, TheThe 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 MGySgt 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 8 episodes
2015–present Jessica Jones Luke Cage 7 episodes
2016–present Luke Cage Luke Cage Main character
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Mike Colter Wears a Pink Button Up and Black Boots"
2017 The Defenders Luke Cage Main character
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Halo: The Master Chief Collection Spartan Jameson Locke
2015 Halo 5: Guardians Spartan Jameson Locke Motion-capture only
Voice by Ike Amadi


  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. ^ http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/mike-colter/credits/258829/
  4. ^ Opam, Kwame (November 10, 2015). "Meet the new face of 'Halo'". The Verge. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ Truitt, Brian. "'Jessica Jones' star Mike Colter a powerhouse as Luke Cage has some really yellow teeth". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Mike Colter". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  7. ^ Sharma, Nemisha (December 6, 2015). "'Luke Cage': 5 Cool Things You Didn't Know About Marvel/Netflix Star Mike Colter". Design & Trend. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  8. ^ Mike Colter; Luke Cage (September 30, 2016). "Mike Colter Interview With The Breakfast Club (9-30-16)". The Breakfast Club (Radio program). Interview with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God. New York City. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 

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