Michael B. Jordan

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Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Jordan at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Michael Bakari Jordan
(1987-02-09) February 9, 1987 (age 31)
Santa Ana, California, U.S.[1]
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present

Michael Bakari Jordan (born February 9, 1987) is an American actor. Jordan's television roles include Wallace in the HBO series The Wire (2002), Reggie Montgomery in the ABC soap opera All My Children (2003–2006), and Vince Howard in the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights (2009–2011).

Jordan's film roles include shooting victim Oscar Grant in the film Fruitvale Station (2013), for which he received considerable critical acclaim, the Human Torch in the 2015 Fantastic Four, and Adonis Creed in the Rocky sequel film Creed (2015). Other film performances include Red Tails (2012), Chronicle (2012), That Awkward Moment (2014) and the Marvel Studios superhero film Black Panther (2018), for which he won critical acclaim.[2][3] He frequently collaborates with filmmaker Ryan Coogler.[4]

Early life[edit]

Jordan was born in Santa Ana, California, the son of Donna (née Davis), an artist and high school guidance counselor, and Michael A. Jordan. He has an older sister, Jamila, who works in production, and a younger brother, Khalid, who was a football player at Howard University.[5]

Jordan's family spent two years in California[6] before moving to Newark, New Jersey.[7] He attended Newark Arts High School, where his mother works, and where he played basketball.[7] Jordan's middle name, "Bakari", is Swahili for "noble promise".[8]


Early work (1999–2012)[edit]

Jordan in 2011

Jordan initially worked as a model for several companies and brands, including Modell's sporting goods and Toys "R" Us, before deciding to embark on a career as an actor.[9][10] He launched his career as a professional actor in 1999, when he appeared briefly in single episodes of the television series Cosby and The Sopranos.[7] 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, a troubled teenager, until June 2006 when Jordan was released from his contract.[11] Jordan's other credits include guest starring appearances on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,[12] Without a Trace and Cold Case. Thereafter, he had a lead role in the independent film Blackout and starred in 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 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.

Jordan at Comic-Con in 2015

In 2009, Jordan began starring in the NBC drama Friday Night Lights as quarterback Vince Howard, and lived in an apartment in Austin where the show was filmed.[13] He played the character for two seasons until the show ended in 2011.[14] In 2010, he was considered one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazine's Young Hollywood Issue.[15][16] That year, he landed a recurring role on the NBC show Parenthood playing Alex (Haddie Braverman's love interest).[17] 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".[18] Jordan voiced Jace in the Xbox 360 game, Gears of War 3.[19]

In 2012, Jordan appeared in the George Lucas-produced movie Red Tails[20] and played one of the leads in Chronicle, a film about three teenaged boys who develop superhuman abilities.[21] He also guest-starred in an episode of House's final season, playing a blind patient.[22]

Breakthrough (2013–present)[edit]

In 2013, Jordan starred as shooting victim Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler. His performance earned him critical acclaim; The Hollywood Reporter film critic Todd McCarthy writing that he reminded him of "a young Denzel Washington".[23] Following his role in Fruitvale Station, Jordan was named an "actor to watch" by People and Variety.[24][25] 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.[26][27][28]

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

In 2015, he starred as Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, in Fantastic Four.[29][30][31] The film was universally panned by critics, holding a 9% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and was a bust at the box office.[32]

However, later in 2015, Jordan rebounded with critical acclaim and positive reviews when he starred as Adonis Creed, the son of boxer Apollo Creed in the Rocky sequel Creed, his second collaboration with Coogler, which co-starred Sylvester Stallone.[33] Jordan prepared for his role as a boxer in Creed by undertaking one year of rigorous physical training and a stringent low-fat diet.[34] He did not have a body double during filming and was "routinely bloodied, bruised, and dizzy" when fighting scenes were being filmed.[34]

In February 2018, Jordan starred as the villain Erik Killmonger in Marvel's Black Panther; this marked Jordan's third collaboration with Coogler.[35] Jordan received critical acclaim for his work in Black Panther. Dani Di Placido of Forbes Magazine claimed that Jordan "steals the show" and Jason Guerrasio of Business Insider wrote that "Jordan plays a Killmonger fueled with hate and emptiness—we won’t give away why—but he also delivers it with a swagger that’s just a joy to watch ... the movie takes off more in story and viewing enjoyment whenever Jordan is on screen.”[2][3]

Future roles[edit]

Later in 2018, Jordan will star in Fahrenheit 451, which costars Michael Shannon and Laura Harrier. The television film will be distributed on HBO by HBO Films.[36]

Jordan will portray Bryan Stevenson in a biopic titled Just Mercy, which will shoot in early 2018.[37][38] Furthermore, he is slated to re-team with Coogler for the fourth time in a film titled Wrong Answer, based on the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal.[39] Jordan will also be appearing in a second remake of The Thomas Crown Affair.[40] In March 2017, it was reported that Warner Bros. wants to cast Jordan as a younger version of Morpheus in a possible prequel of The Matrix.[41]

Personal life[edit]

Jordan has lived in Los Angeles since 2006.[42] He grew up in a religious household and now considers himself to be "spiritual."[43]



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 "Donnie" Johnson Creed
2018 Black Panther N'Jadaka / Erik "Killmonger" Stevens


Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Sopranos Rideland Kid Episode: "Down Neck"
Cosby Mike Episode: "The Vesey Method"
2002 The Wire Wallace 12 episodes
2003–06 All My Children Reggie Porter Montgomery Regular role; 59 episodes
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 Regular role; 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[44] Unaired TV pilot[45]
2014 Ridiculousness Himself Episode: "Michael B. Jordan"
The Boondocks Pretty Boy Flizzy (voice) Episode: "Pretty Boy Flizzy"
2015 Running Wild with Bear Grylls Himself Episode: "Michael B. Jordan"
2018 Fahrenheit 451 Guy Montag Television movie; Post-production
2019 Raising Dion Also executive producer

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Gears of War 3 Jace Stratton Voice role
2016 NBA 2K17 Justice Young/Himself Supporting character of the MyCareer mode and host
2017 Wilson's Heart Kurt Mosby Voice role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result ref
2005 Soap Opera Digest Award Favorite Teen All My Children Nominated [46]
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series Nominated [47]
2006 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series Nominated [48]
2007 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series Nominated [49]
2008 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author "Homeroom Heroes" Nominated [50]
2011 EWwy Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Friday Night Lights Nominated [51]
2013 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Breakthrough Fruitvale Station Nominated [52]
Hollywood Film Awards Hollywood Spotlight Award Won [53]
Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor Won [54]
National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Breakthrough Actor Won [55]
Phoenix Film Critics Society Breakthrough Performance on Camera Nominated [56]
Satellite Awards Breakthrough Award Performance Won [57]
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award Won [58]
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated [59]
2014 Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Nominated [60]
Black Reel Awards Outstanding Actor Nominated [61]
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated [62]
2015 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Screen Combo (shared with Kate Mara, Miles Teller, and Jamie Bell) Fantastic Four Nominated
African-American Film Critics Association Breakout Performance Creed Won
Boston Online Film Critics Association Best Actor Won
Online Film Critics Society Best Actor Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated [63]
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Best Actor Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Won
Black Reel Awards Best Actor Won
National Society of Film Critics Best Actor Won
Empire Awards Best Actor Nominated [64]
MTV Movie Awards Best Male Performance Nominated [65]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Drama Nominated


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