Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan
Jordan at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Michael Bakari Jordan
February 9, 1987
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
Michael Bakari Jordan (born February 9, 1987) is an American actor. He is known for his film roles as shooting victim Oscar Grant in the drama Fruitvale Station (2013), boxer Adonis Creed in the Rocky sequel film Creed (2015) and main antagonist Erik Killmonger in Black Panther (2018), all three of which were directed by frequent collaborator Ryan Coogler.
Jordan's television roles include Wallace in the HBO series The Wire (2002), Reggie Montgomery in the ABC series All My Children (2003–2006) and Vince Howard in the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights (2009–2011). His other film performances also include Maurice "Bumps" Wilson in Red Tails (2012), Steve Montgomery in Chronicle (2012), Mikey in That Awkward Moment (2014) and the Human Torch in Fantastic Four (2015).
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.
Early work (1999–2012)
Jordan initially worked as a child 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. 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. 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 Montgomery replacing Chadwick Boseman, a troubled teenager, until June 2006 when Jordan was released from his contract. Jordan's other credits include guest starring appearances on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 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.
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. He played the character for two seasons until the show ended in 2011. In 2010, he was considered one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazine's Young Hollywood Issue. That year, he landed a recurring role on the NBC show Parenthood playing Alex (Haddie Braverman's love interest). 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". Jordan voiced Jace in the Xbox 360 game Gears of War 3.
In 2012, Jordan appeared in the George Lucas-produced movie Red Tails and played lead character Steve Montgomery in Chronicle, a film about three teenaged boys who develop superhuman abilities. He also guest-starred in an episode of House's final season, playing a blind patient.
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". Following his role in Fruitvale Station, Jordan was named an "actor to watch" by People and Variety. 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.
In 2015, he starred as Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, in Fantastic Four. The film was universally panned by critics, holding a 9% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and was a bust at the box office.
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. Jordan prepared for his role as a boxer in Creed by undertaking one year of rigorous physical training and a stringent low-fat diet. He did not have a body double during filming and was "routinely bloodied, bruised, and dizzy" when fighting scenes were being filmed.
In February 2018, Jordan starred as the villain Erik Killmonger in Marvel's Black Panther; this marked Jordan's third collaboration with Coogler. Jordan received critical acclaim for his performance 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."
That same year, Jordan reprised his role as boxer Adonis Creed in Creed II, a sequel to Creed (2015) and the eighth installment in the Rocky film series. Creed II was released in the United States by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on November 21, 2018. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and it went on to debut to $35.3 million in its opening weekend (a five-day total of $55.8 million), marking the biggest debut ever for a live-action release over Thanksgiving.
Jordan is scheduled to portray Bryan Stevenson in a biopic titled Just Mercy, which is scheduled to shoot in early 2018. 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. Jordan is also scheduled to appear in a second remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. In March 2017, it was reported that Warner Bros. wants to cast Jordan as a younger version of Morpheus in a possible prequel to The Matrix. He is also set to voice Julian Chase in Rooster Teeth's upcoming gen:Lock animated series, as well as co-produce the series through his production company, Outlier Society Productions.
Jordan has lived in Los Angeles since 2006. He grew up in a religious household and now considers himself to be "spiritual". As of 2018, he lives with his parents in a Sherman Oaks home that he purchased. Jordan has stated that his favorite anime is Naruto.
|1999||Black and White||Teen #2|
|2009||Pastor Brown||Tariq Brown|
|2012||Red Tails||Maurice "Bumps" Wilson|
|2013||Fruitvale Station||Oscar Grant|
|Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox||Victor Stone / Cyborg (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|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|
|Fahrenheit 451||Guy Montag|
|Creed II||Adonis "Donnie" Johnson Creed|
|2020||Just Mercy||Bryan Stevenson||Post-production|
|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|
|2012||House||Will Westwood||Episode: "Love Is Blind"|
|County||Travis Hancock||Unaired TV pilot|
|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"|
|2019||Gen:Lock||Julian Chase (voice)||Web series|
|Raising Dion||Mark Reese||Recurring role; also executive producer|
|2011||Gears of War 3||Jace Stratton|
|2016||NBA 2K17||Justice Young, Himself||Host on MyCareer mode|
|2017||Wilson's Heart||Kurt Mosby|
|2018||Creed: Rise to Glory||Adonis Creed|
Awards and nominations
|2005||Soap Opera Digest Award||Favorite Teen||All My Children||Nominated|||
|NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series||Nominated|||
|2006||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series||Nominated|||
|2007||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series||Nominated|||
|2008||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author||Homeroom Heroes||Nominated|||
|2011||EWwy Awards||Best Supporting Actor in a Drama||Friday Night Lights||Nominated|||
|2013||Detroit Film Critics Society||Best Breakthrough||Fruitvale Station||Nominated|||
|Hollywood Film Awards||Hollywood Spotlight Award||Won|||
|Gotham Awards||Breakthrough Actor||Won|||
|National Board of Review of Motion Pictures||Breakthrough Actor||Won|||
|Phoenix Film Critics Society||Breakthrough Performance on Camera||Nominated|||
|Satellite Awards||Breakthrough Award Performance||Won|||
|Santa Barbara International Film Festival||Virtuoso Award||Won|||
|St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association||Best Actor||Nominated|||
|2014||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Male Lead||Nominated|||
|Black Reel Awards||Outstanding Actor||Nominated|||
|NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture||Nominated|||
|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|||
|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|||
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Male Performance||Nominated|||
|2016||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor: Drama||Nominated|
|2018||Saturn Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Black Panther||Nominated|||
|MTV Movie & TV Awards||Best Villain||Won|||
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