Michael B. Jordan
Michael Bakari Jordan
February 9, 1987
Santa Ana, California, U.S.
Michael Bakari Jordan  (//; born February 9, 1987) is an American actor and producer. He is known for his film roles as shooting victim Oscar Grant in the drama Fruitvale Station (2013), boxer Donnie Creed in Creed (2015), and Erik Killmonger in Black Panther (2018), all three of which were written and directed by Ryan Coogler. Jordan reprised the role of Creed in Creed II (2018), and is set to star, and make his directorial debut, in Creed III (2022).
Jordan initially broke out in television roles, including Wallace in first season of the HBO crime drama series The Wire (2002); Reggie Montgomery on the ABC soap opera All My Children (2003–2006) and Vince Howard in the NBC sports drama series Friday Night Lights (2009–2011). His other film performances include Red Tails (2012), Chronicle (2012), That Awkward Moment (2014), Fantastic Four (2015) and Just Mercy (2019), where he portrayed Bryan Stevenson.
In 2020, Jordan was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine, as well as People's Sexiest Man Alive. In the same year, The New York Times ranked him #15 on its list of the 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century.
Michael Bakari Jordan was born on February 9, 1987, in Santa Ana, California, to Donna and Michael A. Jordan. He has a sister, Jamila, and a younger brother, Khalid, who in 2010 signed to be a football player at Howard University. Jordan's family spent two years in California before moving to Newark, New Jersey. He attended Newark Arts High School, where his mother works, and where he played basketball.
Jordan 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 in 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, replacing Chadwick Boseman, playing Reggie Montgomery, 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, 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 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 being hunted by a local gangster. In 2010, he was considered one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazine's Young Hollywood Issue.
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. 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 film 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 garnered critical acclaim, with Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter stating that Jordan 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 magazine 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 when he starred as Donnie Creed, the son of boxer Apollo Creed in the 7th Rocky film, 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 2016, Jordan featured in the popular sports game NBA 2K17, portraying Justice Young, a teammate of the player in the game's MyCareer mode. In October 2017, it was announced that Jordan was cast in a supporting role as Mark Reese in the upcoming Netflix superhero series, Raising Dion. In February 2018, Jordan starred as the villain Erik Killmonger in Marvel's Black Panther; this marked Jordan's third collaboration with Coogler. His performance in Black Panther received critical acclaim, with Dani Di Placido of Forbes stating that Jordan "steals the show", while Jason Guerrasio of Business Insider wrote that the actor "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."
Later in 2018, Jordan starred in Fahrenheit 451 with Michael Shannon and Sofia Boutella. The television film was distributed on HBO by HBO Films. That same year, Jordan reprised his role as boxer Donnie 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.
He also voices the character Julian Chase in Rooster Teeth's animated series, Gen:Lock, which he also co-produces through his production company, Outlier Society Productions since January 2019. Jordan portrayed attorney Bryan Stevenson in a legal drama, Just Mercy, which he also co-produced. The film was released in December 2019 to critical acclaim. Jordan stars in Without Remorse, based on the book by Tom Clancy, as John Clark, a former Navy SEAL and director of the elite counterterrorism unit Rainbow Six. Originally planned for release on September 18, 2020, it was released on April 30, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He is slated to reteam with Coogler for the fourth time in Wrong Answer, a film based on the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal. Jordan is also set to appear in a second remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. He will also star in A Journal for Jordan, to be directed by Denzel Washington, as a soldier who "kept a journal full of poignant life lessons for their newborn son, Jordan, while deployed overseas." Jordan is also set to appear in the vampire film Blood Brothers. His production company Outlier Society signed a first look deal with Amazon.
Jordan is set to make his directorial debut with Creed III, a sequel to Creed II, in addition to reprising his starring role as boxer Donnie Creed. It is set to be released on November 23, 2022.
Jordan has resided in Los Angeles since 2006. He grew up in a religious household and considers himself to be spiritual. As of 2018[update], he lives with his parents in a Sherman Oaks home that he purchased. Jordan is also a fan of anime, particularly Naruto: Shippuden and the Dragon Ball franchise.
In October 2020, Jordan called attention to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, tweeting "No more Genocide! Thinking of my Armenian friends and people in conflict everywhere, and using this app to see what the media won't show."
|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-DVD|
|2014||That Awkward Moment||Mikey|
|2015||Fantastic Four||Johnny Storm / Human Torch|
|Creed||Adonis "Donnie" Creed|
|2018||Black Panther||N'Jadaka / Erik "Killmonger" Stevens|
|Kin||Male Cleaner||Cameo; also excutive producer|
|Creed II||Adonis "Donnie" Creed|
|2019||Just Mercy||Bryan Stevenson||Also producer|
|2021||Without Remorse||John Clark||Also producer|
|Space Jam: A New Legacy||Himself||Cameo|
|A Journal for Jordan||Charles Monroe King||Also producer; Filming|
|1999||The Sopranos||Rideland Kid||Episode: "Down Neck"|
|Cosby||Mike||Episode: "The Vesey Method"|
|2002||The Wire||Wallace||12 episodes|
|2003–2006||All My Children||Reggie Porter Montgomery||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|
|2009–2011||Friday Night Lights||Vince Howard||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"|
|2014||The Boondocks||Pretty Boy Flizzy (voice)||Episode: "Pretty Boy Flizzy"|
|2018||Fahrenheit 451||Guy Montag||Television film; also executive producer|
|2019–present||Gen:Lock||Julian Chase (voice)||8 episodes; also executive producer|
|Raising Dion||Mark Warren||3 episodes; also executive producer|
|2021||Love, Death & Robots||Terence (voice/motion capture)||Episode: "Life Hutch"|
|What If...?||N'Jadaka / Erik "Killmonger" Stevens (voice)||Guest role; Post-production|
|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 "Donnie" Creed|
|"Did You Wrong"||2009||Pleasure P||The Introduction of Marcus Cooper|
|"Family Feud"||2017||Jay-Z (featuring Beyoncé)||Ava DuVernay||4:44|||
|"Whoa"||2019||Snoh Aalegra||Ugh, Those Feels Again|||
|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||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Television Movie||Fahrenheit 451||Nominated|||
|Saturn Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Black Panther||Nominated|||
|MTV Movie & TV Awards||Best Villain||Won|||
|BET Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|||
|Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|||
|Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|||
|San Francisco Film Critics Circle||Best Supporting Actor||Won|||
|Seattle Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|||
|Villain of the Year||Won|
|St. Louis Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Villain||Won|||
|Toronto Film Critics Association Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Runner-up|||
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|||
|2019||Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Nominated|||
|Santa Barbara International Film Festival||Cinema Vanguard Award||Honored|||
|Austin Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|||
|Black Reel Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor||Nominated|||
|Critics' Choice Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|||
|Houston Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|||
|London Film Critics' Circle||Best Supporting Actor of the Year||Nominated|||
|Online Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actor||Won|||
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Won|||
Bakari. It's Swahili, means 'noble promise.'
I was born in Orange County – in Santa Ana. My dad is from California. I was raised on the East Coast. My first two years were in California...
Raised in Newark, Jordan studied drama at the public magnet Newark Arts High School, where his mother is still a teacher, city officials said.