Jonathan Majors is an American actor, best known as the best friend of 'Jimmie Fails' in 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco,' which was premiered at the 'Sundance Film Festival.’ A 'Yale School of Drama' alumnus, Majors had studied acting for over a decade by the time he was in his late twenties. He started his career with two 'Humana Festival' produced plays and eventually ventured into films and television. Majors rose to fame with 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' and then had starring roles in 'White Boy Rick,' 'Captive State,' 'When We Rise,' and a lead role in the upcoming series 'Lovecraft Country.'
Childhood & Early Life
Majors was born Jonathan Michael Majors on September 7, 1989, in Dallas, Texas, to a pastor couple. He harbored a passion for acting since he was a child. Majors had won numerous awards for his performances in 'One Act Play' and 'TFA Tournaments' at 'Duncanville High School.' He graduated high school in 2008.
Majors pursued his bachelor's degree from the 'University of North Carolina School of the Arts' and later, attended the 'Yale School of Drama' and graduated in 2016. He got his career break while he was in his last semester at 'Yale.'
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Major began his acting career with theater plays. He performed as 'Henri Marx' in the Jeff Augustin play 'Cry Old Kingdom,' which ran from March 8 to April 7, 2013, at the 'Actors Theatre of Louisville' in Kentucky, during a 'Humana Festival.'
Soon after, he shared the stage with Andy Lucien (as 'Laurence Fishburne'), playing 'Jonathan Josephson' in Josephson's play '27 Ways I Didn't Say 'H' To Laurence Fishburne,' (April 6 to 7, 2013) for a 'Humana Ten-Minute Plays Festival.'
Majors made his film debut with the 2017 Western film 'Hostiles' in which he played 'Corporal Henry Woodson,' a soldier who had served under 'Blocker' and assisted in escorting 'Yellow Hawk' home.
He made his television debut the same year with 'When We Rise,' an 'ABC' eight-part docudrama miniseries about the LGBT rights advocacy in the United States. Majors played the younger version of 'Ken Jones' (played by Michael K. Williams) in four episodes.
Majors then starred as 'Johnny "Lil Man" Curry,' a local gangster and dope-dealing kingpin in the 2018 biographical crime drama 'White Boy Rick.' He portrayed 'Duncan J. Reynolds,' a college professor specializing in parallel universes, in the English crime drama 'Out of Blue.'
Major's most acclaimed performance has been as 'Montgomery Allen' in Joe Talbot's feature directorial debut, 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' (2019). The film revolves around the life of actor Jimmie Fails and Talbot. Allen is based on Fails' real-life friend Prentice.
In 2019, Majors was seen as 'Rafe Drummond' in the crime science-fiction thriller 'Captive State' and 'Greg' in Nabil Elderkin's directorial debut, 'Gully.'
On May 2, 2018, it was reported that Majors was signed as the male lead, 'Atticus Black,' a war veteran from the 1950s, searching for his father in the upcoming drama horror 'Lovecraft Country.' By then, he had already booked to play 'David' in Spike Lee directed upcoming epic war drama film 'Da 5 Bloods.' In the forthcoming drama film 'Jungleland,' Majors will be seen as 'Pepper.'
Majors has received the 'National Drama Competition' by the 'National Society of Arts and Letters' (NSAL), representing the Chautauqua Chapter in 2015. He also received the 'NSAL First Place Award' of $10,000. He holds the 'MFA Lloyd Richards Scholarship' and the 'SAFD Recommended Certification.'
Family & Personal Life
Majors hails from an extended family of pastors with Southern roots that also consists of teachers and farmers.