Born In: Santa Ana, California, United States
Michael B. Jordan is a popular American actor known for his remarkable performance in movies such as ‘Fruitvale Station’, ‘Hardball’, and ‘Creed’. Jordan also earned widespread acclaim for starring in TV series ‘The Wire’, ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘Parenthood’. Jordan, who during his growing up years had appeared in commercials for some well-known firms, had not seriously thought about becoming an actor. He debuted as an actor at the age of 12 by briefly appearing in the movie, ‘Black and White’ and in single episodes of the TV series, ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Cosby’. His first major break was bagging a decisive role in the movie Hardball. However, he was catapulted into the national limelight when he was selected to portray Wallace in the opening season of the HBO crime drama series, ‘The Wire’. He firmly established his acting credentials by starring in numerous TV series, prominent amongst them being ‘All My Children’, ‘The Assistants’, ‘Friday Night Lights’, and ‘Parenthood’. He has also buttressed his position on the silver screen through his impressive performance in the movies, ‘Fruitvale Station’, ‘Fantastic Four’, ‘Red Tails’, ‘Creed’, ‘Pastor Brown’ and ‘Blackout’.
Also Known As: Michael Bakari Jordan
father: Michael A. Jordan
mother: Donna Jordan
siblings: Jamila Jordan, Khalid Jordan
Born Country: United States
Notable Alumni: Newark Arts High School
U.S. State: California
City: Santa Ana, California
education: Newark Arts High School
Michael B. Jordan was born on 9 February 1987, in the city of Santa Ana in Orange County, California. His father, Michael A. Jordan was a caterer while his mother, Donna Davis Jordan served as a career counselor in a high school and was also an artist.
He has two siblings, elder sister Jamila and younger brother Khalid.
He spent the first two years of his life in Santa Ana and thereafter his family relocated to Newark, New Jersey. He went to the same school his mother was employed- Newark Arts High School. He excelled in sports, especially basketball.
Jordan, after attaining professional success, revealed in an interview that growing up in Newark proved to be enormously struggling as he recalled having buddies who were into carjacking and drug peddling. He added that he received huge support and encouragement from his parents which kept him on the righteous path.
At age of ten, he appeared in commercials for the print media and thereafter he received several offers to feature in advertisements of renowned companies, meant for electronic/digital media. He was featured in commercials for Toys “R” Us and Modell’s Sporting Goods.
Landing a small part in the 1999 crime drama movie, ‘Black and White’ where he appears as a teenager for a very brief moment was Michael’s first big screen role. He debuted on the small screen in the same year appearing fleetingly in one episode each of ‘Sopranos’ and ‘Cosby’.
Michael’s acting career received a shot in the arm when he successfully auditioned to portray ‘Jamal’ in the 2001 comedy-drama sports film, ‘Hardball’ sharing screen space with Keanu Reeves and Diane Lane.
In 2002, he impressed the audience with his brilliant portrayal of Wallace in the HBO series, ‘The Wire’. Though he starred in only 13 episodes of ‘The Wire’ in its debut season, his riveting performance ensured that he kept receiving work offers on a consistent basis. He starred as Reggie Porter Montgomery in 59 episodes of NBC’s ‘All My Children’ from 2003-2006. During this phase, he picked up four awards for his acting skills.
From 2006 through to 2009, he starred in the TV series CSI: ‘Crime Scene Investigation’, ‘Without a Trace’, ‘Cold Case’, ‘Burn Notice’ and ‘Bones’. He landed the protagonist’s role in the indie movie, ‘Blackout’ and played the role of Nate Warren in the sitcom ‘The Assistants’ in a total of 13 episodes.
The year 2009 turned out to be another breakout year for Jordan as he was selected to depict gridiron player Vince Howard in the Emmy Award-winning NBC series, ‘Friday Night Lights’. He portrayed the character of Vince in the show for two seasons, 2009-10, and 2010-11, running into 26 episodes in total.
His adept depiction of Vince in Friday Night Lights paved the way for a floodgate of television and film offers in the entertainment industry. In 2010, Jason Katims, producer of Friday Night Lights chose Michael for the role of Alex in ‘Parenthood’. Michael played Alex in 16 episodes that were aired on the NBC channel from 2010-11.
In 2012, George Lucas of Star Wars fame cast him in the movie ‘Red Tails’. He was also part of the lead cast in the sci-fi thriller, ‘Chronicle’ where he was one of three teenagers (Steve Montgomery) who acquire phenomenal powers.
Jordan demonstrated that he was an actor par excellence when immaculately enacted the lead role of Oscar Grant in the biopic, ‘Fruitvale Station’ (2012). The movie which perfectly described the events that led to the slaying of Oscar Grant at Fruitvale metro station was director and scriptwriter Ryan Coogler’s debut venture.
Both the print and electronic media were effusive in their extolling Michael’s performance in Fruitvale Station which earned him 11 nominations and five awards. A film critic reported in ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ that Michael was reminiscent of a budding Denzel Washington. People and Variety magazines regarded him as one of the upcoming “actors to watch”.
In 2015, he starred in the superhero movie, ‘Fantastic Four’, adapted from an eponymous Marvel Comics book. The movie bombed at the box office. But, he came back with a bang with the movie 'Creed', in which he played the character of Adonis Creed. The movie ‘Creed’ was a big hit.
The unprecedented success of Creed entrenched Michael’s reputation as an accomplished actor in tinsel town. Even so, he did not choose to rest on his laurels but firmly set his sights on furthering his career with the long-term objective of making the transition from actor to director and producer.
Michael B. Jordan went on to star in another superhero movie ‘Black Panther’. This movie too was based on the Marvel Comics book and was directed by Ryan Coogler. The film was released in 2018 and earned critical acclaim.
In 2018, he starred in a fictional dystopian telefilm, ‘Fahrenheit 451’ based on a Ray Bradbury novel of the same name where he played the lead character, ‘Guy Montag’.
In 2019, he appeared in a biographical movie named, ‘Just Mercy’ where he played the role of Bryan Stevenson. That same year, he also joined the voice cast of the science fiction animated series ‘Gen:Lock’ as ‘Julian Chase.’ The series ran for 2 seasons and aired its final episode in 2021.
He next starred as ‘John Clark’ in the 2021 American action thriller film ‘Without Remorse’ directed by Stefano Sollima. The film received mostly mixed reviews from critics. That same year, he also portrayed ‘Charles Monroe King’ in the Denzel Washington-directed romantic drama film ‘A Journal for Jordan.’ The film opened to a mixed critical reception and earned a 39% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes.
In 2022, he made a cameo appearance as ‘Erik "Killmonger" Stevens’ in the superhero film ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ directed by Ryan Coogler. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics and grossed over $859.1 million on a budget of $200–250 million.
In 2023, he reprised his role as ‘Adonis "Donnie" Creed’ in the American sports drama film ‘Creed III.’ The film also marked the directorial debut of Jordan. The film garnered praise from critics and performed well at the box office, grossing over $272.1 million on a $75 million budget.
Michael Jordan is settled in Los Angeles. He is very religious by nature. He also has a philanthropic bent of mind and supports a string of charitable organizations, such as ‘Lupus LA’ and ‘Help USA’.
Michael B. Jordan started dating model Lori Harvey in November 2020. In June 2022, it was announced that the couple separated.
Michael B. Jordan started dating model Lori Harvey in November 2020. In June 2022, it was announced that the couple separated. He is romantically linked to Christina Bocalbos.
He attended tap-dancing classes when he was a child.
Had been homeschooled for several years but nevertheless was a member of the Newark Arts High School’s basketball team
His middle name Bakari is a Swahili word signifying ‘noble promise’
Meryl Streep is his favorite actress
He took a middle name and inserted the first alphabet of the name (‘B’) so that people did not mistake him for the legendary basketball player, Michael Jordan.
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