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Michael B. Jordan
Born Name: Michael Bakari Jordan
Date of Birth: February 9, 1987
Place of Birth: Santa Ana, California, United States
Height: 1.83 m
Occupation: Actor, producer
Parents: Donna Jordan, Michael A. Jordan

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 Adonis "Donnie" Creed in the Rocky sequel film Creed (2015) and main antagonist Erik Killmonger in Black Panther (2018), all four of which were co-written and directed by 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).

Early life
Jordan was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Donna and Michael 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.

Career
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, 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 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. Jordan also featured in the popular sports game NBA 2K17 and voiced Justice Young, a teammate of yours in MyPlayer.

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.

Breakthrough (2013–present)
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 "Donnie" 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 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. 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."

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.

Planned roles
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. The film will be released on September 18, 2020.

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. Jordan will also star in 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 movie Blood Brothers. In February 2020, it was announced that Jordan had signed up for an undisclosed role in David O. Russell as-yet untitled drama, co-starring Christian Bale and Margot Robbie.

Personal life
Jordan has lived in Los Angeles since 2006. He grew up in a religious household and considers himself to be spiritual. As of 2018, he lived 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.

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