Michael B Jordan
The young actor
Considered one of Hollywood’s brightest stars, Michael B. Jordan has defied convention with his choice in roles and critically acclaimed performances, making him an inspiration and role model for a new generation.
Michael B. Jordan, middle of three children, was born in Santa Ana, California and raised in Newark, New Jersey by Donna (Davis), and Michael A. Jordan. His middle name Bakari means "noble promise" in Swahili.
Jordan has starred in three of the most critically acclaimed television dramas of the past decade. First, Michael played the hard-shelled but softhearted 'Wallace' in HBO's dramatic hit series "The Wire". He then went on to star as quarterback 'Vince Howard' on "Friday Night Lights" (NBC), before playing a recovered alcoholic, 'Alex', on NBC's "Parenthood".
Michael successfully took on his first major leading film role when he starred as 'Oscar Grant' in "Fruitvale Station" (dir: Ryan Coogler). The film is an account of Oscar's controversial slaying by police officers on a San Francisco train platform. It premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where it received the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic Film. It also screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard category. Fruitvale has garnered many awards including Best First Feature at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards, Outstanding Independent Motion Picture at the 2014 NAACP Image Awards and the 2014 Stanley Kramer Award from the Producer's Guild of America. Michael also won the 2013 Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Actor.
In 2015, Michael starred in a new version of "Fantastic Four”, playing the role of 'Johnny Storm' aka 'The Human Torch', opposite Miles Teller, Jamie Bell, and Kate Mara for 20th Century Fox. He previously starred in 20th Century Fox's box office hit “Chronicle”; as well as “That Awkward Moment”, opposite Zac Efron and Miles Teller; and the George Lucas produced film “Redtails”, the story of the first African American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during WWII aka The Tuskegee Airmen.
MBJ reunited with Ryan Coogler for the film “Creed”, starring alongside Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson. The film was released on Thanksgiving 2015 by MGM and Warner Brothers.
He resides in Los Angeles, where he enjoys supporting the charity Lupus LA.