Do you ever watch a TV show or movie and think, “Wow that actor is really great”? Michael B. Jordan (the “B.” stands for “Bakari,” which in Swahili means “of noble promise”) is one of those actors.
Michael was born in Santa Ana, CA on February 9, 1987. His family later moved to Newark NJ and he attended Newark Arts High School. His career in front of the camera started with some modeling as a teenager and then one of his first acting jobs came at the age of 12 when he an extra on The Cosby Show. Michael’s big break was when he played Wallace on the HBO series The Wire. The “Promise” started to gain attention. Next he played Reggie Montgomery for three years on the soap opera All My Children. A handful of television appearances on shows like Bones and Burn Notice led to great role of quarterback Vince Howard on the critically acclaimed show, Friday Night Lights. Once here, the transition to films seemed inevitable.
Jordan got historical first when producer George Lucas cast him in the role of Maurice “Bumps” Williams in 2012’s Red Tails, a movie about the legendary Tuskegee Airman. In that same year Michael played one of three high schoolers who suddenly posses super human powers in the sci-fi drama Chronicle. But his most notable movie to date is Fruitvale Station.
Fruitvale Station is the true story of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed by BART officers in Oakland California. Director Ryan The movie won both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Not one to rest on his laurels, in a recent interview in the New York Times, Michael mentioned “he’d like to write and direct and dreams of playing the singer Sam Cooke in a biopic when he’s a bit older.”