Michael B. Jordan

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BornMichael Bakari Jordan
February 09, 1987 (age 30)
Profession Actor
Parents Michael A. Jordan, Donna Jordan
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Michael Bakari Jordan (born February 9, 1987) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as East Dillon High School quarterback Vince Howard in Friday Night Lights, teenage drug dealer Wallace in The Wire, Reggie Montgomery in All My Children, Steve Montgomery in Chronicle, and Alex in Parenthood. In 2013 he played shooting victim Oscar Grant in the critically acclaimed film Fruitvale Station. Jordan will play The Human Torch in the upcoming 2015 film Fantastic Four. Most recently he co-starred in That Awkward Moment alongside Zac Efron and Miles Teller.

Early life

Jordan was born in Santa Ana, California, to Donna (née Davis), who works at Arts High, and Michael A. Jordan, a caterer. Jordan is named after his father, and has no connection with basketball player Michael Jordan. His middle name is Swahili for "noble promise". Jordan is the middle of three children with an older sister, Jamila, who works in production and a younger brother, Khalid, who is a Howard University footballer. Jordan spent two years in California and then moved with his family to Newark, New Jersey. He attended Newark Arts High School, where he played basketball. He did not plan on being an actor. He first started off modeling for local companies. He modeled for Modell's sporting goods and Toys "R" Us. Despite the end of Friday Night Lights he still has his apartment in Austin where the TV series was filmed.


In 1999, at twelve, he was a cast in a recurring role in the CBS comedy Cosby. In the same year, he appeared in the HBO series The Sopranos and the following year, he played alongside Keanu Reeves in Hardball. 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 playing Reggie Porter (later Reggie Montgomery), a troubled teenager, until June 2006. Jordan was released from his contract from the soap after three years due to lack of airtime, and last aired on June 5, 2006.

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 also starred on a sitcom called 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 the popular TV Spy show Burn Notice in the episode "Hot Spot", playing a high school football player who got into a fight and is now 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.

He had a major role in the two final seasons of NBC drama Friday Night Lights as quarterback Vince Howard. 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.

In 2014, he co-starred in That Awkward Moment, with Zac Efron and Miles Teller. In April 2013, Jordan joined the cast of Josh Boone's Pretenders. In July 2013, Jordan was announced to portray the grandson of Apollo Creed in the Rocky spinoff Creed with his Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler and Sylvester Stallone. Jordan is also set to star as Johnny Storm / The Human Torch in the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four.

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