Michael Ealy

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Michael Ealy
Michael Ealy.jpg
Ealy at ComicCon, July 22, 2011
Born (1973-08-03) August 3, 1973 (age 45)
OccupationActor
Years activelate 1990s–present
Spouse(s)
Khatira Rafiqzada (m. 2012)

Michael Ealy (born August 3, 1973)[1] is an American actor. His real name is Michael Brown; Ealy is the name he uses for acting. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the movies Barbershop (2002), its sequel Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005), Seven Pounds (2008), For Colored Girls (2010), and Underworld: Awakening (2012). On television, Ealy stars as Dorian in the science-fiction police drama, Almost Human.

Life and career[change | change source]

Ealy was born in Washington, D.C..[2] He was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. His mother worked for IBM. His father worked in the grocery business.[3] He attended the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

He started his acting career in the late 1990s. He appeared in Off-Broadway stage productions. Among his first movie roles were Bad Company and Kissing Jessica Stein. His breakout role was in 2002's Barbershop, in which he played a reformed street criminal named Ricky Nash. He played that role again in the sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, in 2004. In 2003, he played Slap Jack in 2 Fast 2 Furious. Later in 2004, Ealy appeared in Never Die Alone with DMX. He appeared in Mariah Carey's music video for her hit single "Get Your Number". He played Dominic in "Think like a Man" in 2012.

Personal life[change | change source]

In October 2012, Ealy married Khatira Rafiqzada, in Los Angeles. They had been together for four years before this.[4]

Filmography[change | change source]

Film[change | change source]

Year Film Role
2001 Kissing Jessica Stein Greg
2002 Bad Company G-Mo
Barbershop Ricky Nash
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious Slap Jack
2004 November Jesse
Barbershop 2: Back in Business Ricky Nash
Never Die Alone Mike
2005 Their Eyes Were Watching God Virgible 'Tea Cake' Woods
Jellysmoke Jacob
2008 Miracle at St. Anna Sgt Cummings
Seven Pounds Ben Thomas
2009 The People Speak Himself
2010 Takers Jake Attica
For Colored Girls Beau Willie
2011 Margaret Dave the Lawyer
2012 Underworld: Awakening Detective Sebastian
Think Like a Man Dominic
Unconditional "Papa Joe" Bradford
2013 Last Vegas Ezra
2014 About Last Night Danny
Think Like A Man Too Dominic

Television[change | change source]

Year Film Role
2005–2006 Sleeper Cell Darwyn al-Sayeed
2009–2010 FlashForward Marshall Vogel
2009 The People Speak Voice of Malcolm X
2010 The Good Wife Derrick Bond
2011 Californication Ben
2012 Common Law Travis Marks
2012 WWE Raw Himself - May 7 Episode
2013 La Familia De Jimenez Rodrigo (Love interest of Ancho Giorgadze) - Season 4-Regular
2013– Almost Human Dorian
2015 The Following Strauss' Best Student

Music videos[change | change source]

Year Music video Role
2005 "Get Your Number" Love interest of Mariah Carey
2009 "Halo" Love interest of Beyoncé Knowles
2012 "Tonight" Love interest of female John Legend ft. Ludacris

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result
2007 Sleeper Cell Golden Globe Awards Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
2005 Their Eyes Were Watching God Black Reel Awards Best Actor Won
2010 For Colored Girls African-American Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Won
2011 For Colored Girls NAACP Image Awards Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
2012 Think Like a Man Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor Romance Nominated

References[change | change source]

  1. "Michael Ealy Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2009-01-05.
  2. "Michael Ealy (@MichaelEaly) on Twitter". mobile.twitter.com.
  3. Toepfer, Susan (2 November 2010). "Michael Ealy on 'Good Wife,' 'Colored Girls', and Doing Laundry".
  4. "Michael Ealy Quietly Married Longtime Girlfriend in October". People. December 20, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012.

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