Ealy at ComicCon, July 22, 2011
|Years active||late 1990s–present|
Khatira Rafiqzada (m. 2012)
Michael Ealy (born August 3, 1973) 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.. He was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. His mother worked for IBM. His father worked in the grocery business. 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.
Filmography[change | change source]
Film[change | change source]
|2001||Kissing Jessica Stein||Greg|
|2003||2 Fast 2 Furious||Slap Jack|
|Barbershop 2: Back in Business||Ricky Nash|
|Never Die Alone||Mike|
|2005||Their Eyes Were Watching God||Virgible 'Tea Cake' Woods|
|2008||Miracle at St. Anna||Sgt Cummings|
|Seven Pounds||Ben Thomas|
|2009||The People Speak||Himself|
|For Colored Girls||Beau Willie|
|2011||Margaret||Dave the Lawyer|
|2012||Underworld: Awakening||Detective Sebastian|
|Think Like a Man||Dominic|
|Unconditional||"Papa Joe" Bradford|
|2014||About Last Night||Danny|
|Think Like A Man Too||Dominic|
Television[change | change source]
|2005–2006||Sleeper Cell||Darwyn al-Sayeed|
|2009||The People Speak||Voice of Malcolm X|
|2010||The Good Wife||Derrick Bond|
|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|
|2015||The Following||Strauss' Best Student|
Music videos[change | change source]
|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]
|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]
- "Michael Ealy Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2009-01-05.
- "Michael Ealy (@MichaelEaly) on Twitter". mobile.twitter.com.
- Toepfer, Susan (2 November 2010). "Michael Ealy on 'Good Wife,' 'Colored Girls', and Doing Laundry".
- "Michael Ealy Quietly Married Longtime Girlfriend in October". People. December 20, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012.