Michael Brown (born August 3, 1973), professionally known as Michael Ealy, is an American actor. He is known for his roles in Barbershop (2002), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Takers (2010), Think Like a Man (2012), About Last Night (2014), Think Like a Man Too (2014), The Perfect Guy (2015), and The Intruder (2019). Ealy starred as Dorian the android in the Fox TV science fiction police drama series Almost Human.
Ealy was born in Washington, D.C., and was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. Ealy went to Springbrook High School and graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland with a degree in English. His mother worked for IBM and his father was in the grocery business.
He started his acting career in the late 1990s, appearing in several off-Broadway stage productions. Among his first film roles were Bad Company and Kissing Jessica Stein. His breakout role came in 2002’s Barbershop, in which he plays reformed felon Ricky Nash, a role that he reprised in the 2004 sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business. In 2003, he played the role of Slap Jack in the second installment of the Fast and the Furious film series, 2 Fast 2 Furious. Later in 2004, Ealy appeared in Never Die Alone with DMX. He also appeared in Mariah Carey’s music video for her hit single “Get Your Number” from her 2005 album The Emancipation of Mimi.
In 2005, Ealy co-starred in the Television film version of Their Eyes Were Watching God, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones, and starring Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry. The same year, he starred in the independent film Jellysmoke, directed by Mark Banning. He starred in the Showtime television series Sleeper Cell, the first season of which aired December 4–18, 2005, and the second season of which, Sleeper Cell: American Terror, aired December 10–17, 2006.
On December 14, 2006, Ealy was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in Sleeper Cell: American Terror in the category Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. In December 2008 he was featured in the movie Seven Pounds alongside Will Smith as Ben Thomas. He also starred as the male lead in Beyoncé’s “Halo” music video, and as CIA Field Officer Marshall Vogel in the ABC television series FlashForward.
Ealy also appears in the limited-edition coffee table book (About Face) by celebrity photographer John Russo, published by Pixie Press Worldwide. He is currently working on independent writing projects. In 2009, Ealy performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.
In 2010, Ealy appeared as attorney Derrick Bond in the second season of The Good Wife. He co-starred in the 2010 action movie Takers as Jake Attica and appeared as Travis Marks in USA Network’s original series Common Law about two cops who have to go to couples counseling because they argue too much. Common Law premiered following Fairly Legal on Friday, May 11, 2012.
Ealy appeared as Dominic in the 2012 ensemble comedy Think Like a Man and its 2014 sequel, Think Like a Man Too, and appeared as “Papa Joe” in the 2012 inspirational film Unconditional. He appeared opposite Think Like a Man co-star Kevin Hart in the 2014 remake of About Last Night.
In 2013, Ealy signed on to play co-lead “Dorian” in the Fox television series Almost Human. The sci-fi police procedural takes place in the year 2048 and follows the relationship between two cops as they struggle to solve futuristic crimes that involve complex technology. Ealy depicts the android “Dorian”, an older, “DRN” android model that is considered to be less reliable due to its artificial emotions and that is tasked with protecting his partner John Kennex (Karl Urban). The show aired for one season on Fox from 2013 to 2014.
In 2015, Ealy played serial killer “Theo” in season 3 of the Fox television series The Following. He starred as Eric Warner in the second season of the ABC mystery crime series Secrets and Lies, which aired in the fall of 2016. Since 2017 Ealy has starred in the fourth season of Being Mary Jane opposite Gabrielle Union.
In October 2012, Ealy married Khatira Rafiqzada, his girlfriend of four years, in a ceremony in Los Angeles, and together they have a son, Elijah, and a daughter, Harlem.
|2001||Kissing Jessica Stein||Greg|
|2003||2 Fast 2 Furious||Slap Jack|
|Barbershop 2: Back in Business||Ricky Nash|
|Never Die Alone||Mike|
|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|
|2015||The Perfect Guy||Carter Duncan||Also executive producer|
|2019||The Intruder||Scott Russell|
|Jacob’s Ladder||Jacob Singer||Also executive producer|
|2000||Metropolis||Calvin McDade||Unsold television pilot|
|2000||Law & Order||Private Nelson||Episode: “Vaya Con Dios”|
|2000||Madigan Man||Runner||Episode: “Love and Dermatology”|
|2001||Soul Food||Steve||Episode: “Little Girl Blue”|
|2002||ER||Rick Kendrick||Episode: “Hindsight”|
|2005||Their Eyes Were Watching God||Virgible ‘Tea Cake’ Woods||ABC television movie|
|2005–2006||Sleeper Cell||Darwyn al-Sayeed||Main role, 18 episodes|
|2007||Suspect||Det. Marcus Tillman||Television movie|
|2009–2010||FlashForward||Marshall Vogel||Recurring role, 10 episodes|
|2010||The Good Wife||Derrick Bond||Recurring role, 12 episodes|
|2012||Common Law||Travis Marks||Main role, 12 episodes|
|2012||WWE Raw||Himself||May 7 episode|
|2013–2014||Almost Human||Dorian||Main role, 13 episodes|
|2015||The Following||Theo||Main role (season 3), 10 episodes|
|2016||Secrets and Lies||Eric Warner||Main role (season 2), 10 episodes|
|2017-2019||Being Mary Jane||Justin Talbot||Main role (season 4), Season 5- Finale Episode|
|2019||Stumptown||Det. Miles Hoffman||Main role|
|2005||“Get Your Number”||Mariah Carey||Love interest of Mariah Carey|
|2009||“Halo”||Beyoncé Knowles||Love interest of Beyoncé|
|2012||“Tonight”||John Legend ft. Ludacris||Love interest of woman|
Awards and nominations
|2007||Sleeper Cell||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|2005||Their Eyes Were Watching God||Black Reel Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series||Won|
|2010||For Colored Girls||African-American Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actor||Won|
|2011||For Colored Girls||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2012||Think Like a Man||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor Romance||Nominated|