Actor Michael Ealy

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.

Early life

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.

Personal life

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.



Year Film Role Notes
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 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
2015 The Perfect Guy Carter Duncan Also executive producer
2019 The Intruder Scott Russell
Jacob’s Ladder Jacob Singer Also executive producer
2020 Fatale Derrick Tyler Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
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
2011 Californication Ben 5 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
2020 Westworld Jake Season 3

Music videos

Year Music video Artist 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

Year Nominated work Award Category Result
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

External Links

Actor Michael Ealy – Wikipedia

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