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  • Michael Ealy Biography

    Born: August 03, 1973 in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

    MICHAEL EALY from his breakout role in “Barbershop” and “Barbershop 2”, Michael Ealy is quickly rising through the ranks as one of Hollywood’s leading male actors.  He is currently starring in the JJ Abrams’ produced sci-fi television series, “Almost Human”, for Fox Networks.  

    For the last few years, Ealy has been red-hot, jumping from tv to film and back to tv, seamlessly.  He most recently wrapped filming, “Think Like A Man Too”, the sequel to the smash hit feature film, “Think Like A Man”, opposite Kevin Hart, for Sony Screen Gems.  Prior to that, Ealy starred in the remake of “About Last Night” (the original starred Demi Moore and Rob Lowe), which will be released in theaters nationwide, next year on Valentine’s Day, also through Sony Screen Gems. 

    Last year, Ealy starred in the TV series, “Common Law”, for USA Networks for a season and completed impactful, multi-episode arcs on CBS’ hit series, “The Good Wife”, and Showtime’s hit series, “Californication”, while concurrently shooting the feature adaptation of the renowned theatre production, “For Colored Girl’s Only, Who Consider Committing Suicide When The Rainbow Is Not Enough” for Tyler Perry Studios and Lions Gate Films.  Previously, he was a lead in “Seven Pounds” for Sony Pictures, opposite Will Smith.  Smith handpicked Ealy to play the pivotal role of Smith’s younger brother in this dark drama.  Additionally, Ealy starred in Spike Lee’s World War 2 picture, “The Miracle at St. Anna” for Walt Disney Pictures.  His riveting performance was lauded in this true story of four buffalo soldiers who risked their lives to save a young, Italian boy, while in enemy territory.  A student of history and supporter of education, Ealy also participated in the docu-mini-series, “The People Speak”, based on Howard Zinn’s acclaimed book on History Channel.  One of the historical figures he portrays is “Malcolm X”.  Other star-studded performances include: Matt Damon, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Don Cheadle, to name a few.

    One of Ealy’s most lauded and riveting roles was his starring turn in the Showtime mini-series, “Sleeper Cell”, where he portrayed Darwyn, a Muslim FBI agent sent undercover to infiltrate a terrorist cell in Los Angeles.  “Sleeper Cell” quickly went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Miniseries and an AFI Honor for Best Program of the Year and Ealy also earned a nomination for a Golden Globe for his lead performance in the mini-series.  Ealy was handpicked by Oprah Winfrey to star opposite Halle Berry in the ABC and Harpo Films telepic, “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”  The special received rave reviews and was viewed by over 26 million people.  Ealy earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for his portrayal of “Teacake”. Ealy also starred in a Sundance selection: the film noir, “Never Die Alone”, opposite DMX, for Fox Searchlight Pictures.

    A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, Michael graduated college with a degree in English.  Shortly after, Michael headed to New York where he performed in several stage productions, including the Off-Broadway hits “Joe Fearless” and “Whoa Jack”, for which he earned an Adelco Award nomination for his performance.  It would not be long before Michael nabbed guest-starring roles in NBC’s “Law & Order” and Showtime’s hit series “Soul Food”.  

    On the heels of his television appearances, he was then cast in the critically-acclaimed film, “Kissing Jessica Stein”, for Fox Searchlight, where he played Greg, the delivery boy with a strong craving for sex.  Michael then segued into the best friend of Jake Hayes (Chris Rock), in “Bad Company” for producer Jerry Bruckheimer.  

    While visiting his friends in Los Angeles, Michael heard about auditions for “Barbershop”.  After placing a call to his manager and a few rounds of auditions, he landed the role of “Ricky Nash”, a two-strike offender working at the local barbershop.  The film earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture as well as a People’s Choice Award nomination for Favorite Comedy Motion Picture.

    After landing his role in “Barbershop”, he promptly moved to Los Angeles to further pursue acting, but suddenly found himself whisked away to Miami, to film “2 Fast 2 Furious” and finally settled in Los Angeles and completed a stint on the Emmy-winning series “ER” for NBC.

    Ealy was named one of People’s “On the Verge” actors in the magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” 2002 and 2013 issue.  He was also named one of E! Entertainment Television’s “Sizzlin’ 16” of 2004 and appeared on the cover of Essence magazine's "Hollywood Screen Gems" for their April 2004 issue.  

    Michael continues to reside in Los Angeles.


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