Michael B. Jordan is an American actor and producer who has gained immense popularity and critical acclaim for his performances in a variety of films and television series.
He was born on February 9, 1987, in Santa Ana, California, and grew up in Newark, New Jersey. His middle name is Bakari, which means “noble promise” in Swahili.
Jordan’s career began in 1999 when he appeared in an episode of “The Sopranos”. He then landed a recurring role in the HBO series “The Wire” from 2002 to 2008, playing the character of Wallace. The show gave Jordan his first taste of critical acclaim and recognition.
After “The Wire”, Jordan appeared in several television shows such as “All My Children”, “Lie to Me”, and “Parenthood”. In 2013, he starred in the critically acclaimed film “Fruitvale Station”, directed by Ryan Coogler.
The film was based on the true story of Oscar Grant, a young African American man who was shot and killed by a police officer at a train station in Oakland, California.
Jordan’s portrayal of Grant received rave reviews from critics, and he was nominated for several awards for his performance. He then reunited with Coogler to star in the boxing drama “Creed” in 2015, where he played the son of Rocky Balboa’s former rival and friend, Apollo Creed.
The film was a commercial and critical success, grossing over $173 million worldwide, and Jordan received critical acclaim for his performance.
In 2018, Jordan starred as the villainous Erik Killmonger in the Marvel blockbuster “Black Panther”, directed by Coogler. The film was a massive commercial success, grossing over $1.3 billion worldwide, and Jordan’s performance was widely praised. He was also named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2018.
Jordan has also been involved in several television productions, including “Friday Night Lights”, “Parenthood”, and “The Boondocks”. In addition, he has appeared in films such as “That Awkward Moment”, “Chronicle”, and “The Fantastic Four”.
In 2019, Jordan starred in the legal drama “Just Mercy”, based on the true story of Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer who fights to free a wrongfully convicted death row inmate.
The film received critical acclaim, and Jordan’s performance was widely praised. He was nominated for several awards for his performance, including a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.
In addition to his acting career, Jordan is also a producer. He founded his own production company, Outlier Society Productions, in 2016.
The company’s first project was the critically acclaimed Netflix series “Raising Dion”, which Jordan executive produced and starred in. The series follows a single mother who discovers her young son has superpowers.
Jordan is also involved in several philanthropic endeavors. In 2015, he launched the Lupus LA MBJAM, an annual charity basketball tournament to raise funds for lupus research and awareness.
He has also worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and has been involved with campaigns to raise awareness of police brutality and racial inequality.
Jordan is widely regarded as one of the most talented actors of his generation. He has been praised for his ability to bring depth and nuance to his roles, and for his commitment to telling stories that reflect the experiences of people of color.
He has also been recognized for his physical transformation in his roles, such as gaining 24 pounds of muscle for “Creed” and undergoing intense physical training for “Black Panther”.