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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.

Career

He started his acting career in the late 1990s, appearing in a number of 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. Metro Source LA magazine 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 2012.
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 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. The Tom Joyner Morning Show Interview Promoting The Perfect Guy September 2015

Filmography

Film

{ Bradford
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2013
Last Vegas
Ezra
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rowspan="2"2014
About Last Night
Danny
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Think Like a Man Too
Dominic
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2015
The Perfect Guy
Carter Duncan
Also executive producer
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rowspan="2"2019
The Intruder
Scott Russell
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Jacob's Ladder
Jacob Singer
Also executive producer
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2020
Fatale
Post-production
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Television

{ class="wikitable"
-
!Year
!Title
!Role
!Notes
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2000
Metropolis
Calvin McDade
Unsold television pilot
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2000
Law & Order
Private Nelson
Episode: "Vaya Con Dios"
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2000
Madigan Man
Runner
Episode: "Love and Dermatology"
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2001
Soul Food
Steve
Episode: "Little Girl Blue"
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2002
ER
Rick Kendrick
Episode: "Hindsight"
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2005
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Virgible 'Tea Cake' Woods
ABC television movie
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2005–2006
Sleeper Cell
Darwyn al-Sayeed
Main role, 18 episodes
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2007
Suspect
Det. Marcus Tillman
Television movie
-
2009–2010
FlashForward
Marshall Vogel
Recurring role, 10 episodes
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2010
The Good Wife
Derrick Bond
Recurring role, 12 episodes
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2011
Californication
Ben
5 episodes
-
2012
Common Law
Travis Marks
Main role, 12 episodes
-
2012
WWE Raw
Himself
May 7 episode
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2013–2014
Almost Human
Dorian
Main role, 13 episodes
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2015
The Following
Theo
Main role (season 3), 10 episodes
-
2016
Secrets and Lies
Eric Warner
Main role (season 2), 10 episodes
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2017-2019
Being Mary Jane
Justin Talbot
Main role (season 4), Season 5- Finale Episode
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2019–present
Stumptown
Det. Miles Hoffman
Main role
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2020
Westworld
Jake
Season 3

Music videos

{ class="wikitable"
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!Year
!Music video
!Artist
!Role
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2005
"Get Your Number"
Mariah Carey
Love interest of Mariah Carey
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2009
"Halo"
Beyoncé Knowles
Love interest of Beyoncé
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2012
"Tonight"
John Legend ft. Ludacris
Love interest of woman

Awards and nominations

{ class="wikitable"
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! Year
! Nominated work
! Award
! Category
! Result
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2007
Sleeper Cell
Golden Globe Awards
Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
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2005
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Black Reel Awards
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
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2010
For Colored Girls
African-American Film Critics Association
Best Supporting Actor
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2011
For Colored Girls
NAACP Image Awards
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
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2012
Think Like a Man
Teen Choice Awards
Choice Movie Actor Romance

External links



Category:20th-century American male actors
Category:21st-century American male actors
Category:1973 births
Category:African-American male actors
Category:American male film actors
Category:American male television actors
Category:Living people
Category:Male actors from Maryland
Category:Male actors from Washington, D.C.
Category:People from Silver Spring, Maryland
Category:University of Maryland, College Park alumni
 
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