Michael Brown was born August 3, 1973. He is professionally known as Michael Ealy the American actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles in Barbershop (2002), its sequel Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005), Seven Pounds (2008), For Colored Girls (2010), and Underworld: Awakening (2012). Ealy starred as Dorian in the science fiction police drama, Almost Human as well.
Ealy was born in Washington, D.C., and was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. Ealy attended the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. His mother worked for IBM and his father was in the grocery business.
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 street thug 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.
Also, 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 were he won the Black Reel Awards for Best Actor.
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.
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 signed on to play attorney Derrick Bond in The Good Wife for at least ten episodes of the second season. He also co-stars in the action movie Takers as Jake Attica and played Beau Willie in the movie,For Colored Girls where he won Best Supporting Actor by theAfrican-American Film Critics Association.
In 2011, Ealy signed on to play Travis Marks in USA Network‘s new original series Common Law about two cops who have to go to counseling because they argue too much. It premiered following Fairly Legal on Friday, May 11, 2012. He then starred in the 2012 film “Think Like a Man” where he played Dominic.
In October 2012, Ealy married his girlfriend of four years, Khatira Rafiqzada, in a ceremony in Los Angeles.
And finally in Unconditional, with the role of PAPA JOE. In 2013, Ealy signed on to play “Dorian” in the TV 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).
Stay tuned you haven’t seen the last of Ealy, because is going tobe in the upcoming moving Think Like A Man Too, which is scheduled for release in June of 2014 and I can’t wait!!!!