Michael B. Jordan Biography

Television/Film Actor, Michael B. Jordan is best known for his roles in critically acclaimed television shows and recently for his role as the lead actor in the movie 'Creed' (2015); which is the seventh installment of the 'Rocky' franchise.

Michael B. Jordan was born on February 9, 1987 and was raised in Newark, New Jersey, which is also where he began his career as a model and an actor. His role in Sopranos (1999) was his first significant break and later landed major roles in landmark TV shows like The Wire and Friday Night Lights. Michael B. Jordan is a steady film actor, accumulated massive praise for his role in the film Fruitvale Station (2013) and in 2015 he starred in the movie Creed; the latest installment of the Rocky franchise.

Early Life
Born on February 9, 1987, in Santa Ana, California, American film actor Michael Bakari Jordan is the son of a caterer and high school guidance counselor. Jordan spent the most of his childhood in Newark, New Jersey, where he moved with his parents when he was two. Growing up, Jordan had a tough life in Newark having friends who sold drugs and stole cars; something which Jordan admitted to in an interview later on. But with the encouragement of his parents, the future actor began modeling for newspaper ads at the age of 10.

Along the way Jordan kept auditioning for commercials and TV shows. He finally caught his first break, when he landed a small role on the Bill Cosby sitcom, Cosby. Other minor roles followed and in 1999 he made an appearance in The Sopranos.

The Wire and Friday Night Lights
The career changing and defining role for Jordan was in the 2001 movie, Hardball (2001). Starring Keanu Reeves and Diane Lane, the film tells the story of an inner-city baseball team. Jordan had landed a principal role and his acclaimed performance caught the eyes of the creators of the HBO series, The Wire.

Jordan’s character Wallace lasted for only one season however his riveting performance and portrayal of the caring, soft-spoken character, changed his career and opened doors for many opportunities, ending his struggles to find consistent television and film work.

In 2003 he was tapped as a regular cast member on the soap opera, All My Children. During his three-year stint on the show Jordan earned a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Favorite Teen and also received three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series.

He left the soap in 2006, however Jordan kept on acting. He landed a role in the indie film, Blackout (2007), and made appearances in various television shows, including Law & Order: Criminal Intent, CSI, and Cold Case among others.

In 2009 when he was cast to play Vince Howard, the star quarterback, in the NBC Emmy-winning series, Friday Night Lights. This was his second big break. Jordan’s brilliant performance wowed fans of the series and served notice to critics that he was actor to keep an eye on.

Recent Roles and Rocky Redux
Jordan became a noticeable actor and carefully leveraged his stardom. He delivered again with a reoccurring role in the NBC series, Parenthood and received a lot of critical praise for his 2013 performance in the Ryan Coogler directed, Fruitvale Station which is based on a true story in which Jordan played the starring role of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old African-American man who was killed by police while at an Oakland, California subway station.

His film work has also included roles in Red Tails (2012), The Chronicle (2012), That Awkward Moment (2014), and as The Human Torch in Fantastic Four (2015).

In 2015, Jordan starred in the movie ‘Creed’ directed by Ryan Coogler; where he played the role of an aspiring fighter, Adonis Johnson, the unknown son of Rocky’s late rival and friend Apollo Creed. For the film, Jordan spent more than a year preparing for the role and as an accomplished high school athlete, trained vigorously. He trained with boxers and embarking on a strict diet. Upon its release, Oscar talk immediately began to swirl around the film, cementing Jordan’s status as a Hollywood star. However the talent and ambitious actor is determined to take his career to the next level, as Jordan says, “I want to make that move from actor to producer, like Will Smith.”

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