Jordan, Michael B: Profile of Fruitvale Station and Fantastic Four Star

MICHAEL B. JORDAN plays Johnny Storm in the new Fantastic Four (August 2015).

Jordan is considered to be one of Hollywood’s brightest and hottest young actors.

Fruitvale Station

His performance as Oscar Grant in The Weinstein Company’s “Fruitvale Station” (dir. Ryan Coogler) got him rave reviews.  It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. The film also premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the award for Best First Film. At the 2014 NAACP Image Awards, the film received the award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture. Additionally, Michael received the Satellite Special Achievement Award for Breakthrough Performance, the Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award for his role.

Recently Michael was in Tom Gormican’s “That Awkward Moment” opposite Zac Efron, Imogen Poots and Miles Teller.

In 2012, he starred in 20th Century Fox’s box office hit “Chronicle” (dir. Josh Trank), a supernatural thriller that follows three Portland teens as they develop incredible powers after exposure to a mysterious substance, he also had a supporting role in “Red Tails” (dir: Anthony Hemmingway), produced by George Lucas, the story of the first African American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during WWII aka The Tuskegee Airmen.

TV Dramas

Before beginning his film career, Michael was best known for having starred in two of the most significant TV dramas of the past decade. First, Michael received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the hard-shelled, softhearted young urbanite ‘Wallace’ in HBO’s dramatic hit series “The Wire.” He then went on to star as the quarterback Vince Howard on the critically acclaimed, Emmy winning series “Friday Night Lights” (NBC). He also portrayed recovering alcoholic ‘Alex’ on the third season of NBC’s fan favorite series “Parenthood.”

Cosby Show

Michael caught the eye of Bill Cosby and was cast in the recurring role of Michael for the CBS sitcom series “Cosby” in 1999. Almost simultaneously, he appeared on the HBO series “The Sopranos.” The following year, he was selected from hundreds of hopefuls, to play Jamal, in the Paramount Pictures feature film, “Hardball” starring Keanu Reeves.

Youngest African American Actor

In 2003, Michael became the youngest African American actor to be contracted with the ABC network daytime drama series, “All My Children”, in the role of Reggie, Susan Lucci’s adopted son. Michael later moved to Los Angeles where he soon landed a lead role in the independent film “Blackout,” starring Melvin Van Peebles, Jeffrey Wright, and Zoe Saldana.  In the fall of 2007, Michael was cast in his first feature film, Rockmund Dunbar’s ensemble “Pastor Brown.”  He has had guest appearance roles for “CSI,” “Cold Case,” “Lie to Me,” “Without a Trace,” and “Law & Order.”  Michael received NAACP Image Award Nominations for Outstanding Male Actor in a Television Daytime Drama Series in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Hailing from Newark, NJ, Michael currently resides in Los Angeles and spends much of his spare time supporting the non-profit organization Lupus LA.

Creed: Spin Off Rocky

Michael recently wrapped production on his film “Creed,” helmed by his “Fruitvale Station” director Ryan Coogler. The film, which is a spin-off of the “Rocky” franchise centered on Apollo Creed’s grandson, will be released November 25, 2015. Sylvester Stallone will also be seen in this film.