Michael Ealy


Date Of Birth

August 3, 1973


Michael Ealy was born Michael Brown in Silver Spring, Maryland on August 3, 1973. He became known for his role on Showtime's terrorism-themed series Sleeper Series. He grew up in the suburban Maryland neighborhood of Stonegate and was educated at Springbrook High school, and later at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Ealy made his acting debut in the late 1990s with a number of appearances in off-Braodway stage productions. His first film roles were in Fast Company and Kissing Jessica Stein. His breakout role would come some years later in 2002 with playing a reformed street thug named Ricky Nash in Barbershop. He reprised the role in the sequel two years ago in Barbership 2: Back in Business. He was also in the second installment of the Fast and the Furious film franchise called 2 Fast 2 Furious. He was also on the music video of Maria Carey called Get Your Number.

Ealy ventured into film in 2005 with a telefilm version of Their Eyes Were Watching God, a production produced by Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones and starring Berry. His other screen credits include the independently produced feature Jellysmoke. He was nominated for Golden Globe Award in 2006 for his role on the second season of Sleeper Cell for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.

In 2011, Ealy has been cast as one of the lead stars on the USA Network series Common Law where he plays an LAPD detective who can't stand his partner. After the cancellation of the series, he moved on to join the cast of Almost Human in 2013.

Place of Birth

Silver Spring, Maryland

Birth Name

Michael Brown




2006: Black Reel Award - Best Actor - Television for: Their Eyes Were Watching God


2013: Almost Human - Dorian

2012: Common Law - Travis Marks

2011: Firebird - Joe Bradford

2010: The Good Wife (TV series) - Derrick Bond

2010: For Colored Girls - Beau Willie

2010: Takers - Jake Attica

2009-2010: FlashForward (TV series) - Marshall Vogel

2009: Hawthorne (TV series) - Dr. Phillips

2008: Seven Pounds - Ben's Brother

2008: Miracle at St. Anna - Sergeant Bishop Cummings

2007: Put It in a Book (short) - Akmed

2007: Suspect (TV movie) - Det. Marcus Tillman

2005-2006: Sleeper Cell (TV series) - Darwyn Al-Sayeed

2005: Jellysmoke - Jacob

2005: Their Eyes Were Watching God (TV movie) - Tea Cake

2004: Barbershop 2: Back in Business - Ricky

2004: Never Die Alone - Michael

2004: November - Jesse

2003: 2 Fast 2 Furious - Slap Jack

2003: Justice - Woody

2002-2003: ER (TV series) - Rick Kendrick/Ryan Kendrick

2002: Barbershop - Ricky Nash

2002: Bad Company - G-Mo

2001: Kissing Jessica Stein - Greg

2001: Soul Food (TV series) - Steve

2000: Madigan Men (TV series) - Runner

2000: Law & Order (TV series) - Pvt. Nelson

2000: Metropolis (TV movie) - Calvin McDade

2000: The Lush Life (short) - Isaac Youngblood


5' 9 1/2" (1.77 m)


"I love to act because it's the only aspect of my life beside God and family that I am truly passionate about on a daily basis. I thank God for not only the gift of creative expression but also surrounding me with others who both possess the gift and support it to the fullest."

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