THAT AWKWARD MOMENT
MICHAEL B. JORDAN (Mikey) is considered one of Hollywood's
brightest young actors. Jordan portrayed Oscar Grant in Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale
Station, a searing account of Grant's controversial slaying by police officers
on a San Francisco train platform. Produced by Forest Whitaker and co-starring
Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz, the film premiered at the Sundance Film
Festival to rave reviews (Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner). At
Cannes, it won the award for Best First Film.
In 2012 Jordan starred in Josh Trank's surprise hit Chronicle, a supernatural
thriller that follows three Portland teens as they develop incredible powers
after exposure to a mysterious substance. He also played a supporting role in
George Lucas' film Redtails, directed by Anthony Hemingway, which tells the
story of the first African American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during
WWII (aka "the Tuskegee Airmen").
Additional film credits include Blackout, starring Melvin Van Peebles,
Jeffrey Wright and Zoe Saldana; and Pastor Brown, directed by Rockmond Dunbar
("Soul Food," "Sons of Anarchy").
Before beginning his feature film career, Jordan was best known for having
starred in two of the most significant television dramas of the past decade.
First, he received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the hard-shelled,
softhearted young urbanite Wallace in HBO's classic crime drama "The Wire." He
then went on to star as quarterback Vince Howard on NBC's critically acclaimed,
Emmy-winning series "Friday Night Lights." Jordan also portrayed recovering
alcoholic Alex on the third season of NBC's "Parenthood."
For his work on the daytime drama "All My Children," Jordan earned NAACP
Image Award nominations for Outstanding Male Actor in a Daytime Drama Series in
2005, 2006 and 2007. Other TV credits include "CSI," "Cold Case," "Lie to Me,"
"Without a Trace," and "Law & Order."
Originally from Newark, Jordan was graced with the opportunity to begin a
professional acting career early in his life. He caught the eye of Bill Cosby
and in 1999 he was cast in the recurring role of Michael on the CBS sitcom
"Cosby." Almost simultaneously, Jordan appeared on HBO's "The Sopranos." The
following year he was selected from hundreds of hopefuls to play Jamal in the
sports dramedy Hardball, starring Keanu Reeves, which opened No. 1 at the box
Jordan currently resides in Los Angeles and spends much of his spare time
supporting the non-profit organization Lupus LA.
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