Michael Bakari Jordan, born February 9, 1987, is an American actor. He’s known for his movie roles as shooting victim Oscar Grant in the drama Fruitvale Station, amateur boxer Adonis Creed in the Rocky sequel movie Creed, and antagonist Erik Killmonger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero movie Black Panther. Take a look below for 27 more interesting and fun facts about Michael B. Jordan.
1. Jordan’s television roles include Wallace in the HBO series The Wire, Reggie Montgomery in the ABC soap opera All My Children, and Vince Howard in the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights.
2. He was born in Santa Ana, California, the son of Donna, an artist and high school guidance counselor and Michael A. Jordan.
3. Jordan has an older sister, Jamila, who works in production, and a younger brother, Khalid, who was a football player at Howard University.
4. His family spent two years in California before moving to Newark, New Jersey.
5. He went to Newark Arts High School, where his mother works, and where he played basketball.
6. He was considered one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazine’s Young Hollywood Issue.
7. He took tap dancing lessons as a child.
8. Before he started booking acting jobs, Jordan appeared in ads for Modell’s Sporting Goods and Toys ‘R’ Us.
9. His middle name, Bakari, is Swahili and means “of noble promise.”
10. He was considered for Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but lost to his Chronicle co-star Dane DeHaan, and for Sam Wilson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which went to Anthony Mackie.
11. Jordan was offered the role of Dr. Dre in Straight Outta Compton, but he turned it down.
12. He was originally cast as Marcus Atwood in Triple 9, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Anthony Mackie replaced him.
13. Just like Chris Evans, he’s the second actor to portray Human Torch, in a failed attempt at a Fantastic Four franchise, prior to joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
14. He launched his career as a professional actor in 1999, when he appeared briefly in a single episode of the television series Cosby and The Sopranos.
15. His first principal movie role followed 2001 when he was featured in Hardball, which starred Keanu Reeves.
16. In 2002, Jordan gained more attention by playing the small but pivotal role of Wallace in the first season of HBO’s The Wire.
17. In March 2003, he joined the cast of All My Children playing Reggie Porter, a troubled teenager, until June 2006, when Jordan was released from his contract.
18. He had a lead role in the independent movie Blackout and starred in The Assistants on The-N.
19. In 2008, Jordan appeared in the music video “Did You Wrong” by R&B artist Pleasure P.
20. In 2009, he guest starred on Burn Notice in the episode “Hot Spot,” playing a high school football player who got into a fight and is now being hunted by a local gangster.
21. In 2010, he guest starred in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode “Inhuman Society” as a boxer involved in a Michael Vick inspired dog fighting scandal.
22. In 2009, Jordan began starring in the NBC drama Friday Night Lights as quarterback Vince Howard, and lived in an apartment in Austin where the show was filmed. He played the character for two seasons until the show ended in 2011.
23. In 2010, he was considered one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazine’s Young Hollywood Issue.
24. In 2012, Jordan appeared in the George Lucas produced movie Red Tails and played lead character Steve Montgomery in Chronicle, a movie about three teenaged boys who develop superhuman abilities.
25. In 2013, Jordan starred as shooting victim Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler. His performance earned him critical acclaim.
26. Later in 2018, Jordan is scheduled to star in Fahrenheit 451, which costars Michael Shannon and Laura Harrier. The television movie is to be distributed on HBO by HBO Films.
27. Jordan is scheduled to portray Bryan Stevenson in a biopic titled Just Mercy, which is scheduled to shoot in early 2018.