Michael Brown, also known professionally as “Michael Ealy,” is an American actor. He began his career as an ‘off-Broadway’ stage actor before breaking out in ‘Barbershop’ in 2002. Among his other notable films are the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, ‘Think Like a Man,” and ‘The Perfect Guy.” Ealy has also appeared in several American television series.
He has appeared in music videos for well-known artists such as Maria Carey and Beyoncé.
He was nominated for a ‘Golden Globe’ in the category of ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television’ in 2006 for his role in ‘Sleeper Cell: American Terror.’ ‘The Intruder’ and ‘Fatale,’ both directed by Deon Taylor, are two of his films released in 2019.
Taylor claims that Ealy’s command of his role and the depth of his performance in ‘The Intruder’ prompted him to cast Ealy in his next film, opposite Hilary Swank.
|Real Name||Michael Brown|
|Date of Birth||August 3, 1973|
|Age [as of 2021]||48 years|
|Birthplace||Silver Spring, Maryland, United States|
|School||Springbrook High School|
|College/University||University of Maryland|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 177 cm
in meters- 1.77 m
in feet inches- 5'10"
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 78 kg
in pounds- 172 lbs
Film: Kissing Jessica Stein
|Awards & Achievements||African-American Film Critics Association - Best Supporting Actor
Black Reel Awards-Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
|Relationships & Affairs|
|Parents||Father- James Raul Navarro
Mother- Constance Colleen Hopkins
|Children||Son- Elijah Brown
|Favorite Vacation Destination||Italy|
|Favorite Novel||Native son by Richard Wright|
|Favorite Movie||Beverly Hills Cop (1983)|
|Net Worth [approx.]||$5 million|
Michael Ealy, born Michael Brown, is an American actor born on August 3, 1973, in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. He is a well-known actor who has appeared in Barbershop, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Takers, Think Like a Man, Think Like a Man Too, The Perfect Guy, and most recently The Intruder.
He was born in Washington, D.C., and raised by loving parents in Silver Spring, Maryland. His father was a grocery store owner, and his mother worked for International Business Machines Corporation (IBM).
Ealy grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland; after being born in Washington, D.C., Ealy attended Springbrook High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.
Ealy began his career in the late 1990s by appearing in several ‘off-Broadway’ stage productions. In 2001 and 2002, he appeared in films such as ‘Killing Jessica Stein’ and ‘Bad Company.’
He was offered the role of a reformed street thug named ‘Ricky Nash’ in the American comedy film ‘Barbershop’ in 2002. This was his breakthrough performance. The plot revolved around the social life of a Chicago barbershop. He returned to ‘Nash’ in the sequel, ‘Barbershop 2: Back in Business,’ in 2004.
Ealy appeared as ‘Slap Jack’ in the second installment of the ‘Fast and the Furious film series, ‘2 Fast 2 Furious,’ in 2003. Ealy appeared as a street racer in the film.
Later, in 2004, Ealy co-starred with American rapper and actor Earl Simmons, professionally known as “DMX,” in the crime thriller ‘Never Die Alone.’ Ealy played the role of a drug dealer’s henchman in the film.
He made an appearance in Maria Carey’s hit single video ‘Get Your Number,’ from her album ‘The Emancipation of Mimi,’ in 2005. In the song, Ealy portrays Carey’s love interest.
The same year, Ealy co-starred in ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God,’ a ‘ABC’ telefilm series produced by Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones and starring ‘Academy Award’ winner Halle Berry.
It was based on the same name by Zora Neale Hurston. He also appeared in the independent film ‘Jellysmoke,’ directed by Mark Banning, and the ‘Showtime’ TV series ‘Sleeper Cell’ and ‘Sleeper Cell: American Terror.’
Ealy was nominated for a ‘Golden Globe Award’ in the category ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television’ on December 14, 2006, for his role in ‘Sleeper Cell: American Terror.’ In the series, Ealy played an undercover federal agent snooping on a group of Islamic extremist terrorists in Los Angeles.
In December 2008, he co-starred with Will Smith in’ Seven Pounds’ American drama film. During the same year, he played the male lead in Beyoncé’s music video ‘Halo’ and ‘CIA Field Officer Marshall Vogel’ in the ‘ABC’ TV series ‘FlashForward.’
Ealy appeared in the 2009 documentary feature film ‘The People Speak.’ The film addressed issues such as equality and justice in the US.
He appeared in the action-thriller ‘Takers,’ as well as the drama ‘For Colored Girls,’ in 2010. The same year, Ealy was cast as ‘Derrick Bond,’ an attorney in the American legal and political drama TV series ‘The Good Wife.’
Ealy starred as ‘Dominic’ in the ensemble romantic comedy ‘Think Like a Man’ in 2012. He also appeared in the inspirational film ‘Unconditional’ the same year as ‘Papa Joe.’
In 2013, he co-starred as ‘Dorian’ in Fox’s futuristic TV series ‘Almost Human.’ ‘Dorian,’ Ealy’s character, was an old ‘DRN’ android model regarded as less reliable due to its artificial emotions and in charge of protecting his partner, ‘John Kennex,’ played by Karl Urban. The show aired on ‘Fox’ for one season from 2013 to 2014.
Ealy reprised his role as ‘Dominic’ in the sequel, ‘Think Like a Man Too,’ in 2014. The same year, he co-starred in the romantic comedy ‘About Last Night,’ remake alongside Kevin Hart.
In season 3 of the ‘Fox’ TV series ‘The Following,’ he played a serial killer named ‘Theo.’ He appeared in the American romantic thriller film ‘The Perfect Guy’ the same year. In the fall of 2016, he starred as ‘Eric Warner’ in the second season of the ‘ABC’ mystery crime series ‘Secrets and Lies.’
In 2017, Ealy co-starred with Gabrielle Union in the fourth season of the American drama TV series ‘Being Mary Jane.’ And then in 2019 came ‘The Intruder’ and ‘Fatale.’
Awards and Achievements
Ealy was nominated for a ‘Golden Globe Award’ in the category ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television’ on December 14, 2006, for his role in ‘Sleeper Cell: American Terror.’
Relationship, Wife, and Affairs
Ealy has spent years attempting to keep his personal life out of the public eye. However, the handsome actor is married to his lovely wife, Khatira Rafiqzada, an American with Afghan ancestors. She has appeared in a few Hollywood films, but she despises public attention.
The couple married in 2012 in front of their closest family and friends, but the exact date and location remain a mystery. Ealy and his wife Khatira Rafiqzada have two adorable children.
Elijah Brown, the couple’s first child, was born in 2014. Khatira gave birth to a baby girl named Harlem in November 2017, expanding the couple’s family.
Ealy has a height of 5 feet and 10 inches. In terms of meters, he stands at approximately 1.77 meters. Similarly, he weighs 172 pounds (78 kg).
He was born with a charming smile, dark skin, and light-colored eyes to add to his good looks, which distinguishes him from other white boys with blue eyes.
Michael Ealy’s current net worth is $5 million as of March 2022, thanks to his versatile portrayals on both the big and small screens.
Interesting Facts about Michael Ealy
- He began his career as an actor in off-Broadway productions.
- People magazine named him one of the sexiest men alive in 2002.
- In music videos for Mariah Carey (“Get Your Number”) and Beyoncé, he played the love interest (“Halo”)
- The 2009 documentary The People Speak appeared in the history of American democracy that focuses on ordinary people’s experiences.