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Michael Ealy



A native of Silver Spring, MD, suave and clean-cut actor Michael Ealy appeared on-camera from the late '90s. He began on the small screen, with guest appearances on network programs including Law & Order and ER, but scored his breakout role with a much-favored turn as Ricky Nash, a convict-in-the-running with several past charges against him, in the predominantly African American ensemble comedies Barbershop (2002) and Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004). The billing in these projects was somewhat prescient: Ealy continued to take challenging and unique supporting roles and gradually worked his way up the Hollywood ladder, openly declaring himself in no hurry to become a top-billed star. Additional projects included the action sagas 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and S.W.A.T. (2003) and the psychological thriller November (2003), but Ealy netted much greater acclaim -- and flexed some impressive dramatic muscle -- with his portrayal of Teacake in the Oprah Winfrey-produced telemovie Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005). He then landed the incredibly demanding and edgy lead role of Darwyn Al-Sayeed, a terrorist plotting an attack on the United States, in the Showtime original miniseries Sleeper Cell (2005). In 2008, Ealy starred opposite Will Smith and Rosario Dawson in the earnest suicide drama Seven Pounds, directed by Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness). Ealy took on a leading role as a Bishop hiding in a small Italian village that opposes the Nazi cause in Spike Lee's acclaimed war drama Miracle at St. Anna (2008), and co-starred with Julianna Margulies and Michael J. Fox in the CBS television series The Good Wife the following year. In 2010 he played a supporting role in the crime thriller Takers, and starred in the romantic comedy Think Like a Man in 2010.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
19% The Perfect Guy
  • Carter
  • Executive Producer
2015
No Score Yet Jacob's Ladder
  • Actor
2015
23% Think Like a Man Too
  • Dominic
2014
69% About Last Night
  • Danny
2014
46% Last Vegas
  • Ezra
2013
67% Unconditional
  • "Papa Joe" Bradford
2012
53% Think Like a Man
  • Dominic
2012
26% Underworld: Awakening
  • Detective Sebastian
2012
74% Margaret
  • Dave
2011
32% For Colored Girls
  • Beau Willie
2010
28% Takers
  • Jake Attica
2010
No Score Yet Bone Deep
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The People Speak
  • Actor
2009
27% Seven Pounds
  • Ben's brother
2008
34% Miracle at St. Anna
  • Sergeant Bishop Cummings
2008
32% November
  • Jesse
2005
No Score Yet Jellysmoke
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Tea Cake
2005
25% Never Die Alone
  • Mike
2004
68% Barbershop 2: Back in Business
  • Ricky Nash
2004
48% S.W.A.T.
  • Actor
2003
36% 2 Fast 2 Furious
  • Slap Jack
2003
82% Barbershop
  • Ricky Nash
2002
10% Bad Company
  • G.Mo
2002
84% Kissing Jessica Stein
  • Greg
2002

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
48% Common Law
2012
  • Travis Marks
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Pvt. Nelson Norman Carlson James Arkadie
36% Secrets and Lies
2015
  • Eric Warner
No Score Yet Hawthorne
2009-2011
  • Dr. Alan Phillips
55% The Following
2013-2015
  • Theo
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
  • Guest
69% Almost Human
2013-2014
  • Dorian
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
89% FlashForward
2009-2010
  • Marshall Vogel
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Derrick Bond
51% Californication
2007-2014
  • Ben
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest

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