Who is Michael Ealy?

Michael Ealy is an American actor who is famous for his roles in 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Intruder, Barbershop, Almost Human, Think Like a Man Too, About Last Night, etc.

The forty-eight-year-old actor has also been in Beyonce’s music video called Halo. Moreover, he has also been seen in Mariah Carey’s Get Your Number music video and Tonight’s music video by John Legend ft. Ludacris.

The blue-eyed actor has recently released a Netflix series called The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window, which stars actors like Tom Riley, Kristen Bell, and Shelley Hennig. 

Michael Ealy Biography
Michael Ealy Biography

Besides acting, the actor also uses his voice for various awareness campaigns related to racism and cancers. 

quick facts

Full Name Michael Brown
Also Known AsMichael Ealy
BirthdayAugust 3, 1973
Age 49 years old
Sun SignLeo
TraitsPositive: Generous, optimistic, and confident
Negative: Egoistic, jealous, and possessive
BirthplaceSilver Spring, Maryland, U.S.
Currently residingLos Angeles, U.S.A
NationalityAmerican
EducationHigh school from Springbrook High School
Bachelor’s Degree from University of Maryland
Height5 feet 8 inches (1.77 m)
Weight78 kg 
HobbyPlaying table tennis
Eye ColorBlue
Marital StatusMarried
Spouse Name Khatira Rafiqzada (Wife)
ChildrenElijah Ealy (Son)
Harlem Ealy (Daughter)
ProfessionActor
Net worthUSD 3 million

Interesting Facts

  • While Michael was in college, he used to tutor some high school students and made some money.
  • The actor loves playing table tennis. Moreover, he named his paddle Ram Jam.
  • After graduation, he moved to New York City and worked as a waiter.
  • He used to do Broadway before he moved on to other acting careers.
  • His latest series, ‘The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window,’ was released in January 2022. Moreover, he works with actors like Kristen Bell, Tom Riley, and Shelley Hennig.
  • The actor gave a commencement speech at Dillard University in 2021.
  • Some people think actor Jesse Williams to be Michael’s twin since they both have blue eyes and dark skin. However, the actors are not related to each other.
  • Ealy and his wife have been together for almost a decade now.
  • Michael doesn’t have a disease, although his mother-in-law had one. She died due to pancreatic cancer.

Michael Ealy Early Life and Childhood

On August 3, 1973, Michael Ealy was born in Washington, D.C. His wonderful parent in Washington raised him.

The actor attended Springbrook High School. He was a brilliant student and therefore was able to attend college.

Ealy went to the University of Maryland, situated in College Park, Maryland. Moreover, he selected English as his major. In addition, he tutored some high school students to earn a little extra on the side during college.

Parents and siblings

Although Michael’s father’s name is not made public, Michael’s father was involved in the grocery business.

Michael’s mother used to work in IBM. It is a multi-national technology co-operation. Her name also hasn’t been revealed to the public. But you can see her picture somewhere on the internet.

Michael has a sister. But apart from this, no further information has been disclosed about her.

Romantic affairs and Relationships 

Khatira Rafiqzada (Wife)

In 2008, Ealy began dating actress Khatira Rafiqzada. The couple dated for four years and then decided to get married.

Khatira Rafiqzada with Michael Ealy
Khatira Rafiqzada with Michael Ealy

Michael and Khatira tied the knot in October 2012 in Los Angeles. They have been married for almost a decade now.

As an actress, Khatira has appeared in movies Chain Letter, Layla, etc. After that, she took a break from acting to concentrate on her family.

Read the full biography of Khatira Rafiqzada here.

Michael Ealy Children 

Elijah Ealy (Son)

In April 2014, the couple welcomed their first child together. They named him Elijah Ealy.

Harlem Ealy (Daughter)

On September 21, 2016, Ealy and his wife welcomed their second child, this time a beautiful daughter. They named her Harlem Ealy.

Michael Ealy Cancer Rumors

The American actor, Michael Ealy, is healthy. However, he has been rumored to have had cancer. This is simply not true. In fact, his mother-in-law was the one who had cancer. 

Michael lost her in 2011 due to pancreatic cancer. After losing his mother-in-law to such a deadly disease, he started awareness campaigns to help the rest of the world know more about the disease. 

In 2014, the actor lost a lot of weight. Since it hadn’t been long since he lost his mother-in-law due to cancer, everyone thought maybe he had cancer too. 

But he actually lost that weight willingly. Moreover, he lost 25 pounds for his role in the movie About Last Night (2014). It has nothing to do with him being sick. 

The actor revealed that he was on a strict diet with no sugar, no carbs, and even had to eat lots of chicken breasts with no seasoning.

Michael Ealy Career

After graduating from college, he worked as a waiter in New York. However, in the late 1990s, the actor began his acting career. To do so, he started with Broadway.

He starred in Bad Company’s film alongside actors Anthony Hopkins, Chris Rock, and Gabriel Macht. Moreover, Ealy was also in the 2001 romantic movie Kissing Jessica Stein.

His major break came when he did a movie called Barbershop in 2002. After two years, the film even had a sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business. His performance was well-received.

Due to this, he was offered to be in the Fast and the Furious film series 2 Fast 2 Furious, which starred actors like Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. The actor also did several hit movies like Seven Pounds, Underworld: Awakening, About Last Night, The Intruder, etc.

Michael-Ealy
Michael Ealy photo

Later, the actor began appearing in music videos for singers like Mariah Carey, Beyonce, and John Legend.

He also did a couple of TV series like Sleeper Cell, Common Law, Almost Human, The Following, Secrets and Lies, and Stumptown, where he played the main cast.

Ealy has also done guest appearances in some TV series like Law and Order, ER, Westworld, Hawthorne, Madigan Men, Soul Food, The Good Wife, etc.

Film:

YearFilmRole
2001Kissing Jessica SteinGreg
2002Bad CompanyG-Mo
2002BarbershopRicky Nash
20032 Fast 2 FuriousSlap Jack
2004NovemberJesse
2004Barbershop 2: Back in BusinessRicky Nash
2004Never Die AloneMike
2005JellysmokeJacob
2008Miracle at St. AnnaSgt Cummings
2008Seven PoundsBen Thomas
2009The People SpeakHimself
2010TakersJake Attica
2010For Colored GirlsBeau Willie
2011MargaretDave, the Lawyer
2012Underworld: AwakeningDetective Sebastian
2012Think Like a ManDominic
2012Unconditional“Papa Joe” Bradford
2013Last VegasEzra
2014About Last NightDanny
2014Think Like a Man TooDominic
2015The Perfect GuyCarter Duncan
2019The IntruderScott Russell
2019Jacob’s LadderJacob Singer
2020FataleDerrick Tyler

Michael Ealy Television:

YearTitleRole
2000MetropolisCalvin McDade
2000Law & OrderPrivate Nelson
2000Madigan ManRunner
2001Soul FoodSteve
2002ERRick Kendrick
2005Their Eyes Were Watching GodVirgible’ Tea Cake’ Woods
2005–2006Sleeper CellDarwyn al-Sayeed
2007SuspectDet. Marcus Tillman
2009–2010FlashForwardMarshall Vogel
2010The Good WifeDerrick Bond
2011CalifornicationBen
2012Common LawTravis Marks
2012WWE RawHimself
2013–2014Almost HumanDorian
2015The FollowingTheo
2016Secrets and LiesEric Warner
2017-2019Being Mary JaneJustin Talbot
2019StumptownDet. Miles Hoffman
2020WestworldJake

Michael Ealy Music videos:

YearMusic videoArtistRole
2005“Get Your Number”Mariah CareyLove interest of Mariah Carey
2009“Halo”Beyoncé KnowlesLove interest of Beyoncé
2012“Tonight”John Legend ft. LudacrisLove interest of woman

Awards and nominations:

YearNominated workAwardCategoryStatus
2007Sleeper CellGolden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
2005Their Eyes Were Watching GodBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Television Movie or Limited SeriesWon
2010For Colored GirlsAfrican-American Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorWon
2011For Colored GirlsNAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureNominated
2012Think Like a ManTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor RomanceNominated

Net Worth 

As of 2022, Michael Ealy’s net worth is $3 million. He earned this net worth due to his decades-long acting career.

Social Media 

Ealy is active on many social media platforms. Moreover, he has 2 million followers on Facebook, over a million on Instagram, and almost 300k on Twitter.

The actor used social media for many practical reasons as well. In addition, he talks to people about pancreatic cancer, racism that the black, mixed race, Asian have had to endure, and many more causes.

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