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Michael Ealy
Born Michael Brown
August 3, 1973 (1973-08-03) (age 36)
Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990s–present

Michael Brown (born August 3, 1973),[1] professionally known as Michael Ealy, is an American actor.



Personal life

Ealy was born Michael Brown in Silver Spring, Maryland. He attended Springbrook High School and the University of Maryland, College Park. Ealy was involved in a brief relationship with Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry.


Ealy started his acting career in the late-1900s, appearing in a number of off-Broadway stage productions. Among his first film roles were Fast Company and Kissing Jessica Stein. His breakout role came in 2002's Barbershop, in which he plays reformed street thug Ricky Nash, a role that he reprised in the 2004 sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business. In 2003, he played the role of Slap Jack in the second installment of the Fast and the Furious film series, 2 Fast 2 Furious. Later in 2004, Ealy appeared in Never Die Alone with DMX. He also appeared in Mariah Carey's music video for her hit single "Get Your Number" from her 2005 album The Emancipation of Mimi.

In 2005, Ealy co-starred in the telefilm version of Their Eyes Were Watching God, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones, and starring Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry. The same year, he starred in the independent film Jellysmoke, directed by Mark Banning. He starred in the Showtime television series Sleeper Cell, the first season of which aired from December 4–18, 2005, and the second season, Sleeper Cell: American Terror, which aired December 10–17, 2006.

On December 14, 2006, Ealy was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in Sleeper Cell: American Terror in the category Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

In December 2008 he was featured in the movie Seven Pounds alongside Will Smith as Ben Franklin. He also starred as the male lead in Beyoncé's "Halo" music video.

Early also appears in the limited-edition coffee table ("About Face") by celebrity photographer John Russo, published by Pixie Press Worldwide. [2][3] He is currently working on independent writing projects.



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Year Film Role
2001 Kissing Jessica Stein Greg
2002 Bad Company G-Mo
Barbershop Ricky Nash
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious Slap Jack
2004 November Jesse
Barbershop 2: Back in Business Ricky Nash
Never Die Alone Mike
2005 Their Eyes Were Watching God Tea Cake
Jellysmoke Jacob
2008 Miracle at St. Anna Sgt Cummings
Seven Pounds Ben Thomas
2010 Takers Jake Attica


Year Film Role
2005–2006 Sleeper Cell Darwyn al-Sayeed
2009 FlashForward Marshall Vogel
2009 The People Speak Voice of Malcolm x
2009 Hawthorne Dr. Alan Phillips

Music videos

Year Music video Role
2005 "Get Your Number" Love interest of Mariah Carey
2009 "Halo" Love interest of Beyoncé Knowles


  1. ^ "Michael Ealy Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
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  3. ^ Metro Source LA magazine

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