• Born in Washington, DC in 1973 and grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland
• Net worth of over $3 million
• Pursued an acting career in the late 1990s, appearing in Barbershop, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Think Like a Man
• Married Khatira Rafiqzada in 2012 and they have two children together
• Passion for acting discovered at 19 when auditioning for a film and found it fulfilling

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Short Info

Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 3, 1973
SpouseKhatira Rafiqzada
MarkBlue eyes
FactHas a son named Elijah (b. February 2014).

Who is Michael Ealy?

Michael Brown was born on 3 August 1973, in Washington, D.C., USA, and under his stage name of Michael Ealy, is an actor, known from his roles in several high profile films, including “Barbershop”, “2 Fast 2 Furious”, and “Think Like A Man”. He was also the star of the science fiction series “Almost Human”.

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The Net Worth of Michael Ealy

How rich is Michael Ealy? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $3 million, earned through a successful career in acting. He’s won several awards over the course of his career, and as he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings

While Michael was born in Washington, D.C., he grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland where his family moved sometime after he was born. He attended Springbook High School, and after matriculating enrolled at the University of Maryland located in College Park. While studying, his mother worked for the company IBM while his father was involved in the grocery business. He eventually completed his degree, but in the late 1990s, decided to pursue an acting career.

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He initially appeared in various off-Broadway stage productions before making his way to film. Some of his first roles were in projects such as “Kissing Jessica Stein” and “Bad Company”, in which he played minor characters, then in 2002 he had his breakout role in “Barbershop”, in which he played the character Rickey Nash, who is a reformed street thug. He later reprised his role in the sequel “Barbershop 2: Back in Business”. A year later, he was cast in the film “2 Fast 2 Furious”, which is the second installment in the “Fast and the Furious” film franchise.

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Career Prominence

In 2004, Ealy appeared with DMX in the film “Never Die Alone”, and also made an appearance in the music video for the Mariah Carey single entitled “Get Your Number”. The following year, he worked on the television movie version of “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, which starred Halle Berry and was produced by Oprah Winfrey, then starred himself in the independent film entitled “Jellysmoke”, before he was cast in the series “Sleeper Cell” which aired through the network Showtime. He reprised his role in the second season, entitled “Sleeper Cell: American Terror”, which led him to a Golden Globe Award nomination.

In 2008, he acted alongside Will Smith in the film “Seven Pounds”, and then continued his music video work with the song “Halo” by Beyonce, and also played the role of CIA Field Officer Marshall Vogel in the television series “FlashForward”. While acting, he was also engaged in independent writing projects, and performed in the documentary entitled “The People Speak”, which showcased musical and dramatic performances of written work by everyday Americans. In 2010, he then appeared in the second season of “The Good Wife” as attorney Derrick Bond.

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Later Career

After playing the role of Jake Attica in the film “Takers”, he made an appearance in the original series of “Common Law”, which follows the story of two cops who go to couples counseling, then starred in the ensemble comedy entitled “Think Like a Man” in 2012, and reprised his role in the sequel “Think Like a Man Too”, released two years later. He also appeared with “Think Like a Man” co-star Kevin Hart in a remake of “About Last Night” during the same year.

One of his most well-known projects during this time was the series “Almost Human”, which follows the story of two cops trying to solve crimes in the future, using complex technology. In the show, he plays an older android model who is less reliable due to its artificial emotions. In 2015, he appeared in the series “The Following” during its third season, playing the serial killer “Thriller”. A few of his latest projects include an appearance in the second season of the series “Secrets and Lies”, as well as a starring role during the fourth season of “Being Mary Jane”, in which he appears alongside Gabrielle Union.

Personal Life

For his personal life, it is known that Michael married Khatira Rafiqzada in 2012 after being in a relationship for four years; they now have two children together. According to an interview, acting is the only thing aside from God and his family that he is truly passionate about. He mentioned that prior to acting, he was working as a teacher, and would probably regret it if he didn’t pursue acting at the time. He also revealed that discovering his passion for acting came when he auditioned for a film when he was 19 years old, and while filming, realized that acting was actually very fulfilling for him.

General Info

Full NameMichael Ealy
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 3, 1973
Height1.77 m
EducationSpringbrook High School, University of Maryland, College Park


SpouseKhatira Rafiqzada
ChildrenElijah Brown


NominationsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, Teen Choice ...
MoviesThe Perfect Guy, Think Like A Man, About Last Night, Underworld: Awakening, Takers, Think Like a Man Too, Barbershop, Unconditional, Seven Pounds, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Miracle at St. Anna, For Colored Girls, Never Die Alone, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Kissing Jessica ...
TV ShowsThe Following, Almost Human, Common Law, FlashForward, Sleeper Cell, Lush Life, Secrets and Lies, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tavis Smiley Show

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#Marks / Signs
1Blue eyes


1Summer of '93. I spent that summer shooting a movie on eight millimeter video with two of my best friends, who made me audition for the role. And, I just found-I don't know, I had a moment of clarity. I was like "this is what I'm supposed to do." I know that seems hard to believe at nineteen, but I was nineteen when I made that decision. And I haven't had a single regret. It's extremely fulfilling to do what I do. It really is. Now, obviously, when I do something bad, it will be a little bit different. It'll be "you were great in Barbershop."
2"Teaching. When I was in college I was an English major and my last year or so I tutored high school students in reading and writing. After I got into acting I said to myself, where does your real passion lie and if you do the teaching route will you say 'what if?' when you are 40 and regret that you didn't act. I thought, "Hell yeah, I would regret it." (When asked if he could imagine doing anything else if he wasn't acting)
3I love to act because it's the only aspect of my life beside God and family that I am truly passionate about on a daily basis. I thank God for not only the gift of creative expression but also surrounding me with others who both possess the gift and support it to the fullest.


1Became a father when he was 40 and a half years old.
2Has a son named Elijah (b. February 2014).




Jacob's Ladder2017post-production
Being Mary Jane2017TV SeriesJustin Talbot
Secrets and Lies2016TV SeriesEric Warner
Barbarians Rising2016TV SeriesNarrator
The Perfect Guy2015/ICarter
The Following2015TV SeriesTheo
Think Like a Man Too2014Dominic
Almost Human2013-2014TV SeriesDorian
About Last Night2014Danny
Last Vegas2013Ezra Clayton
The Signal2013ShortDaniel Miller
Unconditional2012/IVJoe Bradford
Common Law2012TV SeriesTravis Marks
Think Like a Man2012Dominic
Underworld: Awakening2012Detective Sebastian
Margaret2011/IDave the Lawyer
Californication2011TV SeriesBen
The Good Wife2010-2011TV SeriesDerrick Bond
For Colored Girls2010Beau Willie
Takers2010Jake Attica
Flashforward2009-2010TV SeriesMarshall Vogel
Hawthorne2009TV SeriesDr. Alan Phillips
Seven Pounds2008Ben's Brother
Miracle at St. Anna2008Sergeant Bishop Cummings
Suspect2007TV MovieDet. Marcus Tillman
Put It in a Book2007ShortAkmed
Sleeper Cell2005-2006TV SeriesDarwyn Al-Sayeed
Their Eyes Were Watching God2005TV MovieTea Cake
Barbershop 2: Back in Business2004Ricky
Never Die Alone2004Michael
2 Fast 2 Furious2003Slap Jack
ER2002-2003TV SeriesRyan Kendrick / Rick Kendrick
Barbershop2002Ricky Nash
Bad Company2002G-Mo
Kissing Jessica Stein2001Greg
Soul Food2001TV SeriesSteve
The Lush Life2000ShortIsaac Youngblood
Madigan Men2000TV SeriesRunner
Law & Order2000TV SeriesPrivate Nelson
Metropolis2000TV MovieCalvin McDade


The Perfect Guy2015/Iexecutive producer


Live with Kelly and Michael2012-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Steve Harvey2014-2016TV SeriesHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2012-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Real2016TV SeriesHimself
Stand Up to Cancer2016TV SpecialHimself
Celebrity Name Game2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Player
Hollywood Game Night2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Player
The 1st Annual Carney Awards2015Himself
Made in Hollywood2011-2015TV SeriesHimself
Reel Junkie2014-2015TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2014-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The View2015TV SeriesHimself
BET Awards 20152015TV MovieHimself - Presenter
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Journey to Sundance2014DocumentaryHimself
The Chew2014TV SeriesHimself
45th NAACP Image Awards2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dish Nation2014TV Series
The Arsenio Hall Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
12th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards2014TV SpecialHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
I Love Black Movies2013TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Chelsea Lately2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
WWE Raw2012TV SeriesHimself
The Talk2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
IC Places Hollywood2012TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Urban Beat Hollywood2012TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
ES.TV HD2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Entertainers with Byron Allen2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
Executing the Heist: The Making of 'Takers'2011Video documentary shortHimself
The Mo'Nique Show2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The People Speak2009DocumentaryHimself
I Believe in Miracles2009Video documentaryHimself
Seven Pounds: Creating the Perfect Ensemble2009Video documentary shortHimself
Seven Pounds: Seven Views on Seven Pounds2009Video documentary shortHimself
11-04-08: The Day of Change2009TV MovieHimself
The Megan Mullally Show2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Showtime Championship Boxing2006TV SeriesHimself
2006 Independent Spirit Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Sleeper Cell: Know Your Enemy2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004-2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 2nd Annual Vibe Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments2004TV MovieHimself
The 18th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Tavis Smiley2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Sharon Osbourne Show2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Archive Footage

Flashforward2010TV SeriesMarshall Vogel


Won Awards

2010AAFCA AwardAfrican-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)Best Supporting ActorFor Colored Girls (2010)
2006Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Actor - TelevisionTheir Eyes Were Watching God (2005)
2002WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest EnsembleBarbershop (2002)

Nominated Awards

2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureThe Perfect Guy (2015)
2014Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesAlmost Human (2013)
2012Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: RomanceThink Like a Man (2012)
2012Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Summer TV Star: MaleCommon Law (2012)
2011Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureFor Colored Girls (2010)
2007Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionSleeper Cell (2005)
2007Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialSleeper Cell (2005)
2007Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Actor - DramaSleeper Cell (2005)
2006Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialTheir Eyes Were Watching God (2005)
2003Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Breakout Star - MaleBarbershop (2002)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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