Michael B. Jordan

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Credits


MALE LEAD: Fruitvale Station – “Oscar”


Synopsis


Fruitvale Station follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22- year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.


Biography


MICHAEL B. JORDAN is considered to be one of Hollywood’s brightest young actors. In 2012, he starred in 20th Century Fox’s box office hit Chronicle (directed by Josh Trank), a supernatural thriller that follows three Portland teens as they develop incredible powers after exposure to a mysterious substance. He also had a supporting role in George Lucas’ film Redtails (directed by Anthony Hemmingway), the story of the first African American pilots, called “The Tuskegee Airmen”, to fly in a combat squadron during WWII. Michael recently completed shooting Tom Gormican’s Are We Officially Dating? starring opposite Zac Efron, Imogen Poots and Miles Teller. Before beginning his feature film career, Michael was best known for starring in two of the most significant television dramas of the past decade. First, Michael received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the hard-shelled, soft-hearted young urbanite Wallace in HBO’s dramatic hit series The Wire. He then went on to star as the quarterback Vince Howard on the critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning NBC series Friday Night Lights. He also portrayed recovering alcoholic Alex on the third season of NBC’s fan favorite series Parenthood. Graced with the opportunity to begin a professional acting career early in his life, Michael caught the eye of Dr. Bill Cosby and was cast in the recurring role of Michael for the CBS sitcom series Cosby in 1999. Almost simultaneously, he appeared on the HBO series The Sopranos. The following year, he was selected from hundreds of hopefuls to play Jamal in the Paramount Pictures feature film Hardball, starring Keanu Reeves. In 2003, Michael became the youngest African American actor to be contracted with the ABC network daytime drama series All My Children in the role of Reggie, Susan Lucci’s adopted son. Michael later moved to Los Angeles where he soon landed a lead role in the independent film Blackout, starring Melvin Van Peebles, Jeffrey Wright, and Zoe Saldana. In the fall of 2007, Michael was cast in his first feature film, Rockmund Dunbar’s ensemble Pastor Brown. He has had guest appearances on CSI, Cold Case, Lie to Me, Without a Trace, and Law & Order. Michael received NAACP Image Award Nominations for “Outstanding Male Actor in a Television Daytime Drama Series” in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He resides in Los Angeles where he enjoys supporting the non-profit organization Lupus LA.