Michael Bakari Jordan (born February 9, 1987), is an American actor and producer. He is known for his film roles as shooting victim Oscar Grant in the drama Fruitvale Station (2013), with Melonie Diaz, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray, Ahna O’Reilly, and Octavia Spencer; boxer Adonis “Donnie” Creed in the Rocky sequel film Creed (2015), with Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Tony Bellew, Wopd Harris, and Graham McTavish; and main antagonist Erik Killmonger in the Marvel film Black Panther (2018), with Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. All three films were co-written and directed by Ryan Coogler.
Early film roles include James Toback’s Black and White (1999), with Robert Downey Jr., Gaby Hoffmann, Jared Leto, Joe Pantoliano, Power, Raekwon, Claudia Schiffer, William Lee Scott, Brooke Shields, Ben Stiller, Mike Tyson, and Elijah Wood; Hardball (2001), with Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawkes, D.B. Sweeney, Mike McGlone, and Graham Beckel; and Blackout (2007), with Jeffrey Wright, Zoe Saldana, Prodigy, and LaTanya Richardson.
His other film performances also include Sebastian Gutierrez’s Hotel Noir (2012), with Rufus Sewell, Malin Akerman, Carla Gugino, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Connolly, Robert Forster, and Mandy Moore; Red Tails (2012), with with Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Terrence Howard; Chronicle (2012), with Dane DeHaan and Alex Russell; That Awkward Moment (2014), with Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, and Jessica Lucas; and Fantastic Four (2015), with Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, and Tim Blake Nelson; Creed II (2018), with Stallone, Thompson, Harris, Rashad, Florian Munteanu, and Dolph Lundgren; and Destin Daniel Cretton’s Just Mercy (2019), with Jamie Foxx, Rob Morgan, Nelson, Rafe Spall, and Brie Larson.
Films in the 2020s include Without Remorse (2021), with Bell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Luke Mitchell, Jack Kesy, Brett Gelman, Lauren London, Colman Domingo, and Guy Pearce; Denzel Washington‘s A Journal for Jordan (2021), with Chanté Adams; Creed III (2023), with Thompson, Jonathan Majors, Wood Harris, Florian Munteanu, and Rashad.
Jordan’s television roles include Wallace in the HBO series The Wire (2002), Reggie Montgomery in the ABC series All My Children (2003–2006), and Vince Howard in the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights (2009–2011).
Each review will be linked to the title below.
(*seen originally in theaters)
(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- Black and White (1999) – directed by James Toback
- Hardball (2001) – directed by Brian Robbins
- Blackout (2007) – directed by Jerry Lamothe
- Pastor Brown (2009) – directed by Rockmond Dunbar
- Red Tails (2012) – directed by Anthony Hemingway
- Chronicle (2012)* – directed by Josh Trank
- Fruitvale Station (2013) – directed by Ryan Coogler
- Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013) – directed by Jay Oliva – direct-to-video
- That Awkward Moment (2014) – directed by Tom Gormican
- Fantastic Four (2015) – directed by Josh Trank
- Creed (2015)* – directed by Ryan Coogler
- Black Panther (2018)* – directed by Ryan Coogler
- Kin (2018) – directed by Jonathan & Josh Baker – cameo
- Creed II (2018) – directed by Steven Caple Jr.
- Just Mercy (2019) – directed by Destin Daniel Cretton – also producer
- Without Remorse (2021) – directed by Stefano Sollima – also producer
- Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) – directed by Malcolm D. Lee – cameo as himself
- A Journal for Jordan (2021) – directed by Denzel Washington – also producer
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)* – directed by Ryan Coogler – cameo
- Creed III (2023) – also director, producer