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Michael B. Jordan Biography

Birth Name:
Michael Bakari Jordan
Birth Place:
Santa Ana, California, United States
Actor, model

Fast Facts

  • Took tap-dancing lessons as a youngster
  • Modeled for Modell's Sporting Goods and Toys"R"Us
  • Appeared in Pleasure P's 2008 music video for "Did You Wrong
  • " Provided the voice of Jace in the video game Gears of War 3
  • Was homeschooled but was allowed to play on the basketball team at New Jersey's Newark Arts High School
  • Once received a $40,000 royalty check that was supposed to be sent to NBA great Michael Jordan, who starred in Space Jam
  • The catchphrase "Where's Wallace?", a reference to his teen drug-dealer role in HBO's The Wire, became popular among fans of the series
  • His middle name, Bakari, is Swahili and means "of noble promise
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  • 2015National Society of Film Critics-Best Actor: winner
  • 2014Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 2014Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 2013National Board of Review-Breakthrough Performance: winner
  • 2013Detroit Film Critics Society-Breakthrough Artist: nominated


  • Khalid Jordan -- Brother
  • Michael A. Jordan -- Father
  • Donna Jordan -- Mother
  • Jamila -- Sister