About Michael Ealy
Michael Ealy, whose real name is Michael Brown, is an American film actor and director. His acting career began in the late 1990s with roles in various films and television series. In the early years of the new century, he has achieved international popularity with his roles in box-office hits such as “Barbershop” and “Fast and Furious”. In addition to his acting roles in films, television series, reality shows, and music videos, for the past decade or so, Ealy became an executive producer of many projects.
How did Michael Ealy earn his net worth?
What made this Golden-Globe nominee so rich were his roles in critically acclaimed films. One year after his television debut, in 2001, the actor joined the cast of “Kissing Jessica Stein”. Although the romantic comedy amassed a little over $10 million at the box office, it did help Ealy receive a solid amount of money. The following year, he starred in the films “Bad Company” and “Barbershop”. The latter became one of the highest-grossing films of the year. From his appearance on the comedy-drama film, Ealy earned more than $20.000.
Throughout the early 2000s, he continued to earn money from his roles on television. Concurrently with starring in “2 Fast 2 Furious”, “November”, and “Barbershop 2”, he also got the main role in the Showtime drama series “Sleeper Call”. By the end of the decade, his net worth was already exceeding $500.000. Besides wealth, his acting roles also helped him earn numerous awards and nominations. In fact, his performance in “Sleeper Call” earned him by far his most prestigious award nomination – Golden Globe in the category “Best Performance by Actor in “Motion Picture for Television or Miniseries”.
Why is he so famous?
Michael became famous when he joined the cast of “Barbershop”, as well as several other productions. He was born on August 3, 1973, in Washington, D.C but was raised in Silver Springs, Maryland. His father worked in the grocery business while his mother was an employee for IBM. Michael attended the Springbrook High School, from which he graduated in 1992. He then enrolled at the University of Maryland, which is based in College Park, Maryland.
While attending the university, from which he later obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English, he decided to try acting. He took part in several acting classes in Maryland and in the early 1990s began auditioning for various roles. Prior to his film and television debut, Michael Ealy appeared in a number of off-Broadway stage productions. In the year 2000, he finally landed three roles in television series. His television debut came in an unsold pilot of “Metropolis”. That year, he also starred in “Law and Order” and “Madigan Men”.
What makes him so successful?
The success of Michael Ealy comes from his truly outstanding acting abilities. In the 2010s, he took part in “Takers”, “For Colored Girls”, “Think Like A Man”, “Unconditional”, and “About Last Night”. Besides these, he got recurring roles in the television series “Flash Forward” and “The Good Wife”. He even appeared in several music videos that helped him gain some further popularity. The first music video that he was cast in was “Get Your Number” by Mariah Carey. He also starred in Beyonce’s video for “Halo” and John Legend’s video for “Tonight”.
For the past decade, the actor has taken part mostly in television series such as “Almost Human”, “The Following”, “Secret and Lies”, and “Being Mary Jane”, in all of which he had main roles. Most recently, he became a regular cast member of the ABC crime drama series “Stumptown” and the HBO Western science fiction “Westworld”. In addition to acting, in the past five years, he transitioned into a directing role. His directing debut came in the 2015 romantic thriller “The Perfect Guy”, in which he also had a main role. In 2019, he also directed “The Intruder” and “Jacob’s Ladder”.
Michael Ealy is an actor and director that rose to prominence in several film franchises such as “Barbershop” and “Need for Speed”. Currently, he has a net worth of $4 million that has grown vastly since his roles in television series such as “Almost Human”, “Secret and Lies”, “Being Mary Jane”, and “Stumptown”. In addition to TV series, he has also starred in numerous documentaries and television specials.