When people first see the name Michael B. Jordan, they wonder if it is in reference to the basketball legend Micheal Jordan. As a matter of fact, Michael B. Jordan who is a Hollywood actor inserted his middle initial “B” to avoid confusion with the basketball legend. And NO! They are in no way related to each other.
Michael B. Jordan has been in the entertainment scene since 1999 when he made his film debut in a small part in the TV shows, The Sopranos and Cosby.
In recent years, he has been thrust deeper into the mainstream thanks to his partnership with Ryan Coogler the director of Jordan’s films including Fruitvale Station (2013), Creed (2015) and Black Panther (2018).
Who is Michael B. Jordan? (Black Panther Actor), Parents
Interest in the Santa Ana, California-born actor skyrocketed after he portrayed antagonist Erik Killmonger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Black Panther. It became the biggest break of his career yet.
But Jordan isn’t the only one who has received much attention since the films release, his co-stars including Chadwick Boseman who plays the titular character have all had seen their careers surge.
The film’s much-generated buzz centers around the fact that it is the first Marvel film with a predominantly black cast. So who really is Micheal B. Jordan?
The B in his name stands for Bakari, the Swahili word for “noble promise.” He was born on February 9, 1987, to Donna Jordan, (née Davis) who works in a high school as a guidance counselor and Michael A. Jordan whom junior Jordan describes as “strong, quiet, and a thinker” and even thinks of him as a superhero.
Jordan is the middle child, having an older sister named Jamila and a younger brother named Khalid who plays college football at Howard University with hopes to go pro (watch out world, the manifestation of yet another legendary athlete with the surname Jordan may be at hand).
Micheal B. Jordan knew from an early age that he wanted a career in entertainment. He began as a model before delving into acting at the age of 12 starting with small parts in TV shows and films.
He scored his first major film role in 2001’s Hardball, alongside Keanu Reeves. MJB turned heads with his role in HBO’s The Wire and continued to impress gradually until landing his first big break in 2013 thanks to his role as a murder victim in Fruitvale Station, which opened his account with Ryan Coogler.
That role saw his name appear on many coveted lists of many giant magazines from GQ to Time. He followed up the performance with yet another critically panned role in Sylvester Stallone‘s Creed (2015).
Height: 6 feet.
Micheal B. Jordan’s net worth has been estimated at $8 million. He lives in a 4,672-square-foot, four-bedroom Spanish style mansion in Sherman Oaks which he bought for $1.7 million in 2015.
In November, he invited Vogue magazine to the home and gave them a good glimpse of it.
Jordan bought the home for his parents describing the feeling as a “dream come true” when interviewed by The Times. MBJ began living in the mansion with his parents but told Ellen in early 2018 that he has plans to move out after buying another home.
Since earning his first break in 2013, his fans began anticipating news about his romantic life, but Jordan isn’t one to get too public about his private life. However, what this does to those fans is stir up their curiosity even more.
Jordan waited till early 2018 to hint that he was in a relationship. This was after rumors began to swirl that he was dating a certain woman named Ashlyn Castro after videos of them celebrating new year’s eve and Kwanza together surfaced online.
When asked about his relationship status at the Los Angeles premiere of Marvel’s Black Panther, Jordan said; “Technically, I’m single. Dating, but, you know, technically single.”
Following this, a source told celebrity gossip site thejasminebrand.com that the actor’s comment to the media was in a bid to keep his relationship secret.
So Jordan’s rumored girlfriend isn’t black and her race caused a bit of stir on Twitter.
Many fans took to the social media platform to express their disappointment that he didn’t choose a black woman while others were fully supportive of his decisions and others (the ladies) vented their frustration that the hunky actor was off the market.
Others perceived the actor’s revelation about his romantic life as a publicity stunt as it happened around the same time Black Panther was released.