Michael Ealy stars as Detective Travis Marks on the new USA Network original drama series COMMON LAW.
From his breakout role in "Barbershop" and "Barbershop 2," Michael Ealy is quickly rising through the ranks as one of Hollywood's leading young actors. He will next be seen starring opposite Taraji P. Henson in Screen Gems' "Think Like A Man," based off the widely successful Steve Harvey novel. He recently starred opposite Kate Beckinsale in "Underworld 4: New Dawn."
Ealy co-starred in last summer's smash box office hit "Takers" opposite Matt Dillon, Idris Elba and Hayden Christensen. He also starred in Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls" with Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Whoopi Goldberg and Phylicia Rashad, which earned him the Best Supporting Actor Award from the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA). Ealy starred in Sony Pictures' "Seven Pounds" opposite Will Smith and was personally selected to play the pivotal role of Smith's younger brother in the dark drama by the actor himself. He also starred in Spike Lee's World War II drama "The Miracle at St. Anna."
On television, Ealy was a series regular on the hit CBS series "The Good Wife" with Julianne Marguiles and Christine Baranski. He was featured in a five-episode arc on the Showtime series "Californication" playing Natascha McElhone's love interest. Ealy starred in the hit ABC series "FlashForward" where he portrayed CIA agent Marshall Vogel. He was also featured in the docu-miniseries, "The People Speak," based on Howard Zinn's acclaimed book portraying the historical figure "Malcolm X" alongside other performers including Matt Damon, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Don Cheadle.
Ealy earned a Golden Globe® nomination for lead performance in a mini-series for his portrayal of a Muslim FBI agent sent undercover to infiltrate a terrorist cell in Los Angeles in the Showtime mini-series "Sleeper Cell." The program also earned a Golden Globe® for Best Miniseries and an AFI Honor for Best Program of the Year. He was handpicked by Oprah Winfrey to star opposite Halle Berry in the ABC and Harpo Films telepic, "Their Eyes Were Watching God." The critically acclaimed special was viewed by more than 26 million people and Ealy earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for his portrayal of "Teacake." Ealy also starred in a Sundance selection: the film noir, "Never Die Alone," opposite DMX, for Fox Searchlight Pictures.
A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, Ealy graduated college with a degree in English. Shortly after, he headed to New York where he performed in several stage productions, including the Off-Broadway hits Joe Fearless and Whoa Jack, for which he earned an Adelco Award nomination for his performance.