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Michael Ealy

Actor Known for his Roles in "Barbershop" and "Sleeper Cell"

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Michael Ealy Biography

Ealy was born on Aug. 3, 1973 in Silver Spring, MD. For the first part of his life, Ealy never considered becoming an actor; instead focusing on athletics -- playing football and basketball for Springbrook High School. But when he saw Denzel Washington in Spike Lee's "Mo' Better Blues," Ealy got the first notion that this was something he might like to pursue as a future career. Ironically, at that time in his young life, he was too afraid to take the stage in high school productions. After graduation, he attended the University of Maryland, majoring in English and still harboring the notion of acting. With degree in hand, he journeyed north to New York, taking up residence and starting his pursuit of acting in earnest. He took classes and workshops and went on auditions while waiting tables for the next five years. The pay was low; the times tough, but he persevered. In 1999, Ealy (then using the name Michael D. Brown) finally found himself in an off-off-Broadway production of "Whoa-Jack!" and playing a black soldier on an Alabama-based Army base in 1960 who battles deep-rooted racial tensions and a white major involved in an affair with his girlfriend.

A year later, Ealy was performing on stage again, playing a basketball star on a fictional team in the off-Broadway production, "J Fearless (A Fan Dance)." The play had two different endings, depending on whether or not Ealy sank the buzzer-beating jump shot. Ealy then made his feature debut with a small part as an unlucky boyfriend in the romantic comedy "Kissing Jessica Stein." It was his next role that garnered him his first real widespread recognition -- that of Ricky Nash, a reformed ex-con trying to earn his G.E.D. in the surprise urban comedy hit, "Barbershop." He would go on to reprise the popular character in the inevitable sequel, "Barbershop 2: Back in Business." Meanwhile, Ealy scored supporting roles in "Bad Company" and "2 Fast 2 Furious," before making the crossover to television with a two-episode arc on the indefatigable "ER."

Ealy next starred opposite Oscar winner Halle Berry -- whom he would begin dating off-screen -- in "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God" -- an adaptation of Zora Neal Hurston's novel about an independent-minded African-American woman (Berry) in 1920s Florida, who goes against the grain of the small town white locals. Ealy got his chance to shine with his next role -- that of undercover FBI agent and devout Muslim, Darwyn Al-Sayeed, in the terrorism-based series, "Sleeper Cell." The multifaceted and complex character intrigued Ealy -- particularly his struggle to uphold his Muslim beliefs while pretending to wage holy Jihad against America. Right off the bat, "Sleeper Cell" received its fair share of criticism, especially in its humanizing look at terrorists trying to kill Americans on a mass scale. Even some Muslims denounced the show because of its depiction of the faithful. Nonetheless, Ealy received his share of critical kudos as well, earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Following "Sleeper Cell," Ealy landed roles on shows like "FlashForward," "The Good Wife," "Californication" and "Common Law." He is also set to star in the upcoming FOX series "Almost Human," an action-packed police drama set 35 years in the future, which centers around the unlikely partnership between a part-machine cop and a part-human robot.

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  • What are the speaker fees for Michael Ealy

    Speaking fees for Michael Ealy, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Michael Ealy are $50,000 - $100,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Michael Ealy, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Michael Ealy speak about?

    Michael Ealy is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Actors, Television Personalities.
  • Where does Michael Ealy travel from?

    Michael Ealy generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Michael Ealy’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Michael Ealy for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michael Ealy for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Michael Ealy or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Actor Known for his Roles in "Barbershop" and "Sleeper Cell"

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Michael Ealy Biography

Ealy was born on Aug. 3, 1973 in Silver Spring, MD. For the first part of his life, Ealy never considered becoming an actor; instead focusing on athletics -- playing football and basketball for Springbrook High School. But when he saw Denzel Washington in Spike Lee's "Mo' Better Blues," Ealy got the first notion that this was something he might like to pursue as a future career. Ironically, at that time in his young life, he was too afraid to take the stage in high school productions. After graduation, he attended the University of Maryland, majoring in English and still harboring the notion of acting. With degree in hand, he journeyed north to New York, taking up residence and starting his pursuit of acting in earnest. He took classes and workshops and went on auditions while waiting tables for the next five years. The pay was low; the times tough, but he persevered. In 1999, Ealy (then using the name Michael D. Brown) finally found himself in an off-off-Broadway production of "Whoa-Jack!" and playing a black soldier on an Alabama-based Army base in 1960 who battles deep-rooted racial tensions and a white major involved in an affair with his girlfriend.

A year later, Ealy was performing on stage again, playing a basketball star on a fictional team in the off-Broadway production, "J Fearless (A Fan Dance)." The play had two different endings, depending on whether or not Ealy sank the buzzer-beating jump shot. Ealy then made his feature debut with a small part as an unlucky boyfriend in the romantic comedy "Kissing Jessica Stein." It was his next role that garnered him his first real widespread recognition -- that of Ricky Nash, a reformed ex-con trying to earn his G.E.D. in the surprise urban comedy hit, "Barbershop." He would go on to reprise the popular character in the inevitable sequel, "Barbershop 2: Back in Business." Meanwhile, Ealy scored supporting roles in "Bad Company" and "2 Fast 2 Furious," before making the crossover to television with a two-episode arc on the indefatigable "ER."

Ealy next starred opposite Oscar winner Halle Berry -- whom he would begin dating off-screen -- in "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God" -- an adaptation of Zora Neal Hurston's novel about an independent-minded African-American woman (Berry) in 1920s Florida, who goes against the grain of the small town white locals. Ealy got his chance to shine with his next role -- that of undercover FBI agent and devout Muslim, Darwyn Al-Sayeed, in the terrorism-based series, "Sleeper Cell." The multifaceted and complex character intrigued Ealy -- particularly his struggle to uphold his Muslim beliefs while pretending to wage holy Jihad against America. Right off the bat, "Sleeper Cell" received its fair share of criticism, especially in its humanizing look at terrorists trying to kill Americans on a mass scale. Even some Muslims denounced the show because of its depiction of the faithful. Nonetheless, Ealy received his share of critical kudos as well, earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Following "Sleeper Cell," Ealy landed roles on shows like "FlashForward," "The Good Wife," "Californication" and "Common Law." He is also set to star in the upcoming FOX series "Almost Human," an action-packed police drama set 35 years in the future, which centers around the unlikely partnership between a part-machine cop and a part-human robot.

Michael Ealy Videos

  • Michael Ealy talks Underworld 4 - Comic-Con 2011 - YouTube
  • 2013 Comic-Con Press Room: ALMOST HUMAN's Michael Ealy ...
  • Michael Ealy - On Relationships, Acting and The 90-Day Rule (Think ...

FAQs on booking Michael Ealy

  • How do I book Michael Ealy to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Michael Ealy for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Michael Ealy, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Michael Ealy or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Michael Ealy

    Speaking fees for Michael Ealy, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Michael Ealy are $50,000 - $100,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Michael Ealy, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Michael Ealy speak about?

    Michael Ealy is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Actors, Television Personalities.
  • Where does Michael Ealy travel from?

    Michael Ealy generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Michael Ealy’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Michael Ealy for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michael Ealy for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Michael Ealy or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Michael Ealy is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Michael Ealy for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Michael Ealy generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Danny Glover, LeVar Burton, Wayne Brady, Djimon Hounsou and Don Cheadle. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michael Ealy for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Michael Ealy Speaker Videos

  • Michael Ealy talks Underworld 4 - Comic-Con 2011 - YouTube
    2013 Comic-Con Press Room: ALMOST HUMAN's Michael Ealy ...
  • Michael Ealy - On Relationships, Acting and The 90-Day Rule (Think ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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