Michael Brown professionally known as Michael Ealy, is an American actor. Ealy was born in Washington, D.C., and was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. Ealy graduated from Springbrook High School and attended the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. His mother worked for IBM and his father was in the grocery business.
He is known for his roles in Barbershop (2002), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Takers (2010), About Last Night (2014), and The Perfect Guy (2015). Ealy starred as Dorian the android in the Fox TV science fiction police drama series Almost Human.
He started his acting career in the late 1990s, appearing in a number of off-Broadway stage productions. Among his first film roles were Bad Company and Kissing Jessica Stein. His breakout role came in 2002’s Barbershop, in which he plays reformed street thug Ricky Nash, a role that he reprised in the 2004 sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business.