Michael Rainey Jr. is one of the youngest successful actors in Hollywood. Though he is in his late teens, he has already propelled his career to a greater height with major roles in several critically acclaimed and successful movie LUV and TV show Power.
Apart from his acting career, he is actively involved in charity and philanthropic works. He donates his time and wealth to Indiana based organization, Finds, and Feed, which is aimed to provide food and clothes to the homeless.
Michael Rainey Jr.'s Wiki: Parents
Michael Rainey Jr. was born on 22nd September 2000 in Louisville, Kentucky, US.
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His single mother, Shauna Small, raised him in Staten Island, New York. In an interview with Vibe magazine in early February 2020, he revealed that he does not have an easy relationship with his father.
Michael Rainey Jr. with his mother, Shauna Small on 4th February 2020 (Source: Michael Rainey Jr.'s Instagram)
Michael's father was born and raised in New York. On the other hand, Michael's mother was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica— migrated to the USA as a teenager.
Michael Rainey Jr. dated Eva Apio during the mid-2019.
His girlfriend, Eva, born on 30th July 2000, is a Ugandan model based in England. Storm Models represent her.
Michael Rainey Jr. began his career as a child actor starring in several commercials, both in TV and print, and doing music videos. He did commercials for major brands like AT&T, Target, and Toys R Us.
Finally, he made his first TV appearance on the long-running American TV series for children, Sesame Street. Later, he made a breakthrough in his acting career when he was cast in the lead role in the Italian big screen, Un Altro mondo (2010)—at the time, he was just nine years old. He stayed for a year in Italy, where he mastered the Italian language and a new culture to play the role, Charlie in the movie.
Upon returning to the USA, Michael landed the role of Woody Watson in the crime-drama movie, Learning Uncle Vincent (LUV), in 2012. He was even nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for his performance in the LUV.
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Moving on, he played the major character Cecil in the commercially and critically successful American historical drama film, The Butler (2013). From 2013 to 2015, he portrayed the role of Michael Burset in the comedy-drama TV series; Orange Is the New Black. Additionally, in 2014, he appeared as Lawrence in the TV1 movie, Second Chance Christmas.
The same year, he began appearing in the Starz network's crime drama TV show, Power playing the role of Tariq St. Patrick, which gained him many critical acclaims.
Furthermore, in 2016, he debuted the role of Jalen in the commercially successful movie, Barbershop: The Next Cut. Two years later, he portrayed Terron Forte in the film, Amateur, and Kenny in the film, 211.