Barbershop 3 (2016) | LUV | Power | Orange is the New Black | Un Altro Mondo | The Butler | Second Chance ChristmasBio
CURRENTLY: Tariq on Power Season 1-3, Barber Shop 3 April 2016, Amateur ...pre production lead role.
Actor Michael Rainey Jr. playing Tariq St. Patrick on Starz network’s hit drama series, “POWER.” Michael plays the son of the lead, Ghost. Michael went from being in 4 episodes in season 1 and 2 to now being casted as a season regular in season 3. The show stars, Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who also is the shows’ producer. Season 3 returns summer 2016!
Michael can be seen starring opposite Ice Cube, Cedric The Entertainer and Nick Minaj in the much anticipated third installment of the comedy franchise Barbershop for Warner Brothers Pictures entitled Barbershop 3: The Next Cut. In the movie, Michael plays the role of ‘Jalen,’ the teenage son to Ice Cube’s character. The movie premieres nationwide April 15, 2016.
Currently, Michael is set to star in the Netflix movie in connection with Mandalay Bay Entertainment, entitled Amateur. In the film Michael leads the cast in the role of ‘Terron Forte,’ a young man whose basketball highlight video goes viral and causes quite the stir. The 14-year-old basketball phenom now struggles to fit in with the older high schoolers on his new team, and must defeat his greatest rival yet — his new coach. Written and to be directed by Ryan Koo, a participant in the 2014 Sundance Screenwriting Lab. Produced by Jason Michael Berman and Chip Hourihan. The movie begins production March 2016.
Michael's first film in America is LUV, where he starred alongside Common and worked with others such as Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Meagan Good and Charles Dutton and was directed by Sheldon Candis. Michael was also featured in Lee Daniels: The Butler starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, where he played the ‘Butler’ as a child. Michael was also featured in Orange Is The New Black from season 1-3. He starred in TV1’s movie Second Chance Christmas directed by Alton Glass.
Born September 22 in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in Staten Island, New York where he currently lives. Michael made his first on-screen appearance being cast in “Sesame Street” and doing commercials and music videos. In 2009, the 9 year old made his way to the big screen in the film that kicked off his acting career entitled, Un Altro Mondo and directed by Silvio Muccino. Michael played the lead character ‘Charlie’ alongside Silvio Muccino. Michael, who is American, lived in Italy for some time to prepare for this film and went from speaking only English to speaking fluent Italian for his role.
In his spare time, Michael gives back to the community through his involvement in Find and Feed, an organization dedicated to helping the homeless, which is based in Indiana. He also does independent work shopping for the less fortunate during Christmas time, supplying coats for the homeless and feeding them. Michael enjoys playing the piano and making music, playing basketball, playing video games, and playing with his two terriers.