Barbershop 3 (2016) | LUV | Power | Orange is the New Black | Un Altro Mondo | The Butler | Second Chance Christmas | Amateur (2017)Bio
CURRENTLY: Tariq on Power Season 1-4.
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 and now season 4. The show stars, Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who also is the shows’ producer. Season 4 returns summer 2017!
Michael's new movie Amateur is set to be released 2017, date has not yet been determined. Amateur: A Netflix Original. A 14-year-old basketball phenom (played by Michael) struggles to fit in with his new team after a video of him goes viral. Directed by Ryan Koo.
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 premiered nationwide April 15, 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. Shoot For Success an organization dedicated to helping the youth. Michael Has also found interest in The Richard Wright Public Charter School led by Dr. Marco Clark. He 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.