Michael Rainey Jr. started his career on the PBS show Sesame Street. Since then, he has gone on to become one of TV's most-watched characters due to his role on the Starz show, Power.
Here is all we know about Michael Rainey Jr family, net worth, and TV roles.
- Name: Michael Rainey Jr
- Date of birth: 22nd September 2000
- Age: 19-years-old
- Place of birth: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
- Zodiac sign: Virgo
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity: Black-American
- Height: 5 ft 8 inches
- Eye colour: Dark brown
- Hair colour: Black
- Profession: Actor
- Net worth: Approximately $1.2 million
Family and background
The actor was born in 2000 in Louisville, Kentucky. Michael Rainey Jr father (who the actor is named after) and his mother Shauna Small brought up their son in Staten Island, New York. He has Jamaican roots because his mother is Jamaican by birth.
She was born and raised in Kingston before migrating to the United States of America while she was a teenager. His father, Michael Rainey Sr. was born in New York. While the actor often posts his mother on his social media pages, he does not do the same for his father. However, the actor, in an interview with Vibe Magazine, alluded to the fact that, like his on-screen character Tariq, he does not have an easy relationship with his father.
Michael Rainey Jr age
The actor's early success and talent have led many to wonder, 'How old is Michael Rainey Jr?' Michael Rainey Jr parents welcomed their son into the world on 22nd September 2000. He is currently 19-years-old and will turn 20 later this year (2020).
Michael Rainey Jr. net worth
Acting in America, and especially in Hollywood, can be very lucrative. Those who are lucky enough to break through have very lavish lives. When Michael Rainey first began his prominent role in the Starz Network TV series, Power, his salary per episode was $20,000.
At the beginning of 2018, he received a $25,000 increase and began earning $45,000 for every episode. Today, Michael Rainey Jr net worth 2020 is estimated to be $1.2 million.
Charity work and hobbies
The young actor appreciates his blessings and shows this by giving back to the community. He donates his time and money to the organization, Find and Feed, that feeds and clothes homeless people.
In 2018, after visiting the Jamaica National Children's Home, he vowed to help out by buying necessary items for the children in the home. He has also participated in a charity basketball game in support of veterans.
When he is not on set or doing charity work, the actor loves playing basketball and video games. He also plays the piano and has a passion for making music.
TV shows and movies
Before starring in films and TV series, Michael appeared in commercials and music videos. His big break came when he was nine-years-old. The young actor was cast to play the role of Charlie in the Italian film Un Altro Mondo. Michael Rainey Jr. learnt to speak fluent Italian thanks to this film.
Some of the other movies and series he has featured in are
- LUV (2012) - He played the character, Woody, alongside famous African - American actors such as Russell Hornsby, Common, and Meagan Good.
- Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) - He played the role of eight-years-old Cecil Gaines. He shared the spotlight with celebrities such as Oprah, Forest Whitaker, Mariah Carey, and Terrence Howard, among others.
- Second Chance Christmas (2014) - Lawrence
- Orange Is the New Black (2013 - 2015) - He appeared in seven episodes as Michael Burset, son of the transgender inmate, Sophia Burset (played by Laverne Cox).
- Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) - Jalen
- Amateur (2018) - Terron Forte
- 211 (2018) - Kenny
- Power (2014 -2020) - This is the young star's most prominent role to date. He plays the controversial character, Tariq St. Patrick. He has featured in over 50 episodes.
On 23rd January 2020, the star revealed that he had woken up to 326 death threat messages on his Instagram DMs. This was just two weeks before the Power season finale.
Michael Rainey Jr. has been acting for less than ten years, and in this short time, he has established himself as a rising star in Hollywood. He is still quite young with a bright future ahead of him. We cannot wait to see what he has in store for his fans.