Michael Rainey Jr. is a Jamaican-American actor who is well known for playing the role of Tariq St. Patrick in the 2014 American crime drama ‘Power.’
Michael Rainey Jr. was born on September 22, 2000 (age 20 years; as of 2020), in Louisville, Kentucky. His zodiac sign is Virgo. He grew up in Staten Island, New York City.
For eight years, he was homeschooled by his mother. Since childhood, Michael was a passionate basketball player. At the age of nine, while strolling on the streets of New York with his mom he had an encounter with a talent scout which led him to work in TV commercials. At the tender age of ten, lived abroad for a year after he was cast in the Italian film ‘Un altro mondo’ (2010). For the film, he mastered a new language, Italian. Michael’s fluency in Italian garnered immense appreciation and attention from the industry’s elite. Upon returning to the States, Michael’s career took off.
Family & Ethnicity
Michael Rainey Jr. has a Jamaican descent from his mother’s side. The Hollywood Reporter His mother, Shauna Small, was diagnosed with Lupus and underwent surgery in 2013. She owns and operates a business located in New York
Affairs & Girlfriends
In 2009, he was featured in the video of the Italian song “Il Regalo Più Grande” by Tiziano Ferro in which Rainey played the role of a sweet-faced boy playing pitch and catch with his dad.
Immensely appreciated, the song was repeatedly played on MTV Italia, where the writer-director Silvio Muccino noticed Rainey’s potential and cast him in the 2010 Italian film ‘Un altro mondo.’
Michael Rainey Jr. made his debut with the Italian film ‘Un altro mondo’ (2010) in which he played the lead role of Charlie. The film centers around Andrea who is entrusted with his 8-year-old black half-brother named Charlie after the death of their father. Andrea, who detests Charlie in the beginning, grows fond of him, and eventually, accepts him as family.
In 2012, he played the protagonist Woody in the American crime drama film ‘LUV.’ In the film, Woody is an 11-year-old boy who gets a crash course on manhood when he spends a day with the ex-convict uncle he idolizes.
In 2013, he played the younger version of the protagonist Cecil Gaines in the American historical drama film ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler.’ The film follows the life of Cecil Gaines who serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House.
He starred as Jalen in the 2016 American comedy film ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut.’ The storyline of the film revolves around Calvin who runs a barbershop and expresses his love for the city of Chicago, which unfortunately, has been plagued by gang violence and criminal activity. In the film, Jalen is Calvin’s son who attempts to join a gang, while his father tries to protect him from the spoilt neighborhood.
He played the protagonist Terron Forte in the 2018 American sports drama film ‘Amateur.’ The film follows the basketball phenom Terron Forte who struggles with his personal life in pursuit of his dream when he is recruited to an elite NCAA prep school.
In the 2018 American crime-action film ‘211,’ Michael played the role of Kenny Rastell, who goes on a police ride-along as a punishment for involving in a quarrel with some high school bullies. During his police ride-along, Kenny encounters a dangerous bank heist carried out by a crew of former mercenaries.
At the age of seven, he secured his first acting gig in the 1969 American educational children’s show ‘Sesame Street.’
He made his television debut with the TV film ‘Second Chance Christmas’ (2014) in which he played the role of Lawrence. The film centers on a widower who tries to bond with his young stepson, Lawrence, during the holidays.
At the age of twelve, he landed a seminal role of Tariq St. Patrick in the 2014 American crime drama ‘Power.’ In the series, Tariq is the son of the protagonist James St. Patrick, a nightclub owner who lives a double life as a drug kingpin. In the third season (2016), Michael’s character Tariq emerged as a pivotal figure when he navigated his new criminal life and intended to shed his father’s legacy, meanwhile, dealing with mounting pressure to protect his family, including his mother Tasha.
In 2013, he made his digital debut with the American comedy-drama ‘Orange Is the New Black’ In which he played the recurring role of Michael Burset, Sophia Burset’s son who difficulty accepting that his biological father was transgender and decided to get back at her by informing the police of her crime.
In 2018, he made an appearance in the interview-style YouTube series ‘Shoot Your Shot.’ Focused on basketball culture, in each episode the host Brandon Armstrong interviews a new celebrity guest while they shoot hoops.
A genuine vein of philanthropy has existed in Michael’s body since childhood.
While shooting for the film ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ in 2015, he distributed water and snacks to the homeless, staying outside his hotel. In 2020, he attended a treat held by dancehall artiste Mr. Lexx, where he assisted in donating tablets to kids. In 2021, Michael Rainey Jr. supported a charity-related token, ‘Bingus,’ a deflationary token with the purpose of raising money for animal rescues and shelters.
- Michael is so good at playing the role of Tariq in the 2014 television series ‘Power’ that sometimes people forget that it’s fictional. The malicious character of Tariq has garnered online hate for Michael even in real life. In an interview, while sharing a disturbing encounter, he said
I have endless stories, but I remember one time, I was walking out of a party and this man literally pushed me like, ‘Why would you kill Ghost!’ But my friends stepped to him and I had to tell them to chill before they put that boy in the blender.”
- He holds dual citizenship of the US and Jamaica.
- Michael is a skilled basketball player. He is a fan of the New York Knicks, an American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan.
- He is an avid dog lover. On his Instagram account, he refers to his dog as his “youngest child.”
- Belonging to a Jamaican family, Michael Rainey Jr. is fond of seafood.
- He often flaunts his car BMW M8 Coupé on his Instagram account.
- 50 Cent and Method Man are his favorite rappers.
- Michael Rainey Jr. is a non-vegetarian. Michael Rainey Jr.’s Facebook account