Michael Rainey Jr. Wiki, Height, Age, Girlfriend, Family, Biography & More

Michael Rainey Jr.

Michael Rainey Jr. is a Jamaican-American actor who came into the limelight with the 2014 American crime drama ‘Power’ for playing the role of Tariq St. Patrick.

Wiki/Biography

Michael Rainey Jr. was born on September 22, 2000 (age 20 years; as of 2020), and he hails from Louisville, Kentucky. He spent his childhood in Staten Island, New York City.

Childhood picture of Michael Rainey Jr.

Childhood picture of Michael Rainey Jr.

Beginning her career as an actor at the age of just seven, Michael was homeschooled by his mother. An avid lover of the game, Michael grew up playing basketball at the local YMCA, a nonprofit youth organization for recreational activities.

Michael Rainey Jr. at YMCA

Michael Rainey Jr. at YMCA

He was discovered by a talent scout at the age of nine when while strolling on the streets of New York with his mom. The fortunate encounter led him to work in TV commercials.  After being cast in the Italian film ‘Un altro mondo’ (2010), Michael lived abroad for a year when he was ten years old. For his role in the film, he mastered the foreign language Italian. He was widely appreciated for his fluency in Italian. His spectacular performance caught the attention of the industry’s elite, which secured him a successful career on his return to the U.S.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 7″

Hair Color: Black

Eye Color: Black

Michael Rainey Jr.

Family & Ethnicity

Michael Rainey Jr.’s mother, Shauna Small, is of Jamaican descent. [1]The Hollywood Reporter.  Diagnosed with Lupus, she underwent surgery in 2013. She runs an online portal, Relax be Healthy, which sells health and beauty products. She also works as Rainey’s business manager.

Michael Rainey Jr. with her mother, Shauna Small

Michael Rainey Jr. with her mother, Shauna Small

Career

He was featured in the video of the Italian song “Il Regalo Più Grande” (2009) by Tiziano Ferro. In the video, Rainey appeared as a sweet-faced boy playing pitch and catch with his dad.

Michael Rainey Jr. in the video of the Italian song Il Regalo Più Grande (2009)

Michael Rainey Jr. in the video of the Italian song Il Regalo Più Grande (2009)

The Italian writer-director Silvio Muccino noticed Rainey’s potential when he saw him in the video of “Il Regalo Più Grande,” which repeatedly played on MTV Italia. The massively popular song paved the way for Michael into the 2010 Italian film ‘Un altro mondo.’

Film

In 2010, Michael Rainey Jr. made his film debut with ‘Un altro mondo’ (2010) in which he played the lead role of Charlie. The film showcases the relationship between Andrea and his 8-year-old black half-brother, Charlie. After the death of their father, Andrea is entrusted with the custody of Charlie, an unbearable child that Andrea detests in the beginning, but soon, he grows fond of him.

Michael Rainey Jr. in the film Un altro mondo (2010)

Michael Rainey Jr. in the film Un altro mondo (2010)

He played the protagonist Woody in the 2012 American crime drama film ‘LUV.’ In the film, Woody is an 11-year-old boy who gets a crash course on manhood when he accompanies his charismatic uncle named Vincent, ex-convict, to a drug deal.

LUV (2012)

LUV (2012)

In the 2013 American historical drama film ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler,’ he played the younger version of the protagonist Cecil Gaines, a butler who serves eight presidents during his tenure at the White House.

Michael Rainey Jr. in Lee Daniels' The Butler (2014)

Michael Rainey Jr. in Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2014)

In 2016, he starred as Jalen in the American comedy film ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut.’ The film centers around a barbershop owner named Calvin who adores the city of Chicago, which, unfortunately, has been plagued by gang violence and criminal activities. In the film, Calvin protects his son Jalen from the spoilt neighborhood by disrupting his attempt to join a gang.

Michael Rainey Jr. in Barbershop The Next Cut (2017)

Michael Rainey Jr. in Barbershop The Next Cut (2017)

In 2018, he appeared in the 2018 American sports drama film ‘Amateur’ in which he played the protagonist Terron Forte. The film highlights the challenges that the 14-year-old Terron Forte has to face to make his dream of playing professional basketball come true.

Michael Rainey Jr. Amateur (2018)

Michael Rainey Jr. Amateur (2018)

In 2018, Michael played the role of Kenny Rastell in the American crime-action film ‘211.’ In the film, Kenny is sent on a police ride-along as a punishment for involving in a quarrel with some high school bullies. During a routine patrol, Kenny witnesses a dangerous bank heist carried out by a crew of former mercenaries.

Michael Rainey Jr. in 211 (2018)

Michael Rainey Jr. in 211 (2018)

Television

He secured his first acting gig at the age of seven when he appeared in the 1969 American educational children’s show ‘Sesame Street.’

Sesame Street (1969)

Sesame Street (1969)

In 2014, he starred in the television film ‘Second Chance Christmas’ (2014) in which he played the role of Lawrence. In the Christmas-themed family drama, Lawrence tries to bond with his stepfather after losing her mother in a horrific accident.

Michael Rainey Jr. in Second Chance Christmas (2014)

Michael Rainey Jr. in Second Chance Christmas (2014)

At the age of twelve, Michael secured himself a seminal role of Tariq St. Patrick in the American crime drama ‘Power’ (2014). In the series, Tariq is the son of the protagonist James St. Patrick, a drug kingpin who wishes to leave the criminal world to pursue legitimate business interests as a nightclub owner. In the third season (2016), Michael’s character Tariq emerged as a pivotal figure when he navigates his new criminal life. In Power Book II: (2020), Tariq became the protagonist of the show when he killed his father and assumed his legacy.

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Michael Rainey Jr. in the 2014 television series ‘Power’

OTT/Web Series

In 2013, Michael made his digital debut when he played the recurring role of Sophia Burset’s son, Michael Burset, in the American comedy-drama ‘Orange Is the New Black.’ Unable to accept that his biological father is transgender, Michael gets back at Sophia by reporting her crime to the police.

Michael Rainey Jr. in Orange Is the New Black (2013)

Michael Rainey Jr. in Orange Is the New Black (2013)

In 2018, he appeared in an episode of the interview-style YouTube series ‘Shoot Your Shot.’ Exhibiting the basketball culture, the show’s host Brandon Armstrong interviews a new celebrity guest while they shoot hoops.

Michael Rainey Jr. in Shoot Your Shot (2018)

Michael Rainey Jr. in Shoot Your Shot (2018)

Philanthropy

Since childhood, Michael has been devoted to philanthropy. He inherits this quality from his mother, Shauna Small, who actively makes various charities.

Michael Rainey Jr.'s Facebook post

Michael Rainey Jr.’s Facebook post

In 2015, while shooting for the film ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut,’ Michael distributed water and snacks to the homeless people who were staying outside his hotel. The young actor is also known to be an animal person who supported a charity coin “The Bingus Project” in 2021, which aims at raising money for animal rescues and shelters. During the coronavirus pandemic, Michael Rainey Jr., in collaboration with the Kingston Eastern Division of Police,  distributed digital tablets to underprivileged children, which aided them in attending school online.

Michael Rainey Jr. distributing digital tablets along with her mother

Michael Rainey Jr. distributing digital tablets along with her mother

Facts/Trivia

  • Michael’s eye-catching performance in the 2014 television series ‘Power’ has garnered him hate in real life. People have forgotten that the malevolent character of Tariq is fictional. In an interview, while sharing an incident, 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.”

  • Michael is a dual citizenship holder of the US and Jamaica.
  • As a basketball enthusiast, 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.

    Michael Rainey Jr. with his dog

    Michael Rainey Jr. with his dog

  • His favorite rappers are 50 Cent and Method Man.
  • Michael Rainey Jr. is a non-vegetarian. Born in a Jamaican family, he is extremely fond of seafood. [2]Michael Rainey Jr.’s Facebook account

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