Who is Michael Blackson?
Ghanaian-Liberian actor and philanthropist Michael Blackson was born in Ghana, on 28 November 1972, making Sagittarius his zodiac sign. He’s appeared in over 50 TV series and movies, and is perhaps still known best for playing his debut film role Customer #1 in the 2000 comedy movie “Next Friday”, directed by Steve Carr, and which starred Ice Cube, Mike Epps and Justin Pierce. It follows a man who’s fled Los Angeles because a mobster who wants to harm him has just been released from jail; the film was nominated for two awards.
Education and early life
Michael was raised in both Ghana and Liberia by his Ghanaian parents, about whom not many details have been shared, because Michael respects their privacy; it’s known that Michael’s father died in 2008. He’s yet to speak of having siblings, and so is believed to have none.
Michael was 13 when the family moved to Newark, New Jersey USA, then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when he was 15; he matriculated from a local high school in 1991, and then found work to financially support himself.
Michael was working at Domino’s when his colleague suggested that he try his luck with stand-up comedy, while his family encouraged him, as well.
Roles in movies
It was in 2000 that Michael launched his acting career by appearing in “Next Friday”, and his following film role came in 2006, when cast to play the lead character Coffee in the comedy “Repos”, directed by Sal Martino, and which also starred Master P and Katt Williams; it follows two repo men – Coffee and Tea – who are working for Mr. Henderson.
Some of Michael’s following roles were in the 2006 comedy “The Last Stand”, the critically acclaimed 2007 comedy “The Savages”, which was nominated for Oscars for Best Writing, Original Screenplay and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, and the 2007 comedy “Black Superman”.
In 2013, Michael starred as Mr. Roland in the drama “One Night in Vegas”, directed by John Uche, and which also starred Jimmy Jean-Louis and John Dumelo. It follows an estranged couple who are travelling to Las Vegas, Nevada to rekindle their relationship – the series was nominated for three awards.
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Michael could then have been seen appearing in the 2013 comedy “Mutumbo the Lost Prince”, the 2014 comedy “The Bill Collector” and the 2014 comedy “Kony Montana”, and 2016 saw him portray Mr. Wooky in the horror comedy “Meet the Blacks”, which Deon Taylor wrote and directed, and which starred Mike Epps, Zuley Henao and Alex Henderson. It follows Carl Black and his family who’ve moved from Chicago to Beverly Hills at the time when the city’s purge begins, meaning that all crime is allowed for 12 hours.
Some of Michael’s most recent film roles have been in the 2021 comedy “Coming 2 America”, the 2021 action comedy “Someday Isles” and the 2021 action horror comedy “The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2”; he’s currently shooting for the upcoming movies “Caught Up In” and “16 Bars the Movie”.
Roles in TV series
Michael made his debut TV series appearance in the 2006 episode “Jack Meets Dennis” of the popular comedy “30 Rock”, which Tina Fey created and starred in, alongside Tracy Morgan and Alec Baldwin. It follows the life of comedy show writer Liz Lemon, the series aired from 2006 through 2013, and won 90 of its 433 award nominations.
In 2011 and 2012, Michael portrayed Krafty in three episodes of the popular comedy “Are We There Yet?”, created by Ali LeRoi, and which starred Shad Moss, Terry Crews and Essence Atkins. It follows a blended family from Seattle, Washington State, and the series won three of its 11 award nominations.
Michael appeared in an episode of three series in the following fire years, playing supporting characters in the comedy “In the Cut”, the news drama “Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee Uncensored” and the comedy “50 Central”.
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In 2018, he starred as Michael in all the four episodes of the comedy “Rich Africans”, which also starred Femi Lawson and Giovanni Watson, and follows the lives of two wealthy Africans who’ve come to the USA.
He’s since appeared in three more TV series: the 2019 episode “Nigerian Nightmare” of the crime thriller “Transitions”, the episode “Michael Blackson” of the comedy “Cornbread TV”, and the episode “Sherman From Africa: Live From Lagos” of the musical comedy “Sherman’s Showcase” both in 2022.
Michael has seven writing and three producing credits – some of his most notable writing work has been the 2006 comedy movie “Master P. Presents the Hood Stars of Comedy, Vol. 1”, the comedy series “Blackson’s Basement” and the comedy movie “Kony Montana” both in 2014.
Some of his recent talk-show appearances have been in “The Real”, “Cribs”, and “Club Shay Shay”.
Love life and fiancée
Michael can rarely be heard speaking about his love life in public, but it’s known that he’s been engaged to American social media star and realtor Rada Darling for close to two years now.
Michael proposed to his long-term girlfriend Rada on 31 July 2021, when he gave an interview on the radio show “The Breakfast Club”; not a lot has been disclosed about Rada, but it’s known that she’s today followed by more than 320,000 people on Instagram, while most of her pictures show her spending time with her friends and travelling. Michael travelled to Ghana to seek approval from Rada’s parents.
Michael has three sons and a daughter, but hasn’t shared any details about their mother/s, nor has he revealed his children’s names and birthdates.
He’s yet to speak about other women whom he’s been with, Michael’s engaged to Rada Darling as of April 2023, hasn’t married, and has four children.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Michael’s an Instagram star, as close to six million people are following him on the network today, while he’s posted nearly 14,000 pictures, most of which show him spending time with his friends and shooting for his movies.
He became a US citizen on 24 November 2021.
Michael’s nephew is Eli Apple, a professional American Football Player.
He’s a philanthropist, and has donated money to various charity organizations, and has also built a school in Ghana in January 2023 – it’s been named Michael Blackson Academy.
Michael’s favorite actor is Charlie Sheen, and some of his favorite movies include “Platoon”, “Scary Movie 5” and “Wall Street”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Michael’s age is 50. He has brown eyes and black hair, is 6ft (1.84m) tall and weighs around 175lbs (80kgs).
Michael’s net worth’s been estimated at over $2 million, as of April 2023.