Jonathan Majors is an American actor who is famous for his roles in the films, The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019), and Da 5 Bloods (2020); and in the TV series, When We Rise (2017), and Lovecraft Country (2020).
Jonathan ‘Michael’ Majors was born on Thursday, September 7, 1989 (age 31 years; as in 2020), in Lompoc, California. His early childhood was spent at Vandenberg Military Base in Lompoc; at the age of five, his family moved to Dallas, Texas. He completed his high school graduation in 2008 from Duncanville High School in Texas. After his graduation (high school), he took a year break and attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts to pursue BFA in Acting. He joined Terry Knickerbocker Studio in New York to study acting, and later, in 2016, he completed his MFA in acting from Yale School of Drama, New Haven.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Family & Ethnicity
Jonathan was born into an African American Christian family. Vanity Fair His father was an air force officer at Vandenberg Military Base in Lompoc. When Jonathan was just five, his father left the family. His mother is a Methodist pastor. He has an elder sister, Monika, and a younger brother, Cameron. He has a daughter, who was born when he completed high school.
Jonathan made his on-screen debut with the film ‘Do Not Disturb’ (2011) in the segment ‘Prom’ in the role of ‘Mike.’
The film, ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ (2019), marked his breakthrough performance in the role of ‘Montgomery Allen.’
He has also acted in the films, Much Ado About Nothing (TV Movie; 2013), Hostiles (2017), White Boy Rick (2018), Captive State (2019), Gully (2019), and Da 5 Blood (2020). He made his television debut with the role of young ‘Ken Jones’ in the mini-series ‘When We Rise’ (2018).
In 2020, he played the lead role of ‘Atticus Black’ in the HBO series ‘Lovecraft Country.’
- Food: Bolognese, Pizza
- Cocktail: Mezcal neat
- Restaurant: Est Est Est Pizza & Restaurant in New Haven
- Actor: Mark Rylance, Mahershala Ali, Denzel Washington
- Playwright: August Wilson
- Film: Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
- Boxer: Mike Tyson
- Basketball Player: Scottie Pippen
- In his leisure time, he likes to travel, watch films, play sports, and read.
- Growing up, he played various sports, especially football in Texas.
- During his teens, he was the center of feuds with his neighborhood kids and was also fell prey in the hands of bullies. Once, he was even suspended from his school. Soon, he was thrown out of his home, and he began living in his car, which he remembers as ‘Oldsmobile called Ariel.’ At the same time, he also indulged himself in theaters and began doing a part-time job at a restaurant.
- He suffered from a slight speech impediment and had his tongue clipped to audition for colleges.
- He calls himself a disciple of August Wilson, whose plays he had directed at the Yale School of Drama. Talking about it, he says,
We did all 10 of the Pittsburgh Cycle series in one year. They hadn’t seen anything like it since the heydays when Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance had been in school.”
- He won the 2015 NSAL (National Society of Arts and Letters) Drama Competition. Talking about his experience of the competition, he said,
I cannot express to you all, what a life-changing experience the competition was for me. So much has happened since the spring of 2015, from staring in an ABC mini-series that premiered in 2017 (directed by Gus Van Sant) to entering 2018 with four feature films hitting the screens worldwide. That said I am still building and still working to achieve my dream. My heartfelt thanks for all that you do for young artists.”