Power Book II: Ghost’s Michael Rainey Jr. Credits BMF’s Russell Hornsby For A Lot Of His Career [Watch]

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Michael Rainey Jr is an American actor who has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry in a short amount of time. Born on September 22, 2000, in Louisville, Kentucky, Rainey is best known for his role as Tariq St. Patrick in the Starz drama series, Power Book II: Ghost.

Rainey’s acting career began at a young age when he was discovered by a talent scout at an open casting call in New York City. He landed his first role in the independent film, LUV, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. Rainey’s performance in the film earned him critical acclaim, and he was soon cast in more roles.

In 2014, Rainey was cast in the hit drama series, Orange is the New Black, playing the role of Michael Burset’s son, Aladrian. Rainey’s performance in the show was praised by critics, and he continued to gain recognition for his acting abilities.

However, Rainey’s breakout role came in 2014 when he was cast as Tariq St. Patrick in the hit Starz drama series, Power. Rainey’s portrayal of the troubled teenager, who becomes involved in his family’s drug empire, was widely praised by critics and audiences alike. Rainey’s character quickly became a fan favorite, and his performance earned him multiple award nominations.

Rainey’s success on Power led to him being cast in the spinoff series, Power Book II: Ghost, in which he reprises his role as Tariq St. Patrick. The series premiered in 2020 and has been a huge hit with audiences.

Speaking of Rainey Jr. he recently shared that he owes a lot of his career to Starz’ BMF actor Russell Hornsby.

“When I was filming my well, this is my second movie at this point, but my first movie in America, shout out to Russell Hornsby, yo, he’s responsible for a lot of my career. I had a scene with him on ‘LUV ‘. We had a few scenes, and in between takes, he called Andrew Rogers, bro. So he made a call to them, bro. He was like, yo y’all gotta come to pick this kid up, I don’t know how here’s his mother’s number blah blah blah,” said Rainey Jr on a recent episode on The Crew Has it With Gianni Paolo.

“They call my mom she’s talking to them we want to sign your kid to our agency. The movie’s not even near done yet. This is like our third week of the movie second week. She’s like what? How? She didn’t believe it she’s telling me I’m like what do you mean she’s like no, this is a scam. I’m like just talk to him, and from there I was with Andrew Rogers, after that I was with ICM [International Creative Management].”

In addition to his work on screen, Rainey is also involved in philanthropic efforts. He has worked with organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of America and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

At only 22 years old, Rainey has already established himself as a talented actor with a bright future ahead of him. His performances on Power and Power Book II: Ghost have earned him widespread recognition and critical acclaim, and he continues to impress audiences with his acting abilities.

Overall, Michael Rainey Jr is a rising star in the entertainment industry. With his talent and dedication to his craft, he is sure to have a long and successful career ahead of him.

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Written by Byron Nelson

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