Mike Colter (born August 26, 1976) is an American actor best known for his roles as Lemond Bishop in the television series The Good Wife, Malcolm Ward in Ringer, and Luke Cage in Marvel's Luke Cage, The Defenders, and Jessica Jones, all set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.



Early life

Colter was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and grew up in St. Matthews, South Carolina. Colter is the youngest of five children born to Eddie Lee, Sr. and Freddie Marion (née Mitchell) Colter. He is a graduate of Calhoun County High School. His senior year, his senior superlative as voted by the class was "most ambitious."[5] Colter spent a year at Benedict College, before transferring to the University of South Carolina, from where he received a bachelor's degree in theater in 1999. He obtained an MFA degree in acting from the Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.[6]


Colter's highest profile role was in the film Million Dollar Baby, in which he portrayed boxer Big Willie Little. He has also guest starred on Law & Order: Trial By Jury, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The Good Wife, ER, and The Parkers, as well as several TV movies. He also starred in the series Ringer.[7]

In 2014, Colter began portraying the role of Agent Jameson Locke in the Halo franchise.[8] Colter starred in the series Halo: Nightfall and provided the motion capture for Agent Locke in Halo 5: Guardians while the voice acting is performed by Ike Amadi. He also co-starred as Luke Cage in Jessica Jones, on Netflix. The entire first season was released online on November 20, 2015.[9] This was followed by the character's individual series, Luke Cage, which was released on September 30, 2016. In December 2016, Netflix announced Luke Cage was renewed for a second season.[10]

Personal life

Colter is married to Iva Colter, as of 2016. He also confirmed on the September 27, 2016 segment of the Wendy Williams Show that he has a daughter with her. He is a second cousin of actress Viola Davis.[11][12] He resides in Los Angeles.


Film roles
2004Million Dollar BabyBig Willie Little 
2005Brooklyn LobsterJamal 
2007And Then Came LoveYuppie Paul 
2010SaltCIA Tactical Leader 
2012Men In Black 3Colonel James Darrell Edwards Jr. 
2012Zero Dark ThirtyDEVGRU Operative Mike 
2015America Is Still the PlaceCharlie Walker 
2017Girls TripStewart Pierce 
Television roles
2002ERWattsEpisode: "Hindsight"
2002Parkers, TheThe ParkersLamarEpisode: "Lights, Camera, Action"
2005Law & Order: Trial by JuryOfficer Billy TolbertEpisode: "Blue Wall"
2005Silver BellsBillTelevision film
2007Law & Order: Criminal IntentDave OldrenEpisode: "Albatross"
2009Law & Order: Special Victims UnitJoseph SerumagaEpisode: "Hell"
2009Solving CharlieJack DashTelevision film
2009Taking ChanceMaster Gunnery Sergeant DemetryTelevision film
2010Royal PainsOfficer TannerEpisode: "Lovesick"
2010–15The Good WifeLemond Bishop21 episodes
2011Blue BloodsCliff ReacherEpisode: "The Blue Templar"
2011–12RingerMalcolm Ward17 episodes
2013The FollowingNick Donovan8 episodes
2013Criminal MindsColin BramwellEpisode: "Final Shot"
2014American Horror Story: CovenDavid3 episodes
2014Halo: NightfallAgent Jameson Locke5 episodes
2015Agent XMiles Lathem7 episodes
2015Jessica JonesLuke Cage7 episodes
2016–presentLuke CageLuke CageLead role;
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2017)
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Hero (2017)
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2017)
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television (2017)
2016Comedy Bang! Bang!HimselfEpisode: "Mike Colter Wears a Pink Button Up and Black Boots"
2017The DefendersLuke Cage8 episodes;
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2018)
Video game roles
2014Halo: The Master Chief CollectionSpartan Jameson LockeVoice
2015Halo 5: GuardiansSpartan Jameson LockeMotion-capture only