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
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Million Dollar Baby Big Willie Little
2005 Brooklyn Lobster Jamal
2007 And Then Came Love Yuppie Paul
2010 Salt CIA Tactical Leader
2012 Men In Black 3 Colonel James Darrell Edwards Jr.
2012 Zero Dark Thirty DEVGRU Operative Mike
2015 America Is Still the Place Charlie Walker
2017 Girls Trip Stewart Pierce
2018 Extinction David Post-production
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2002 ER Watts Episode: "Hindsight"
2002 Parkers, The The Parkers Lamar Episode: "Lights, Camera, Action"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Officer Billy Tolbert Episode: "Blue Wall"
2005 Silver Bells Bill Television film
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dave Oldren Episode: "Albatross"
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Joseph Serumaga Episode: "Hell"
2009 Solving Charlie Jack Dash Television film
2009 Taking Chance Master Gunnery Sergeant Demetry Television film
2010 Royal Pains Officer Tanner Episode: "Lovesick"
2010–15 The Good Wife Lemond Bishop 21 episodes
2011 Blue Bloods Cliff Reacher Episode: "The Blue Templar"
2011–12 Ringer Malcolm Ward 17 episodes
2013 The Following Nick Donovan 8 episodes
2013 Criminal Minds Colin Bramwell Episode: "Final Shot"
2014 American Horror Story: Coven David 3 episodes
2014 Halo: Nightfall Agent Jameson Locke 5 episodes
2015 Agent X Miles Lathem 7 episodes
2015 Jessica Jones Luke Cage 7 episodes
2016–present Luke Cage Luke Cage Lead 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)
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Mike Colter Wears a Pink Button Up and Black Boots"
2017 The Defenders Luke Cage 8 episodes;
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2018)
Video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Halo: The Master Chief Collection Spartan Jameson Locke Voice
2015 Halo 5: Guardians Spartan Jameson Locke Motion-capture only