Jonathan Majors is an American actor who got his first significant role in The Last Black Man in San Francisco. He also managed to land a role in HBO’s Lovecraft Country in 2020, where he plays Atticus Freeman.
Jonathan Majors was born in Lompoc, California, on September 7th in 1989, and spent his early life living with his family. He has two siblings, an older sister, Monica, and a younger brother, Cameron.
His father has been gone for 17 years and reappeared later on, and they reconnected after he came back. Jonathan is an avid supporter of BLM (Black Lives Matter) and attended the rallies surrounding the death of George Floyd.
From an early age, Majors was forced to struggle to make his destiny. While he was a teenager, he was arrested for shoplifting and suspended from school for fighting. At one point in his young life, he worked two jobs and lived in a car just to make a living.
Things started looking up for him once he got his Bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and later, he earned his MFA at the Yale School of Drama.
Not much is known about Johnathan’s romantic life as he keeps it very private. We do know that he has a seven-year-old daughter, who he loves very much. He intends to give her the best education possible.
He was never married, but we do know that he had a baby mama. Apparently, he dated her before he went to the Yale School of Drama.
Johnathan Majors first started acting while he was a student at Yale, appearing in ABS’s When we Rise as gay activist Ken Jones. He also appeared in a feature film, Hostile, as corporal Henry Woodson. The film was written and directed by Scott Cooper, and it falls in the revisionist Western film genre.
In 2018, he was also featured in two movies, White Boy Rick and Out of Blue.
In 2019, he got his breakthrough by landing the starring role in the independent film The Last Black Man in San Francisco and earning a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award. He also got a lot of media attention with this role, including the former president Barack Obama naming the film as one of his favorite movies of 2019.
In 2020, he got a role in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods and HBO’s TV series Lovecraft Country. He was also cast for a role in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania as Kang the Conqueror, while he also appeared in the TV series Loki as “He Who Remains.”
2018—White Boy Rick
2018 — Out of Blue
2019—The Last Black Man in San Francisco
2020—Da 5 Bloods
2021—The Harder They Fall
2023—Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania Dagger
- TV Shows
2017—When We Rise
Back in 2018, Majors entered the National Drama Competition and got first place. The competition was organized by the National Society of Arts & Letters (NSAL).
At the 20th annual Black Reel Awards, Johnathan Majors got awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor and Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male. He was also nominated for Best Supporting Male at the 35th Independent Spirit Awards.
He also earned nominations for two awards for his role in Lovecraft Country, the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
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