Mike Colter is an American actor born on born on August 26, 1976 best known for his portrayal of Luke Cage in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He appeared in the streaming television series Luke Cage (2016–2018), The Defenders (2017), and Jessica Jones (2015; 2019). In addition to his role as Luke Cage,he has also appeared as Lemond Bishop in the television series The Good Wife (2010–2015) and The Good Fight (2018–2019), Malcolm Ward in Ringer (2011–2012), Jameson Locke in the Halo franchise (2014–2015), Agent J’s father in Men in Black 3 and David Acosta in the CBS/Paramount+ series Evil (2019–present).

Mike Colter
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Full NameMike Colter
BornAugust 26, 1976 (age 47 years)
Birth PlaceColumbia, South Carolina, United States
Net Worth$2 million

Net Worth

Mike Colter is extremely popular in the film industry and has earned a significant amount of wealth. While his exact salary is not public knowledge it is undeniable that he earns substantial income with an estimated net worth of around $2 million.

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Early Life and Educations

He is a graduate of Calhoun County High School. In his senior yearbook he was voted “most ambitious” by his classmates. Colter attended Benedict College for a year before transferring to the University of South Carolina where he received a bachelor’s degree in theater in 1999. He then earned an MFA degree in acting from the Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.


Mike Colter’s acting career began with his role as boxer Big Willie Little in the film Million Dollar Baby. He also made appearances in TV shows such as Law & Order: Trial By Jury, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The Good Wife, ER and The Parkers, as well as in several TV movies. He starred in the series Ringer.

In 2012 Colter played Agent J’s father in the final act of the film Men in Black 3, set in the year 1969.

In 2014 he started playing the role of Agent Jameson Locke in the Halo franchise. He starred in the series Halo: Nightfall and provided the motion capture for Agent Locke in Halo 5: Guardians with the voice acting performed by Ike Amadi. He also portrayed Luke Cage in Jessica Jones on Netflix. The first season was released online on November 20, 2015. This was followed by the character’s own series Luke Cage, with the first season released on September 30, 2016 and the second season on June 22, 2018. In between the two seasons Colter also played Luke in The Defenders. He also starred in the 2018 alien invasion movie Extinction.

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Colter was announced as the male lead in the CBS drama pilot Evil as David Acosta a Catholic seminarian who assesses unexplained phenomena for supernatural or scientific explanations.
In 2020 Colter starred in the Netflix anthology series Social Distance.
In 2023 Colter and Gerard Butler starred in the movie Plane produced by Lionsgate Play.


Mike Colter is married to Iva Colter who is the vice president of talent acquisition at Netflix. The couple first met at Rutgers University in New Jersey while Mike was pursuing his master’s degree and Iva was working on her Ph.D. After dating for 10 years they got married in 2016. However not everyone supported their relationship. Mike and Iva Colter’s first child daughter Naiella Colter was born shortly before their marriage in 2016. They welcomed a second baby girl in 2018. The couple keeps very few details about their children private choosing not to share much about them online.

Mike Colter and Iva
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Mike Colter and His Wife Iva Were Previously Criticized Over Their Interracial Marriage

After their wedding Mike appeared on The Wendy Williams Show where he received some hate from the audience when a picture of Iva was shown. Many people seemed uncomfortable with the fact that he a Black man had married a white woman.

In a 2016 TV One article titled “Luke Cage’s Got a White Wife — Mad or Nah?” a poll was presented asking readers if they supported Mike’s relationship. As of now, almost 22 percent of people responded that they were “a little hurt” by his marriage.

Mike Colter and Iva
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Mike addressed some of these criticisms on an episode of the podcast The Breakfast Club that year. He explained that he fell for Iva’s beautiful soul and that he looks at people for their character and what is inside. He also mentioned that he met his wife when he was struggling and in grad school, and she stuck with him for 16 years, holding him up many times.Mike and Iva are unapologetic about their marriage.

Most Asked Questions

Does Mike Colter have a wife?
He is happily married to Iva Colter.

What is the networth of Mike Colter?
He has an estimated new worth of $2 million.

Does Mike Colter have children?
Yes, they have 2 kids.

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