Michael Rainey Jr.
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- 4 nominations
- Tariq St. Patrick
- 2020–2023 • 31 eps
- 2014–2020 • 53 eps
- 30 episodes
- 53 episodes
- Kenny Rastell
- Terron Forte
- Michael Burset
- Cecil Gaines (8)
- executive producer
- 5′ 10½″ (1.79 m)
- September 22 , 2000
- Louisville, Kentucky, USA
- Parents Michael Rainey Sr
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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Rainey Jr ., star of Starz’s Power Book II: Ghost , has signed with APA for representation. Rainey moves to APA from ICM Partners to join his former agent Andrew Rogers, who recently joined APA as a new Partner and Head of Global Talent.
His credits also include a starring role in Netflix film Amateur , and starring opposite Ice Cube, Cedric The Entertainer and Nicki Minaj in Barbershop 3: The Next Cut , opposite Nicholas Cage in the Millennium feature film 211 and in Lee Daniels’ The Butler . Rainey also recurred on the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black.
Rainey first burst onto the scene at the Sundance Film Festival for his performance in the 2012 indie feature Luv, starring opposite Common and Meagan Good. Rainey is managed by Evan Hainey at Untitled Entertainment.
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- Stark Family
- Deceased characters
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- Killed by Kanan Stark
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Shawn Stark was a major character in the Power Universe, serving as a major character in Power and a posthumous/mentioned character in Power Book II: Ghost. Shawn was Kanan Stark 's son and James St. Patrick 's driver and adoptive son.
He served as a supporting character in season 1, one of the deuteragonists in season 2 and a posthumous character throughout season 3-6. He was also mentioned in Power Book II: Ghost season 2.
He was portrayed by Sinqua Walls .
- 4.1 Season 1 (Power)
- 4.2 Season 2 (Power)
History [ ]
When Shawn was a child, his father got arrested and he was taken in by the latter's prodigy James St. Patrick who he called Uncle G and was very close to the latter's son who he treated like his brother. Shawn was once a great basketball player but got hurt and was unable to continue the sport which caused him to retire and become a driver for Ghost while teaching basketball to kids.
As time went on, Shawn was attracted to Ghost's wife Tasha who sometimes use seductive methods to get information about Ghost from him. Later on, his father Kanan was released from prison with the intent to join up with Ghost and Tommy. With his father back, Shawn started to shake off Tasha's advances even having a sexual encounter with her friend LaKeisha who previously came onto him.
However, Shawn earned his chance when Tasha's marriage to Ghost started to become rocky due to the latter having an affair causing Tasha and Shawn to have their own affair but Tasha was worried her husband would catch on. While the two try to hid the affair, it was known to many such as Tasha's mother, LaKeisha and Kanan.
In Season 2 Episode 8, he learns James was the one who put his father in jail and Kanan's plans to kill him as revenge. Shawn volunteered to kill James since he was close to him as well as for the chance to avenge his father and to be with Tasha full time. During Season 2 Episode 9, Shawn goes through with his plans but fails in his attempt and alerts his father of this. At night, Shawn appears in the basement of James' club where he put a gun to his back as James is not surprised that Kanan put him up to this. Shawn tries to threaten him as James points out the flaws in his plans as well as revealing he put Kanan because he loved him too much to kill him. Shawn disregards this as James betrayed his mentor and his wife, while revealing he's been having an affair with Tasha, to James' shock and anger. Before Shawn can shoot him, James overpowers him and takes the gun as he threatens the scared Shawn who begs him. Understanding him, James tells Shawn to keep away from his wife and to leave town to get away from Kanan as he complies after hesitating.
Shawn later texts Tasha about leaving town with her and her children. Rather than heeding James' words about leaving town, Shawn confronts his father who realizes that he didn't kill James as he promised. Shawn then asks if he was using him to fulfill his grudge against James Kanan notes that James turned Shawn to his side. Kanan confirms he was using Shawn who gives him back his gun and tells his curious father he's leaving with Tasha but Kanan shoots him in the stomach. Wounded and surprised, Shawn is insulted about being weak by his father who kicks his cellphone away and disowns him as his son before fatally shooting him in the head. Dre later disposes of Shawn's body and tells Kanan that no one will find it but the police later find Shawn's corpse. Tasha and LaKeisha later see Shawn's corpse at the morgue. Tasha suspected James of killing him but James tells her it was Kanan and later Tommy confirms this.
Despite his death, Shawn was referenced various times in other seasons. Examples included when Kanan admits to Tariq that he killed Shawn who was his son, Tasha reminding Tariq that Kanan was the one who killed Shawn, LaKeisha telling Tasha and Shawn having an affair, and Ghost has to remind Tariq in the beginning of season 6 that Shawn was killed due to his disloyalty to Kanan.
In Power Book II: Ghost season 2, Tariq tells Lauren of how his best friend Shawn died.
- Start a new life with Tasha and the kids (failed)
- Kill Ghost under orders from Kanan (formerly)
- Prevent himself from being killed (failed)
- Keep his loyalty and bond with his father (failed)
- Shawn was the first main character to die.
- Despite his death in season 2, he was referenced a lot with Tariq in the majority of Power and its spin-off Power book 2 season 2.
- Shawn is somewhat similar to Zeke Cross, as both were basketball players and had family members who were criminals, which was a factor that led to both of their deaths.
- It is unknown what type of relationship he had with his extended family members: the Thomas family.
Appearances [ ]
Season 1 (power) [ ].
- Not Exactly How We Planned
- Whoever He Is
- This Is Real
- Who Are You?
- Who You With?
- Best Laid Plans
Season 2 (Power) [ ]
- No Friends on the Street
- Like We're Any Other Couple
- You're the Only Person I Can Trust
- You're Not the Man
- Three Moves Ahead
- Ghost Is Dead
- 1 Tommy Egan
- 2 Tariq St. Patrick
- 3 James St. Patrick
'Power Book II: Ghost' Season 3 Cast & Character Guide: Who Are the New and Returning Cast Members
The high-octane drama returns with even more characters.
Power Book II: Ghost is an American crime drama television series created by Courtney A. Kemp and is a spinoff from her popular show, Power . The series premiered in 2020 and follows Tariq St. Patrick, the son of former drug kingpin James "Ghost" St. Patrick, as he navigates the complex world of drugs, sex, and power, in his attempt to clear his mother's name and secure his future. The show's third season kicks off with Tariq St. Patrick determined to get back to his family and get out of the game for good. Season 3 of Power Book II: Ghost is doubling down on its adventures and risky dealings.
Season 3 of Power Book II: Ghost premieres on Starz on March 17, 2023. Before you catch up on the new season, here is the cast and character guide.
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Michael Rainey Jr. as Tariq St. Patrick
Michael Rainey Jr. plays Tariq St. Patrick, the main character in Power Book II: Ghost . Tariq is the son of James "Ghost" St. Patrick, the former protagonist of the original Power series. As a college student, Tariq tries to juggle his academic responsibilities while also being the head of his family. But after his mother is accused of killing Ghost, he is pulled into the criminal underworld of New York City to provide for his family. Displaying intelligence and ruthlessness, Tariq is a complex character willing to go to any lengths to protect his family, even if it means getting into any criminal activity.
Rainey Jr. began acting at 10 years old, appearing in minor roles in TV shows and movies such as The Butler and Orange is the New Black . However, he rose to fame after being cast as Tariq St. Patrick, the lead character in the spinoff series Power Book II: Ghost .
Gianni Paolo as Brayden Weston
Gianni Paolo plays Brayden Weston, a wealthy and privileged college student who becomes roommates with Tariq St. Patrick at Stansfield University. Despite his privileged background, Brayden remains faithful to Tariq and becomes a valuable accomplice in his ventures. Initially, the show depicts Brayden as a naive and inexperienced character who is disconnected from the realities of life beyond his privileged upbringing. But as he becomes increasingly involved in Tariq's illegal activities, he develops a more ruthless side to his personality. Paolo began his acting career in 2015 with a small role in Power . He's also well-known for his performance in the horror movie Ma .
Woody McClain as Cane Tejada
Woody McClain plays Cane Tejada, the eldest child of Lorenzo and Monet Tejada. As Monet's trusted right-hand man, he is also the half-brother of Ezekiel Cross and the elder brother of Dru and Diana Tejada. Cane is responsible for enforcing the Tejada drug organization's rules and is Monet's most reliable son until they form a partnership with Tariq. McClain s best known for his portrayal of Bobby Brown in the BET miniseries The New Edition Story and its follow-up film Whitney .
LaToya Tonodeo as Diana Tejada
LaToya Tonodeo plays Diana Tejada, the daughter of Monet Stewart Tejada, the influential leader of a drug empire based in Queens, New York. Diana is depicted as an intelligent and driven individual committed to achieving success within her family's criminal organization. She frequently clashes with her younger brother, Dru, who is more emotional and hesitant about participating in the family's illegal activities. Tonodeo landed her first television gig in 2009 with a minor role in the comedy movie Becoming Pony Boi . Tonodeo's breakthrough role came in the American web series The Oath , where she portrayed Tara Byrd and gained recognition.
Lovell Adams-Gray as Dru Tejada
Lovell Adams-Gray plays Dru Tejada, the youngest son of Monet and Lorenzo Tejada. Although he is an artist during the day, he finds himself as an emerging drug dealer by night, as it has been in his family's bloodline since his parents' marriage. Dru grapples with his role in his family's criminal organization as the series progresses. Despite his initial reluctance to be part of the drug trade, Dru eventually gets more involved, which exposes him to danger and leads to a significant amount of conflict and suspense in the show. Adams-Gray has also appeared in several other TV series, including Lost Girl , Supernatural , and films such as Deadly Inferno and Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks .
Mary J. Blige as Monet Stewart Tejada
Mary J. Blige plays Monet Stewart Tejada, the head of a prominent drug-trafficking clan in Queens, New York. Monet is an uncompromising entrepreneur who prioritizes safeguarding her family's affairs and is willing to take drastic measures to achieve her goals. She is fiercely devoted to her kin and anticipates the same degree of faithfulness from them. She has gained a reputation as one of the most dominant and intimidating women in the criminal world.
Blige is a decorated singer-songwriter and actress who has won multiple Grammy Awards and is regarded as the "Queen of Hip Hop Soul" for her unique blend of R&B, soul, and hip-hop music. Blige received critical acclaim for her performance as Florence Jackson in the 2017 drama film Mudbound , for which she received several award nominations, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Clifford "Method Man" Smith Jr. as Davis Maclean
Clifford "Method Man" Smith Jr. plays a high-powered defense attorney who Tariq St. Patrick's family hires to represent him in his ongoing legal troubles. Davis is portrayed as a sophisticated and charismatic lawyer skilled at manipulating the legal system to his advantage. Method Man first gained prominence as a member of the influential hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. In addition to his music career, he has acted in various films and television shows, including How High , The Wire , and Luke Cage .
Shane Johnson as Cooper Saxe
Shane Johnson plays Cooper Saxe, a former Assistant United States Attorney who becomes a private attorney after being fired from his position in the U.S. Attorney's Office. Cooper is portrayed as a conniving and ambitious lawyer who is obsessed with taking down Tariq St. Patrick and his family for their involvement in the drug trade. He is often at odds with his former colleagues in law enforcement and is willing to bend or break the rules to achieve his goals. Johnson's notable television credits include CSI: Miami , Law & Order , Cold Case , and Castle , among others. He remains a prominent figure in the entertainment industry, showcasing his talent and versatility as an actor.
Alix Lapri as Effie Morales
Alix Lapri plays Effie Morales, a student at Stansfield University who becomes romantically involved with Tariq. Effie is portrayed as an intelligent and independent young woman who is also involved in the drug trade. She initially befriends Tariq because she wants to buy drugs from him, but their relationship quickly becomes more complicated as they become closer and develop feelings for each other. Lapri is a singer-songwriter who began her music career at a young age, performing covers of popular songs on YouTube. This eventually led to her signing a recording contract with an independent label.
Berto Colon as Lorenzo Tejada
Berto Colon plays Lorenzo Tejada, the incarcerated patriarch of the Tejada family, a powerful drug-dealing organization based in Queens, New York. Lorenzo is portrayed as a shrewd and ruthless criminal mastermind who is feared and respected by those around him. Despite being behind bars, he continues influencing his family's operations and maintaining control over their criminal empire. Colon began his acting career in the early 2000s and has since appeared in numerous films, television shows, and stage productions. He's appeared in shows like Orange Is the New Black , Blindspot , and Narcos .
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Paton Ashbrook as Jenny Sullivan
Paton Ashbrook plays Jenny Sullivan, a lawyer that defended James St. Patrick during Tasha St. Patrick's trial for murder. But the charges against Tasha were abandoned after Saxe had charged Tasha with the queen pin statue. Jenny is returning to the spotlight to defend Jabari Reynolds, who was murdered at Stansfield University. She is determined to prosecute Reynolds's killer, whoever that may be. Ashbrook is an actress and director who has gained recognition for her work in several projects, including Minor Premise and Shameless .
Larenz Tate as Rashad Tate
Larenz Tate plays Rashad Tate, a former New York City Councilman and a successful political candidate who runs for the position of Lieutenant Governor. Rasha is portrayed as a charismatic and ambitious politician willing to do whatever it takes to achieve his goals, including dealing with unsavory characters and manipulating those around him.
Tate is best known for his roles in films such as Menace II Society , Dead Presidents , and Love Jones . In addition to his work on the big screen, Tate has also appeared in several television series, including The Postman and Rescue Me .
Monique Curnen as Blanca Rodriguez
Monique Curnen plays Blanca Rodriguez, an NYPD detective investigating Ghost and Angela. Following Angela's death, she persuaded Jacob Warner to appoint her as the task force leader investigating the case along with Cooper Saxe. Curnen appeared in shows like Lie to Me and Gotham .
Season 3 of Power Book II: Ghost also sees the arrival of new characters. Keesha Sharp plays Harper Bone, a new professor at Stansfield University. Sharp starred in several popular television series, including Girlfriends and Everybody Hates Chris . David Walton , from Heist , appears as Lucas Weston, an adventure-seeking high-level executive at his family's Wall Street firm. Moriah Brown plays Kiki Travis, Tariq's new love interest and Bayden's new lover.
‘Power’: How Michael Rainey Jr. Went From Being In The Shadow Of A Ghost To A Leading Man
With season 2 of power book underway, let's take a closer look into who michael rainey jr. is beyond his seminal role as tariq st. patrick..
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P ower fans have literally watched Michael Rainey Jr. grow up on the hit crime series since its debut on Starz in June 2014. Rainey plays Tariq St. Patrick, the son of drug kingpin “Ghost” who inevitably follows in his infamous father’s footsteps in the show’s spin-off series Power Book II: Ghost, which is currently in its second season. The 50 Cent produced TV drama was just given the greenlight for a third season on Dec. 7. Rainey took to Instagram to announce the excting news.
“Knew this for like 4 months but yessssir. It’s up. Cleared for s3, Blessings,” the 21-year-old actor wrote.
With season 2 of Power Book underway, let’s take a closer look into who Michael Rainey Jr. is beyond his seminal role as Tariq St. Patrick.
Michael Rainey Jr. was born on Sept. 22, 2000 in Louisville, Kentucky shortly before moving to Staten Island, New York with his parents Michael Rainey Sr. and Shauna Small. Rainey is of half Jamaican descent.
Before gracing TV screens in the Power franchise, the young star made appearances in a number of films including 2010s Un Altro Mondo , an Italian drama, where the then 10-year-old made his acting debut as “Charlie,” the estranged half brother of a rich white party addict. Rainey went on to star in 2012’s LUV alongside Common and even had a reocurring role on Netflix’s hilarious jail drama Orange Is The New Black before achieveing stardom on Power.
It’s unclear as to what Rainey has raked in with his long time reoccuring role on the Power franchise, but Express reported that many of the show’s leading stars could have potentially earned anywhere between $150,000 to $1,000,000 per episode for a show. Showbiz Cheatsheet noted that in 2014, Rainey was earning $20,000 per episode. In 2018, his salary increased to $45,000. Rainey could be earning way more now given his tenure with the series.
50 Cent Helped Michael Rainey Jr. Prepare For His Role In Power Book
According to Power creator Courtney A. Kemp, 50 cent who helped executive produce the series since its inception, has been working closely with Rainey as a mentor to help him develop his character. “He’s stepped up on every level and I’m really thrilled with him,” Kemp told Entertainment Weekly . “50 has done such a great job supporting him. They worked together extensively during Power , so 50 really knows him well and has done such a great job of supporting him and preparing him for this.”
During an interview with Insider back in December 2020 Rainey said it was a bit challenging to switch gears into his new leading role on Power Book without loosing Tariq’s authenticism.
“It’s the same character, but a way different role,” he explained. “So I was just really reading my scripts, trying to get into that space of Tariq becoming the man of the house now; the man of the show; the man of the new ‘Power’ universe. To take on that type of responsibility, you need confidence. So I feel like I just had to just get the confidence.” The actor, who has been with the series since he was 13, said he hoped to be an inspiration to aspiring young Black actors.
“This is one of the only shows with a young Black man leading , so I feel like right now that’s a blessing and I can’t ask for anything more than to be in that position,” he added. “This is one of the best positions you can be in because when you’re leading a show it’s not just about the show, it’s about off of the show too because you’re an inspiration to the kids that are younger, so I always want to be an inspiration to those that watch me and watch what I do.”
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