Hit gangster drama Power aired its series finale last month with lead character and drug dealer James “Ghost” St Patrick (played by Omari Hardwick) getting shot dead. US network Starz upped the ante by keeping Ghost’s assailant a mystery in the last five episodes of the final run. In the last episode, the kingpin’s killer was finally unmasked, sending shockwaves through the Power universe.
What is Michael Rainey Jr’s net worth?
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Power season 6
Tariq St Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr) was revealed to have killed his own father with his mother Tasha (Naturi Naughton) failing to stop him at the last minute.
To stop Tariq going down for the crime, Tasha took the fall and ended up behind bars for the crime.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about why Tariq pulled the trigger, Rainey Jr explained: “Personally, I feel like that’s a man’s job. I don’t feel like any woman should have to do something like that.
“But I think Tariq had to step up and do the job, like, he couldn’t let his mom do that.
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“Everyone has an issue with Ghost, but Ghost is in Tariq’s way, and is about to turn Tariq in, so I feel Tariq had to do it himself because it’s his own personal problem and he wants to be the one to deal with his pops.”
Since Power has come to an end, Starz has revealed its working on four more shows set within the same world.
Among the spin-off shows is Power Book II: Ghost which will follow Tariq as he tries to complete is college education rather than risk forfeiting his inheritance.
The show will also be introducing new drug dealer, Monet (Mary J. Blige) while Tasha continues to languish in prison.
With Tariq very much back in the frame, many fans of Power are curious about the actor behind the character.
The 19-year-old American actor hails from Louisville, Kentucky and Power is his breakout role.
Prior to starring in the drama, he was in the hit Netflix series Orange Is The New Black as Michael Burset.
According to MichaelRaineyJr.com, he started off his career after being cast in Sesame Street before featuring in adverts and music videos.
His first film role at the age of nine was in Un Altro Mondo which required him to speak in Italian, something the actor had never done before.
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He’s also featured in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Barbershop: The Next Cut, Amateur and 211.
So, the actor is building up his career and would have received fees for his work in these roles.
He would also have received a salary for his role in Power, which may have increased as Tariq grew more prominent.
When he’s not acting, the star does community work helping the homeless as well as in schools.
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According to Celebs Trending Now, the young star is worth an estimated £43 million ($56 million).
Reflecting on working Power from such a young age, he said: “I really just want to thank everyone who was a part of it: the crew, the cast, production.
“Because I grew up with them; I started out on the show at 11, and they saw me turn into a young man, and they’re a big part of my story.
“So, reflecting back, I’m very appreciative. Being a part of a show like that, I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
Power is streaming on the Starz app in the US and on Netflix UK
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