Anthony Mackie

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Anthony Mackie
Anthony Mackie by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Mackie at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013, promoting Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Born (1978-09-23) September 23, 1978 (age 36)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Education Juilliard School (2001)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present

Anthony D. Mackie[1] (born September 23, 1978)[2][3][4] is an American actor. He has been featured in feature films, television series, and Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Drowning Crow, McReele, A Soldier's Play, and Carl Hancock Rux's Talk, for which he won an Obie Award in 2002.

In 2002, he was featured in Eminem's debut film, 8 Mile. He was nominated for Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor for his role in Brother to Brother.[5] His second nomination was for Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards for his role in The Hurt Locker.

Early life[edit]

Mackie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana,[6] the son of Martha (née Gordon) and Willie Mackie, Sr., a carpenter who owned a roofing business, Mackie Roofing.[1][7][8] He attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and graduated from the high school drama program at the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) in 1997.[9] He later graduated from the Juilliard School's Drama Division as a member of Group 30 (1997–2001), which also included actors Tracie Thoms and Lee Pace.[10][11]


In 2002, Mackie worked as an understudy to Don Cheadle in Suzan-Lori Parks' play Topdog/Underdog and won an OBIE Award for his role in Carl Hancock Rux's play Talk. His first starring role in a feature film was in the 2003 independent film Brother to Brother, where he played Perry, a young African-American artist who struggles to adjust to the world as a black homosexual. He appeared in the 2002 film 8 Mile, as Papa Doc, Eminem's nemesis. Mackie would later go on to star as a man who struggles to adjust to the world he's created after becoming a corporate whistleblower and later starting a business impregnating lesbians for a fee in Spike Lee's 2004 film She Hate Me.

Mackie portrayed the rapper Tupac Shakur in the 2009 film Notorious. He first played Shakur on Off-Off Broadway (while still at Juilliard) in 2001 in the play Up Against the Wind, which also featured his classmate Thoms. Other films in the works include biopics of Olympian Jesse Owens, Antebellum slave revolt leader Nat Turner, and cornetist and jazz musician Buddy Bolden.

In March 2008, Mackie starred in three plays by playwright August Wilson at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, and Jitney – all part of "August Wilson's 20th Century", a month-long presentation of ten staged readings of Wilson's "Century Cycle". Mackie has participated several times in the "24-Hour Plays" held in New York City each fall.[12]

In the summer of 2009, he played the role of Pentheus in the New York City Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of The Bacchae.[13]

He starred with Christopher Walken in A Behanding in Spokane on Broadway, which opened February 15, 2010. Mackie also narrated The Best That Never Was, director Jonathan Hock's documentary for the ESPN 30 for 30 series about the Philadelphia, MS native and football star Marcus Dupree. He appeared in the 2011 Matt Damon film The Adjustment Bureau where he plays Harry Mitchell, a sympathetic member of a shadowy supernatural group that controls human destiny. Mackie co-starred, as the Falcon, in the Marvel Studios sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Mackie and his longtime girlfriend welcomed a baby boy in the spring of 2009. He opened a bar called NoBar in Brooklyn, New York in the summer of 2011.[16]

His brother, Calvin Mackie, was an Associate Professor at Tulane University.[17]


In the early morning of November 9, 2013, Mackie was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in Harlem. At 1:22 AM near Lenox Ave and W. 125th St, NYPD spokesman Sgt. Carlos Nieves told The Hollywood Reporter that Mackie was stopped while driving a 2010 Dodge Challenger after police officers observed tinted windows on the vehicle.[18]


Mackie at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
Year Title Role Notes
2002 8 Mile Papa Doc
2003 Crossing Cass
Hollywood Homicide Killer "Joker"
Brother to Brother Perry Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance
Nominated – Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor
The Manchurian Candidate PFC Robert Baker
She Hate Me John Henry "Jack" Armstrong Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Sucker Free City K-Luv (Keith) TV movie
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actor: T.V. Movie/Cable
Haven Hammer
Million Dollar Baby Shawrelle Berry
2005 The Man Booty
2006 Freedomland Billy Williams
Half Nelson Frank
Heavens Fall William Lee
We Are Marshall Nate Ruffin
Crossover Tech
2007 Ascension Day Nathaniel "Nat" Turner
2008 Eagle Eye Major William Bowman
2009 The Hurt Locker Sergeant JT Sanborn African-American Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actor
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble
Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
IFP Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Performance
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
American Violet Eddie Porter
Notorious Tupac Shakur
Desert Flower Harold Jackson
2010 Night Catches Us Marcus Washington Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Image Award for Outstanding Actor
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
2011 The Adjustment Bureau Harry Mitchell Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
What's Your Number? Tom Piper
Real Steel Finn
2012 Man on a Ledge Mike Ackerman
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter William H. Johnson
10 Years Andre Irine
2013 Gangster Squad Coleman Harris
Pain & Gain Adrian Doorbal
The Fifth Estate Sam Coulson
Runner Runner Agent Eric Shavers
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete Kris
2014 Repentance Tommy Carter
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Sam Wilson / Falcon Pending – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Shelter Tahir
2015 Black or White Jeremiah Jeffers
Playing It Cool Bryan
Avengers: Age of Ultron Sam Wilson / Falcon
Triple Nine Terrell Tompkins Post-production
2016 Our Brand Is Crisis Filming


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  6. ^ "Anthony Mackie – Overview". Allmovie. Archived from the original on June 11, 2009. Retrieved June 21, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Anthony Mackie: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  8. ^ Preiser, Amy. "Interview With Anthony Mackie, Bar Owner, Actor, DIY Enthusiast". Homesessive. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ "School of Drama Alumni". Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ Pedlow, Amelia (April 2010). "Q&A With Anthony Mackie". The Juilliard School. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Alumni News for May 2008". The Juilliard Journal. May 2008. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Anthony Mackie". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  13. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (July 6, 2009). "Anthony Mackie Joins the Bacchae". New York Times (Artsbeat). 
  14. ^ Graser, Marc (2012-07-16). "Mackie mulls Falcon in 'Captain America'". Variety. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  15. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (September 13, 2012). "Anthony Mackie Confirmed To Play Falcon In 'Captain America' Sequel". IndieWire. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  16. ^ Mathias, Christopher (July 20, 2011). "Anthony Mackie Opens Up 'NoBar' In Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn". The Huffington Post. 
  17. ^ "Calvin Mackie - About Calvin". Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Anthony Mackie Arrested, Charged With Driving While Intoxicated". Retrieved November 11, 2013. 

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