Mackie at the premiere of Gangster Squad, Los Angeles, January 7, 2013
|Born||Anthony D. Mackie
September 23, 1978
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Education||Juilliard School (2001)|
Anthony D. Mackie (born September 23, 1978) 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, playing Papa Doc, a member of Leaders of the Free World. He was nominated for Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor for his role in Brother to Brother. His second nomination was for Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards for his role in The Hurt Locker.
Mackie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Martha (née Gordon) and Willie Mackie, Sr., a carpenter who owned a roofing business, Mackie Roofing. 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. 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.
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 the 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.
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.
In July 2012 Mackie entered talks to star as the Falcon in the Marvel Studios sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier. His casting was later confirmed by co-star Chris Evans during an interview with MTV.
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