Mahershala Ali

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Mahershala Ali
Ali at the 2005 Comic-Con International
Born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore
(1974-02-16) February 16, 1974 (age 41)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Other names Mahershala Karim-Ali
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present

Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore; February 16, 1974), commonly known as Mahershala Ali, is an American actor best known for his roles as Remy Danton in the television series House of Cards, Colonel Boggs in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and Richard Tyler in The 4400.

Early life[edit]

Ali was born in Oakland, California. He is named after Maher-shalal-hash-baz. Raised a Christian by his mother, he later converted to Islam in 2000, changing his surname from Gilmore to Ali, and joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.[1] He attended St. Mary's College of California in Moraga, where he graduated in 1996 with a degree in mass communication. Though Ali entered SMC with a basketball scholarship, he became disenchanted with the idea of a sports career due to the treatment given to the team's athletes. Still Ali grew an interest in acting, particularly after taking part in a staging of Spunk that later landed him an apprenticeship at the California Shakespeare Theater following graduation. Following a sabbatic year where Ali worked for Gavin Report, he got into the New York University's graduate acting program, earning his Master's degree in 2000.[2]


Ali is known for his portrayal of Richard Tyler on the USA sci-fi series The 4400, Colonel Boggs in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, and Tizzy in the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Remy Danton in the Netflix series House of Cards.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Making Revolution Mac Laslow
2008 Umi's Heart Ezra Short film
2008 Curious Case of Benjamin Button, TheThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button Tizzy Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009 Crossing Over Detective Strickland
2010 Predators Mombasa
2010 All Signs of Death Gabe Television film
2010 Wronged Man, TheThe Wronged Man Calvin Willis Television film
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
2013 Place Beyond the Pines, TheThe Place Beyond the Pines Kofi
2013 Go for Sisters Dez
2014 Supremacy Deputy Rivers
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Colonel Boggs
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Colonel Boggs
2016 The Free State of Jones Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2001–2002 Crossing Jordan Dr. Trey Sanders 19 episodes
2002 Haunted Alex Dalcour Episode: "Abby"
2002 NYPD Blue Rashard Coleman Episode: "Das Boots"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tombs' Security Guard Episode: "Lucky Strike"
2003 Handler, TheThe Handler N/A Episode: "Big Stones"
2003–2004 Threat Matrix Jelani Harper 15 episodes
2004–2007 4400, TheThe 4400 Richard Tyler 28 episodes
2009 Lie to Me Detective Don Hughes Episode: "Do No Harm"
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mark Foster Episode: "Unstable"
2011 Lights Out Death Row Reynolds Episode: "Unaired Pilot"
2011–2012 Treme Anthony King 6 episodes
2011–2012 Alphas Nathan Clay 12 episodes
2012 Alcatraz Clarence Montgomery Episode: "Clarence Montgomery"
2013–present House of Cards Remy Danton 27 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series


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