Mustafa in August 2010
|Born||Isaiah Amir Mustafa
February 11, 1974
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
|Height:||6 ft 3.5 in (1.92 m)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
Isaiah Amir Mustafa (born February 11, 1974) is an American actor and former NFL practice squad wide receiver. Mustafa is widely known as the main character in the series of Old Spice television commercials, The Man Your Man Could Smell Like. He is also known for portraying Luke Garroway on Freeform's fantasy series Shadowhunters.
Mustafa was born in Portland, Oregon, the youngest of seven children of Shahidah Mustafa-Davis and John Wali Mustafa, who owned and ran a limousine service in Laguna Hills, California in the early 1980s. His father passed away when he fell asleep at the wheel. Mustafa studied history at Arizona State University.
Mustafa played basketball and ran track at Santa Clara High School in Oxnard, California. He did not play high school football, but he tried out for Moorpark College's football team hoping for an athletic scholarship; he became a free safety, and later became a wide receiver.
After transferring to Arizona State University in 1995, Mustafa was a starting wide receiver for the Arizona State Sun Devils but had an unspecified "confrontation" with a coach and was benched his senior year. He played during the 1997 Rose Bowl between the then-undefeated Sun Devils (led by Mustafa's friend Jake Plummer) and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Although Mustafa expected to become a high school teacher after graduation, a sports agent suggested that he try out for NFL teams. The Tennessee Oilers signed him to the practice squad, then sent him to NFL Europe's Barcelona Dragons in 1998. After a season on the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns' practice squads in 1999, Mustafa attended the Seattle Seahawks' training camp in 2000.
In 2010, he signed a talent deal with NBC and appeared in a supporting role in the comedy film Horrible Bosses. Mustafa hosted the TBS special Funniest Commercials of the Year in both 2010 and 2011. In 2011, Mustafa guest starred in 2 episodes of ABC's action drama series Charlie's Angels, portraying Detective Ray Goodson, an ex-boyfriend of one of the Angels. The following year, he guest starred in 2 episodes of The CW's spy drama series Nikita, playing the role of Cyrus, a former agent for Division and a member of the "Dirty Thirty".
In April 2013, Mustafa appeared in a commercial for the Israeli beer Maccabee. The following year, he starred in the pilot episode of the USA Network comedy series Sirens as a police officer named Danny. In May 2015, it was announced that Mustafa would portray the werewolf Luke Garroway on the Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters, based on The Mortal Instruments series of novels by Cassandra Clare.
In February 2010, he gained sudden fame for his main role in the popular The Man Your Man Could Smell Like advertising campaign for Old Spice, which featured his monologues. Mustafa's first commercial in the series was directed by Tom Kuntz. Subsequently, a three-day session created a series of humorous, personalized YouTube videos, with Mustafa reprising the character from the original Old Spice commercial. These were directed at members of the public and celebrities, who had asked him questions on websites such as reddit, Facebook and Twitter.
On July 26, 2011, Old Spice launched a new campaign on YouTube featuring a challenge between Mustafa and Fabio entitled Mano in el Baño. Mustafa said he wasn't worried, even though Fabio has been "the epitome of the sex symbol as a pitchman". Mustafa ultimately emerged as the winner. He resumed his work for Old Spice with a series of advertisements released in January 2014. The campaign featured several webpages selling false products directed at men, which were interrupted with Mustafa suggesting that men buy Old Spice instead. In August 2015, Mustafa once again appeared in Old Spice commercials, this time alongside Terry Crews.
Mustafa was previously married, and shares a daughter, Haley Mustafa, with his ex-wife. In 2000, Mustafa owned a restaurant, Jo Jo's Barbecue, on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. The restaurant has since closed.
Mustafa is a comic book fan; his knowledge of Doctor Doom's first name incidentally helped him win $47,000 on The Weakest Link, for a question on the first name of Doctor Frankenstein. The money helped him pursue his post-restaurateur goal of becoming an actor. Mustafa has expressed interest in playing comic book superhero Luke Cage and appeared as Cage in a Marvel Comics web short, styled after his Old Spice commercials.
|2005||The Island||Injured Football Player|
|2006||The Last Supper||Moses||Short film|
|2006||Even Money||Basketball Player|
|2011||Madea's Big Happy Family||Calvin|
|2011||Horrible Bosses||Officer Wilkens|
|2012||The Three Stooges||Moe's Hip Executive|
|2014||Back in the Day||T|
|2015||After the Reality||Garreth|
|2007||Football Wives||Football Player||Television film|
|2008||Ugly Betty||Bailiff||Episode: "Odor in the Court"|
|2009||Days of Our Lives||Cleveland Cop||2 episodes|
|2009||NCIS: Los Angeles||Brent Duffy||Episode: "Search and Destroy"|
|2009||Eli Stone||Newlywed Husband||Episode: "Tailspin"|
|2009||NCIS||Oliver Newcomb||Episode: "Caged"|
|2010||Castle||Team Leader||Episode: "Boom!"|
|2010–11||Chuck||Richard "Rick" Noble||2 episodes|
|2011||Hot in Cleveland||Coach Kevin||Episode: "LeBron is Le Gone"|
|2011||Love Bites||Captain Craig||Episode: "Sky High"|
|2011||Charlie's Angels||Detective Ray Goodson||2 episodes|
|2012||Rags||Reginald Worth||Television film|
|2014||Anger Management||Paul||Episode: "Charlie Screws a Prisoner's Girlfriend"|
|2014||Selfie||Mitchell McMoney||Episode: "Nugget of Wisdom"|
|2015||Baby Daddy||Captain Hudson||Episode: "An Officer and a Gentle Ben"|
|2016||Shadowhunters||Luke Garroway||Main cast|
|2011||Gears of War 3||COG Gear (voice)|
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