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Ali at the 2005 Comic-Con International
February 16, 1974
Oakland, California, U.S.
|Other names||Mahershala Karim-Ali|
|Alma mater||St. Mary's College of California
Tisch School of the Arts
Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore; February 16, 1974), commonly known as Mahershala Ali, is an American actor. Ali began his career as a regular on series such as Crossing Jordan (2001-2002) and Threat Matrix (2003-2004) before his breakthrough role as Richard Tyler in the science-fiction series The 4400. His first major film release was in the 2008 David Fincher-directed romantic fantasy drama film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. His other notable films include Predators (2010) and The Place Beyond the Pines (2012).
Ali was born in Oakland, California. He is named after Maher-shalal-hash-baz. Raised Christian by his mother, he later converted to Islam in 2000, changing his surname from Gilmore to Ali, and joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. 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. Ali developed 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.
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 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, 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.
|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 Weathers|
|2009||Crossing Over||Det. Strickland|
|2012||Place Beyond the Pines, TheThe Place Beyond the Pines||Kofi|
|2013||Go for Sisters||Dez|
|2014||Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, TheThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1||Boggs|
|2015||Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, TheThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2||Boggs|
|2016||Free State of Jones, TheThe Free State of Jones||Moses Washington||Post-production|
|2001-2002||Crossing Jordan||Dr. Trey Sanders||Main role|
|2002||NYPD Blue||Rashard Coleman||"Das Boots"|
|2003||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Tombs' Security Guard||"Lucky Strike"|
|2003||Handler, TheThe Handler||"Big Stones"|
|2003-2004||Threat Matrix||Jelani Harper||Main role|
|2004-2007||4400, TheThe 4400||Richard Tyler||Main role|
|2009||Lie to Me||Det. Don Hughes||"Do No Harm"|
|2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Mark Foster||"Unstable"|
|2010||Wronged Man, TheThe Wronged Man||Calvin Willis||TV film|
|2010||All Signs of Death||Gabe||Unsold TV pilot|
|2011||Lights Out||Death Row Reynolds||"Unaired Pilot"|
|2011-2012||Treme||Anthony King||Recurring role|
|2011-2012||Alphas||Nathan Clay||Recurring role|
|2012||Alcatraz||Clarence Montgomery||"Clarence Montgomery"|
|2013-2015||House of Cards||Remy Danton||Regular role|
|2016||Luke Cage||Cornell Stokes / Cottonmouth|
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