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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 and Threat Matrix 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 and The Place Beyond the Pines. He played a major role in Free State of Jones, set during and after the American Civil War.
Ali was born in Oakland, California. He is named after Maher-shalal-hash-baz. Raised Christian by his mother, he later converted to Islam, 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 enrolled in New York University's graduate acting program, earning his master's degree in 2000.
Ali is known for his portrayal of Remy Danton in the Netflix series House of Cards, 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.
|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||Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|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||Gubagude Ko||Ochoro||Short film|
|2016||Free State of Jones||Moses Washington|
|2017||Hidden Figures||Jim Johnson||Post-production|
|2001–02||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"|
|2003–04||Threat Matrix||Jelani Harper||15 episodes|
|2004–07||4400, TheThe 4400||Richard Tyler||28 episodes|
|2009||Lie to Me||Det. Don Hughes||Episode: "Do No Harm"|
|2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Mark Foster||Episode: "Unstable"|
|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
|2010||All Signs of Death||Gabe||Unsold TV pilot|
|2011||Lights Out||Death Row Reynolds||Episode: "Unaired Pilot"|
|2011–12||Treme||Anthony King||6 episodes|
|2011–12||Alphas||Nathan Clay||12 episodes|
|2012||Alcatraz||Clarence Montgomery||Episode: "Clarence Montgomery"|
|2013–16||House of Cards||Remy Danton||33 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
|2016||Luke Cage||Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes||Upcoming series|
- "www.alislam.org" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- "St. Mary's: Mahershala Ali".
- VIERA, BENÉ. "Mahershala Ali Quit House of Cards and Became Marvel's New Villain". GQ.
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