Mahershala Ali

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Mahershalalhashbaz Ali
Ali at the 2005 Comic-Con International
Born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore
(1974-02-16) February 16, 1974 (age 44)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Other names Mahershala Karim-Ali
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present

Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (born February 16, 1974) is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Richard Tyler on the USA Network science fiction television series The 4400, and "Tizzy" in the 2008 motion picture The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Ali was born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore in Oakland, California.[1] Raised a Christian, he later converted to Ahmadiyya Islam.[1][2]

His father, Phillip, appeared in musical theater. He is named after one of the sons of Isaiah in the Bible.


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Making Revolution Mac Laslow
2008 Umi's Heart Ezra Short film
2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Tizzy
2009 Crossing Over Detective Strickland
2010 Predators Mombasa
2013 The Place Beyond the Pines Kofi Post-production
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 The Handler Episode: "Big Stones"
2003-2004 Threat Matrix Jelani Harper 15 episodes
2004-2007 The 4400 Richard Tyler 31 episodes
2009 Lie to Me Detective Don Hughes Episode: "Do No Harm"
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mark Foster Episode: "Unstable"
2010 All Signs of Death Gabe TV movie
2010 The Wronged Man Calvin Willis TV movie
2011 Lights Out Death Row Reynolds Episode: "Unaired Pilot"
2011 Treme Anthony King 3 episodes
2011 Alphas Nathan Clay 5+ episodes


  1. ^ a b "" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-08-04.
  2. ^ "'Jordan' co-star's name will fill screen". St. Petersburg Times. 2001-09-10. Retrieved 2010-08-04.

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