Mustafa Shakir

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Mustafa Shakir
Shakir in 2018
Born (1976-08-21) August 21, 1976 (age 45)
Alma materThe New School
OccupationActor, director, writer
Years active1996–present

Mustafa Shakir (born August 21, 1976) is an American actor known for his portrayal as Bushmaster in Marvel's Luke Cage, Big Mike in The Deuce and Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop (2021).

Biography and career[edit]

Shakir was born in North Carolina and grew up in Harlem.

He attended The New School and graduated in 2001.[1]

Before acting, Shakir was a barber.[2]

Shakir earned one of the lead roles in the short lived Quarry and made a guest appearance on Timeless.[3] He had previously auditioned for the roles of Black Lightning in the eponymous television show and M'Baku in Black Panther, but failed to acquire either role.[4] He was cast as John McIver/Bushmaster, in the second season of Luke Cage.[5] In 2021 he starred in the Netflix live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop as Jet Black which was cancelled after 3 episodes aired.

Shakir is a strict vegan.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Shaft Protester Uncredited
2001 Down to Earth Doorman Uncredited
2001 3 Ceilings Doctor Short
2003 Marci X Engine Trouble
2005 The Cavern Gannon
2010 Daybreak
2010 Sunset Dan Short
2011 Geezas Jones
2012 Record/Play Man Short
2013 Untitled Symphony Director, writer and producer
2013 The Dark Side of the Earth Gibson Short, also writer
2013 Stand By Alpha Zombie Short
2014 Noah's Ark Chicken Short
2015 The Stream Marcus Short
2016 The Grounds Dominic
2016 Driving While Black Malik
2017 Double Play Manchi
2017 Let Them Die Like Lovers Marko Short
2017 Fight Your Way Out Damani Latimore
2017 Brawl in Cell Block 99 Andre
2018 The Pretenders Mr. Stanish
2021 Hide and Seek Frankie Pascarillo
2023 Emancipation Cailloux Post-production
TBA Ghosted Filming
Year Title Role Notes
1996 New York Undercover Ronald Taylor Episode: "Sympathy for the Devil"
1999 Wasteland Bouncer / Ron Episodes: "Best Laid Plans", "Double Date"
2001, 2004 Law & Order Mike / Preston Hubbard Episodes: "3 Dawg Night", "Gunplay"
2004 Dr. Vegas Bert Episode: "Pilot"
2005 House D'Vontray Episode: "Acceptance"
2005 Wanted Simeon Rivers Episode: "Judas"
2006 Girlfriends Javon Dennis 4 episodes
2007 Cold Case Akon Dupree '07 Episode: "It Takes a Village"
2008 Numb3rs Crew Member #1 Episode: "Pay to Play"
2011 Harry's Law Bull Episode: "A Day in the Life"
2012 The Frontier Armand Rossignol TV Pilot
2013 Shameless D'Andre Episode: "Cascading Failures"
2014 NCIS: Los Angeles Guard 1 Episode: "Tuhon"
2015 Mighty Med Ambusher Episode: "Less Than Hero"
2016 Underground Edwin Episode: "The Macon 7"
2016 The Night Of Victor 4 episodes
2016 Quarry Moses Main cast
2016 Timeless Gregory Hayes Episode: "The Watergate Tape"
2017 NCIS: New Orleans Jack Gordon Episode: "End of the Line"
2017–2019 The Deuce Big Mike Recurring; 21 episodes
2018 Luke Cage John "Bushmaster" McIver Main cast (Season 2)
2019 American Gods Baron Samedi 1 episode
2019 Jett Quinn 4 episodes
2021 Cowboy Bebop Jet Black Main cast


  1. ^ "Young Hollywood Spotlight: Mustafa Shakir Of HBO's 'The Night Of'". Codeblack Report. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "10 THINGS - Mustafa Shakir | Celebrity Fashion & Style Trends". June 20, 2014. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  3. ^ Frederick, Brittany (November 14, 2016). "Interview: 'Quarry' Star Mustafa Shakir Heads To 'Timeless'". Hidden Remote. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Jeffrey, Morgan (June 18, 2018). "Luke Cage's new villain Mustafa Shakir auditioned to play Black Lightning and Black Panther's M'Baku". Digital Spy. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  5. ^ Strom, Marc (July 5, 2017). "Mustafa Shakir & Gabrielle Dennis Join Netflix Original Series 'Marvel's Luke Cage'". Marvel. Archived from the original on July 6, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "The Villain in Netflix's 'Luke Cage' Is a Totally Ripped Vegan". Men's Health. June 26, 2018. Retrieved August 28, 2018.

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