Mustafa Shakir

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Mustafa Shakir
Born (1976-08-21) August 21, 1976 (age 43)
Alma materThe New School
OccupationActor, musician, director, writer
Years active1996–present
Home townHarlem, New York

Mustafa Shakir (born August 21, 1976) is an American actor and rapper best known for his portrayal as Bushmaster in Marvel's Luke Cage.


Before acting, Shakir was a barber.[1] Although born in North Carolina,[2] he grew up in Harlem and attended a local theater reading, where he was picked up. Afterwards, he was hooked up with various acting groups.[3] He attended The New School and graduated in 2001.[4] Shakir earned one of the lead roles in the short lived Quarry and made a guest appearance on Timeless.[5] 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.[6] He was cast as John McIver/Bushmaster, in the second season of Luke Cage.[7]

Personal life[edit]

The actors that Shakir most admires are Viola Davis and Morgan Freeman.[4][1] Shakir is also an avid comic book fan and has expressed interest in playing Blade or Spawn.[3] Along with acting he is a poet, musician,[8] and a strict vegan.[9]


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 N/A
2010 Sunset Dan Short
2011 Geezas Jones
2012 Record/Play Man Short
2013 Untitled Symphony N/A 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
2019 Jett Quinn
2019 The Grounds Dominic
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
2018 Luke Cage John "Bushmaster" McIver Main cast (Season 2)
2019 American Gods Baron Samedi 1 episode


  1. ^ a b "10 THINGS - Mustafa Shakir | Celebrity Fashion & Style Trends". June 20, 2014. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "LUKE CAGE: Mustafa Shakir wants Jay Z & Donald Glover cameo". ODE. June 23, 2018. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Mustafa Shakir Interview". YouTube. Ian Carter. November 14, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Young Hollywood Spotlight: Mustafa Shakir Of HBO's 'The Night Of'". Codeblack Report. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Frederick, Brittany (November 14, 2016). "Interview: 'Quarry' Star Mustafa Shakir Heads To 'Timeless'". Hidden Remote. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Strom, Marc (July 5, 2017). "Mustafa Shakir & Gabrielle Dennis Join Netflix Original Series 'Marvel's Luke Cage'". Marvel. Archived from the original on July 5, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  8. ^ "Mustafa "Effortless" Shakir". Mustafa "Effortless" Shakir. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  9. ^ "The Villain in Netflix's 'Luke Cage' Is a Totally Ripped Vegan". Men's Health. Retrieved August 28, 2018.

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