Ntare Mwine

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Ntare Mwine
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Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

1967 (age 51–52)
EducationUniversity of Virginia (BA)
New York University (MFA)
Years active1981–present

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (born 1967) is an American stage and film actor, playwright, photographer, documentarian and activist.


Mwine was born in Hanover, New Hampshire to Ugandan parents in 1967, according to Africa's senior Repertoire guru Bryan Morel Muhumuza.[1] His father was a Harvard Law School-educated attorney.[1][2] His parents separated when Ntare was 7, with Ntare spending time with his father (who was then working in finance in the United States, including a period at the World Bank in Washington D.C.) and his mother (who went to Kenya to teach psychology at the University of Nairobi).[3]

Mwine earned a master's degree in Fine Arts from New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 1992.[4] He also studied at the University of Virginia, the Moscow Arts Theatre, and the Royal National Theatre in London.[5] Basing himself in Los Angeles,[3] Mwine's first professional job was the role of Paul in the 1992 U.S. National Tour of Six Degrees of Separation, for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Actor.[6]

Television and film[edit]

Mwine has appeared in movies including Blood Diamond, where he made his film debut. His first appearance in television was in New York Undercover, in 1995. Recent appearances include a recurring role as the mysterious Usutu in Heroes.[7] Mwine originally had the role of "Joseph" in the unaired pilot episode of the show; this part was removed when NBC took on the show full-time, due to the character's plot revolving around terrorist activity.[8] Mwine also appeared as Tom Adler in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and as Maurice Devereaux in The Riches.

Mwine played a minor, yet recurring, character in HBO and David Simon's television series Treme. The series deals with life in the Tremé district of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

In 2018, Mwine featured as Ronnie in the Showtime television series The Chi, which follows residents of the Chicago South Side.


Mwine's photographic work has been displayed at the United Nations, The Latino Art Museum in Pomona, California, UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History, and other museums worldwide. It was a central focus of Biro, and prominently featured on Six Feet Under.[9] His photography has also appeared in Vanity Fair.[10]


Mwine began appearing in stage productions in 1992, appearing as the con man posing as Sidney Poitier's son in Six Degrees of Separation,[11] and in The Riddles Of Race, Circa '68 in 1994,[12] In 1992 and 1997, Mwine was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Non-Resident Production, for his role in Six Degrees of Separation at the National Theatre and Nomathemba at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.. He played Julius Van George in Scent of the Roses at the Seattle Contemporary Theatre in 1998.[13]

Mwine's first effort as a playwright, a barestage one-man show entitled Biro, about a HIV-positive Ugandan former rebel soldier who enters the United States illegally for treatment.[14] The play, depicting a 90-minute explanation from the eponymous character to his lawyer about how he came to be in a Texas jail, premiered in early 2003 at Uganda's National Theatre.[1][6] It later showed at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York, as well as in Los Angeles, Seattle, London, and throughout Africa.[5][15] Mwine performed the work for multiple African heads of state and then-UN General Secretary Kofi Annan in 2004.[3] The Seattle Post-Intelligencer described his performance as "radiant", particularly so given the dark subject matter.[16]

Documentary work[edit]

Mwine's inaugural documentary, Beware of Time, screened at the 2004 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Black International Cinema in Berlin. Describing the lives of HIV-positive Ugandans, it was named the Best Film on Matters Relating to Marginalized People, and features a rare interview with Amule Amin, brother of former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.[5][17]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
2016 Queen of Katwe Tendo
2009 40 Godwill
2006 Blood Diamond M'Ed
Year Title Role
2018-present The Chi Ronnie
2016-2017 Bosch Craig
2015 The Knick D.W. Garrison Carr
2014 Perception ASAC Matthew Jefferies
2013 The Newsroom Pastor Moses
2013 Bones Joseph Mbarga
2010-2013 Treme Jacques Jhoni
2008 The Riches Maurice Devereaux
2006-2009 Heroes Usutu
2001-2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tom Adler


  1. ^ a b c Arnot, Chris (November 27, 2003). "I just take what strikes me". The Guardian. Manchester. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  2. ^ Arkatov, Janice (October 31, 1992). "Ntare Mwine Is New Kid in the Spotlight in 'Six Degrees'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  3. ^ a b c Martelle, Scott (October 19, 2005). "Ntare Mwine's journey of discovery". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  4. ^ "Alumni Roster: 1990s". Grad Acting Alumni Association. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  5. ^ a b c Odubeng, Maureen (June 26, 2009). "Blood Diamonds star Mwine and YOHO produce short film". Mmegi. Gaborone. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  6. ^ a b Oswald, Alina (June 2004). Beware of Time "Beware of Time" Check |url= value (help). Arts & Understanding. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  7. ^ "Hot Box: Television worth talking about". Toronto Star. July 16, 2008. Retrieved 2014-11-04. And Ntare Mwine has been added to NBC's Heroes. On Heroes, Mwine will play an African who is artistic and close to many of the original heroes. His special abilities will be developed throughout his nine-episode arc.
  8. ^ "theTVaddict.com interview: Tim Kring HEROES Creator". TVaddict.com. October 12, 2006. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  9. ^ "Writer". Beware of Time. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  10. ^ Sancton, Julian (April 2, 2010). "Treme Captures the New Orleans Funeral Only Too Well". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  11. ^ Cruice, Valerie (February 14, 1993). "On the road with Marlo Thomas". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  12. ^ Brantley, Ben (March 23, 1994). "Review/Theater; The Day the Bronx Died". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  13. ^ Berson, Misha (July 24, 1998). "'Scent Of The Roses' — South African Drama Lacks Dynamism, Is Grounded By Earthbound Writing". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  14. ^ Berson, Misha (April 3, 2005). "AIDS theater now: A continent's crisis". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  15. ^ "Theatre Guide". The New York Times. April 30, 2004. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  16. ^ Adcock, Joe (April 15, 2005). "One-man 'Biro' shines amid appalling themes". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  17. ^ Otiso, Kefa M. (2006). Culture and Customs of Uganda. Greenwood. p. 47. ISBN 0-313-33148-0. Retrieved 2014-11-04.

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