February 16, 1974
46 years old
6 ft 1½ in | 173 cm
85 kg | 187 lbs
44 in | 112 cm
12 US | 45 EU
34 in | 86 cm
Mahershala Ali was born in Oakland, California, United States, on February 16, 1974, is an American actor.
Young Mahershala Ali first started performing during his years at the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
He landed his professional stage debut with the California Shakespeare Festival in Orinda, California.
He made his big screen debut in comedy film Making Revolution (2014) in role as Mac Laslow.
He got his television debut in NBC crime drama series Crossing Jordan (2001-2002) in role as Dr. Trey Sanders.
Mahershala's breakthrough performance came as Richard Tyler in science fiction series The 4400 (2004–2007).
Blade (2022) action adventure fantasy in role as Blade
Swan Song (2021) drama in role as Cameron, opposite Glenn Close, Awkwafina and Naomie Harris
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) cyberpunk action in role as Vector, with Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz and Jennifer Connelly
He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Juan in coming-of-age drama film Moonlight (2016).
He won the Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Don Shirley in biographical comedy drama movie Green Book (2018).
He played Boggs in dystopian science fiction adventure films:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)
He voiced Aaron Davis / The Prowler in animated superhero movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018).
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) fantasy romantic drama opposite Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett
Crossing Over (2009) crime drama with Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd
Predators (2010) science fiction action opposite Adrien Brody, Topher Grace and Alice Braga
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) neo-noir crime drama with Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes
Free State of Jones (2016) historical war opposite Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Keri Russell
Hidden Figures (2016) biographical drama with Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe
Roxanne Roxanne (2017) drama opposite Chanté Adams, Nia Long and Elvis Nolasco
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Remy Danton in Netflix political thriller series House of Cards (2013-2016).
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his performance as Wayne Hays in HBO anthology crime drama television series True Detective (2019).
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Sheikh Ali Malik in Hulu comedy drama series Ramy (2020).
Threat Matrix (2003-2004) NBC drama series in role as Jelani Harper
He played Richard Tyler in science fiction series The 4400 (2004–2007) in 28 episodes.
Treme (2011-2012) HBO drama series in role as Anthony King
Alphas (2011-2012) Syfy science fiction drama series in role as Nathan Clay
Luke Cage (2016) Netflix action fiction series in role as Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes
Graduated from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California (1996) with Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications.
Graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (2000), with Master of Fine Arts degree in Drama.
He released his studio album "Curb Side Service", in 2007.
He converted to Islam in 2000.
He made a guest appearance on Riz Ahmed's album "The Long Goodbye" in 2020.
He became first Muslim actor to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2017.
His father was a Broadway actor and dancer.
He started dating Amatus-Sami Karim in 2000, the couple got married in 2013, they have one daughter, Bari Najma Ali.