Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1974-02-16 (47 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Oakland, California, USA

34 Movies · 20 TV shows

Also Known As: Mahershalalhashbaz Ali · Mahershala Karim-Ali · 마허샬라 알리 · Махершала Али

Biography

Mahershala Ali (; born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore, February 16, 1974) is an American actor and former rapper who is the recipient of several accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, a BAFTA award, a Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy Award. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019. In 2020, The New York Times ranked him #23 in its list of the 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century.After pursuing an MFA degree from New York University, Ali began his career as a regular on television series, such as Crossing Jordan (2001–2002) and Threat Matrix (2003–2004), before his breakthrough role as Richard Tyler in the science fiction series The 4400 (2004–2007). His first major film release was in the David Fincher-directed fantasy The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). He gained wider attention for his supporting role in the Netflix political thriller series House of Cards (2013–2016), as Boggs in the final two films of The Hunger Games film series and as Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes in the Luke Cage series, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in which he has also been cast as Eric Brooks / Blade.Ali won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances as Juan in the drama film Moonlight (2016) and for his portrayal of Don Shirley in the comedy-drama film Green Book (2018). This made him not only the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar, but also the first black actor to win two Academy Awards in the same category. In 2019, he played the lead role of a troubled police officer in the third season of the HBO anthology crime series True Detective and in 2020, he starred in the second season of the Hulu comedy-drama series Ramy. He received Primetime Emmy Award nominations for both performances.

Personal Life

Ali is an Ahmadi Muslim.He is married to Amatus Sami-Karim, an actress and musician. Their first child, a daughter, was born in February 2017.

Early Life

Mahershala Ali was born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore in 1974, in Oakland, California, the son of Willicia Goines (born 1957) and Phillip Gilmore (1956–1994). He was raised a Christian in Hayward, California by his mother, an ordained Baptist minister. His father was an actor who appeared on Broadway. Maher-shalal-hash-baz is the name of a prophetic child in chapter 8 of the Biblical Book of Isaiah.He attended St. Mary's College of California (SMC) in Moraga, California, where he graduated in 1996 with a degree in mass communication. He entered SMC with a basketball scholarship and went by the name "Hershal Gilmore" when playing for the SMC Gaels. He became disenchanted with the idea of a sports career because of the treatment given to the team's athletes and developed an interest in acting, particularly after taking part in a staging of Spunk. This later landed him an apprenticeship at the California Shakespeare Theater following graduation. After a sabbatical year working for Gavin Report, he enrolled in New York University's graduate acting program at Tisch School of the Arts, earning his master's degree in 2000.In 2000, he converted to Islam, changed his surname from Gilmore to Ali and joined the Ahmadiyya Community. In interviews, he has recounted numerous problems he has faced at airports, with banks and otherwise in everyday life as an American Muslim since the September 11 attacks.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
Swan Song

Swan Song

2021
The near future drama explores how far someone will go, and how much they will sacrifice, to make a happier life for the people they love.
TV
Invincible

Invincible

10
2021
Mark's father is the most powerful superhero on the planet and he is a normal teenager. Mark begins to develop powers of his own after his 17th birthday.
TV
Amend: The Fight for America

Amend: The Fight for America

2021
The ideals of freedom and equality did not apply to everyone when the United States of America was founded. The stories of the brave Americans who fought to right the nation's wrongs and codify the va...

2020.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
A World of Calm

A World of Calm

2020
A timely antidote for our modern lives, this revolutionary series takes audiences on an audiovisual journey designed to help them relax and transform how they feel. Each episode is brought to life by ...
Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

2020
This special combines elements of the original Apollo Theater production, including powerful readings from the book, with documentary footage from the actors' home life, archival footage, and animatio...
We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest

We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest

2020
Every year, hundreds of children from pre-K through 12th grade take the stage at the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest, a public speaking competition where they perform poetry and speeches inspired by the l...

2019.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel

6.34
2019
When Alita awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido, a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is t...
TV
Ramy

Ramy

1
2019
Ramy, the son of Egyptian immigrants, is on a spiritually conflicting journey in his New Jersey neighborhood, pulled between his Muslim community that thinks life is a constant test, his friends who t...

2018.

2 Movies
Green Book

Green Book

6.76
2018
When African Americans were forced to find alternate accommodations and services due to segregation laws below the Mason-Dixon Line, Tony Lip was hired to drive pianist Don Shirley on a tour through t...
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

6.76
2018
He's a high school student and a spider-man at the same time. Others from across the Spider-verse are transported when Wilson Fisk uses a super collider.

2017.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Roxanne, Roxanne

Roxanne, Roxanne

2017
The most feared battle of the '80s was waged by a teenager from the Queensbridge projects. When she was 14, Roxanne was on her way to becoming a hip-hop legend.
TV
Room 104

Room 104

6
2017
A hotel room where every guest who comes to stay reveals a unique set of circumstances and quirks.

2016.

6 Movies · 2 TV shows
Moonlight

Moonlight

5.09
2016
The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man's struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while gra...
Gubagude Ko

Gubagude Ko

2016
A man who witnessed a woman's rape is guilty of his actions.
TV
Marvel's Luke Cage

Marvel's Luke Cage

6.75
2016
A wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire after a sabotaged experiment.
Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

6.64
2016
The untold story of a woman. One of the greatest operations in history was the launch of John Glenn, as the brains behind one of the brilliant African-American women working at NASA. Generations will ...
Kicks

Kicks

2016
Brandon and his two best friends go on an ill-advised mission across the Bay Area to retrieve the stolen sneakers after Brandon's hard-earned kicks get snatched by a local hood.
TV
Race for the White House

Race for the White House

2016
The CNN Original Series "Race for the White House" was created by Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti and depicts the drama of how a high-stakes presidential election can turn on a single issue and so much...
Free State of Jones

Free State of Jones

5.25
2016
Newt Knight was a medic for the Confederate Army. Knight would rather help the wounded than fight the Union. Newt returns to Jones County to protect his family after his nephew is killed in battle. Fo...
The Realest Real

The Realest Real

2016
The Realest Real is a comedy about the internet.

2015.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
The Mockingjay Lives: The Making of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The Mockingjay Lives: The Making of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

2015
A documentary about the making of The Hunger Games.
TV
Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

2015
Some of this year's most talked about talent open up about the challenges and triumphs of creating critically acclaimed series and performances.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

6.37
2015
The nation of Panem is in a full scale war with President Snow. Teamed with a group of her closest friends, including Gale, Finnick, and Peeta, she goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13...

2014.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

6.18
2014
The symbol of a mass rebellion against the Capitol is Katniss Everdeen.
Supremacy

Supremacy

2014
The story is about a white supremacist who killed a cop and took a black family hostage. Within hours of being released from the maximum-security Pelican Bay State Prison, the man who had been in soli...
TV
True Detective

True Detective

6.33
2014
An American anthology police detective series uses multiple timelines to uncover personal and professional secrets of those involved in investigations.

2013.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
House of Cards

House of Cards

6.26
2013
The story of House of Cards is about a ruthless and cunning politician and his wife who will stop at nothing to get what they want. In D.C., there is a dark world of greed, sex and corruption.
Go for Sisters

Go for Sisters

2013
Bernice and Fontayne grew up so tight they could ‘go for sisters’. After twenty years apart, they are reunited when Bernice is assigned to be Fontayne’s parole officer- just when she needs help on the...
The Place Beyond the Pines

The Place Beyond the Pines

5.75
2013
A motorcycle stunt rider is considering committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.

2011.

1 TV show
TV
Alphas

Alphas

5.55
2011
Five ordinary people with extraordinary physical and mental abilities are brought together to form one extraordinary team of Alphas. It is possible to operate within the U.S. The team of the Departmen...

2010.

5 Movies
Predators: Moments of Extraction

Predators: Moments of Extraction

2010
Moments of Extraction is an animated short film shows what each character of Predators movie was doing when they were captured by the Predators. Created exclusively for the Blu-ray release of Predator...
All Signs of Death

All Signs of Death

2010
The story centers on an inveterate twenty-something slacker who stumbles into a career as a crime scene cleaner, only to find himself entangled with a murder mystery, a femme fatale and the loose ends...
The Wronged Man

The Wronged Man

2010
Janet Gregory, a single mother with a haunting past, is a paralegal struggling to overcome doubts about Calvin Willis, an African-American husband and father who was wrongly accused of raping a neighb...
Predators: The Chosen

Predators: The Chosen

2010
A brief profile of the main characters of Predators movie who parashooted onto the planet. The short film was released on the Predators (2010) Blu-ray.
Predators

Predators

5.74
2010
A mercenary reluctantly leads a motley crew of warriors who soon come to realize they've been captured and deposited on an alien planet by an unknown nemesis They are all killers, convicts, and death ...

2009.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
The Curious Birth of Benjamin Button

The Curious Birth of Benjamin Button

2009
A documentary about the making of David Fincher's 2008 film THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON. Virtually every element in the evolution of the Fincher's film is documented here, from the project's a...
Crossing Over

Crossing Over

2009
Immigrants from around the world come to Los Angeles every day with visions of a better life, but little idea of what it will cost. The humanity of immigration enforcement officers is tested by their ...
TV
Lie to Me

Lie to Me

6.08
2009
The leader in deception research is Dr. Cal Lightman studies facial expression, body language and tone of voice to determine when a person is lying. His skills allow him to lie.

2008.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

7.29
2008
Button is in a nursing home. Twelve years after his birth, he meets Daisy, a child who is constantly in and out of his life as she grows up to become a dancer. Benjamin's relationship with Daisy and t...
TV
Stand Up to Cancer

Stand Up to Cancer

2008
A biennial charity telethon brings together all the networks and the biggest stars in entertainment for one night of music, laughter, and inspiration. The aim is to raise significant funds for cancer ...
Umi's Heart

Umi's Heart

2008
The story of two brothers and their attempts to broach the difficult subject of religious conversion.

2004.

1 TV show
TV
The 4400

The 4400

5.51
2004
The 4400 people who were presumed dead or missing reappear on Earth. Though they have not aged physically, some of them seem to have deeper alterations ranging from superhuman strength to an unexplain...

2003.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Making Revolution

Making Revolution

2003
A group of college students call for a world summit in 2001 to counter apathy of their privileged generation and unite a splintered activist front. Hundreds of young people descend upon a borrowed cou...
TV
Threat Matrix

Threat Matrix

2003
Against the rising threat, the Homeland Security Agency has created a highly specialized, elite task force trained and equipped to counter anyone or anything that threatens our nation. Special Agent J...

2001.

1 TV show
TV
Crossing Jordan

Crossing Jordan

5.95
2001
Crossing Jordan is an American television crime/drama series that starsJill Hennessy as Jordan Cavanaugh, M.D., a crime-solving forensic pathologist employed in the Massachusetts Office of the Chief M...

2000.

1 TV show
TV
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

6.83
2000
A Las Vegas team of forensic investigators are trained to solve criminal cases by combing the crime scene, collecting irrefutable evidence and finding the missing pieces that solve the mystery.

1999.

1 TV show
TV
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

6.09
1999
Sexually-based offenses are considered heinous in the criminal justice system. In New York City, the detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Specia...

1997.

1 TV show
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
The most exciting events of the day are being discussed on ABC daytime's morning chat fest. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are ...

1953.

1 TV show
TV
The Oscars

The Oscars

1953
The film industry is honored at an annual American awards ceremony. The Academy Award of Merit is better known as the Oscar and is given to the various category winners.

Unknown Year.

4 Movies
Leave The World Behind

Leave The World Behind

A husband and wife head out to a remote corner of Long Island with their teenage son and daughter. When the owners of the rental return in a panic, they don't know what to think. Two families are forc...
Blade

Blade

There is a new version of Blade in the Cinematic Universe.
Sovereign

Sovereign

A man goes to find his wife and the rest of the crew of a space station after they go missing. He is forced to confront his role in losing her as he discovers the truth about their disappearance.
The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

Rachel and Isaac Dupree, an African American couple, raise their family on an isolated ranch in South Dakota during the early 1900s.
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