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Mahershala Ali


Born in Oakland, California, Mahershala Ali was raised in the neighboring city of Hayward by his parents and extended family. His father, Phillip, appeared in musical theater. Ali played basketball for St. Mary's College in Moraga, California (just east of Berkeley), where he received his bachelor of arts degree in mass communications. He began ... See full bio »

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 2013-2014 House of Cards (TV Series)
Remy Danton
- Chapter 26 (2014) ... Remy Danton
- Chapter 25 (2014) ... Remy Danton
- Chapter 24 (2014) ... Remy Danton
- Chapter 23 (2014) ... Remy Danton
- Chapter 19 (2014) ... Remy Danton
 2011-2012 Treme (TV Series)
Anthony King
- I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say (2012) ... Anthony King (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
- The Greatest Love (2012) ... Anthony King (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
- Knock with Me - Rock with Me (2012) ... Anthony King (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
- That's What Lovers Do (2011) ... Anthony King (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
- What is New Orleans? (2011) ... Anthony King (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
 2012 Alcatraz (TV Series)
Clarence Montgomery
- Clarence Montgomery (2012) ... Clarence Montgomery
 2011 Lights Out (TV Series)
Death Row Reynolds
- Unaired Pilot ... Death Row Reynolds (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
 2010 All Signs of Death (TV Movie)
Gabe (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
 2010 The Wronged Man (TV Movie)
Calvin Willis (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
 2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Mark Foster
- Unstable (2009) ... Mark Foster (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
 2009 Lie to Me (TV Series)
Detective Don Hughes
- Do No Harm (2009) ... Detective Don Hughes (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
 2004-2007 The 4400 (TV Series)
Richard Tyler
- One of Us (2007) ... Richard Tyler (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
- Daddy's Little Girl (2007) ... Richard Tyler (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
- Fifty-Fifty (2006) ... Richard Tyler (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
- Terrible Swift Sword (2006) ... Richard Tyler (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
- The Gospel According to Collier (2006) ... Richard Tyler (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
 2003-2004 Threat Matrix (TV Series)
Jelani Harper
- Cambodia (2004) ... Jelani Harper (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
- 19 Seconds (2004) ... Jelani Harper (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
- Extremist Makeover (2004) ... Jelani Harper (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
- Stochastic Variable (2004) ... Jelani Harper (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
- PPX (2004) ... Jelani Harper (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
 2003 The Handler (TV Series)
- Big Stones (2003) ... (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
 2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Tombs' Security Guard
- Lucky Strike (2003) ... Tombs' Security Guard (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
 2002 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Rashard Coleman
- Das Boots (2002) ... Rashard Coleman (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
 2002 Haunted (TV Series)
Alex Dalcour
- Abby (2002) ... Alex Dalcour (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
 2001-2002 Crossing Jordan (TV Series)
Dr. Trey Sanders
- For Harry, with Love & Squalor (2002) ... Dr. Trey Sanders (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
- With Honor (2002) ... Dr. Trey Sanders (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
- Crime & Punishment (2002) ... Dr. Trey Sanders (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
- Lost and Found (2002) ... Dr. Trey Sanders (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
- Acts of Mercy (2002) ... Dr. Trey Sanders (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
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Other Works:

While at NYU, appeared in productions of "Blues for an Alabama Sky", "The School for Scandal", "A Lie of the Mind", "A Doll's House", "Monkey in the Middle", "The Merchant of Venice", "The New Place" and "Secret Injury, Secret Revenge".

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Alternate Names:

Mahershalalhashbaz Ali | Mahershala Karim-Ali

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Trivia:

Ali has twice played the father to children with unusual (supernatural) aging issues: as Richard Tyler in The 4400 (2004), his character's daughter, Isabelle, goes from infancy to adulthood in a single episode, and as Tizzy in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), he plays the adoptive father of a child who is born old and ages backwards. See more »

Nickname:

Ali

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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