Mahershala Ali


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Mahershala Ali is fast becoming one of the freshest and most in-demand faces in Hollywood with his extraordinarily diverse skill set and wide-ranging background in film, television, and theater. This past fall, Ali wrapped A24's Brad Pitt and Adele Romanski produced independent feature film, Moonlight, as well as reprising his role in The Hunger ... See full bio »

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Moonlight Juan
(2016)
Hidden Figures Colonel Jim Johnson
(2016)
Green Book Dr. Donald Shirley
(2018)
(2019)

Filmography

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  Blade (announced)
Blade
 2021 Swan Song (pre-production)
Milo
 2021 Invincible (TV Series) (post-production)
Titan
- Episode #1.1 (2021) ... Titan (voice)
 2020 Ramy (TV Series)
Sheikh Malik
- You Are Naked in Front of Your Sheikh (2020) ... Sheikh Malik
- Frank (2020) ... Sheikh Malik
- Miakhalifa.mov (2020) ... Sheikh Malik
- Little Omar (2020) ... Sheikh Malik
- Can You Hear Me Now? (2020) ... Sheikh Malik
 2020 Race for the White House (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Narrator
- Wilson vs Roosevelt vs Taft (2020) ... Narrator
- Johnson vs Goldwater (2020) ... Narrator
- Reagan vs Carter (2020) ... Narrator
- Obama vs McCain (2020) ... Narrator
 2019 True Detective (TV Series)
Wayne Hays
- Now Am Found (2019) ... Wayne Hays
- The Final Country (2019) ... Wayne Hays
- Hunters in the Dark (2019) ... Wayne Hays
- If You Have Ghosts (2019) ... Wayne Hays
- The Hour and the Day (2019) ... Wayne Hays
 2019 Alita: Battle Angel
Vector
 2018 Room 104 (TV Series)
Franco
- Shark (2018) ... Franco
 2018 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Uncle Aaron (voice)
 2018 Green Book
Dr. Donald Shirley
 2017 Madden NFL 18: Longshot (Video Game)
Cutter Wade
 2017 Comrade Detective (TV Series)
Coach
- Two Films for One Ticket (2017) ... Coach (voice)
 2017 Roxanne Roxanne
Cross
 2016 Hidden Figures
Colonel Jim Johnson
 2016 Luke Cage (TV Series)
Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes
- Manifest (2016) ... Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes
- Suckas Need Bodyguards (2016) ... Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes
- Just to Get a Rep (2016) ... Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes
- Who's Gonna Take the Weight? (2016) ... Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes
- Code of the Streets (2016) ... Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes
 2016 The Realest Real (Short)
The Minister
 2016/I Moonlight
Juan
 2016 Free State of Jones
Moses
 2016 Gubagude Ko (Short)
Ochoro
 2016/II Kicks
Marlon
 2013-2016 House of Cards (TV Series)
Remy Danton
- Chapter 52 (2016) ... Remy Danton
- Chapter 51 (2016) ... Remy Danton
- Chapter 50 (2016) ... Remy Danton
- Chapter 45 (2016) ... Remy Danton
- Chapter 44 (2016) ... Remy Danton
 2014/I Supremacy
Deputy Rivers
 2013 Go for Sisters
Dez
 2011-2012 Alphas (TV Series)
Nathan Clay
- God's Eye (2012) ... Nathan Clay
- If Memory Serves (2012) ... Nathan Clay
- Life After Death (2012) ... Nathan Clay
- Falling (2012) ... Nathan Clay
- When Push Comes to Shove (2012) ... Nathan Clay
 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 CSI: Fatal Conspiracy (Video Game)
Todd Stuart (voice, as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
 2010 Predators Motion Comics: Moment of Extraction (Video short)
Mombasa (voice, uncredited)
 2010 Predators
Mombasa (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 The Majors (Video short)
prince ALI
 2009 Lie to Me (TV Series)
Detective Don Hughes
- Do No Harm (2009) ... Detective Don Hughes (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
 2009 Crossing Over
Detective Strickland (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
 2009 Honor Code (Video short)
prince ALI
 2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Tizzy (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
 2008 Umi's Heart (Short)
Ezra (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 Making Revolution
Mac Laslow (as Mahershala Karim-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:

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Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 3 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

Instagram | Official Site

Alternate Names:

Mahershalalhashbaz Ali | Mahershala Karim-Ali

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Personal Quote:

I know someone from growing up who is in jail right now for the rest of his life, but he was one of the sweetest people I ever knew. See more »

Trivia:

Revealed during his SAG Award speech in 2017 that he is a Muslim and converted to Islam 17 years earlier. He also mentioned in the same speech that his mother is an ordained minister. See more »

Trademark:

Deep smooth voice

Nickname:

Ali

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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