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      Mahershala Ali

      Mahershala Ali

      Highest Rated: 98% Moonlight (2016)

      Lowest Rated: 48% Free State of Jones (2016)

      Birthday: Feb 16, 1974

      Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA

      Mahershala Ali was born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore on Feb. 16, 1974 in Oakland, CA. He enrolled in St. Mary's College of California on a basketball scholarship, but his passions switched from athletics to acting over the course of his tenure. Following graduation, Ali earned an apprenticeship at the California Shakespeare Theater, and then pursued a Master's degree in acting at New York University. One of Ali's earliest professional roles was that of Dr. Trey Sanders on the series "Crossing Jordan" (NBC 2001-07), shortly after which he starred on "The 4400" (USA 2004-07) as Richard Tyler. Around this time, Ali experimented with a rapping career, releasing the album Curb Side Service (2007) under the stage name Prince Ali. Ali then pursued acting on the big screen; one of his earliest major roles was in David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008), which he followed up with parts in the likes of "Crossing Over" (2009) and "Predators" (2010). Back on television, Ali lent his talents to "Treme" (HBO 2010-13) and "House of Cards" (Netflix 2013-), keeping one foot in the realm of cinema for the likes of "The Place Beyond the Pines" (2012) and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" (2014) and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" (2015) all the while. His name really began to accrue attention as time went on; Ali earned his first ever Oscar nomination and victory thanks to his supporting role in "Moonlight" (2016), in which he played a kindhearted drug dealer and the surrogate father to a young boy hiding his homosexuality. That same year, Ali costarred on the superhero series "Luke Cage" (Netflix, 2016-18) as villain Cottonmouth Stokes. Two years later, Ali starred in the dramatic film "Green Book" (2018) and lent his voice to the animated movie "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" (2018). Around the same time, Ali was also cast as the lead of the third season of the anthology series "True Detective" (HBO 2014-), and starred in the "Alita: Battle Angel" (2019) feature film.

      Highest rated movies

      Moonlight Hidden Figures Kicks Swan Song The Place Beyond the Pines Green Book Leave the World Behind The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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      PREDATORS, from front to back: Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Topher Grace, 2010. ph: Rico Torres/TM & Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (left), Taraji P. Henson (front right), 2008. ©Paramount Mahershalalhashbaz Ali and Taraji P. Henson in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" GREEN BOOK, FROM LEFT: DIMITER D. MARINOV, MIKE HATTON, MAHERSHALA ALI, 2018. PH: PATTI PERRET/© UNIVERSAL THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 2, from left: Jennifer Lawrence, Mahershala Ali, Liam Hemsworth, 2015. ph: Murray Close/©Lionsgate Mahershalalhashbaz Ali in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, 2008. ©Paramount House of Cards, Mahershala Ali, 'Chapter 17', Season 2, Ep. #4, 02/14/2014, ©NETFLIX House of Cards, Mahershala Ali, 'Chapter 17', Season 2, Ep. #4, 02/14/2014, ©NETFLIX FREE STATE OF JONES, from left: Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey, 2016. ph: Murray Close/©STX Entertainment House of Cards, Mahershala Ali, 'Chapter 2', Season 1, Ep. #2, 02/01/2013, ©NETFLIX House of Cards, Mahershala Ali, 'Season 2', 02/14/2014, ©NETFLIX House of Cards, Mahershala Ali, 'Chapter 17', Season 2, Ep. #4, 02/14/2014, ©NETFLIX House of Cards, Mahershala Ali, 'Chapter 17', Season 2, Ep. #4, 02/14/2014, ©NETFLIX Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Mahershala Ali, 'Unstable', Season 11, Ep. #1, 09/23/2009, ©NBC House of Cards, Mahershala Ali, 'Chapter 35', Season 3, Ep. #9, 02/27/2015, ©NETFLIX House of Cards, Molly Parker (L), Mahershala Ali (R), 'Chapter 36', Season 3, Ep. #10, 02/27/2015, ©NETFLIX House of Cards, Mahershala Ali (L), Reg E Cathey (R), 'Chapter 37', Season 3, Ep. #11, 02/27/2015, ©NETFLIX House of Cards, Mahershala Ali (L), Molly Parker (R), 'Chapter 38', Season 3, Ep. #12, 02/27/2015, ©NETFLIX MOONLIGHT, MAHERSHALA ALI, 2016, PHOTO BY DAVID BORNFRIEND, ©A24

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blade Blade (Character) - 2025
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wildwood Unknown (Voice) - 2024
      73% 35% Leave the World Behind G. H. Scott (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet 96% Stand Self - 2023
      79% 76% Swan Song Cameron (Character),
      Producer
      - 2021
      62% 91% Alita: Battle Angel Vector (Character) $85.8M 2019
      97% 94% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Uncle Aaron/The Prowler (Voice) $190.2M 2018
      77% 91% Green Book Dr. Donald Shirley (Character) $85.1M 2018
      70% 63% Roxanne Roxanne Cross (Character) - 2017
      93% 93% Hidden Figures Jim Johnson (Character) $169.3M 2016
      98% 79% Moonlight Juan (Character) $27.9M 2016
      85% 73% Kicks Marlon (Character) $145.4K 2016
      48% 64% Free State of Jones Moses (Character) $20.8M 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gubagude Ko Ochoro (Character) - 2016
      69% 66% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 Boggs (Character) $281.7M 2015
      69% 71% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Boggs (Character) - 2014
      78% 75% The Place Beyond the Pines Kofi (Character) $21.4M 2012
      No Score Yet 53% The Wronged Man Calvin Willis (Character) - 2010
      65% 52% Predators Mombasa (Character) $52.0M 2010
      72% 80% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Tizzy (Character) $127.5M 2008

      TV

      Credit
      78% 57% True Detective Wayne Hays (Character) 2019 2024
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2017 2019 2023
      100% 98% Chimp Empire Narrator 2023
      94% 83% Ramy Sheikh Malik (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2017 2019 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2019 2022
      100% 88% Amend: The Fight for America Self 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A World of Calm Narrator 2020
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2017 2019
      88% 55% Room 104 Unknown (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2018
      85% 88% Comrade Detective Coach (Guest Voice) 2017
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016
      87% 71% Marvel's Luke Cage Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes (Character) 2016
      No Score Yet 80% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Reporter (Guest Star) 2016
      77% 76% House of Cards Remy Danton (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2013-2016
      81% 75% Alphas Nathan Clay (Guest Star) 2011-2012
      97% 87% Treme Anthony King (Guest Star) 2011-2012
      60% 41% Alcatraz Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      78% 81% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mark Foster (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 87% Lie to Me Detective Don Hughes (Guest Star) 2009
      95% 87% The 4400 Richard Tyler (Character) 2004-2007
      33% No Score Yet Threat Matrix Agent Jelani Harper (Character) 2003-2004
      73% No Score Yet The Handler Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tombs' Security Guard (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crossing Jordan Unknown (Character) 2001-2002
      83% 93% NYPD Blue Rashard Coleman (Guest Star) 2002
      54% No Score Yet Haunted Unknown (Guest Star) 2002