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Also Known As: Mahershala Karim-Ali, Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali Died:
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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)...

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.

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 Battle Angel (2018)
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 Green Book (2018)
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 Roxanne Roxanne (2017)
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 Hidden Figures (2016)
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 Moonlight (2016)
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 Kicks (2016)
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2001:
Made TV debut on NBC's "Crossing Jordan"
2004:
Featured on USA's "The 4400"
2011:
Cast as a government agent on SyFy's "Alphas"
2011:
Appeared in a recurring role on HBO's "Treme"
2012:
Landed a role opposite Ryan Gosling in "The Place Beyond the Pines"
2015:
Reprised his role as Boggs in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2"
2019:
Played Vector in the big-screen adaptation of "Alita: Battle Angel"
2008:
Appeared in David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."
2013:
Portrayed D.C. lobbyist Remy Danton on Netflix's "House of Cards"
2014:
Played Boggs in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1"
2016:
Starred in "Moonlight" (2016) as Juan, surrogate father to a young Chiron.
2016:
Portrayed Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes on the Netflix superhero series "Luke Cage"
2017:
Won Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in "Moonlight"
2019:
Starred on the third-season of HBO's anthology crime series, "True Detective"
2018:
Starred in "Green Book" opposite Viggo Mortensen
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Education

St Mary's College: - 1992
Tisch Schhol of the Arts, New York University: - 1997

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