Mahershala Ali

Mahershalalhashbaz is the longest proper name in the Bible, as well as the name of one of the prophet Isaiah's sons. It's a lot to live up to, but "House of Cards" (Netflix, 2013- ) actor Mahershala Ali was more than up ... Read more »
Born: 02/16/1974 in Oakland, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (23)

Hidden Figures 2017 (Movie)

Jim Johnson (Actor)

Free State of Jones 2016 (Movie)

Moses Washington (Actor)

Kicks 2016 (Movie)

Marlon (Actor)

Moonlight 2016 (Movie)

Juan (Actor)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 2015 (Movie)

Boggs (Actor)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 2014 (Movie)

Boggs (Actor)

Go For Sisters 2013 (Movie)

Dez (Actor)

The Place Beyond the Pines 2013 (Movie)

Kofi (Actor)

Alcatraz 2012 (Tv Show)

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Alphas 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Tremé 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Predators 2010 (Movie)

Mombasa (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 (Tv Show)

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 (Movie)

Tizzy (Actor)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2000 - 2001, 2003 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Crossing Jordan 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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The 4400 2003 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Threat Matrix 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2003 (Tv Show)

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The Handler 2003 (Tv Show)

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Haunted 2002 (Tv Show)

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NYPD Blue 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Wronged Man (TV Show)

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Biography

Mahershalalhashbaz is the longest proper name in the Bible, as well as the name of one of the prophet Isaiah's sons. It's a lot to live up to, but "House of Cards" (Netflix, 2013- ) actor Mahershala Ali was more than up to the task. The California native turned his basketball talent into a full scholarship to St. Mary's College but eventually turned to writing and acting as creative refuges. Armed with an MFA from the prestigious NYU Tisch School of the Arts, the charismatic Ali began acting professionally with a debut role on NBC's "Crossing Jordan" (2001-07). He followed up his appearance on the cult hit "The 4400" (USA, 2004-07) with David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008), where he again played the father of a child with unusual aging issues. Ali's intense demeanor and calculating intelligence enlivened his portrayals of a federal agent on "Alphas" (SyFy, 2011-12), an investigator on HBO's "Treme" (2010- ), and his ruthless lobbyist on "House of Cards." With Ryan Gosling as his co-star in "The Place Beyond the Pines" (2013), it's safe to say ditching basketball for acting was the smartest move Mahershala Ali ever made.

EDUCATION

St Mary's College

1992 - 1996
Was a member of the basketball team and began taking acting classes his junior year. He eventually appeared in several student productions.

Tisch Schhol of the Arts, New York University

1997 - 2000

Milestones

2013

Portrayed a lobbyist on Netflix's "House of Cards"

2012

Landed a role opposite Ryan Gosling in "The Place Beyond the Pines"

2011

Appeared in a recurring role on HBO's "Treme"

2011

Cast as a government agent on SyFy's "Alphas"

2008

Appeared in David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

2004

Featured on USA's "The 4400"

2001

Made TV debut on NBC's "Crossing Jordan"

Bonus Trivia

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Became interested in acting while in his senior year at California's St. Mary's College, and eventually earned his MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

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Was raised Christian but converted to Ahmadiyya Islam as an adult.

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Has played the father of children with aging issues in two different projects: David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and USA's "The 4400."

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