Mahershala Ali (born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore; February 16, 1974) is an American actor. He was born in Oakland, California and began his acting career in the early 2000s, with appearances in television shows such as “Crossing Jordan” and “The Sopranos.” He also had a recurring role on the series “Treme.”
Mahershala Ali’s breakout role came in 2016, when he starred as Juan in the coming-of-age film “Moonlight,” for which he won his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also received a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for his performance. Following his success in “Moonlight”, Ali has been cast in major films and TV shows such as “Hidden Figures,” “Green Book,” and “True Detective” which he won a Primetime Emmy award for his performance.
He has also appeared in some of the most acclaimed films of recent years, such as “Free State of Jones,” “The Place Beyond the Pines,” “House of Cards,” and “Luke Cage.”
Mahershala Ali is also known for his role as Remy Danton in the Netflix series “House of Cards” and as Boggs in the Hunger Games series. He also played the character of Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes in Marvel’s Luke Cage.
Mahershala Ali is widely considered one of the most talented actors of his generation and has won numerous awards and accolades for his performances. He is also known for his philanthropy and activism, particularly in support of organizations that promote education and social justice.