Mahershala Ali Wiki, Bio, Net Worth, Career, Personal life, Achievements and Fact

Published Date   07th Sep. 2017, 06:00 am
Mahershala Ali Wiki, Bio, Net Worth, Career, Personal life, Achievements and Fact
Quick Info
Birth Name: Mahershalaalhashbaz Gilmore
Date of Birth: 16/02/1974
Age: 47 years old
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $8 million

Mahershala Ali is an American actor. He was born on 16 February 1974. His birth name is Mahershalaalhashbaz Gilmore which he later changed to Mahershala Ali. He started his film career through series like Crossing Jordan and Threat Matrix before where he was a regular cast of the series. He was mostly recognized for the science-fiction series The 4400 where he played an outstanding character as Richard Tyler. He debuted in the major movie through romantic drama movie titled The Curious Case of Benjamin Button which was released in 2008. The director of the movie is David Fincher. He is also recognized for some major films like The Place Beyond the Pines and Predators.

Mahershala Ali also cast in the film Free State of Jones which was released in 2016. The film is based on the biography of Newton Knight which is set throughout the Civil War in America. Ali was cast in a main role in the movie along with stars Gugu Mbatha Raw, Keri Russell, and Matthew McConaughey. He is also mostly recognized for his early characters as Remy Danton in American political Tv series titled House of Cards. He is also mostly recognized for his role as Cornell in web TV series titled Luke Cage as well as a role of Boggs in science fiction movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay along with its sequel.

Early life

Mahershala Ali was born in Oakland, California. Ali was grown up in the neighboring city called Hayward by his parents along with his other relatives. His birth name Mahershalaalhashbaz later changed into Mahershala Ali. When he was in his early childhood, he was raised as a Christian but he later converted himself to Islam. He became a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and changed his last name to Ali. He attended his study through St. Mary’s College located in Moraga, California where he received bachelor degree of arts in mass communication in 1996. Ali used to play basketball for his college and also received the basketball scholarship. But Ali became disappointed towards his sports career because he didn’t like treatments and training given to the players of the team. Ali began to find his interest towards acting during his senior year after appearing in a role for a play titled as Spunk produced by his college.

After his graduation, Ali was serving as an apprentice and got an opportunity to make his professional debut in acting through California Shakespeare Theater during the summer festival in Orinda, California. Soon in the same year, Ali worked for Gavin Report and he was accepted for admission in New York University of acting program and able to receive his master degree in acting in 2000. When Ali was studying at New York University, he worked in production various plays such as Blues for an Alabama Sky, A Lie of a Mind, The School of Scandal, A Dolls House, The Secret Injury, Secret Revenge, Monkey in the Middle, The Merchant of Venice and The New Place. He also cast in the main lead role in several stage plays such as The Great White Hope, Jack &Jill and The long Walk. The plays were held at Arena stage in Washington D.C.


Mahershala Ali made his characteristic film debut through the independent film titled Pig Music. He made his first appearance in TV series through series Crossing Jordan. The series was aired between 2001 and 2002 where he played a role of Dr. Trey Sanders. He appeared in total 19 episodes of the Crossing Jordan series. He is mostly recognized for his role of as Remy Danton, a lobbyist in the fourth season of the US TV series House of CardsTV which was released on 1st February 2013. The series is based on politics and the creator of the series is Beau Willimon. Ali is also becoming one of the famous talented actors in the industry actor he is also most demanded actor in Hollywood. He has been successfully established in Television, stages, theater and film.

Ali made his debut in Hollywood appearing in the 2003 movie Making Revolution where he portrayed a role of Mac Laslow. He also appeared as Ezra in a short film Umis Heart. Ali cast along with the stars Ryan Gosling and Bradley cooper in the crime drama movie The place Beyond the pines which was released on 7 September 2012. He appeared in a role of Dez in the 2013 movie Go for Sisters. He also cast as in successful role as Cornell Stokes in Tv series Luke Cage which was recently released on 30 September 2016. He also appeared in a role of Colonel Boggs in the movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and its sequel. The director of the movies is Francis Lawrence. The movie is based upon novel Mockingjay which is written by Suzzane Collins.

Ali appeared in a role as Jelani Harper in about 15 episodes of the series Threat Matrix which was telecast from 2003 to 2004. Ali also cast a role as Tizzy Weathers in the romantic movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He was able to receive the nomination of Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The movie was released on 25 December 2008 and David Fincher is the director of the movie. He also portrayed as Mark Foster in an episode titled “Unstable” of the series Law and Order: Special Victim Units released in 2009. He also appeared in 16 episodes of the series Treme in a role of Antony king which was aired between 2011 and 2012.

Ali also appeared in the 2016 movie Moonlight along with stars Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland, and Jenelle Monae.

He portrayed as a death squad soldier named Mombasa in the horror action science fiction movie Predators which was released in July 2010. The movie became the great hit in box office. The movie Predators was directed by Nimrud Antal and produced jointly by three producers John Devis, Elizabeth Avellan and Robert Rodriguez.

Mahershala Ali appeared in Lifetimes’s TV series titled The Wronged Man along with his co-actress Julia Ormond and the series was aired in 2010. He succeeded to became a nominee for NAACP awards for Best Actor through this movie. Ali also appeared as a recurring character for a series titled Alpha. He also portrayed a role of a Korean war pilot named Richard Tyler in total 28 episodes of the science fiction series The 4400 which was telecast from 11 July 2004 to 16 September 2007. Ali made his NY broadway debut through Smart People created by Kenny Leon in February 2016. He starred in the broadway opposite to actress Joshua Jackson.

Ali appeared in a role as Moses Washington in the movie Free states of Jones produced by John Kik, Gary Ross, and Scott Stuber. The film released in 2016 and distributed by STX Entertainment. He also cast in short movie Gubagude ko in 2016. The movie was directed and written by Phuliane Phang. Gubagude Ko was also nominated for Best Short Film Award at American Black Film Festival in 2016. Recently, It was stated that his future film will be Alita: Battle Angel which is scheduled to release on 20 July 2018. He will be playing a role of Vector for the movie.The movie is directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau.

Personal life

Mahershala Ali is believer of the Muslim religion. His father name is Philip Gilmore. Ali’s birth sign is Aquarius. He married Amatus Sami-Karim in 2016. The couple was dating each other since they were at New York University. They were contactless during their struggling time and reunited again after Amatus’s brother death. When they were in contact with each other, their relationship became serious. Amatus is also a Music producer. Amatus graduated her degree in acting from Tisch School of Arts.

Ali also has a pet cat and he kept his name as Nas. He gave the name to his cat after the musician named Nas Escobar. Ali is recently using his real name Mahershalahassbaz in his movie. He also has a nickname such as “Hershel” which was called by his friends during his childhood. Ali’s first name is derived from the bible which has the meaning as “Quick to plunder and swift to spoil” and written as “Maher-shall-hash-baz”. He has also earned a huge number of fans due to his successful appearances in films and TV series. He is also active on several biography sites and social media.

Ali’s father was also an actor usually appearing in musical theater. Aki was very close with his father. He also loves writing and reading poems. When Ali was only 20 years old, his father died. He also stated that when he was unwell, he performed for his father. He started acting also to always remain connected with his father. He started his career from the small screen in supporting roles and he is now recently starring the main role in Hollywood. He is also listed as rising star in Hollywood. Ali is finally having a successful life.


Ali received the nomination of Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

  • Ali received NAACP Image Award for Best Actor in a Tv Movie, Dramatic Special or Miniseries representing Series Wronged Man.
  • Ali received nomination for Best Screen Actor Guild Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama series representing House of cards.for
  • Ali became a nominee of Primetime Emmy Award (PEA) For Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series representing House of Cards.


SN  Title Year role Director,Creator
1. Crossing Jordan (TV series) 2001-2002 Dr. Trey Sanders Tim Cring
2. Haunted (TV series) 2002 Alex Dalcour Andrew & Rich
3. NYPD Blue (TV series) 2002 Rashard Coleman Steven & David
4. Making Revolution (Film) 2003 Mac Laslow
5. Crime Scene Investigation (TV series) 2003 Tomb’s security guard Anthony E. Zuiker
6. The Handler (TV series) 2003 Rob Bailey and

Jeremy Kagan

7. Threat Matrix (TV Series) 2003-2004 Jelani Harper Daniel Voll
8. The 4400 (TV Series) 2004-2007 Richard Tyler Rene Echevaria  & Scott Peters
9. Umi’s Heart (short film) 2008 Ezra
10. The curious case of Benjamin Button (film) 2008 Tizzy Weathers David Fincher
11. Lie to Me (TV Series) 2009 Detective Don Hugs Samuel Baum
12. Law and Order Special Victims unit (TV Series) 2009 Mark Foster Dick Wolf
13. Crossing Over (film) 2009 Det Strickland Wayne Kramer
14. Wronged Man (TV Series) 2010 Calvin Wills
15. All Signs of Death (TV series) 2010 Gabe Alan Bail
16. Predators (film) 2010 Mombasa Nimrod Antal
17. Lights out (TV series) 2011 Death Row Reynolds Justin Zackmham
18. Treme (TV series) 2011-2012 Anthony King David Simon & Eric Overmyer
19. The Alphas (TV series) 2011-2012 Nathan Clay Zak Penn and Michal Karnow
20. The Place Beyond the Pines (fim) 2012 Kofi Derek Clanfrance
21. Alcatraz (TV series) 2012 Clarence Montgomery Elizabeth Sarnof Steven Lilien &

Bryan Wynbrandt

22. House of Cards (TV series) 2013-2016 Remy Danton Beau Willimon
23. Go for Sisters (film) 2013 Dez John Sayles
24. Supremacy (film) 2014 Deputy Rivers
25. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay  part l (film) 2014 Boggs Francis Lawrence
26. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay  park ll  (film) 2015 Boggs Francis Lawrence
27. Luke Cage (TV series) 2016 Cornell “cottonmouth” Stokes Cheo Hodari Coker
28. Kicks (film) 2016 Marlon Justin Tipping
29. Gubagude Ko (short film) 2016 Ochoro
30. Free States of Jones (film) 2016 Moses Washington Gary Ross
31. Moonlight (filn) 2016 Juan Barry Jenkins
32. Hidden Figures (film) 2016 Jim Johnson Theodore Melfi
33. Alita Battle Angel (film) upcoming Vector Robert Rodriguez

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