Mahershalalhashbaz Ali


Date Of Birth

February 16, 1974


American actor Mahershalalhashbaz Ali was born as Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore February 16, 1974 in Oakland, California. A member of the Ahmadiyya Muslin community, he got his name from the Bible; his name is Hebrew for “to speed the spoil, he hasteneth the prey.” He first trained as an actor during his junior year at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, before eventually taking his master’s degree in acting at the State University of New York. He started acting on stage, debuting in school productions before moving on to the professional stage. Fresh off college, he joined as an apprentice for the California Shakespeare Festival.

Ali made his television debut in 2002, when he played conservative medical examiner Trey Sanders on the drama Crossing Jordan. He left after the first season, and his departure was not explained on the program. His next television starring role was in the short-lived action series Threat Matrix. He also played guest roles in different television programs, such as Haunted, NYPD Blue, CSI and The Handler. He also made his film debut in 2003, playing the lead in the obscure comedy Making Revolution.

Ali’s latest television role was a starring role in the science fiction series The 4400. He played the role of Richard Tyler. Later he appeared on House of Cards, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and Part 2, and Treme. At present, he is part of the Netflix series Luke Cage. Aside from acting Ali, is also a rapper, having collaborated with artists such as Talib Kweli, Keith Murray and Planet Asia.

Place of Birth

Oakland, California, USA

Birth Name

Mahershalalhashbaz Ali



Fun Facts

Ali's first name comes from the Bible (Isaiah 8:1) and means, "Quick to plunder and swift to spoil" in Hebrew. It is written there as "Maher-shalal-hash-baz."


2016 Luke Cage (TV Series)
2016/I Moonlight
2016 Free State of Jones
2016 Gubagude Ko (Short)
2016/II Kicks
2013-2016 House of Cards (TV Series)
2016 The Realest Real (Short)
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
2014/I Supremacy
2013 Go for Sisters
2011-2012 Alphas (TV Series)
2011-2012 Treme (TV Series)
2012 The Place Beyond the Pines
2012 Alcatraz (TV Series)
2011 Lights Out (TV Series)
2010 All Signs of Death (TV Movie)
2010 CSI: Fatal Conspiracy (Video Game)
2010 Predators Motion Comics: Moment of Extraction (Video short)
2010 Predators
2010 The Wronged Man (TV Movie)
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
2009 Lie to Me (TV Series)
2009 Crossing Over
2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2008 Umi's Heart (Short)
2004-2007 The 4400 (TV Series)
2003-2004 Threat Matrix (TV Series)
2003 The Handler (TV Series)
2003 Making Revolution
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
2002 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
2002 Haunted (TV Series)
2001-2002 Crossing Jordan (TV Series)


6' 1.5" (1.87 M)

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