American actor Mahershala Ali began acting in films from the two thousandth. The series "House of Cards" brought him fame. The performer became the first Muslim to receive an acting Oscar.
After playing in the movie "Moonlight", Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore received an Oscar on stage for Best Supporting Male Role.
Searching for a vocation
The future actor was born in Auckland in 1974, on February 16. Mother was a Baptist minister, father was an actor. The parents parted, the boy was raised by his mother. The child was not pampered, without even explaining the reasons for the prohibitions. The boy found salvation in sports. He started playing basketball.
Ali won a 1992 hobby scholarship to St Mary's College. However, the sport was gradually abandoned. Ali started writing poetry and doing creative work. Yet, one fine moment, acting genes declared themselves. The apprentice was assigned to play a role in Wolfe's play "Spunk". So a new hobby appeared, which became a vocation.
After completing his education, Ali became a specialist in the field of mass media. He spent the summer of 1996 as an intern at the Shakespeare Festival in California. Then began work in the magazine about new recordings "The Gavin Report". After successfully passing the audition in 1997, the young man became a student of the acting program at the University of New York.
After meeting his future wife, the guy changed his last name to Ali. A spiritual transformation also took place. This opened a new chapter in the biography. After graduating from university in 2000, Ali played Dr. Trey Sanders in the opening season of Investigation Jordan. After the success, I had to continue my career with small episodes in the police television projects "C. S. I.: Crime Scene Investigation", "New York Police".
The main role in the film "The Revolutionary" became a full-screen debut. Mahershala began to act as a student. Then he was invited to "The Matrix: Threat". After the end of the season, the artist moved to the already well-known "4400". The sci-fi drama was about investigations into what happened to people abducted by aliens. Ali became one of the participants in the experiments, the former pilot Richard Taylor.
In the television project, he starred for three seasons, until 2007. After the screening of the Oscar-winning dramatic "The Mysterious Story of Benjamin Button", the aspiring performer was talked about as a new talent. In the magnificent 2008 film, Mahershala became Tizzy Wither, mentor and friend of the main character played by Brad Pitt.
The tape received ten nominations for a gold statuette and several of the most prestigious awards. Ali at one point turned into one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood. In 2010 he was invited to the sci-fi action movie Predators. He became Mombasa, a fighter, a participant in the battle between aliens and earthlings.
In 2012, a new notable project appeared. In the crime drama "The Place Beyond the Pines", the artist became the beloved of the main character, Ramina. According to the plot, the motorcycle stuntman learns that his former lover is growing his son. Luke decides to quit his job to provide for the child. However, Ramina is already dating another.
She refuses help. However, the biker remains in the city, starting work for the mechanic Robin. He quickly realized that the money he received was not enough for the family. Then the employer offers the guy to rob the bank.
From 2013 to 2016 Ali worked in the telenovela House of Cards. In the political multi-part thriller, the artist was offered the role of Ramy Danton, an adviser to the presidential administration. Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey starred in key roles. The picture went on for six seasons.
Further roles are no less successful. The actor starred in two parts of The Hunger Games as Colonel Boggs. The projects became the highest grossing films in 2014-2015. 2016 was also a time of great luck. Ali was nominated for an Emmy for House of Cards.
The premiere of "Moonlight" at the same time received only positive reviews. His soulful transformation into drug dealer Juan, who replaced his father for a lonely boy from the criminal district of Miami, brought him an Oscar. Having played the Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Ali entered the history of cinema as the first Muslim to win a gold statuette.
In 2018, two works by the performer were released. The main role of jazz pianist Don Shirley in the comedy Green Book became striking. In the sci-fi action film Alita: Battle Angel, the actor became a Vector. The doctor finds the cyborg girl. After eliminating the breakdowns, it turns out that she does not remember anything, but she knows how to use fighting techniques. Alita, who received a new name, is trying to find lost memories.
The artist met his future wife while studying at the university. Amathus Sami-Karim is also an actress. She is a native of Chicago. The girl is a Muslim, her father serves in the mosque. Neither the romance that had begun, nor the relationship, nor the more so personal life, both performers were not going to flaunt.
For a long time they did not formalize the relationship. A ceremony took place in 2013. At the end of February 2017, Ali became the father of a child, the daughter of Bari Najma. The artist participated in the third season of the crime television series "True Detective".
Detective Wayne Hayes became his character. The on-screen partner, Roland West, is played by Stephen Dorf. For many years, both have been busy investigating the mysterious disappearances of toddlers in the Ozark. Prior to this acting duo, the roles were played by Woody Harrelson with Matthew McConaughey. In 2019, the show of the new season began.