Although he starred in dozens of acclaimed and popular films and television
programs for more than 12 years, it was MAHERSHALA ALI's (Dr. Don Shirley)
Primetime Emmy Award-nominated role as Remy Danton in the acclaimed Netflix
series House of Cards that finally proved to be a breakout role for the
talented, busy actor. With high-profile roles in the Marvel/Netflix series Luke
Cage and the Oscar-winning crowd-pleaser Hidden Figures, Ali topped off a great
2017 by winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance
in Barry Jenkins' acclaimed Best Picture drama Moonlight.
Ali will soon be seen as Detective Wayne Hays in the third season of HBO's
critically acclaimed True Detective series and, later this year, will be seen in
Robert Rodriguez's Alita: Battle Angel for 20th Century Fox, alongside Jennifer
Connelly and Christoph Waltz.
Among Ali's many film credits are roles in Gary Ross' Free State of Jones, which
starred Matthew McConaughey; as District 13's head of security, Boggs, in the
final installments of the Hunger Games franchise: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -
Part 1 and The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 2; Derek Cianfrance's The Place
Beyond the Pines, which starred Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper; and David
Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Born in Oakland, California, and raised in Hayward, Ali received his bachelor of
arts degree in mass communications at St. Mary's College and his master's degree
in acting from New York University.