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Anthony Mackie

Mackie at the 2008 Tribeca All Access awards
Born September 23, 1979 (1979-09-23) (age 30)
New Orleans, Louisiana,
United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present

Anthony Mackie (born September 23, 1979[1]) is an American actor. He has been featured in feature films, television series and Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Drowning Crow, McReele, A Soldier's Play, and Talk, by Carl Hancock Rux, for which he won an Obie Award in 2002.

He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards for his role in The Hurt Locker. This is Mackie's second ISA nomination, the first coming for his work in 2003 in Brother to Brother, where he was nominated for Best Actor.[2] Also in 2009, Mackie portrayed rapper Tupac Shakur in the film Notorious.[3]


Personal life

Mackie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana,[4] and attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). He graduated from the drama program at the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA), located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and later graduated from the Juilliard School (Group 30).

His brother Calvin Mackie is an Associate Professor at Tulane University.

Acting career

In 2002, Anthony Mackie worked as an understudy to Don Cheadle in Suzan-Lori Parks' play Topdog/Underdog. His first starring role in a feature film was in the 2003 independent film Brother to Brother, where he played Perry, a young African-American artist who struggles to adjust to the world as a homosexual who happens to be Black. He appeared in the 2002 film 8 Mile, as Papa Doc, Eminem's nemesis. Mackie would later go on to star as a heterosexual male who struggles to adjust to the world he's created after becoming a corporate whistleblower and later starting a business impregnating lesbians for a fee in Spike Lee's 2004 film She Hate Me.

Mackie appeared as rapper Tupac Shakur in the January 2009 film Notorious. He first played Shakur on Off-Off Broadway (while still at Juilliard) in 2001 in the play Up Against the Wind, which also featured his classmate Thoms. Other films in the works include biopics of Olympian Jesse Owens, Antebellum slave revolt leader Nat Turner, and cornetist and jazz musician Buddy Bolden.

In March 2008, Mackie starred in three plays by playwright August Wilson at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the Washington DC: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, and Jitney — all part of "August Wilson's 20th Century", a month-long presentation of ten staged readings of Wilson's "Century Cycle". Mackie has participated several times in the "24-Hour Plays" held in New York City each fall.[citation needed]

In the summer of 2009, he played the role of Pentheus in the New York City Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of The Bacchae.[5]

He is starring with Christopher Walken in A Behanding in Spokane on Broadway, which opened February 15, 2010.


Year Film Role Other notes
2002 8 Mile Clarence "Papa Doc"
2003 Crossing Cass
Hollywood Homicide Killer "Joker"
2004 Brother to Brother Perry Nomination - Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance
The Manchurian Candidate Robert Baker
She Hate Me John Henry "Jack" Armstrong
Sucker Free City K-Luv (Keith)
Haven Hammer
Million Dollar Baby Shawrelle Berry
2005 The Man Booty
2006 Freedomland Billy Williams
Half Nelson Frank
Heavens Fall William Lee
We Are Marshall Nate Ruffin
Crossover Tech
2007 Ascension Day Nathaniel "Nat" Turner
2008 Eagle Eye Major William Bowman
2009 The Hurt Locker Sergeant JT Sanborn African-American Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actor
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble
Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
IFP Gotham Awards for Best Ensemble Performance
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nomination - Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Denver Film Critics Society for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Nominated - International Cinephile Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated - Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated - Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actor
Notorious Tupac Shakur
Desert Flower Harold Jackson
Night Catches Us Marcus Washington post-production
2010 Bolden! Buddy Bolden post-production
The Great Observer Buddy Bolden post-production
The Adjustment Bureau filming


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