Mahershala Ali is an American actor, best known for his role at the movie “Moonlight”. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about him!
1.His full name is Mahershalalhashbaz “Mahershala” Ali Gilmore.
2.He was bron on February 16, 1974.
3. Ali was born in Oakland, CA, and was raised in Hayward, CA in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area.
4. He is named after Maher-shalal-hash-baz, a biblical prophetic-name child.
5. Raised Christian by his mother, Willicia, an ordained minister.
6. He later converted to Islam, changing his surname from Gilmore to Ali, and joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
7. His father appeared on Broadway.
8. He attended St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga, where he graduated in 1996 with a degree in mass communication.
9. Though Ali entered SMC with a basketball scholarship, he became disenchanted with the idea of a sports career due to the treatment given to the team’s athletes.
10,. Ali developed an interest in acting, particularly after taking part in a staging of Spunk that later landed him an apprenticeship at the California Shakespeare Theater following graduation.
11. Following a sabbatical year where Ali worked for Gavin Report, he enrolled in New York University’s graduate acting program, earning his master’s degree in 2000.
12. Ali was known professionally as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali until 2010.
13. He is known for his portrayal of Remy Danton in the Netflix series House of Cards, Cornell Stokes in Luke Cage, Colonel Boggs in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Juan in Moonlight, and Tizzy in the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
14. Ali won Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight at the Critics’ Choice Awards in December 2016.
15. In 2017, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight at the 89th Academy Awards.
16. In 2017 he won the Screen Actor’s Guild award for Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight.
17. Mahershala Ali is a Muslim and a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
18. He is married to Amatus Sami-Karim.
19. He has a pet cat that he named Nas, after the musician of the same name.
20. His height is 1,87 metres.