Mahershala Ali Bio, Career, Early life, Personal life, Net worth, Facts

June 2, 2019Mahershala Ali Bio, Career, Early life, Personal life, Net worth, Facts

Who is Mahershala Ali?

Mahershala Ali is an American actor who has graced our screens for over a decade through hard work. The Oscar-winning actor is well known as the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award. With his outstanding performance in the Netflix series House of Cards, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Predators, The Hunger Games series and, of course, Moonlight, Mahershala ascended to the mainstream stardom.

In the Early Life of Mahershala Ali

Mahershalahazbaz Gilmore was born to Willie and Philip Gilmore on February 16, 1974, in Oakland, California. He grew up as a talented athlete and played basketball. He attended California's Saint Mary's College on a basketball scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Mass Communication degree in 1996. Shortly after graduation, Ali served as an apprentice at the Shakespeare Festival in California. He later enrolled in the graduate acting program of New York University and received his master's degree in
2000.

In the Career of Mahershala Ali

 Mahershala Ali in Hunger Games

Fig: Mahershala Ali in Hunger Games

Mostly with roles on the small screen, Ali started his acting career. His first break came in 2001 when he landed a role as Dr. Trey Sanders on Crossing Jordan TV series. He also featured on the sci-fi TV series the 4400 as Richard Tyler from 2004 to 2007. He got his silver screen breakthrough in Benjamin Button's 2008 fantasy film The Curious Case where he played Tizzy's role alongside Brad Pitt. His other prominent film performances include his role as Boggs in the Hunger Games franchise, as Mombasa in Predators (2010), as Kofi in The Place Beyond Pines (2012), as Moses Washington in Free State of Jones (2016) and as Jim Johnson in Hidden Figures (2017). He got more attention as Cornell ' Cottonmouth ' Stokes in the Marvel superhero TV series Luke Cage (2016) and as Remy Danton in the Netflix political drama House of Cards (2017) alongside Kevin Spacey, which earned him an Emmy nomination. But Ali's biggest work yet would be his outstanding performance in the 2016 independent movie Moonlight where he portrayed the character Juan, a Miami drug dealer who becomes a father figure to a conflicted boy. Not only did the role earn Ali a Golden Globe and BAFTA nomination, but it also won him the 2017 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, making history the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar. His role in Moonlight also won him a Best Supporting Actor SAG Award and Critics Choice Award.

How much is the net worth of Mahershala Ali?

Mahershala Ali lihfestyle

Fig: Mahershala Ali lihfestyle

Mahershala Ali debuted his acting career, the Oscar-winning actor has achieved impressive feats in Hollywood, not just as an African-American but also as a Muslim actor. His current net worth is estimated at $2 million, a value that is expected to grow over the years with bigger accomplishments and his star on the rise.

In the Personal Life of Mahershala Ali

 Mahershala Ali with his wife Amatus Sami Karim

Fig: Mahershala Ali with his wife Amatus Sami Karim

Ali is married to the artist and composer Amatus Sami-Karim. He met his wife at NYU graduate school while she was an experimental theater undergraduate. Their search for spiritual awakening was a major connection for the lovebirds. According to Ali, when he was just opening up to Islam, he met Amatus while, on the other hand, she questioned her belief in the faith. On February 22, 2017, just a few days before his historic Oscar win, the couple who got married in 2013 welcomed their first child, a daughter named Bari Najma. So far, the couple living in California have been waxing strong in their union.

Facts of Mahershala Ali

In fact, his first name Mahershala is a shortened version. Being from a Christian background, after the second son of prophet Isaiah, Mahershalalhashbaz, a nod was given to that when he was given the longest name in the Bible. The name is of Hebrew origin.


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