Mahershala Ali
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United States
2019

Mahershala
Ali

Actor

Ali has worked nearly two decades in Hollywood, but it’s only in the past few years that his uniquely understated power has truly resonated. This year, he picked up his second Academy Award — for best picture “Green Book,” after winning two years prior for “Moonlight” — becoming the only black actor since Denzel Washington to earn two Oscars. He dazzled on the small screen in 2019, earning an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of a troubled, enigmatic investigator on HBO’s “True Detective.” He also lent his voice to the Oscar-winning film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and Marvel recently cast him in their reboot of “Blade.” But next year brings Ali perhaps his biggest role to date: a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Career

  • MOONLIGHT
  • GREEN BOOK
  • TRUE DETECTIVE

Education

  • New York University (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 10 Actors to Watch
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Mahershala Ali to Star in Marvel's 'Blade' Reboot

Mahershala Ali to Star in Marvel's 'Blade' Reboot

Marvel is rebooting the "Blade" series, and has cast Mahershala Ali to star.Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige announced the news at Comic-Con on Saturday as the panel's big ending surprise. Ali also took the stage at the announcement to massive applause, donning the Blade baseball cap.Wesley Snipes previously played the half-vampire superhero in 1998's "Blade" and its two sequels, "Blade II" and "Blade: Trinity." Coincidentally, Feige was a co-producer on "Trinity." The series focuses on the titular vigilante, a human...

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