Anthony Mackie

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Anthony Mackie
Mackie in May 2016
Anthony Dwane Mackie

(1978-09-23) September 23, 1978 (age 40)
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
Years active2002–present
Sheletta Chapital (m. 2014)

Anthony Dwane Mackie (born September 23, 1978)[1][2][3] is an American actor who 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 Carl Hancock Rux's Talk, for which he won an Obie Award in 2002.

In 2002, he was featured in Eminem's debut feature film, 8 Mile, he was nominated for Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor for his role in Brother to Brother.[4] His second nomination was for Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards for his role in The Hurt Locker.

He achieved global recognition with his portrayal of Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making his first appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and later in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and the upcoming Avengers: Endgame (2019).

In May 2016, he co-starred in the HBO TV film All the Way as Martin Luther King Jr., opposite Bryan Cranston, who was reprising his Tony Award-winning performance as President Lyndon B. Johnson from the play of the same name.

Early life[edit]

Mackie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana,[5] the son of Martha (née Gordon) and Willie Mackie Sr., a carpenter who owned a roofing business, Mackie Roofing.[6][7][8] He attended Warren Easton Sr. High School and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and graduated from the high school drama program at the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) in 1997.[9] He later graduated from the Juilliard School's Drama Division as a member of Group 30 (1997–2001), which also included actors Tracie Thoms and Lee Pace.[10][11]


Mackie at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

In 2002, Mackie worked as an understudy to Don Cheadle in Suzan-Lori Parks' play Topdog/Underdog and won an OBIE Award for his role in Carl Hancock Rux's play Talk. 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 black homosexual, he appeared in the 2002 film 8 Mile, as Papa Doc, Eminem's character's nemesis. Mackie would later go on to star as a man 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 in 2004 Academy Award winner, Million Dollar Baby, and five years later appeared in another Academy Award winning film, The Hurt Locker (2009).

In 2006, Mackie starred in Half Nelson alongside Ryan Gosling and Shareeka Epps as well as We Are Marshall.Also starred in Crossover alongside Wesley Jonathan and Wayne Brady.

In March 2008, Mackie starred in three plays by playwright August Wilson at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 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.[12]

Mackie portrayed the rapper Tupac Shakur in the 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 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.[13]

He starred with Christopher Walken in A Behanding in Spokane on Broadway, which opened February 15, 2010. Mackie also narrated The Best That Never Was, director Jonathan Hock's documentary for the ESPN 30 for 30 series about the Philadelphia, MS native and football star Marcus Dupree. He appeared in the 2011 Matt Damon film The Adjustment Bureau where he plays Harry Mitchell, a sympathetic member of a shadowy supernatural group that controls human destiny. Mackie co-starred, as the Sam Wilson / Falcon, in the Marvel Studios sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).[14][15] He reprised the role in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron[16] and Ant-Man, and again in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, 2018's Avengers: Infinity War and will return in the upcoming 2019's Avengers: Endgame.[17] On June 30, 2015, Anthony Mackie was cast as Martin Luther King Jr. in the HBO TV drama All the Way.[18] Mackie appears opposite Bryan Cranston. Cranston repeats his Tony Award-winning role as Lyndon B. Johnson from the play of the same name in this telefilm, which debuted on HBO on May 21, 2016. In September 2017, Mackie was cast as the gang leader King in the 2018 movie adaptation of the bestselling novel The Hate U Give [19]

Mackie is set to star in the second season of Altered Carbon as Takeshi Kovacs.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Mackie opened a bar called NoBar in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn in the summer of 2011,[21] he had plans to open a second NoBar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2013,[22] but closed all NoBar locations in 2015.[23]

His brother, Calvin Mackie, is a former associate professor of engineering at Tulane University who now works at the Louisiana Recovery Authority.[24]

Mackie married his long-time girlfriend, Sheletta Chapital, in 2014,[23] they have three children.[25]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 8 Mile Papa Doc/Clarence
2003 Crossing Cass
Hollywood Homicide Killer "Joker"
2004 Brother to Brother Perry Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance
Nominated — Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor
The Manchurian Candidate PFC Robert Baker
She Hate Me John Henry "Jack" Armstrong Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
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 J. T. 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
Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
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 Award for Best Supporting Actor
American Violet Eddie Porter
Notorious Tupac Shakur
Desert Flower Harold Jackson
2010 Night Catches Us Marcus Washington Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
2011 The Adjustment Bureau Harry Mitchell Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
10 Years Andre Irine
What's Your Number? Tom Piper
Real Steel Finn
2012 Man on a Ledge Mike Ackerman
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter William H. Johnson
2013 Gangster Squad Coleman Harris
Repentance Tommy Carter
Pain & Gain Adrian Doorbal
The Fifth Estate Sam Coulson
Runner Runner Agent Eric Shavers
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Kris
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Sam Wilson / Falcon Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Scene Stealer
Black or White Jeremiah Jeffers
Shelter Tahir
2015 Playing It Cool Bryan
Avengers: Age of Ultron Sam Wilson / Falcon Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Ensemble Cast (shared with the cast)
Our Brand Is Crisis Ben
Love the Coopers Officer Percy Williams
The Night Before Chris Roberts
2016 Triple 9 Marcus Belmont
Captain America: Civil War Sam Wilson / Falcon Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Elizabeth Olsen, and Jeremy Renner)
Nominated — Kids' Choice Award for #SQUAD (shared with the cast)
2017 Detroit Karl Greene
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Sam Wilson / Falcon
The Hate U Give King
2019 IO Micah
Miss Bala Dave Post-production
Avengers: Endgame Sam Wilson / Falcon Post-production
The Woman in the Window Post-production
TBA Against All Enemies Hakim Jamal Post-production
Point Blank Paul Post-production
The Banker Bernard Garrett Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2002 As If Bar Patron Episode: "Seven"; uncredited
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Carl Hines Episode: "Pravda"
2004 Sucker Free City K-Luv (Keith) TV movie
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Actor: T.V. Movie/Cable
2010 30 for 30 Narrator Episode: "The Best That Never Was"
2016 All the Way Martin Luther King Jr. TV movie
2018 Animals. Receipt (voice) 2 episodes
2019 Altered Carbon Takeshi Kovacs Lead role Season 2
8 episodes
In production


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