Mahershala Ali, is an American character actor who is a recipient of several awards, including two Academy awards and a Golden Globe Awards. He just won his 2nd Academy Award for his role in the comedy-drama Green Book. A gifted thespian with an intense on-screen presence, Ali is a force to be reckoned with. In case you haven’t seen his work, check out these brilliant films and TV shows he’s starred in. After pursuing a MFA degree from New York University, Ali began his career as a regular on television series. For playing a drug dealer in the drama film Moonlight (2016), Ali won the Academy Award for best supporting actor, becoming the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar for acting.
In case you haven’t seen his work, check out these brilliant films and TV shows he’s starred in.
While the role of a drug dealer trying to get through to a troubled young child is already a handful, Ali brought an additional depth to the character that few other actors could have.
2. House of cards
His character is a serious and driven professional who works ambitiously to achieve his goals. A performance as consistently tantalising is hard to ignore.
3. True detective season 3
That’s high praise, and it’s wholly deserving. Ali plays the role of detective Wayne Hays, who’s investigating a macabre case involving 2 missing children.
4. Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures is about a team of 3 brilliant female African-American mathematicians working in NASA in the 60s while fighting a prevalent racial bias. Ali’s own performance is charming in its quietude.
5. Marvel’s Luke Cage
He plays the evil Cornell ‘Cottonmouth’ Stokes in the first season, and honestly, he was the best part of the show. Despite being a criminal kingpin, he retains a calming aura, a chilling presence that belies a sinister persona.
6. The curious case of Benjamin Button
His role as a black slave however, is quite memorable in itself. While his physical stature is commanding, he controlled his body language for this film, in keeping with the oppression of the black man in those days.
So, these are some of the movies of the Oscar Winner, Mahershala Ali. More to see of him.