26 Facts About Anthony Mackie


Anthony Mackie made his acting debut starring in the semi-biographical drama film 8 Mile ; he was later nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor for his performance in the LGBT drama Brother to Brother, and in the same year, appeared in psychological thriller The Manchurian Candidate and the sports film Million Dollar Baby.

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Anthony Mackie starred in Half Nelson ; in 2008, Anthony Mackie both appeared in the action thriller Eagle Eye, and was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Hurt Locker.

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Anthony Mackie portrayed Tupac Shakur in Notorious, and later starred in Night Catches Us, and The Adjustment Bureau and Real Steel .

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Away from film, Anthony Mackie has performed in Broadway and Off-Broadway adaptations, 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.

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Anthony Mackie's brother, Calvin Mackie, is a former associate professor of engineering at Tulane University who now works at the Louisiana Recovery Authority.

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Anthony Mackie attended Warren Easton Sr High School and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and graduated from the high school drama program at the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1997.

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Anthony Mackie later graduated from the Juilliard School's Drama Division as a member of Group 30, which included actors Tracie Thoms and Lee Pace.

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Anthony Mackie appeared in the 2002 film 8 Mile as the main antagonist, Papa Doc.

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Anthony Mackie's first starring role in a feature film was the 2003 independent film Brother to Brother, where he played Perry, a young artist who struggles to adjust to the world as a gay black man.

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The following year, Anthony Mackie appeared in Million Dollar Baby, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and starred in Spike Lee's She Hate Me.

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In 2006, Anthony Mackie starred in Half Nelson, Crossover, and We Are Marshall.

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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".

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Anthony Mackie has participated several times in the "24-Hour Plays" held in New York City each fall.

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Anthony Mackie starred with Christopher Walken in A Behanding in Spokane on Broadway in February 2010.

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Anthony Mackie portrayed late American rapper Tupac Shakur in the 2009 film Notorious.

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Anthony Mackie had previously portrayed Shakur in the play Up Against the Wind in 2001, while attending Juilliard.

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Anthony Mackie narrated The Best That Never Was, a documentary about football player Marcus Dupree.

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Anthony Mackie appeared in the 2011 film The Adjustment Bureau as Harry Mitchell, a sympathetic member of a shadowy supernatural group that controls human destiny.

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Anthony Mackie reprised the role in multiple Marvel Cinematic Universe films over the next several years, including 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, 2016's Captain America: Civil War, 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, and 2019's Avengers: Endgame.

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In 2018, Anthony Mackie appeared as gang leader King in The Hate U Give, a film adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name.

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In July 2018, it was announced that Anthony Mackie was cast in the role of Takeshi Kovacs for the second season of Netflix's science-fiction series, Altered Carbon.

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In March 2019, it was announced that Anthony Mackie was cast in the fifth season of Netflix's science-fiction anthology series, Black Mirror.

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In 2014, Anthony Mackie married his long-time girlfriend and childhood sweetheart Sheletta Chapital.

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Anthony Mackie opened a bar called NoBar in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn in the summer of 2011.

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Anthony Mackie had plans to open a second NoBar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2013, but closed all NoBar locations in 2015.

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In November 2013, Anthony Mackie was arrested for driving while intoxicated after he was initially stopped by police for having tinted windows, which is illegal in New York.

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