Anthony Mackie

Anthony Mackie

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Anthony Dwane Mackie was born September 23, 1978 and is an American actor. He has been featured in films, television series and Broadway and Off-Broadway plays.

In 2002, he was featured in Eminem’s film debut, 8 Mile.

He achieved global recognition with his portrayal of Sam Wilson / Falcon / Captain America 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 Avengers: Endgame (2019), as well as the upcoming Disney+ exclusive limited series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

In May 2016, he co-starred in the HBO TV film All the Way, and will star in the second season of Netflix’s Altered Carbon in 2020.

Mackie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Martha (née Gordon) and Willie Mackie Sr., a carpenter who owned a roofing business, Mackie Roofing. 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. He later graduated from the Juilliard School’s Drama Division as a member of Group 30 (1997–2001).

In 2002, Mackie worked as an understudy to Don Cheadle in Suzan-Lori Parks’ play Topdog/Underdog. His first starring role in a feature film was 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.

Mackie portrayed the rapper Tupac Shakur in the 2009 film Notorious. He had previously portrayed Shakur in the play Up Against the Wind in 2001, while attending Juilliard. 

In 2016, Mackie portrayed Martin Luther King Jr. in the HBO TV drama All the Way. In 2018, Mackie appeared as gang leader King in The Hate U Give, an adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name. 

Disney confirmed a Marvel television series starring Mackie and Sebastian Stan, called The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, would be aired on their upcoming Disney+ streaming service, debuting in August 2020. In June 2019, it was announced that Mackie will star in a lead role in the Netflix science-fiction film Outside The Wire.