The 46 years old actor and rapper was born on 16th February 1974, Hayward, California, United States. Mahershala Ali, was born as Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore.
Mahershala Ali Parents
Son of Phillip Gilmore (1956-1994) and Willicia Gaines (born 1957), his mother raised him as a Christian in Hayward, California. She was an ordained Baptist minister while his father was an actor who featured on Broadway.
Mahershala Ali Education Details
He studied at St. Mary’s College in California, precisely in Moraga, where he graduated with a degree in mass communication 1996. He received entrance into St. Mary’s College via a basketball scholarship, where he played with St. Mary’s College Gaels.
Disgruntled by the poor treatment given to the team’s athletes, he lost interest in the sports and developed love for acting, especially after partaking in the staging of Spunk. Stirred by this novel desire to act, he received an apprenticeship at the California Shakespeare Theatre, which followed graduation. He worked Gavin Report, after which he enrolled in the New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, at Tisch Schools of the Arts, where he again earned his Masters Degree in 2000.
Mahershala Ali Religion
Although Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore was raised as a Christian by his Baptist ordained mother, this didn’t restrict him from converting into Islam in the year 2000. To officiate his induction into the religious milieu, he changed his surname Gilmore, to Ali and joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. The actor also goes by the name, Mahershala Karim-Ali.
Mahershala Ali Career Details
After Ali obtained his MFA degree from the University of New York, he kicked off as a regular actor on the TV Series, Crossing Jordan, (2001-2002) and Threat Matrix (2003-2004). He finally broke through when he took on the role of Richard Tyler in the science fiction series The 4400 (2004-2007). The actor witnessed steady and progressive growth in his career. His first major film release was the David Fincher, directed fantasy The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). He received a wider attention after his supporting role in the Netflix political thriller series, House of Cards, (2013-2016), as Boggs in the final 2 films of Hunger Games film series and as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes in the Luke Cage series.
He has been winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his performance as Juan in Barry Jenkins’ drama film Moonlight. He won a second Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his starring of Don Shirley in the drama film Green Book (2018). He is the First Black Actor to win two Academy Awards in the same category. This year 2020, he is set to join the cast in the second season of the Hulu comedy-drama series Ramy.
Concerning his musical achievements, he was once signed to Bay Area recording label Hieroglyphics Imperious during the late 2000s, where he recorded rap music as Prince Ali. In 2007, he released an album, Curb Side Service but however didn’t tour to promote the album. He rather gave preference to his acting career which was steadily done so well, and is still on the rise.
Mahershala Ali Marriage Details
Ali got married to actress and musician, Amatus Samir-Karim in 2013. Like himself, she is an actress and a musician. They have a girl child together who was born in 2017. He is a family man who leads a quiet family life with his family.
He also has a cat by name Nas, for his pet, which he named after the rapper.
Mahershala Ali Net Worth
After Ali won an Oscar in 2017, his net worth according to Celebrity Net Worth was estimated at $8 million. His eventual payments for Green Book, True Detective and Robert Rodríguez’s upcoming Alita: Battle Angela (2019), have likely caused an upward shift to the actor’s net worth. At the end of 2018, the celebrity’s net worth was said to have soared past $10 million and stood at $12 million.
The actor, always aspiring for more, looks forward to other awards for his hard work. He envisages joining the set for the comic drama series; Ramy, which will most certainly increase his net worth, especially if it is not only nominated but should the actor actually receive an award at the end of it all.