Anthony Mackie

Anthony Mackie (born September 23, 1978) is an American actor. He has been featured in films, television series and Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Ma Rainey’s Black BottomDrowning CrowMcReeleA 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 film debut, 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 Sam Wilson / 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 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 starred as Takeshi Kovacs in the second season of Netflix’s Altered Carbon in 2020.

Early life

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. His brother, Calvin Mackie, is a former associate professor of engineering at Tulane University who now works at the Louisiana Recovery Authority. Mackie 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), which also included actors Tracie Thoms and Lee Pace.

Career

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. He appeared in the 2002 film 8 Mile as the main antagonist, Papa Doc. His 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. The following year, Mackie appeared in Million Dollar Baby, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and starred in Spike Lee‘s She Hate Me. In 2006, Mackie starred in Half NelsonWe Are Marshall, and Crossover.

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 BottomFences, 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. In mid-2009, he played the role of Pentheus in the New York City Public Theater‘s Shakespeare in the Park production of The Bacchae. He starred with Christopher Walken in A Behanding in Spokane on Broadway in February 2010.

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 2009, he appeared in The Hurt Locker. Mackie also narrated The Best That Never Was, a documentary about football player Marcus Dupree. He appeared in the 2011 film The Adjustment Bureau as Harry Mitchell, a sympathetic member of a shadowy supernatural group that controls human destiny. Mackie co-starred, as Sam Wilson / Falcon, in the Marvel Studios sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).

He 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.

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, a film adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name. In 2019, Mackie had a role in the Netflix science-fiction film, IO.

In July 2018, it was announced that Mackie was cast in the role of Takeshi Kovacs for the second season of Netflix’s science-fiction series, Altered Carbon. In March 2019, it was announced that Mackie was cast in the fifth season of Netflix’s science-fiction anthology series, Black Mirror. The following month, 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.

Personal life

In 2014, Mackie married his long-time girlfriend and childhood sweetheart Sheletta Chapital. They divorced in 2018. The couple have four children together.

Mackie opened a bar called NoBar in Bed-StuyBrooklyn in the summer of 2011. He had plans to open a second NoBar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2013, but closed all NoBar locations in 2015.

Filmography

Film

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 Will 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
Playing It Cool Bryan
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Sam Wilson / Falcon Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Ensemble Cast (shared with the cast)
Ant-Man Sam Wilson / Falcon
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 EvansSebastian StanPaul RuddElizabeth 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 Jimmy
Avengers: Endgame Sam Wilson / Falcon
Point Blank Paul Booker
Synchronic Steve
Seberg Hakim Jamal
2020 The Banker Bernard Garrett
2021 Outside the Wire Leo
The Woman in the Window Edward “Ed” Fox Completed

Television

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 Black Mirror Danny Parker Episode: “Striking Vipers
2020 Altered Carbon Takeshi Kovacs 8 episodes
2021 The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Sam Wilson / Falcon Limited series; 6 episodes

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
2018 NBA 2K19 Big Tunney Also motion capture