Fast Facts

  • Before deciding to pursue acting, Mackie studied to become an oil-refinery engineer at a New Orleans trade school.
  • While studying at Juilliard, Mackie and his classmates frequently went into the subway on weekends to perform short scenes, poems and songs.
  • Shared an Obie Award for Best Ensemble Performance with the cast of Talk in 2002.
  • Made his big-screen debut as one of Eminem's rap rivals in the 2002 hip-hop drama 8 Mile.
  • Broadway debut came in 2003, when he starred opposite Whoopi Goldberg in a revival of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
  • Was nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for Best Debut Performance for Brother to Brother (2004) and Best Supporting Male for The Hurt Locker (2009).
  • Opened a bar in Brooklyn called NoBar in 2011.


  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2009, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
  • 2005, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Debut Performance: Nominee


  • Martha G. Mackie — Mother
  • Willie Mackie Jr. — Brother
  • Linda Nellie — Sister
  • Sheletta Chapital — Wife
  • Calvin Mackie — Brother
  • Maryane Holland — Sister
  • Willie Mackie — Father


  • The Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States (2001)

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  • Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisana, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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