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Anthony Mackie Biography

Birth Place:
New Orleans, Louisana, United States

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


  • 2021People's Choice Awards-Favorite Cable TV Actor: nominated
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2009Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated
  • 2005Independent Spirit Awards-Best Debut Performance: nominated


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