Anthony Mackie is a widely celebrated actor, born on September 23, 1978. His career began in 2002 when he featured in the semi-biographical film “8Mile.” Later, in 2004, his feature in the drama “Brother to Brother” got him a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance. He was also featured in the sports film “Million Dollar Baby” and the psychological thriller “The Manchurian Candidate” in the same year. In 2008, he received a nomination for the Best Supporting Actor by the Independent Spirit Award for his role in “The Hurt Locker,” and in 2014, he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, becoming the new Captain America in 2021! Let’s celebrate his two decades of success today, on Mackie’s special day.
Anthony Dwane Mackie is famous for his acting skills and prowess. He has perfected his craft through years of experience and hard work. Because of this, he has amassed a loyal fan base of people who look up to him in one way or another and respect him deeply. He was born on September 23, 1978, in New Orleans, Louisiana to his father, Willie Mackie Sr., and mother Martha. Mackie went to Warren Easton Sr. High School and attended New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. He graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts high school drama program in 1997, and later on enrolled at Juilliard School and graduated from its Drama Division as a member of Group 30, alongside Tracie Thoms and Lee Pace.
Although he began his film career in 2002, when he featured in the semi-biographical film “8Mile,” Mackie also participated both in Broadway and Off-Broadway adaptations. For instance, Carl Hancock Rux’s “Talk” won him an Obie Award in the same year. In 2009, he won his first big award for his role in “The Hurt Locker,” as Best Supporting Actor, according to the A.A.F.C.A. Awards. In the same year, he starred in “Notorious,” meticulously portraying iconic rapper Tupac Shakur. Mackie became famous worldwide by appearing in the Marvel Studios sequel “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as Sam Wilson in 2014 and reiterated that role in several Marvel Cinematic Universe films over the following years.
In 2016, he starred in “All The Way,” an H.B.O. T.V. film, as Martin Luther King Jr., and in 2018, he featured in “The Hate U Give” as a gang leader. Later on, in 2019, he made an appearance in “I.O.,” a Netflix science fiction film set in a post-apocalyptic scenario. In the same year, Disney announced a Marvel television series that starred Mackie, known as “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” It was released via Disney+ in March 2021 and had a pretty successful debut on the platform. In 2022, he is set to star in “Ending Things,” an action film, alongside Priyanka Chopra Jonas. The film will be directed by Kevin Sullivan.
Mackie appears in “8 Mile,” his very first film, as "Papa Doc."
Mackie is named the Best Supporting Actor by the A.A.F.C.A. Awards for his role in “The Hurt Locker.”
He first appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Sam Wilson, also known as The Falcon.
He plays Martin Luther King Jr. in “All The Way,” an H.B.O. T.V. film.
By the end of the series, his character, Sam Wilson, becomes the new Captain America.
Why We Love Anthony Mackie
He is a loving father
He has four children, he loves them dearly and is always looking for time to spend with his kids. He is actively co-parenting and always there.
He is passionate about the arts
After deciding to join acting, he enrolled in schools that perfected his craft and spent years working on his acting skills. His commitment is remarkable.
He is devoted to his work
Mackie had to work out for five months to get into shape for his role as The Falcon in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” This did not deter him, and he did an exceptional job.
5 Surprising Facts
He is a Mardi Gras King
He was once named King of Bacchus, one of the largest parades of Mardi Gras.
He loves fishing
He is a devoted fisherman, a hobby that was winked at in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”
He is afraid of heights
His role as The Falcon has helped him get over it, though.
He loves Shakespeare
While he was at Julliard School, he developed a love for theater and Shakespeare.
Sebastian Stan is his real-life friend
In the same way the Falcon and the Winter Soldier are fond of each other, so are Mackie and Stan.
Anthony Mackie FAQs
How did Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie meet?
Mackie recalls that they were at a Golden Globes party and they “bumped into each other and had a very Anthony Mackie and Chris Evans moment at the bar.”
Does Anthony Mackie have siblings?
He has a brother named Calvin Mackie who is an American mentor, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur.
Does Anthony Mackie have a wife?
He was married to Sheletta Chapital from 2014 to 2018.
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