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Anson Mount
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Mount at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Born (1973-02-25) February 25, 1973 (age 51)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Darah Trang
(m. 2018)
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Anson Adams Mount IV (born February 25, 1973) is an American actor. He is known for his television roles as Cullen Bohannon in the AMC western drama series Hell on Wheels, as Jim Steele on the NBC series Conviction (2006), as the Marvel Comics superhero Black Bolt in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) media franchise (appearing in Inhumans and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), and as Captain Christopher "Chris" Pike in the Star Trek television series Discovery, Short Treks (2019), and Strange New Worlds (2022–present). He also starred opposite Britney Spears in the coming-of-age film Crossroads (2002). He is a member of the board of directors of METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence).

Early life

..... His mother, Nancy Smith, is a former professional golfer. From his father's first marriage, Mount has an older brother (Anson Adams III) and two sisters.

Mount attended Dickson County High School in Dickson, Tennessee, Sewanee: The University of the South, and Columbia University.



In 1998, Mount starred in Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi, for which he was honored by the Drama League.

In 2008, he was a finalist for the American Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill Center in 2008 for his full-length play Atomic City, and won the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Prize for his one-act play Love Liza? In 2010 he appeared in Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters at Classic Stage Company. In 2018 he appeared in Robert O'Hara's Mankind at Playwrights Horizons.


Mount made his feature film debut in 2000 as Tully Coats in the independent film Tully.

In 2009, he produced and starred in the independent film Cook County, which earned awards at several major film festivals, including Hollywood, AFI Dallas, Nashville and SXSW.

In 2022, Mount portrayed Black Bolt in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, reprising his role from 2017's Inhumans.


Mount is widely known for his role as Cullen Bohannon on AMC's hit series Hell on Wheels, which he also produced from 2014 to 2016.

In 2017, he starred as Black Bolt in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) ABC television series Inhumans.

In 2018, he was cast as Captain Christopher Pike of the Starship Enterprise in the CBS series Star Trek: Discovery. His performance was well received, and inspired a popular petition for a Pike spin-off series. In 2019, he reprised his role as Pike in a few Star Trek: Short Treks episodes. In May 2020 it was announced that, due in part to fans' requests, he would star as Pike in the new series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which premiered on May 5, 2022.


Mount is an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University, teaching audition technique for graduate actors.

His non-fiction pieces have been published in the magazines Mosaic, The Daily Beast and Cowboys & Indians, and in the Calgary Herald newspaper.

Personal life

On July 8, 2017, Mount announced his engagement to his longtime girlfriend, photographer Darah Trang (b. 1995). They were married on February 20, 2018, and have a daughter, who was born in December 2021. He is an Episcopalian.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut Toby Belcher
Tully Tully Coates Jr.
Boiler Room Broker
2002 Crossroads Ben Kimble Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Combo (shared with Britney Spears)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Best Chemistry (shared with Britney Spears)
City by the Sea Dave Simon
Poolhall Junkies Chris
2003 The Battle of Shaker Heights Miner Weber
2004 The Warrior Class Alec Brno
2005 In Her Shoes Todd
2006 All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Garth
Walk the Talk Larry
Hood of Horror Tex Jr
2007 Privacy Policy Detective Barry
2008 The Two Mr. Kissels Robert Kissel TV movie
2009 Cook County Bump
Burning Palms Tom
2011 Straw Dogs Coach Stan Milkens
Hick Nick
2012 Safe Alex Rosen
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden Cherry TV movie
2014 Non-Stop Jack Hammond
The Forger Keegan
Supremacy Paul Sobecki
2015 Mr. Right Richard Cartigan
Visions David Maddox
2021 The Virtuoso The Virtuoso
Injustice Bruce Wayne / Batman Voice
2022 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Blackagar Boltagon / Black Bolt
MK Ultra Ford Strauss


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Ally McBeal Kevin Wah Episode: "Civil War"
Sex and the City Gregory Episode: "Twenty-Something Girls vs. Thirty-Something Women"
2000–2001 Third Watch Dr. Montville 5 episodes
2003 Smallville Paul Hayden Episode: "Precipice"
Line of Fire Roy Ravelle 13 episodes
2004 CSI: Miami Tony Macken Episode: "Not Landing"
2004–2005 The Mountain Will Carver 13 episodes
2005 Lost Kevin Episode: "Man of Science, Man of Faith"
2006 Conviction Jim Steele
2007 Law & Order Reverend James Sterling Episode: "Church"
The Cure Darren Elliot
2009 Dollhouse Vitas Episode: "Gray Hour"
2011–2016 Hell On Wheels Cullen Bohannon Lead role; 55 episodes
2013 Red Widow Evan Walraven 3 episodes
2017 Inhumans Black Bolt Lead role; 8 episodes
2019 Star Trek: Discovery Captain Christopher Pike Series regular; 14 episodes
2019–2023 The Ready Room Himself 3 episodes
2019 Star Trek: Short Treks Captain Christopher Pike 3 episodes
2021–present Dota: Dragon's Blood Kaden Voice role; 7 episodes
2022–present Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Captain Christopher Pike Main role; 20 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor in a Streaming Series (2022)
Pending—Saturn Award for Best Actor in a Television Series (2024)


Year Production Theater Role
1998 Cymbeline Delacorte Theater Iachimo/Jupiter
Cymbeline Delacorte Theater Frenchman/Roman Captain
Corpus Christi New York City Center/ Stage I Joshua
The Caucasian Chalk Circle La MaMa E.T.C.
2002 Elle Zipper Theatre photographer
2008 Glengarry Glen Ross Macha Theater Richard Roma
2009 Mourning Becomes Electra Acorn Theater Captain Adam Brant
2010 Fifth of July Bay Street Theatre Kenneth Talley Jr.
2011 Three Sisters East 13th Street/CSC Theatre Solyony
2013 Venus in Fur Singapore Repertory Theatre-DBS Arts Centre Thomas
2018 Mankind Playwrights Horizons Mark

As producer/director/writer

Year Production type Producer/Director/Writer Awards
2008 Cook County film Producer/starring Dallas International Film Festival 2008

Special Jury Prize

Hollywood Film Awards 2008

Hollywood Discovery Award - Best Feature Film

Nashville Film Festival 2008

Best of Festival Award - Honorable Mention

The SXSW Film Awards 2008

The Audience Award

Sidewalk Film Festival 2008

Best Feature Film

Atomic City theature Dramaturg/playwright
2009 In Stereo short Producer
2011 Love Liza? theature Playwright Maxim Mazumdar New Play Prize
2013 Last Time We Checked short Executive producer/Director/Writer
2015–2016 Hell on Wheels TV Producer Alberta Film & Television Awards 2015
Rosie Awards: Best Dramatic Series
Alberta Film & Television Awards 2016
Rosie Awards: Best Dramatic Series


Mount writes, produces, and hosts The Well podcast with his longtime friend Branan Edgens. He has served as a narrator on the Pseudopod podcast, reading the Thomas Ligotti story "The Town Manager".

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
2014 The Evil Within Sebastian Castellanos
2015 The Assignment (DLC) Cameo

See also

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