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Mackie in 2019
Anthony Dwane Mackie

(1978-09-23) September 23, 1978 (age 45)
Education Juilliard School (BFA)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present
Sheletta Chapital
(m. 2014; div. 2018)
Children 4
Relatives Calvin Mackie (brother)

Anthony Dwane Mackie (born September 23, 1978) is an American actor. Mackie made his film debut starring in the semi-biographical drama film 8 Mile (2002). He was later nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor for his performance in the LGBT drama Brother to Brother (2004), and in the same year, appeared in psychological thriller The Manchurian Candidate, the Spike Lee TV film Sucker Free City, and the sports film Million Dollar Baby. Mackie starred in Half Nelson (2006); in 2008, Mackie both appeared in the action thriller Eagle Eye and was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Hurt Locker. He portrayed Tupac Shakur in Notorious (2009) and later starred in Night Catches Us (2010), and The Adjustment Bureau and Real Steel (both 2011).

He achieved global recognition for portraying Sam Wilson / Falcon / Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), and most recently starring in the Disney+ miniseries The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021); he is set to lead his own film titled Captain America: Brave New World (2024). During this period, Mackie also starred in the period crime film Detroit (2017), The Hate U Give (2018), the horror film Synchronic (2019), and The Banker (2020).

Away from film, Mackie has performed in Broadway and Off-Broadway adaptations, including Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Drowning Crow, McReele, A Soldier's Play and Carl Hancock Rux's Talk, for which he won an Obie Award in 2002. Mackie portrayed Martin Luther King Jr. in the HBO television film All the Way (2016), and portrayed Takeshi Kovacs in Netflix series Altered Carbon (2020). He starred as protagonist John Doe in the Peacock series Twisted Metal (2023).

Early life

Mackie was born on September 23, 1978, 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.


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Mackie at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival

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 Nelson, Crossover, and We Are Marshall.

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 Bottom, Fences, 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 late American 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 on March 19, 2021. Mackie starred in and produced the science fiction film Outside the Wire which was released by Netflix on January 15, 2021. In August 2021, Mackie closed the deal to reprise the role in the fourth Captain America film, Captain America: Brave New World.

In January 2022, it was announced that Mackie will helm the drama film Spark, starring Saniyya Sidney, as his directorial debut project. In February 2022, he was set to lead action film Ending Things along with Priyanka Chopra Jonas, directed by Kevin Sullivan and star in a live-action series adaptation of the game Twisted Metal at Peacock. In 2022, it was announced Mackie would be attached to a film based on the 1956 Sugar Bowl which feature's his brother's Alma mater Georgia Tech.

Personal life

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

Mackie opened a bar called NoBar in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn 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.

On The Kelly Clarkson Show, Mackie revealed that he is dyslexic.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 8 Mile Papa Doc / Clarence
2003 Crossing Cass Short film
Hollywood Homicide "Joker"
2004 Brother to Brother Perry
The Manchurian Candidate PFC Robert Baker
She Hate Me John Henry "Jack" Armstrong
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
American Violet Eddie Porter
Notorious Tupac Shakur
Desert Flower Harold Jackson
2010 Night Catches Us Marcus Washington
2011 The Adjustment Bureau Harry Mitchell
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
Black or White Jeremiah Jeffers
Shelter Tahir
Playing It Cool Bryan
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron 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
2017 Detroit Karl Greene
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Sam Wilson / Falcon
The Hate U Give King
2019 Io Micah Also executive producer
Miss Bala Jimmy
Avengers: Endgame Sam Wilson / Falcon
Point Blank Paul Booker
Synchronic Steve Denube
Seberg Hakim Jamal
2020 The Banker Bernard Garrett Also producer
2021 Outside the Wire Captain Leo
The Woman in the Window Edward "Ed" Fox
2023 We Have a Ghost Frank
If You Were The Last Adam
Ghosted Grandson of Sam Cameo
2024 Captain America: Brave New World Sam Wilson / Captain America Post-production
The Electric State (voice) Post-production
TBA Desert Warrior TBA Post-production
Elevation TBA Post-production; also producer


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
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 / Captain America Main role
Marvel Studios: Assembled Himself Documentary; Episode: "Assembled: The Making of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier"
Solos Tom Episode: "Tom"
2021 ESPY Awards Himself/host Awards show
2023 Rennervations Himself Guest
Twisted Metal John Doe Main role; also executive producer

Video games

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

Theme park attractions

Year Title Role Notes
2022 Avengers: Quantum Encounter Sam Wilson / Captain America Disney Wish


Year Title Role(s) Notes
2001 Up Against the Wind Tupac Shakur
2002 Talk Moderator
2003 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Sylvester, understudy Levee Broadway debut
2004 Drowning Crow Constantine Trip
2005 McReele Darius McReele
2005 A Soldier's Play Private First Class Melvin Peterson
2009 The Bacchae Pentheus
2010 A Behanding in Spokane Toby

Awards and nominations

Association Year Work Category Result Ref.
Independent Spirit Awards 2004 Brother to Brother Best Debut Performance Nominated
Gotham Independent Film Awards Breakthrough Actor Nominated
Black Reel Awards She Hate Me Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
2006 Sucker Free City Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards 2009 The Hurt Locker Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards Best Ensemble Cast Won
Gotham Independent Film Award Best Ensemble Cast Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Won
Online Film Critics Society Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
AAFCA Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
Black Reel Awards 2010 Best Supporting Actor Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
Black Reel Awards Night Catches Us Best Actor Won
Outstanding Ensemble Nominated
NAACP Image Award 2011 Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
Black Reel Awards 2012 The Adjustment Bureau Best Supporting Actor Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
Saturn Awards 2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Scene Stealer Nominated
MTV Movie Awards 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Ensemble Cast Nominated
Teen Choice Awards 2016 Captain America: Civil War Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Sebastian Stan, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, and Jeremy Renner) Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards #SQUAD (shared with cast) Nominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards 2021 The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Best Hero Won
Best Duo (shared with Sebastian Stan) Won
Saturn Awards 2022 Saturn Award for Best Actor in a Streaming Television Series Nominated

See also

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