PROFILE
Name:
Anthony Mackie
Birth Date:
June 1, 1905
Birth Place:
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Height:
6' (1.83 m)
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Brother to Brother

Background:

First appearing on the big screen free-rapping against Eminem in 8 Mile (2002), Anthony Mackie subsequently gained more attention while starring as an 18-year-old, gay, African-American artist in the absorbing independent drama Brother to Brother (debuted at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival) and as a former Harvard-educated biotech executive who impregnates wealthy lesbians for profit in Spike Lee’s box office hit drama comedy, She Hate Me (also in 2004). The 6' tall, up-and-coming actor has appeared in such films as The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Freedomland (2006), Heavens Fall (2006), Half Nelson (2006) and We Are Marshall (2006). His upcoming films include 3/5 of a Man and Ascension Day, and he will play the titular roles in Bolden! and Jesse Owens.


New Orleans Native

Childhood and Family:

In New Orleans, Louisiana, Anthony Mackie was born in 1979. His brother is an engineer in New Orleans, Louisiana who appeared in Spike Lee's documentary on Hurricane Katrina, When the Levee's Broke. Mackie honed his acting skill at the New Orleans School for Creative Arts before completing his education at The Juilliard School.


She Hate Me

Career:

"You never see girls running after engineers." Anthony Mackie (on why he chose acting over a career as an engineer).

Initially planning to be an engineer, Anthony Mackie became fell in love with acting and began honing his skills at New Orleans School for Creative Arts and The Juilliard School. After portraying ill-fated hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur in a stage production of Up Against the Wind, Mackie landed on his first feature film role, as a member of the rhyming crew competitor in Curtis Hanson's Academy Award-winning film starring Detroit-based rapper Eminem, 8 Mile (2002; also featuring Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy and Mekhi Phifer).

Following his debut film appearance, Mackie starred in writer-director Riccardo Costa's 9-minute film, Crossing, and appeared in Ron Shelton's disappointing action comedy film starring Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett, Hollywood Homicide (both in 2003). He was also spotted as a guest in an October 2003 episode of NBC crime drama "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

In 2004, Mackie received his first film starring in writer-director Rodney Evans' absorbing drama Brother to Brother, which debuted at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. His turn as Perry Williams, an 18-year-old, gay, African-American artist befriends an elderly homeless man (played Roger Robinson) who turns out to have been an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance received positive reviews. He was nominated a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Award and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance. After his captivating performance, Mackie went to join A-list actors Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep and Jon Voight in Jonathan Demme's adaptation of Richard Condon's 1959 thriller novel, The Manchurian Candidate (2004).

That same year, Spike Lee handed him the lead role of John Henry 'Jack' Armstrong, a fired Harvard-educated biotech executive who impregnates wealthy lesbians for profit, in his box office hit drama comedy, She Hate Me, alongside Kerry Washington and Ellen Barkin. His performance in the film was nominated a Black Reel award for Best Breakthrough Performance. Still in that year, Lee recruited Mackie again to star in his drama TV-movie Sucker Free City, which revolves around the conflicts among white, black, Latino and Asian street gangs in San Francisco. Mackie’s performance later earned a Black Reel nomination for Best Actor – Television.

"I was flabbergasted. Everybody knows when you've got a role in a Spike Lee movie, you're gonna blow up. But I happen to be the only person who's had the lead in the two Spike Lee movies nobody saw. It was a humbling experience, but Spike taught me more about how to fall on my face in this business than anybody else." Anthony Mackie (on the attention he didn't garner after being in Sucker Free City and She Hate Me).

Moviegoers subsequently saw Mackie teaming with Bill Paxton and Orlando Bloom in writer-director Frank E. Flowers' crime drama set in the Cayman Islands, Haven, and with Oscar winners Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman in acclaimed actor-director Clint Eastwood's Academy Award winning 2004 dramatic boxing film, Million Dollar Baby (both in 2004). He also appeared in Les Mayfield's comedy/action/crime film starring Eugene Levy and Samuel L. Jackson, The Man (2005). On stage, Mackie, who has acted in several Broadway and Off-Broadway plays including Carl Hancock Rux’s “Talk” (for which he won an Obie award in 2002), was a featured player in Regina Taylor's play, “Drowning Crow,” at the Manhattan Theatre Club in January 2004.

2006 was a busy year for Mackie. He was cast in Joe Roth's film version of Richard Price's 1998 novel, Freedomland (starring Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore), writer-director Terry Green's drama film based on the Scottsboro Boys incident of 1931, Heavens Fall (starring Timothy Hutton, Leelee Sobieski and David Strathairn), and in writer-director Preston A. Whitmore II's basketbal drama/action, Crossover, in which he co-starred as Tech, an outstanding basketball player who wants to get his GED and win an underground street ball game against his arrogant rival (played by Philip Champion). He also supported Ryan Gosling in Ryan Fleck's independent film, Half Nelson (premiered in competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival) and collaborated with Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox and David Strathairn in McG's (Joseph McGinty Nichol) true story-based football drama We Are Marshall, playing star defensive back Nate Ruffin.

"I've never seen anything like it before. It's like the old days of James Cagney, when women would just swoon." Anthony Mackie (on the affect that Matthew McConaughey, his co-star in We Are Marshall (2006), has on women).

Mackie will soon wrap his upcoming film projects: a yet untitled war drama by Kimberly Peirce starring Ryan Phillippe, Akosua Busia's adaptation of Michael Henry Brown's play focuses on Nat Turner and the 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia, 3/5 of a Man, and Akosua Busia's historical drama, Ascension Day. He will also play the title roles in the drama films Bolden! (by director Dan Pritzker) and Jesse Owens (written by Malcolm Clarke and Mike Jefferies).


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Anthony Mackie to Play Jesse Owens
SP_COP - May 30, 2014 - www.femalefirst.co.uk
Actor Anthony Mackie is set to develop and star in a film about Olympic gold medallist JESSE OWENS.The Captain America The Winter Soldier star has teamed up with his producing partner Jason Spire and...
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Anthony Mackie Wallpaper on Crossover
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Anthony Mackie To Play Jimi Hendrix
SP_COP - May 19, 2014 - www.femalefirst.co.uk
Anthony Mackie looks set to play Jimi Hendrix in new biopic Jimi.Jimi - which was originally called Crosstown Traffic - is set to follow the last nine days of Hendrix's life, and will see Ol Parker in...
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Anthony Mackie Looks Forward To Christmas
SP_COP - May 14, 2014 - www.empireonline.com
As reported a couple of months ago, the team behind the excellent cancer dramedy 50/50 - stars Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and director Jonathan Levine - are reuniting for a still-untitled Ch...
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