Mahershala Ali, born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore on February 16, 1974, is an American actor and rapper. He was born in Oakland, California, and holds citizenship in the United States.
Ali attended Hayward High School (California), Mount Eden High School, Saint Mary's College of California, and Tisch School of the Arts for his education. He is married to Amatus Sami-Karim and is the child of Bari Najma Ali.
Some of Ali's notable works include the TV series Luke Cage, the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and the TV series True Detective.