|ANTHONY MACKIE who was classically trained at the Julliard School of Drama, is a great and talented young actor who is able to capture a plethora of characters. |
Mackie was discovered after receiving rave reviews while playing Tupac Shakur in the off Broadway “Up Against the Wind.” Immediately following, Mackie made an auspicious film debut as Eminem’s nemesis, Papa Doc, in Curtis Hanson’s “8 Mile.” His performance caught the attention of Spike Lee, who subsequently cast Mackie in the 2004 Toronto Film Festival Masters Program selection “Sucker Free City” and “She Hate Me.” He also appeared in Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award-winning “Million Dollar Baby,” opposite Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman and Eastwood, as well as in Jonathan Demme’s “The Manchurian Candidate,” alongside Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber, and the comedy “The Man,” starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Mackie earned IFP Spirit and Gotham Award nominations for his performance in Rodney Evans’ “Brother to Brother,” which won the 2004 Special Dramatic Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2005, he appeared opposite David Strathairn, Timothy Hutton and Leelee Sobieski in “Heavens Fall,” based on the historic Scottsboro Boys’ trials, an independent feature that premiered at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival in Austin.
Mackie also had five features on movie screens in 2006. In addition to “We Are Marshall,” he starred in “Half Nelson,” with Ryan Gosling, adapted from director Ryan Fleck’s Sundance-winning short “Gowanus Brooklyn”; in Preston Whitmore’s “Crossover”; in Frank E. Flowers ensemble crime drama “Haven,” opposite Orlando Bloom and Bill Paxton; and in the film adaptation of Richard Price’s “Freedomland,” starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Intertwined throughout his film career, Mackie was seen in several theatrical performances both on and off Broadway. Mackie made his Broadway debut as the stuttering nephew, Sylvester, alongside Whoopi Goldberg in August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Next he was seen as the lead in Regina King’s modern retelling of Chekov’s “The Seagull,” starred in Stephen Belber’s “McReele” for the Roundabout Theatre Company, and starred in the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Soldier’s Play” as a character made famous by Denzel Washington 20 years prior. Most recently, Mackie was part of the production of August Wilson’s 20th Century at the esteemed Kennedy Center where they performed stage readings of all 10 plays in August Wilson’s cycle. Mackie participated in 3 of the 10 shows and hopes to return to the stage soon.
In 2009 Mackie was seen as Sgt. JT Sanborn in Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker,” a film that not only earned Anthony an Independent Spirit Award nomination but also earned Academy Awards for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Writing, and 3 other nods. 2009 also saw Mackie re-visit the role of Tupac Shakur in Fox Searchlight’s Notorious BIG biopic “Notorious” and he also starred as Major William Bowman in the Dreamworks film “Eagle Eye.”
In 2010 Mackie returned to Broadway starring in Martin McDonough’s latest creation “A Behanding In Spokane.” He also reunited with Kerry Washington in the drama “Night Catches Us” which was released by Magnolia Pictures on December 3rd, 2010. In 2011 Mackie was seen in Universal Pictures “The Adjustment Bureau,” which also featured Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, as well as the Disney/Dreamworks feature “Real Steel,” which also starred Hugh Jackman.
Recent for Mackie is the feature “Man on a Ledge” with Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks which was released on January 27th, 2012; the Timur Bekmanbetov directed “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” which was released on June 20, 2012; and the feature “Ten Year” in which he co-starred with Channing Tatum, Kate Mara, Rosario Dawson, and Justin Long. Mackie is featured in crime drama “Gangster Squad” which also stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling which was released by Warner Brothers on January 11th, 2013. Mackie most recently appeared in the Michael Bay directed “Pain & Gain,” starring alongside Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Film was released by Paramount on April 26th, 2013 and opened up as the #1 film earning over 20 million in its first weekend. Most recently Mackie joined the Marvel Comics family, playing Sam Wilson/The Falcon in the recently released “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The film was released on April 4th, 2014 and opened up as the #1 film earning over 96 million dollars, breaking the record for an April release. Mackie stars alongside Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, and Sebastian Stan in the second installment of the franchise.