Celebrity of the day: Anthony Mackie

Anthony Mackie turns 41 today and is our celebrity pick for today.

Anthony Mackie (born September 23, 1978) is an American actor.

He has featured in films, television series and Broadway and off Broadway plays, 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.

In 2002, he was featured in Eminem’s film debut, 8 Mile. He was nominated for Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor for his role in Brother to Brother. His second nomination was for Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards for his role in The Hurt Locker.

He achieved global recognition for his portrayal of Sam Wilson/Falcon/Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making his first appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and later in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant Man (2015) Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019), as well as the upcoming Disney+ exclusive limited series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

In May 2016, he co-starred in the HBO TV film All the Way, and will star in the second season of Netflix’s Altered Carbon in 2020.

Mackie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Martha (nee Gordon) and Willie Mackie Sr, a carpenter who owned a roofing business, Mackie Roofing. He 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 Arts (NCSA) in 1997. He later graduated from the Julliard 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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