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ANTHONY MACKIE (Scott), who was classically trained at the Julliard School of Drama, is a 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; 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,” an independent feature that premiered at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival in Austin and is based on the historic Scottsboro Boys' trials.

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”; Preston Whitmore's "Crossover”; Frank E. Flowers' ensemble crime drama "Haven” opposite Orlando Bloom and Bill Paxton; and the film adaptation of Richard Price's "Freedomland” starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Before his film career, Mackie was seen in several theatrical performances both on and off Broadway. He 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,” as well as starring in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Soldier's Play” as a character made famous by Denzel Washington 20 years earlier. Most recently, Mackie was part of the production of "August Wilson's 20th Century” at the Kennedy Center where staged readings of all 10 plays in August Wilson's cycle were performed. Mackie hopes to return to the stage soon.

In addition, Mackie will play Buddy Bolden in "Bolden!,” an account of the great New Orleans cornet player. He will also be seen as Sanborn in "The Hurt Locker,” a war drama set in Iraq. Mackie has begun filming his role as Tupac Shakur in "Notorious,” a biopic of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G directed by George Tillman Jr. and starring Jamal Woolard in the title role.

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