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ANTHONY MACKIE (Tupac Shakur) is a talented young actor who was classically trained at the Julliard School of Drama. Mackie was discovered playing Tupac Shakur in the off Broadway production Up Against the Wind.

Shortly thereafter, he made his jump onto the big screen in Curtis Hanson's hit 8 MILE as Eminem's nemesis, Papa Doc. His performance caught the attention of Spike Lee, who 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, Jonathan Demme's THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, alongside Denzel Washington, and the comedy THE MAN, starring Samuel L. Jackson.

His performance in Rodney Evans' BROTHER TO BROTHER, was nominated for a Gotham Award and a Spirit Award. It also 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 starred in WE ARE MARSHALL, with Matthew McConaughey, HALF NELSON, with Ryan Gosling; Preston Whitmore's CROSSOVER; Frank E. Flowers ensemble crime drama HAVEN, opposite Orlando Bloom and Bill Paxton; the film adaptation of Richard Price's FREEDOMLAND starring Samuel L. Jackson and EAGLE EYE, starring Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan and Billy Bob Thornton

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 Rainy's Black Bottom. He was also 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 A Soldier's Play..

Most recently, Mackie was part of the production of August Wilson's 20th Century at the esteemed Kennedy Center where they performed on stage readings of all 10 plays in August Wilson's cycle.

Next up Mackie will play Buddy Bolden in BOLDEN!, an account of the great New Orleans coronet player. He will also be seen in THE HURT LOCKER, a war drama set in Iraq. He was nominated for a 2009 Spirit Award for this role.

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