THE FIFTH ESTATE
ANTHONY MACKIE (Sam Coulson) was classically trained at the Juilliard School's Drama Division. After playing
Tupac Shakur in the off-off-Broadway production of "Up Against the Wind," Mackie made his feature 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 International Film Festival 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; in Jonathan Demme's "The Manchurian Candidate," alongside
Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber; and in 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 was nominated for
Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2006, 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 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 A.
Whitmore II's "Crossover"; Frank E. Flowers' ensemble crime drama "Haven," opposite Orlando Bloom and Bill
Paxton; and 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. 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," starred in Stephen Belber's "McReele" for the Roundabout Theatre Company, and
starred in the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Soldier's Play." Most recently, Mackie was part of the production of "August
Wilson's 20th Century" at the Kennedy Center, in which the cast performed staged readings of all 10 works in
August Wilson's cycle of plays chronicling the African-American experience. Mackie participated in three of the
Mackie was seen as Sgt. JT Sanborn in Kathryn Bigelow's Academy Award-winning Best Picture "The Hurt
Locker," which earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination. He revisited the role of Tupac Shakur
in Fox Searchlight's Notorious B.I.G. 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 McDonagh's latest creation "A Behanding in Spokane."
He also reunited with Kerry Washington in the motion picture drama "Night Catches Us." In 2011, Mackie was
seen in Universal Pictures' "The Adjustment Bureau," which also featured Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, as well
as the DreamWorks/Touchstone feature "Real Steel," which starred Hugh Jackman.
Mackie recently appeared in the feature "Man on a Ledge" with Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks, the
Timur Bekmambetov-directed "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and "10 Years" in which he co-starred with
Channing Tatum, Kate Mara, Rosario Dawson, and Justin Long. Mackie is featured in the crime drama "Gangster
Squad" which also stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling; and the Michael Bay-directed
"Pain & Gain," starring alongside Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson. He was also recently seen in the thriller
"Runner Runner" where he stars alongside Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake and Gemma Arterton.
Mackie has joined the Marvel Comics family, playing Sam Wilson/The Falcon in the upcoming "Captain America:
The Winter Soldier."
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