THE NIGHT BEFORE
Classically trained at the Juilliard School of Drama, ANTHONY MACKIE (Chris) is
a great and talented young actor who is able to capture a plethora of
Mackie was discovered after receiving rave reviews while playing Tupac Shakur in
the Off-Broadway show "Up Against the Wind." Immediately following that
performance, 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
"A 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 esteemed Kennedy Center, which hosted staged readings of
all ten plays in the cycle. Mackie participated in three of the ten 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 him an Independent Spirit Award nomination,
but also earned Academy Awards for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best
Achievement in Directing, Best Writing, and three other awards. 2009 also saw
Mackie re-visit the role of Tupac Shakur in Fox Searchlight's Notorious BIG
biopic Notorious; he also starred as Major William Bowman in the Dreamworks film
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
3, 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. Mackie is also featured in
Man on a Ledge with Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks, which was released on
January 27, 2012; the Timur Bekmanbetov-directed film 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 the crime drama Gangster Squad, which also stars Sean
Penn, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling and was released by Warner Bros.
on January 11, 2013. Mackie also appeared in the Michael Bay-directed film Pain
& Gain, starring alongside Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson. The film was
released by Paramount on April 26, 2013 and opened up as the #1 film, earning
over $20 million in its first weekend.
Mackie is a member of the Marvel Comics family. He made his Marvel debut as Sam
Wilson/The Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film, released on
April 4, 2014, opened #1, earning over $96 million, breaking the record for an
April release. Mackie starred alongside Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, and
Sebastian Stan in the second installment of the franchise. Mackie's Falcon made
an appearance in the recently released Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as
Ant-Man. He is currently filming Captain America: Civil War, the third
installment in the Captain America franchise, set to be released May 6, 2016.
Mackie was recently seen in the film Black or White opposite Kevin Costner and
Octavia Spencer and Playing it Cool with Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan. He
can currently be seen on the big screen in Our Brand is Crisis, in which he
stars in opposite Sandra Bullock. His film Shelter, with Jennifer Connelly,
premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and will be released
nationwide on November 13, 2015. Additionally, he has Love the Coopers, with a
terrific ensemble cast including Marisa Tomei, Diane Keaton and Amanda Seyfried,
in theatres November 13, 2015. In 2016, he will star in Triple 9 opposite Woody
Harrelson and Kate Winslet, set for release March 4, 2016.
Mackie will begin production this fall on HBO's adaptation of the Tony
Award-winning play "All The Way," directed by Jay Roach. He will play the role
of Martin Luther King, Jr. opposite Bryan Cranston's Lyndon B. Johnson.
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