Mahershalalhashbaz "Mahershala" Ali (born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore on February 16, 1974 in Oakland, California) is an actor who guest-starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the episode Unstable as Mark Foster.

Ali is best known for his roles on the films The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2, and Moonlight (a role that he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for); and the TV shows House of Cards and Luke Cage.

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