Mahershala Ali Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Born Name

Mahershalalhashbaz Ali Gilmore

Nick Name

Mahershala Karim-Ali, Mahershala, Ali

Sun Sign


Born Place

Oakland, California, United States



Mahershala Ali went to the St. Mary’s College of California (SMC) in Moraga. He was given admission in the college on a basketball scholarship but he eventually got discouraged about pursuing a career in sports. He graduated from SMC with a degree in mass communication in 1996.

He later got enrolled in an acting program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He graduated in 2000 with an MFA degree.


Actor and rapper


  • Father – Phillip Gilmore (Actor)
  • Mother – Willicia Gilmore (Christian Minister)
  • Siblings – Unknown
  • Others – Clarence Hugh Gilmore (Paternal Grandfather), Willie Goines (Maternal Grandfather), Evia Mae Smith (Maternal Grandmother)


Mahershala Ali is represented by Culver City based Anonymous Content.


Hip hop




Hieroglyphics Imperium




6 ft 1½ in or 187 cm


85 kg or 187 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Mahershala Ali has dated

  1. Amatus-Sami Karim (2000-Present) – Mahershala Ali started going out with music producer Amatus-Sami Karim in 2000. They had met while he was studying for his master’s degree at New York University. And, had started dating soon after. They got married in 2013 in a romantic and intimate wedding ceremony. In February 2017, Amatus-Sami gave birth to a daughter, Bari Najma Ali.

Race / Ethnicity


Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Has a short-trimmed hairstyle and also goes for a bald look.


His body specifications may be –

  • Chest – 44 in or 112 cm
  • Arms / Biceps – 16 in or 41 cm
  • Waist – 34 in or 86 cm

Brand Endorsements

Mahershala hasn’t done endorsement work for any brand.


His mother was a Christian minister, who raised him with Christian values. However, as an adult, he converted to Islam and became a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

He converted to Islam after having gone to a mosque with his wife Amatus-Sami Karim and her mother.

Best Known For

  • Being cast in the role of Remy Danton in the political thriller TV series, House of Cards.
  • Having played the leading role of Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes in the Superhero drama TV series, Marvel’s Luke Cage.
  • His immense performance in the supporting role of mentor Juan in the coming of age drama film, Moonlight (2016). His performance in the movie helped him bag an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

As a Singer

In the 2000s, he used to rap under the alias of Prince Ali. He was signed up with recording label Hieroglyphics Imperium and released his studio album, Curb Side Service, in 2007. However, he soon turned his focus to his acting career.

First Film

In 2003, he made his theatrical film debut in the leading role in an independent comedy movie, Making Revolution.

First TV Show

In 2001, Mahershala made his first TV show appearance in the role of Dr. Trey Sanders in NBC crime drama series, Crossing Jordan.

Personal Trainer

Mahershala relies on riding his cycle around to keep himself fit. He usually cycles around for an hour or so in the Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. While he cycles around in the park, he listens to music, which helps him unwind from the stress and burden of his work.

However, in case, it is raining or he has a busy schedule that doesn’t allow him to cycle, he heads to the gym. In the gym, he mostly focusses on cardio. He is very careful about lifting weights as he tends to gain muscle mass and tone rather quickly, and it usually doesn’t look good with the roles he is playing.

As per diet, he avoids eating a lot of red meat. Instead, he eats a lot of fish. He also eats chicken once or twice a week. He also tries to limit the consumption of dairy products. There are occasions when he got decided to eat only vegetarian food for a month or so.

Mahershala Ali Favorite Things

  • Food – Granola

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Mahershala Ali Facts

  1. While growing up, he was very much into sports. First, he was into BMX racing and then, he got into basketball, which he played until his college days.
  2. He decided to leave the popular TV show House of Cards after having appeared in four seasons because he felt that his character had said all there was to say and couldn’t develop any further in the show.
  3. When he won an Academy Award for his work in the movie Moonlight, he became the first Muslim actor to have won a prestigious Academy Award.
  4. His parents took his birth name Mahershalalhashbaz from the Book of Isaiah (chapter 8, verse 3) in the Hebrew Bible. The literal translation of his name is He has made haste to the plunder! or Hurry to the spoils!
  5. He developed a keen interest in acting after having worked in a stage production of Spunk. His performance in the play helped him win an apprenticeship at the California Shakespeare Theater.
  6. He was first exposed to acting and theatre through his summer visits to his father, who was working as an actor in New York City.
  7. While studying at Saint Mary’s College of California, he started writing poetry and regularly used to participate in poetry slams.
  8. After graduating from Saint Mary’s College of California, he briefly worked at The Gavin Report, which is a record industry publication.
  9. He has a habit of creating a dedicated mixtape for every major role he takes on. He believes that this helps him make every character unique and understand it better.
  10. He has a pet cat named Nas, whom he has named after the iconic New York City .
  11. Since it goes against the religion Islam, Mahershala said in 2020 that he won’t do sex scenes in the films.

Featured Image by Gordon Correll / / CC BY-SA 2.0


Facts of Mahershala Ali

  • full nameMahershala Ali
  • Date of Birth February 16, 1974
  • Age 50 years 5 months
  • Horoscope Aquarius
  • Lucky Number 3
  • Lucky Stone Amethyst
  • Lucky Color Turquoise
  • Best Match for Marriage Aquarius, Gemini, Sagittarius
  • weight85 kg
  • height6 ft 1½ in

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