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Mahershalalhashbaz Ali


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Birth Name: Mahershalalhashbaz Ali
Born: 02/16/1974
Birth Place: Oakland, California, USA

Ali grew up outside San Francisco, CA with his parents and extended family. Life wasn't always easy, but he managed to qualify for a full sports scholarship to St. Mary's College in nearby Moraga and soon settled into the life of a student athlete. The death of his father in 1994, as well as his increasing disillusionment with the grueling demands of collegiate basketball, prompted him to start writing and performing poetry. After graduating from the school in 1996, he trained and worked with the California Shakespeare Festival before following his professor's encouragement and auditioning for (and winning) a spot at Tisch School of the Arts in New York City. Reinvigorated and re-energized b... Continue Bio >>


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