Actor Mahershala Ali: Wondering Who is This Actor Married to? Wife, Girlfriend or Gay?

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Actor Mahershala Ali: Wondering Who is This Actor Married to? Wife, Girlfriend or Gay?

Quick Fact Check

  • Date of Birth 1974-02-16
  • Age 45 Years 9 Month(s)
  • Nationality American
  • Birth Place Oakland, California
  • Profession Actor
  • Birth Name Mahershalalhashbaz Ali Gilmore
  • Zodiac Sign Aquarius
  • Religion Islam
  • Ethnicity/Race African-American
  • Father Phillip F. Gilmore
  • Mother Willicia Gilmore
  • Daughter/s Bari Najma Ali
  • Relationship Status Married
  • Wife/Spouse Amatus Sami-Karim
  • Wedding Date 27 June 2013
  • Gay No
  • Net Worth $8 million (Estimated)
  • Awards Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA (2019)
  • Nominees Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, BAFTA (2016)
  • Career 2001–present
  • College Tisch School of the Arts
  • Education Masters
  • Height/ How Tall? 6' 2" (1.88 m)
  • Divorce/Split Not Yet
  • High School Mt Eden High School
  • Hair Short
  • Hair Color Black
  • Eye Color Dark Brown

If you came here because you saw the name Mahershala Ali, then you are in luck because we have got information that others don’t. We are sure that you are tired of wondering who this multiple Oscar winner is committed to and guess what? We know it but be prepared because there still are some secrets. Let’s find out.

Mahershala Ali is Married: Wife?

Mahershala Ali is married to artist wife, Amatus Sami-Karim. However, as part of the secret, their wedding date has not been mentioned anywhere. Now, let’s talk about the not so famous wife of Mahershala Ali.

Mahershala Ali’s wife is from Southside of Chicago where she spent the earlier years of her life in her father’s mosque. She graduated from Tisch School of Arts in Acting. Her debut was Broken Compass which was featured in blogs like Pigeons and Planes, Afro-Punk and much more.


She has also composed music for Dominique Morrisseau’s Obie Award-winning play “Sunset Baby” for the Labyrinth Theater Company and is associated with top-notch clients like HBO, Fox, PBS, Universal Music Group and much more.

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Mahershala Ali and his wife's relationship goes back to college as they started dating when they were together at NYU. After the setback of a period, they got in contact again which happened after Amatus’s brother was killed in the Chicago shooting. As they united again, their relationship suddenly started to get serious.

Amatus had a chat with WNYC in March 2016. He said,

"When you go through a tragedy that tears your crap up, you then...decide you're not gonna take anything for granted. I was a thousand percent sure about what I truly wanted in my life.

Now, as Mahershala's Hollywood presence continues to grow through his roles in House of Cards, The Hunger Games, and the Luke Cage series, they're figuring out together how to balance fame with their Muslim faith.

Talking about his family life with wife Amatus, they have a daughter named Bari Najma Ali, who was born on 23rd February 2017. 

Interestingly, Bari brought good fortune to the family as her father won his first ever Oscars just four days after her birth. He won the Oscars for his supporting role in the movie Moonlight. But, It was because of her daughter’s birth, Amatus couldn’t attend the Oscars 2017 ceremony and missed the monumental moment of her husband’s life. 

Nevertheless, the universe had other plans. Mahershala was again nominated for the Oscars in the best supporting role category. His role in Green Book as the late pianist Don Shirley accumulated the honor for him. On 24th February 2019, he won the Oscars in the presence of his wife Amatus. 

 Amatus Sami-Karim pose with her husband Mahershala Ali on the red carpet of Oscars ceremony on 24th February 2019 (Photo: Just

Now, a multiple-Oscars winner husband is also part of a small club. He is the second person of color to win multiple awards in the coveted Oscars ceremony. The first person Denzel Washington won for his role in Glory(1989) and Training Days(2001).

These days, Mahershala Ali is using his real birth name in movie credits which are Mahershalalhashbaz Ali. He has been known by many names which are all nicknames like 'Hershel' by which he used to be called during his childhood days. He was also called by his last name Ali and later it went down to Mahershala. However, he was never forced to change any of his names ever by agents or managers. He said, 

“I wanted to take on my full name, which was sort of a crazy thing to do considering that we’re in Hollywood. I didn’t want a couple of syllables to get in the way of me having the fullest experience as an actor.”

Well, it seems like we all have to practice ourselves to pronounce his 18-lettered name.

Mahershala Ali’s short bio:

Mahershala Ali was born on February 16, 1974, in California, U.S. and currently ages 42 years old. He joined the St. Mary’s College of California and in 1996 graduated with a degree in mass communication. He later admitted in New York University’s graduate acting program and in 2000, received his master’s degree.

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His first television appearance was in Crossing Jordan as Dr. Trey Sanders. His career took its leap when he got a role as Richard Tyler in the science-fiction series called The 4400.

However, he is widely known for his role as Boggs in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 (2014) and part 2 (2015) and in House of Cards as Remy Danton. He is continuing his role in House of Cards since 2013 till the last season. He was also seen a number of other movies namely "Kicks," "Free State of Jones ", " Moonlight", "Greenbook" and a TV series called "Luke Cage."