Mahershala Ali's Married Life Insight, Ethnicity, Net Worth & More

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Mahershala Ali's Married Life Insight, Ethnicity, Net Worth & More

Quick Information

  • Date of Birth 1974-02-16
  • Age 47 Years 4 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

Mahershala Ali is a two times Academy Award-winning actor who has successfully established himself in the movie industry.

Making his screen debut in 2001, he is best known for his performance in Moonlight (2016) and Green Book (2018). Some of his other well-known works are Alita: Battle Angel (2019), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), Hidden Figures (2016), Luke Cage (2016), and House of Cards (2013-2016).

Wife & Daughter

The Moonlight star is married to Amatus Sami Karim. The two first met when attending New York University. They grew closer, and Mahershala eventually converted his faith to Muslim after attending a mosque with his wife and his mother in law. 

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The couple welcomed their daughter, Bari Najma Ali, on 22nd February 2017.

About Amatus Sami Karim

According to Amatus’ website, she is a performative, conceptual artist working in the mediums of Music, Film, and Theatre, primarily dealing with themes related to identity, history, and popular culture.


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

She grew up on the south side of Chicago and moved to Philadephia with her social worker mother following her parent’s divorce.

She graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts. In addition, she also studied acting for a year at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London.

Mahershala Ali’s Age

Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore was born on 16th February 1974 in Oakland, California.


He grew up in Hayward and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from St. Mary’s College. He later enrolled in New York University and earned his Master’s degree in Acting from Tisch School of the Arts.

He made his professional debut performing at the California Shakespeare Festival in Orinda, California.

Movies & TV Shows

Mahershala made his on-screen debut as Dr. Trey Sanders in Crossing Jordan in 2001. He went on to play in various TV series and shorts over the next few years. The actor was soon cast in the 2008 movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, alongside Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.

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He also played Mombasa in Predators (2010) and Kofi in The Place Beyond the Pines (2012).

The Moonlight star has played in over 45 films and TV series, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) being his major works.


The actor has been a recipient of many awards. He bagged the Academy Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in 2017 and 2019 for his performance in Moonlight and Green Book, respectively. The latter also won him a Golden Globe and BAFTA for the same category in 2019. 

Throughout his career, he has been nominated over 125 times and won over 70 of them. 

Ethnicity & Religion

The celebrated actor is of African-American ethnicity. He was born in a Christian family but later converted to Ahmadi Muslim. 

Net Worth

According to, Mahershala has a net worth of $8 million.