Anthony Mackie was born on born September 23, 1978 in New Orleans, Louisiana. When growing up he initially wanted to become an engineer, but soon became interested in the performance arts and attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) where he graduated after following the high school drama program. At the Juilliard School he was part of the drama division, he graduated in 2001. He first was Don Cheadle’s understudy in a play, but quickly made the move to movies. His first movie was immediately a big role as the rapper Papa Doc in 8 Mile. He has since been in a number of big movies, including The Manchurian Candidate, Million Dollar Baby, We Are Marshall, Half Nelson, The Hurt Locker and The Adjustment Bureau.
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