Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, born February 16, 1974 in Oakland, California, USA, is an actor. He plays Anthony King in Treme. He guest stars in the second and third seasons. He has been active since 2001 and has also appeared in the films The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Predators (2010), and The Wronged Man (2010). He starred in the series The 4400. He has had recurring roles in Threat Matrix, Crossing Jordan, and Alphas. He has had guest roles in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NYPD Blue, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Alcatraz, and Lie To Me.