1. He was nominated for Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor for his role in Brother to Brother. His second nomination was for Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards for his role in The Hurt Locker.
2. In 2014, he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Sam Wilson / Falcon, making his first appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and reprising the role in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and Captain America: Civil War.
3. In May 2016 he co-starred in the HBO TV film as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., opposite Bryan Cranston, who was reprising his Tony Award-winning performance as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way.
4. Mackie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, He attended Warren Easton Sr.
5. High School and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts , which also included actors Tracie Thoms and Lee Pace.
6. His first starring role in a feature film was in the 2003 independent film Brother to Brother, where he played Perry, a young African-American artist who struggles to adjust to the world as a black homosexual.
7. Mackie appeared in 2004 Academy Award winner, Million Dollar Baby, and five years later appeared in another Academy Award winning film, The Hurt Locker .
8. In 2006, Mackie starred in Half Nelson alongside Ryan Gosling and Shareeka Epps as well as We Are Marshall.
9. Mackie has participated several times in the “24-Hour Plays” held in New York City each fall.
10. He first played Shakur on Off-Off Broadway in 2001 in the play Up Against the Wind, which also featured his classmate Thoms.
11. Other films in the works include biopics of Olympian Jesse Owens, Antebellum slave revolt leader Nat Turner, and cornetist and jazz musician Buddy Bolden.
12. He starred with Christopher Walken in A Behanding in Spokane on Broadway, which opened February 15, 2010.
13. He appeared in the 2011 Matt Damon film The Adjustment Bureau where he plays Harry Mitchell, a sympathetic member of a shadowy supernatural group that controls human destiny.
14. Cranston repeats his Tony Award-winning role as LBJ in the play of the same name in this telefilm, which debuted on HBO on May 21, 2016.