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Mustafa Shakir

A Harlem native poet and actor who has starred in:

Marvel's: “Luke Cage” 

HBO's: “The Deuce” 

 “The Grounds” ​& more

Mustafa Shakir Biography:

 

Mustafa Shakir is arguably among the most dynamic and inventive of world-class actors.  He is fast becoming one of the freshest and most-in demand faces in Hollywood known for his delivery of intense and captivating performances. Shakir has created a gallery of memorable characters since catapulting to the screen as Gannon in the 2005 Olatunde Osunsanmi (Fourth Kind, Smoking Aces, Minority Report) directed film The Cavern. Recently, he has landed a role on the Netflix series, “Luke Cage” as Bushmaster - portraying a wise quick and savvy supervillan from the Caribbean Islands.

He currently stars in the Quarry, a drama project by Cinemax based on the series of novels by Max Allan Collins (Road To Perdition graphic novel). Written by Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller, directed by Greg Yaitanes, the show is set in the 1970s and centers on a Marine sniper who, upon his return home from Vietnam in 1973, finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. Shakir plays Moses — intellectual, masculine and mysterious, he shifts from friend to foe at the flip of a coin. His only true loyalties are to himself, which makes him dangerous.  Shakir will also make a guest appearance in NBC’s new science fiction drama Timeless, created by Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield).

 

Summer of 2016, Shakir starred in HBO’s limited series The Night Of, a passion project of the late James Gandolfini. The critical acclaimed series garnered high praise with The Atlantic proclaiming, “The Night Of was a hypnotic masterpiece of craft;” Variety said of the show, “compulsively watchable and extraordinarily rewarding, a brilliant and addictive mystery…”

Shakir will next be seen as 'Big Mike' in the HBO drama The Deuce written by David Simon and directed by Michelle MacLaren opposite James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal.  The show follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-’80s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world that existed there until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market ended the bawdy turbulence.

Shakir also will be seen in the upcoming Ernest Dickerson feature film Double Play, based on the Curacaoan author Frank Martinus Arion’s internationally acclaimed Dutch-language novel of the same name. Set during the 1970s, Double Play evokes themes of colonial unrest on the Caribbean island of Curacao during the tumultuous transition from Dutch colonial rule to autonomous self-governance.  Shakir recently began production in a lead role in the action picture Brawl In Cell Block 99 opposite Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Carpenter. Produced by Caliber Media’s Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller with XYZ Films executive producing, the movie hails from writer-director S. Craig Zahler and is serving as his follow-up to Bone Tomahawk.   Shakir will star as Andre, a stern but fair prison officer and amateur boxer who tried to get Vaughn’s character interested in the prison boxing circuit, which only ends in tragedy. 

 

Shakir’s career does more than span film and television.  His wealth of talent encompasses many art forms beyond film and television.  He pools inspiration from hip-hop, dance, culture, film, photography, fashion, philosophy and writing.   Growing up, Shakir used the written word to process his emotional impressions.  His love of poetry led him to rapping with three albums under his belt: “HolyWar,” “Chameleon” and “Diemind: god the carbon copy,” along with a partnership with Candice Anitra and “The Love Machine Project.”  It doesn’t stop there! He has written, directed and starred in a sitcom pilot presentation titled HollyWeird Fitness, a short film titled Untitled Symphony (which amassed honors and buzz on the film festival circuit).  He is developing a one-man experience called XII: SpokenYouniverse, based on a multi-character spoken word journey through consciousness.  The experience is being produced by Russell Simmons for All Def Digital’s poetry Vertical.

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