Mackie accepts his Golden Popcorn at the MTV Awards in 2021

Award-winning actor Anthony Mackie is celebrating his 44th birthday on Friday, September 23, 2022. Happy birthday, Mr. Mackie! TGIF!

Anthony Dwane Mackie was born September 23, 1978 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Although best known to the geeking world for his role as Sam Wilson (AKA falcon, later aka Captain America II) in the MCU, that is far from his only role. He earned a BFA (bachelor of fine arts from the illustrious Juilliard School in New York City, and since then he’s earned awards both for his work on stage and his movies.

anthony mackie as captain america
Anthony Mackie as Captain America {image via Disney}

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Mackie originated the role of Sam Wilson in Captain America: the Winter Soldier (2014) and reprised the role in four more movies: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and the TV show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. He is scheduled to repeat the role in the fourth Captain America movie, Captain America: New World Order (2024).

Other Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Roles

In addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Mackie appeared in The Adjustment Bureau (2011) and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter (2012). He co-starred with Hugh Jackman (Wolverine in the X-Men franchise) in Real Steel 92011). Mackie starred in the horror film Repentance (2013). He starred in Io (2019). He appeared in the TV shows Black Mirror and Altered Carbon.

Awards and Nominations.

Anthony Mackie made his Broadway debut in the play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He earned an Obie Award in 2002 for his performance in the play Talk. He received critical reviews for his performances in Drowning Crow, McReele, and the Pulitzer-winning A Soldier’s Play. He’s garnered twenty-six nominations for various awards, including the Black Reel Awards, the NAACP Image Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and our own Saturn Awards. It’s clear Anthony Mackie has won the respect of his peers. He co-starred in The Hurt Locker with fellow Avenger Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye in the MCU).

Mackie won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor; Renner was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor. Both shared in the win for the Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble Cast. Mackie also won the AAFCA Award and Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Hurt Locker (2008).

Mackie won the Black Reel Award for Best actor in Night Catches Us (2010). He won the MTV Movie and TV Award for Best Hero in Disney’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. He shared the MTV Award for Best Duo with his co-star Sebastian Stan. Forty-four may be old for a baseball player, but it’s barely getting started for an actor.

Happy Birthday, Anthony Mackie. We know it’s been a long hard road getting to where you are now. We wish you a long road ahead, and many, many more birthdays to come.

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Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress ”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.