Actor Anthony Mackie rose to prominence with powerful turns on the New York stage in acclaimed productions like "Up Against the Wind" and "Talk." His performances eventually brought him to Hollywood, where he impressed in his debut as a formidable foe to Eminem in "8 Mile" (2002). Mackie soon graduated to supporting roles and the occasional lead for major directors like Spike Lee with "She Hate Me" (2004) and Clint Eastwood with "Million Dollar Baby" (2005), while maintaining an interest in independent product like "Half Nelson" (2005) and "The Hurt Locker" (2008). The depth and strength of his talents in these projects and many others, including the much-anticipated Notorious B.I.G. biopic "Notorious" (2009) signified that Mackie was among the best actors working in film and stage in the early millennium. His move into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Falcon in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014) and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015) solidified his position as one of Hollywood's most well-rounded actors.