Mahershalalhashbaz "Mahershala" Ali (born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore; February 16, 1974) is an American actor. Ali began his career as a regular on series such as Crossing Jordan and Threat Matrix before his breakthrough role as Richard Tyler in the science-fiction series The 4400. His first major film release was in the 2008 David Fincher-directed romantic fantasy drama film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. His other notable films include Predators, The Place Beyond the Pines, Free State of Jones and as Boggs in The Hunger Games series. Ali is also known for his television roles as Remy Danton in House of Cards and Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes in Netflix's TV series Luke Cage.