Mustafa Shakir Quick Info
Height6 ft 1½ in
Weight85 kg
Date of BirthAugust 21, 1976
Zodiac SignLeo
Eye ColorBlue

Mustafa Shakir is an American actor, director, writer, and voice actor known for playing John “Bushmaster” McIver in the superhero action drama series Luke Cage, Moses in the neo-noir crime drama television series Quarry, Jet Black in the science fiction television series Cowboy Bebop, Big Mike in the drama series The Deuce, Quinn in the action crime drama series Jett, Javon Dennis in the television sitcom Girlfriends, and Victor in the 8-part crime drama television miniseries The Night Of. In addition to that, he has also been cast in other shows like New York UndercoverLaw & OrderHouse, WantedHarry’s LawWastelandCold CaseNCIS: Los AngelesShamelessAmerican GodsMighty MedUndergroundTimeless, and NCIS: New Orleans.

Born Name

Mustafa Shakir

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Nick Name

Mustafa

Mustafa Shakir during an interview for MTV regarding season 2 of 'Luke Cage' in 2018Mustafa Shakir during an interview for MTV regarding season 2 of 'Luke Cage' in 2018
Mustafa Shakir during an interview for MTV regarding season 2 of ‘Luke Cage’ in 2018 (MTV International / YouTube / CC BY 3.0)

Sun Sign

Leo

Born Place

North Carolina, United States

Residence

Los Angeles, California, United States

Nationality

American

American

 

Education

Mustafa Shakir studied at The New School and graduated in 2001.

Occupation

Actor, Director, Writer, Voice Actor

Build

Athletic

Mustafa Shakir as seen in an Instagram post in September 2021Mustafa Shakir as seen in an Instagram post in September 2021
Mustafa Shakir as seen in an Instagram post in September 2021 (Mustafa Shakir / Instagram)

Height

6 ft 1½ in or 186.5 cm

Weight

85 kg or 187.5 lbs

Race / Ethnicity

Black

Hair Color

Black

Eye Color

Blue

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Blue eyes
  • Toned body
Mustafa Shakir in June 2021Mustafa Shakir in June 2021
Mustafa Shakir in June 2021 (Mustafa Shakir / Instagram)

Mustafa Shakir Facts

  1. He was raised in Harlem, a neighborhood in Upper Manhattan, New York City.
  2. In 2000, Mustafa Shakir made his first theatrical film appearance as a Protester in the action crime film Shaft. However, his role went uncredited.
  3. Before beginning his career as an actor, he used to work as a barber.
  4. Mustafa Shakir made his first credited theatrical film appearance as Engine Trouble in the 2003 romantic comedy film Marci X, starring Lisa Kudrow, Damon Wayans, Richard Benjamin, Christine Baranski, and Paula Garcés.
  5. He played the supporting role of Victor in the 2016 8-part crime drama television miniseries The Night Of, based on the 1st season of the 2008 British series Criminal Justice.
  6. Alongside Logan Marshall-Green, Jodi Balfour, Peter Mullan, and others, Mustafa Shakir co-starred as Moses, a henchman of The Broker, in the neo-noir crime drama television series Quarry in 2016.
  7. In 2017, he was cast as Andre in the neo-noir prison thriller film Brawl in Cell Block 99.
  8. From 2017 to 2019, he played the recurring role of Big Mike, a physically imposing man of few words who becomes Vincent’s muscle and fiercely devoted friend, in the period drama series The Deuce.
  9. Mustafa Shakir appeared as Mr. Stanish in the 2018 drama film The Pretenders, starring Jack Kilmer, Jane Levy, Shameik Moore, Juno Temple, Brian Cox, Dennis Quaid, and James Franco.
  10. He brought to life the character of John McIver/Bushmaster, the leader of a Jamaican gang called the Stylers, in the television series Luke Cage in 2018.
  11. He is a strict vegan.
  12. Mustafa has been cast as Jet Black, Spike’s ex-cop bounty hunter partner who is captain of the Bebop and has a cybernetic arm from an awry investigation, in the science fiction television series Cowboy Bebop.

Featured Image by MTV International / YouTube / CC BY 3.0

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