Mahershala Ali is most widely known as a Hollywood actor. He won an Oscar and numerous other awards for his portrayal of Juan in 2016's critically acclaimed box office success, Moonlight. He was also recognized for his performance as Remy Danton in Netflix's House of Cards, as well as for his roles in Luke Cage and Hidden Figures. Acting, however, was not Ali's first venture into the entertainment business. As reported by Daily Mail, he released two rap albums under the moniker Prince Ali -- one in 2006, and the other in 2007. In a recent appearance on Good Morning America, the forty-four-year-old said he's currently working on a new music project.
In his latest role, Mahershala Ali plays jazz musician Don Shirley. Based on a true story, Green Book follows Shirley and Tony "Lip" Vallelonga (played by Viggo Mortensen) as they travel through the 1962 south in the United States. Shirley hires Vellelonga to "run interference" for him when inevitable problems arise during the Jim Crow era as the highly talented and aristocratic Shirley takes his music to a series of locations throughout the south. Audiences are treated to some outstanding piano, something Ali admitted was actually done by a stand-in actor, but he is no stranger to the music scene, something brought up by Good Morning America's Michael Strahan during Ali's appearance there.