Mahershalalhashbaz Ali is an American actor. Ali played Mombasa in Predators. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Rischard Tyler on the USA Network science fiction television seriest The 4400, and "Tizzy" in the 2008 motion picture The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Ali was born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore in Oakland, California. Raised a Christian he later converted to Ahmadiyya Islam.