Mahershalalhashbaz Ali stars as "Richard Tyler" in the USA Network original series The 4400.
Having first been introduced to acting during college, Ali made his professional stage debut performing for a season with the California Shakespeare Festival shortly after graduation. Soon afterwards, he was accepted to New York University, where he received a Masters degree in acting.
Ali's first television role was as Dr. Trey Sanders on NBC's Crossing Jordan. He was later cast as series regular Jelani Harper on the ABC drama Threat Matrix. His other television credits include appearances on NYPD Blue, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Haunted, and The Handler.