Ntare Mwine

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Ntare Mwine
Ntare Mwine 2009.jpg
BornNtare Guma Mbaho Mwine
New Hampshire
Years active1981 – present
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Ntare Mwine
Ntare Mwine 2009.jpg
BornNtare Guma Mbaho Mwine
New Hampshire
Years active1981 – present

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (born 1967) is an American-Ugandan stage and film actor, playwright, photographer and documentarian.


Mwine was born in New Hampshire to Ugandan parents in 1967.[1] His father was a Harvard Law School-educated attorney.[1][2] His parents separated when Ntare was 7, with Ntare spending time with his father (who was then working in finance in the United States, including a period at the World Bank in Washington D.C.) and his mother (who went to Kenya to teach psychology at the University of Nairobi).[3]

Mwine earned a Masters' degree in Fine Arts from New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 1992.[4] He also studied at the University of Virginia, the Moscow Arts Theatre, and the Royal National Theatre in London.[5] Basing himself in Los Angeles,[3] Mwine's first professional job was the role of Paul in the 1992 U.S. National Tour of Six Degrees of Separation, for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Actor.[6]

Television and film[edit]

Mwine has appeared in movies including Blood Diamond, where he made his film debut. His first appearance in television was in New York Undercover, in 1995. Recent appearances include a recurring role as the mysterious Usutu in Heroes.[7] Mwine originally had the role of "Joseph" in the unaired pilot episode of the show; this part was removed when NBC took on the show full-time, due to the character's plot revolving around terrorist activity.[8] Mwine also appeared as Tom Adler in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and as Maurice Devereaux in The Riches.

Mwine currently plays a minor, yet recurring, character in HBO and David Simon's new television series Treme. The series deals with life in the Tremé district of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.


Mwine's photographic work has been displayed at the United Nations, The Latino Art Museum in Pomona, California, UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History, and other museums worldwide. It was a central focus of Biro, and prominently featured on Six Feet Under.[9] His photography has also appeared in Vanity Fair.[10]


Mwine began appearing in stage productions in 1992, appearing as the conman posing as the son of Sidney Poitier in Six Degrees of Separation,[11] and in The Riddles Of Race, Circa '68 in 1994,[12] In 1992 and 1997, Mwine was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Non-Resident Production, for his part in "Six Degrees of Separation" at The National Theatre and Nomathemba — at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.. He played Julius Van George in Scent of the Roses at the Seattle Contemporary Theatre in 1998.[13]

His first effort as a playwright, a barestage[14] one-man show entitled Biro, about a HIV-positive Ugandan former rebel soldier who enters the United States illegally for treatment. The play, based on a 90-minute explanation from the eponymous character to his lawyer about how he came to be in a Texas jail cell,[1][15] premiered in early 2003 at Uganda's National Theatre,[6] before showing at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York, as well as in Los Angeles, Seattle, London, and throughout Africa.[5] He performed it in front of multiple African heads of state and then-UN General Secretary Kofi Annan in 2004.[3] The Seattle Post-Intelligencer described his performance as "radiant", particularly so given the dark subject matter.[16]

Documentary work[edit]

Mwine's inaugural documentary, Beware of Time, screened in 2004 at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Black International Cinema in Berlin. Describing the lives of HIV-positive Ugandans, it was named the Best Film on Matters Relating to Marginalized People,[5] and features a rare interview with Amule Amin, Idi Amin's brother.[17]

Selected filmography[edit]

2006Blood Diamond
2013The Newsroom
2008The Riches
2001-2008CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTom Adler


  1. ^ a b c 'I just take what strikes me', The Guardian, November 27, 2003
  2. ^ "Ntare Mwine Is New Kid in the Spotlight in 'Six Degrees'", LA Times, October 31, 1992
  3. ^ a b c Ntare Mwine's journey of discovery, LA Times, Oct 19, 2005
  4. ^ "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  5. ^ a b c Warner Brothers biography for Blood Diamond
  6. ^ a b Beware of Time — interview with Ntare Mwine
  7. ^ Staff. "Hot Box: Television worth talking about", Toronto Star, July 16, 2008. Accessed October 16, 2008. "And Ntare Mwine has been added to NBC's Heroes. On Heroes, Mwine will play an African who is artistic and close to many of the original heroes. His special abilities will be developed throughout his nine-episode arc."
  8. ^ thetvaddict.com interview with Tim Kring
  9. ^ Ntari Mwine biography
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ On the road with Marlo Thomas, New York Times, February 14, 1993
  12. ^ Review/Theater; The Day the Bronx Died, New York Times, March 23, 1994
  13. ^ 'Scent Of The Roses' — South African Drama Lacks Dynamism, Is Grounded By Earthbound Writing, Seattle Times, July 24, 1998
  14. ^ AIDS theater now: A continent's crisis, Seattle Times, April 3, 2005
  15. ^ Theatre Guide, New York Times, April 30, 2004
  16. ^ One-man 'Biro' shines amid appalling themes, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 15, 2005
  17. ^ Otiso, Kefa M. (2006). Culture and Customs of Uganda. Greenwood. p. 47. ISBN 0-313-33148-0. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 

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