Isaiah Mustafa

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Isaiah Amir Mustafa

(1974-02-11) February 11, 1974 (age 45)
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Arizona State University
  • Actor
  • Football player
Years active1997–present
Lisa Mitchell(m. 2018)

Isaiah Amir Mustafa (born February 11, 1974) [1] is an American actor and former football wide receiver. [2] Mustafa is widely known as the main character in the series of Old Spice television commercials, The Man Your Man Could Smell Like. He is also known for portraying Luke Garroway on Freeform's fantasy series Shadowhunters .

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

A wide receiver, also referred to as wideouts or simply receivers, is an offensive position in American and Canadian football, and is a key player. They get their name because they are split out "wide", farthest away from the rest of the team. Wide receivers are among the fastest players on the field. The wide receiver functions as the pass-catching specialist.

Old Spice American brand of male grooming products

Old Spice is an American brand of male grooming products encompassing deodorants and antiperspirants, shampoos, body washes, and soaps. It is manufactured by Procter & Gamble.


Early life

Mustafa was born in Portland, Oregon to Shahidah Mustafa-Davis and John Wali Mustafa, who owned and ran a limousine service in Laguna Hills, California. [3] He is the youngest of seven children. [3] His father was killed when he fell asleep at the wheel late one night and crashed. [4]

Portland, Oregon City in Oregon, United States

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The family moved to Mission Viejo, California when Mustafa was young. [4] He was educated at Santa Clara High School, and later attended Santa Monica College, before transferring to Moorpark College. [4] Mustafa then studied history at Arizona State University, from which he graduated in 1995. [5]

Mission Viejo, California City in California, United States

Mission Viejo is a commuter city located within Orange County, California, United States in the Saddleback Valley. Mission Viejo is considered one of the largest master-planned communities ever built under a single project in the United States and is rivaled only by Highlands Ranch, Colorado in its size. Its population as of 2014 was estimated at 96,346.

Santa Clara High School (Oxnard, California) Private, Catholic four-year high school serving grades 9-12 in Oxnard, southern California

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Isaiah Mustafa
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Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Career information
High school: Oxnard (CA) Santa Clara
College: Arizona State
Undrafted: 1997
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only

Mustafa played basketball and ran track at Santa Clara High School in Oxnard, California. [2] He did not play high school football, but he tried out for Moorpark College's football team hoping for an athletic scholarship; [6] he became a free safety, and later became a wide receiver. [2] [6]

Oxnard, California City in California, United States

Oxnard is a city in Ventura County, California, United States. Located along the coast of Southern California, it is the most populous city in Ventura County and the 19th most populous city in California. Incorporated in 1903, the city lies approximately 60 miles (97 km) west of downtown Los Angeles and is part of the larger Greater Los Angeles area.

High school football Secondary school competition in gridiron football

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Moorpark College Community college in Ventura County, California

Moorpark College is a public community college in Moorpark, California. It was established in 1967 with enrollment of 2,500 students and enrolled 14,254 students in 2014. An Exotic Animal Training and Management center houses over 200 animals on campus.

After transferring to Arizona State University in 1995, Mustafa was a starting wide receiver for the Arizona State Sun Devils but had an unspecified "confrontation" with a coach and was benched his senior year. [2] He played during the 1997 Rose Bowl between the then-undefeated Sun Devils (led by Mustafa's friend Jake Plummer) [5] and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Arizona State University Public university located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona, United States

Arizona State University is a public metropolitan research university on five campuses across the Phoenix metropolitan area, and four regional learning centers throughout Arizona.

The Arizona State Sun Devils are the athletic teams that represent Arizona State University. ASU has nine men's and eleven women's varsity teams competing at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. The mascot was adopted in 1946; earlier nicknames were the Normals and later, the Bulldogs. The Sun Devil mascot, Sparky, was designed by former Disney illustrator Bert Anthony. ASU's chief rival is the University of Arizona Wildcats.

<i>Benched</i> television series

Benched is an American single-camera sitcom, created by Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones, about a high-powered corporate lawyer's fall from grace into the rough-and-tumble world of a public defender. The series stars Eliza Coupe and Jay Harrington in pivotal roles with Maria Bamford, Jolene Purdy, Carter MacIntyre and Oscar Nunez as the supporting cast. The show premiered on USA Network on October 28, 2014.

Although Mustafa expected to become a high school teacher after graduation, a sports agent suggested that he try out for NFL teams. The Tennessee Oilers signed him to the practice squad, then sent him to NFL Europe's Barcelona Dragons in 1998. [2] After a season on the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns' practice squads in 1999, Mustafa attended the Seattle Seahawks' training camp in 2000. [7] [8]

A sports agent is a legal representative for professional sports figures such as athletes and coaches. They procure and negotiate employment and endorsement contracts for the athlete or coach whom they represent. Because of the unique characteristics of the sports industry, sports agents are responsible for communications with team owners, managers, and other individuals. Also, they are responsible for making recommendations. In addition to finding income sources, agents often handle public relations matters for their clients. In some large sports agencies, such as IMG, Creative Artists Agency, Roc Nation Sports and Octagon, agents deal with all aspects of a client's finances, from investment to filing taxes.

In sports, the practice squad, also called the taxi squad or practice roster, is a group of players signed by a team but not part of their main roster. Frequently used in American and Canadian football, they serve as extra players during the team's practices, often as part of the scout team by emulating an upcoming opponent's play style. Because the players on the practice squad are familiar with the team's plays and formations, the practice squad serves as a way to develop inexperienced players for promotion to the main roster. In addition, it provides replacement players for the main roster when players are needed as the result of injuries or other roster moves, such as bereavement leave.

The World League of American Football, later renamed the NFL Europe League and then NFL Europa, was a professional American football league which operated between 1991 and 2007. It was backed by the National Football League (NFL), the largest league in the United States. Each season culminated with the World Bowl.


After the Seahawks, Mustafa pursued an acting career, playing small roles on various television series, including Ugly Betty and Days of Our Lives .

In 2010, he signed a talent deal with NBC and appeared in a supporting role in the comedy film Horrible Bosses . [9] [10] Mustafa hosted the TBS special Funniest Commercials of the Year in both 2010 and 2011. [11] In 2011, Mustafa guest starred in 2 episodes of ABC's action drama series Charlie's Angels , portraying Detective Ray Goodson, an ex-boyfriend of one of the Angels. [12] The following year, he guest starred in 2 episodes of The CW's spy drama series Nikita , playing the role of Cyrus, a former agent for Division and a member of the "Dirty Thirty". [13]

In April 2013, Mustafa appeared in a commercial for the Israeli beer Maccabee. [14] The following year, he starred in the pilot episode of the USA Network comedy series Sirens as a police officer named Danny. [15] In May 2015, it was announced that Mustafa would portray the werewolf Luke Garroway on the Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters , based on The Mortal Instruments series of novels by Cassandra Clare. [16] In 2018, it was announced that Mustafa would be playing the adult Mike Hanlon in the It sequel . [17]

Old Spice

In February 2010, he gained sudden fame for his main role in the popular The Man Your Man Could Smell Like advertising campaign for Old Spice, which featured his monologues. [5] [18] [19] [20] Mustafa's first commercial in the series was directed by Tom Kuntz. Subsequently, a three-day session created a series of humorous, personalized YouTube videos, with Mustafa reprising the character from the original Old Spice commercial. These were directed at members of the public and celebrities, who had asked him questions on websites such as reddit, Facebook and Twitter. [21] [22]

On July 26, 2011, Old Spice launched a new campaign on YouTube featuring a challenge between Mustafa and Fabio entitled Mano in el Baño. Mustafa said he wasn't worried, even though Fabio has been "the epitome of the sex symbol as a pitchman". Mustafa ultimately emerged as the winner. [23] He resumed his work for Old Spice with a series of advertisements released in January 2014. The campaign featured several webpages selling false products directed at men, which were interrupted with Mustafa suggesting that men buy Old Spice instead. [24] In August 2015, Mustafa once again appeared in Old Spice commercials, this time alongside Terry Crews. [25]

Personal life

Mustafa has one daughter, Haley Mustafa, with his former wife. [26] He previously dated professional wrestler and actress Catherine Joy Perry, better known by her ring name Lana. [27] He married his girlfriend of two years, Lisa Mitchell, on May 26, 2018. [28]

He owned a restaurant, Jo Jo's Barbecue, on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles in 2000, [7] but it has since closed. [6]

Mustafa is a comic book fan; his knowledge of Doctor Doom's first name helped him win $47,000 on The Weakest Link , for a question on the first name of Doctor Frankenstein. [4] The money helped him pursue his post-restaurateur goal of becoming an actor. [6] Mustafa had expressed interest in playing comic book superhero Luke Cage, [29] and appeared as Cage in a Marvel Comics web short, styled after his Old Spice commercials. [30]



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2014 Back in the Day T
2015Girl FluGabriel
2015After the RealityGarreth
2019 It Chapter Two Mike HanlonPost-production


2007 Football Wives Football PlayerTelevision film
2008 Ugly Betty BailiffEpisode: "Odor in the Court"
2009 Days of Our Lives Cleveland Cop2 episodes
2009 NCIS: Los Angeles Brent DuffyEpisode: "Search and Destroy"
2009 Eli Stone Newlywed HusbandEpisode: "Tailspin"
2009 NCIS Oliver NewcombEpisode: "Caged"
2010 Castle Team LeaderEpisode: "Boom!"
2010–2011 Chuck Richard "Rick" Noble 2 episodes
2011 Hot in Cleveland Coach KevinEpisode: "LeBron is Le Gone"
2011 Love Bites Captain CraigEpisode: "Sky High"
2011 Femme Fatales RavenEpisode: "Speed Date"
2011 Charlie's Angels Detective Ray Goodson2 episodes
2012 Rags Reginald WorthTelevision film
2012 Nikita Cyrus2 episodes
2014 Anger Management PaulEpisode: "Charlie Screws a Prisoner's Girlfriend"
2014 Sirens DannyEpisode: "Pilot"
2014 Selfie Mitchell McMoneyEpisode: "Nugget of Wisdom"
2014 Kroll Show HammerEpisode: "Mother Daughter Sister Wife"
2015 Baby Daddy Captain HudsonEpisode: "An Officer and a Gentle Ben"
2016–2019 Shadowhunters Lucian "Luke" GarrowayMain role
2017 Total Divas HimselfEpisode: "What Happens in Vegas..."
2018 Robot Chicken Cottonmouth / Frog / AttorneyVoice role; episode: "Strummy Strummy Sad Sad"

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2011 Gears of War 3 COG Gear (voice)

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