Isaiah Mustafa is an actor who used to play as wide receiver in National Football League’s practice squad. He became popular for starring in the series of Old Spice television advertising campaign, The Man Your Man Could Smell Like.
Isaiah Mustafa’s Bio, Age
Born Isaiah Amir Mustafa on February 11, 1974, in Portland Oregon, actor Isaiah grew up in Laguna Hills, Califonia. His parents Shahidah Mustafa-Davis and John Wali Mustafa owned and ran a limousine service in that part of California. One of seven children and the youngest of his parents, Isaiah lost his father quite early. His father died in a car crash when he slept off at the wheel late one night.
He and his family later moved to Mission Viejo, California after his death. He attended Santa Clara High School and furthered in Santa Monica College. He was later able to transfer to Moorpark College. Isaiah received his higher education from Arizona State University where he graduated in 1995.
Mustafa was naturally an athlete. Although he didn’t play High School football, he joined basketball team and ran tracks. He also went for Moorpark College’s football team trials in expectation to gain athlete grant. Having become a member, he began as a free safety and subsequently became a wide receiver for Arizona State Sun Devils.
But things didn’t go well for him at the club. He was benched for years and thus no one had the chance to observe what he had to offer. After two years of being benched, he was lucky to play in the 1997 Rose Bowl during the match between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the then-champion Sun Devils.
Originally, Isaiah loved teaching and hoped to become a high school teacher after school. But a sports agent who knew he would make a good player despite his minimal experience recommended he try out for NFL teams. After trials, a professional football team widely called Tennessee Oilers signed him but not as part of the team’s main roster. He was sent to NFL Europe’s Barcelona Dragons in 1998. The following year, he spent some time at Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Brown’s. In 2000, he joined Seattle Seahawks training camp.
Before his camp training, Mustafa showed that he could also do well in acting and then pursued a career in acting in the 1990s. He started with minor roles on different television series such as Days of Our lives, Ugly Betty, etc. His acting skills attracted the attention of the euphoric audience, so he decided to focus more on acting than in football.
Accordingly, he sealed a talent deal with NBC in 2010 and has since been a more regular face on the TV than he is in sports. He starred in the comedy film Horrible Bosses as a supporting actor. But his fame came for his shirtless commercial in Old Spice’s The Man Your Man Could Smell Like campaign in 2010.
The actor who played the Old Spice character has also hosted TBS special Funniest commercials of the year in 2010 and 2011. He has also been a guest in 2 episodes of ABC’s action drama series Charlie’s Angels. Mustafa played Cyrus in the two episodes of the CW’s spy drama series Nikita. So far, there are many TV shows and films to his credit including Sirens, Shadowhunters, The Last Supper and more. He also appeared on Madea’s Big Happy Family.
His Daughter, Wife
Mustafa doesn’t just know how to encourage men to smell like a man like him, he also knows how to propose like a man. The former footballer proposed to his girlfriend Lisa Mitchell in 2016. The proposal happened in New Zealand on Christmas Eve. The engaged duo is yet to walk down the aisle.
But this isn’t the first time Mustafa will be planning to be married. He had been married before but he separated from his ex-wife with whom he shares a daughter named Haley Mustafa. Not much is known about his ex-wife but it appears they have moved on for good.
There is no doubt that Isaiah Mustafa captured many ladies hearts with his good-looking face and attractive stature in the Old Spice ad. Apart from having a well-chiseled body, the former wide receiver is a very tall man with an uncommon height of 6 feet 3 and a half inches, which is around 1.92 meters.
Isaiah Mustafa has an accomplished career. On top of his football and acting careers, he once owned a restaurant known as Jo Jo’s Balance Barbecue. Although closed, it was part of his sources of income. Also, one time he won $47,000 on the Weakest Link for correctly stating the first name of Doctor Frankenstein on their question and answer time. It was the money that sustained him when he was pursuing his goal of becoming an actor. Today that he has reached his goal, the actor has a net worth of $5 million thanks to his skillfulness at his jobs.