He has appeared in several stage productions including The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, The Jungle Book and a production of Around the World in 80 Days. He is known for his on screen roles such as Vincent on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Fernald the Hook-Handed Man in A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Usman Ally was born in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) to Pakistani parents. He grew up in Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, and Pakistan. According to Ally, his father was "involved in trade between African countries — textiles and things of that sort", and hence his parents spent three decades living and moving across southern and eastern Africa. He identifies himself as an "African-American Pakistani."
At age 18, he moved to the United States and attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, majoring in theater and cultural anthropology. While there, he was introduced to a group called Prisoners of Politics, and began to take part in slam poetry and hip hop performances. Soon after graduating from Lewis and Clark, he attended the University of Florida, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Fine Arts in acting. He has lived in Portland, Chicago and Los Angeles.
|2008||The Group||Sunil||Short film|
|2009||Chicago Overcoat||Pawnshop Owner|
|2011||Our Fathers||Ahmed||Short film|
|2012||Just Like a Woman||Ousman|
|2013||Star Trek Into Darkness||U.S.S. Vengeance Officer|
|2016||Love Meet Hope||Andrew|
|2011||The Chicago Code||Abrahm||Episode: "St. Valentine's Day Massacre"|
|2011||Damages||Nasim Marwat||4 episodes|
|2012||Boss||Joe Young||Episodes: "Mania" and "Redemption"|
|2013||Blue Bloods||Vendor||Episode: "No Regrets"|
|2014||Mind Games||Charles||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2014||Person of Interest||Jamal Risha||Episode: "Allegiance"|
|2014–15||Madam Secretary||Zahed Javani||Episodes: "Blame Canada", "The Ninth Circle" and "Tamerlane"|
|2015||Castle||Bilal Jafari||Episode: "Sleeper"|
|2015||The Player||Hamid||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2016||Blindspot||Hakim||Episode: "Cease Forcing Enemy"|
|2016||Helen & Grace||Coach||Episodes: "Meet Helen & Grace" and "Stand for Something"|
|2016||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Vincent||Episodes: "Meet the New Boss", "Lockup" and "The Good Samaritan"|
|2016||The Librarians||Security Lt. Becker||Episode: "And the Fangs of Death"|
|2016–17||Veep||Ambassador Al Jaffar||6 episodes|
|2017–19||A Series of Unfortunate Events||Fernald the Hook-Handed Man||22 episodes|
|2017||Just Add Magic||Mr. Morris||4 episodes|
|2017-2018||Mike Tyson Mysteries||Raji (voice)||2 Episodes|
|2017-19||Suits||Andrew Malik||Episodes: "Shame", “Donna”, “Rocky 8” and "Prisoner's Dilemma"|
|2017||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Morsi Driver||Episode: "Never Wait for Seconds!"|
|2017||Brooklyn Animal Control||Lawyer|
|2019||Better Things||Dr. Babu|
|2019||On Becoming a God in Central Florida||Stan Van Grundegaard|
|2016||Uncharted 4: A Thief's End||Asav||Multiplayer only|
|2017||Uncharted: The Lost Legacy||Also motion capture|
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- "Angry Reader of the Week: Usman Ally". Angry Asian Man. 1 June 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- Metz, Nina (14 June 2017). "Like so many others, Usman Ally goes from Chicago to 'Veep'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Usman Ally On His 'Veep' Role As a Turning Point for Muslims on TV". Awards Daily. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Usman Ally: The Pakistani American Actor Who Seems to Be Everywhere". India West. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Five Questions with Usman Ally, Star of 'Nobodies', 'Veep' and 'Series Of Unfortunate Events'". Huffington Post. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- Soloski, Alexis (27 December 2014). "Usman Ally Discusses his Roles". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Usman Ally on identity politics in ATC's 'Disgraced'". WBEZ. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- Waterhouse, Ben (28 September 2015). "Character Builder". Lewis & Clark. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- Sean Fitz-Gerald (January 13, 2017). "Every 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' Actor You Need to Know About". Thrillist. Retrieved January 9, 2019.