Barkhad Abdi

Barkhad Abdi

Highest Rated: 95% Eye in the Sky (2015)

Lowest Rated: 60% The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2018)

Birthday: Apr 10, 1985

Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

Somali-born Barkhad Abdi gave one of the most indelible performances of 2013, playing a real-life pirate who overtook an American freighter in the harrowing thriller "Captain Phillips" from director Paul Greengrass. Despite having never acted before, Abdi's soulful presence underscored the desperation of hijacker Abduwali Muse, who abducted American captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) in an ill-fated attempt to gain a fortune in ransom money. Like the Cambodian doctor Haing S. Ngor did for his role in "The Killing Fields" (1984), Abdi drew on his own real-life experiences as a witness to the violence in Somalia for his performance and earned an Oscar nomination for his efforts. In the process, Abdi not only delivered a stellar performance which launched a promising acting career, but also put a sympathetic face on the conditions that drove many of his countrymen to commit criminal acts like those depicted in the film.

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Movies

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Tyson's Run Aklilu (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet 62% Beneath a Sea of Lights Caweys (Character) - 2020
89% No Score Yet A Girl From Mogadishu Hassan (Character) - 2019
60% 83% The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Wiraj (Character) $56.7K 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet L'extraordinaire voyage du Fakir Unknown (Character) - 2018
67% 71% The Pirates of Somalia Abdi (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 55% Extortion Miguel Kaba (Character) - 2017
92% 81% Good Time Dash (Character) $2M 2017
88% 81% Blade Runner 2049 Doc Badger (Character) $91.5M 2017
95% 82% Eye in the Sky Jama Farah (Character) $18.7M 2015
No Score Yet 100% Men in the Arena Unknown (Character) - 2015
93% 89% Captain Phillips Muse (Character) $107.1M 2013

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88% 79% Castle Rock Abdi Omar (Character) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Today Live Guest 2016
No Score Yet 61% Family Guy Abduwali Muse (Guest Voice) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Canada Guest 2016
No Score Yet 73% Hawaii Five-0 Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2013

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