Yasiin Bey - Rotten Tomatoes

Yasiin Bey

Highest Rated:   95% Amy (2015)
Lowest Rated:   13% Labor Day (2009)
Birthday:   Not Available
Birthplace:   Not Available
Mos Def may seem, to the casual observer, like a rare example of a musician successfully transitioning into acting, but in truth, his acclaimed music career did not take off until long after he'd cemented himself as a working actor. Nonetheless, the man has built both his music and film careers on a foundation of integrity, earning him critical praise and audience approval for both. His contributions to the underground hip-hop scene started with the 1996 single "Universal Magnetic," a rare example of introspection in a genre dominated by blustering and callousness. Def's film debut, however, came almost ten years before, when he appeared in the 1988 TV movie God Bless the Child at the age of 15. Then going by his birth name, Dante Terrell Smith, Mos Def landed appearances on shows like Here and Now, The Cosby Mysteries, Brooklyn South, Spin City, and NYPD Blue. The spots sustained his career throughout the '90s, as did his roles in feature films like Bamboozled and MTV's Carmen: A Hip Hopera. Slowly but steadily becoming a recognizable face in acting, Mos Def continued to take parts in high-quality films, even if this meant a lower profile for himself as an actor. His supporting roles in Monster's Ball, Brown Sugar, The Italian Job, and The Woodsman, however, garnered him attention on talent alone. In 2004, he co-starred in the HBO movie Something the Lord Made with Alan Rickman and was honored with an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, along with Rickman. By the time Def appeared in 2005's Golden Globe award-winning HBO miniseries Lackawanna Blues alongside Terrence Howard and S. Epatha Merkerson, he was a recognized and sought-after face in film. Def soon afterward donned a British accent for a leading role in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, giving audiences a taste of his comedic skills -- which were also on display in his recurring role on the hit Comedy Central series Chappelle's Show, as well as Michel Gondry's retro comedy Be Kind, Rewind -- which found the actor playing a hapless video store clerk opposite Jack Black. Increasingly versatile, Def was just as effective as a key witness hoping to avoid assassination in Richard Donner's 16 Blocks as he was as legendary rock & roller Chuck Berry in 2008's Cadillac Records. Back on the small screen, Def's recurring role as the haunted Brother Sam on Showtime's Dexter found the actor earning even more critical praise in 2011.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
95% Amy
  • Actor
$7.9M 2015
65% Life Of Crime
  • Ordell Robbie
$0.3M 2014
82% Begin Again
  • Saul
$12.1M 2014
31% A Man's Story
  • Actor
2012
89% Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
  • Actor
$0.3M 2012
57% Re:Generation
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Number One with a Bullet
  • Actor
2009
13% Labor Day
  • Actor
2009
21% Next Day Air
  • Eric
$10.1M 2009
80% ReGeneration
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Poliwood
  • Actor
2009
66% Cadillac Records
  • Chuck Berry
$8.2M 2008
65% Be Kind Rewind
  • Mike
$11.2M 2008
No Score Yet Prince Among Slaves
  • Narrator
2008
38% In Prison My Whole Life
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Black August: A Celebration of Hip-Hop and Our Freedom Fighters
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet A History of DJ Krush
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Journey to the End of the Night
  • Wemba
2007
88% Coachella
  • Actor
2006
71% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • Himself
$148.3M 2006
92% Dave Chappelle's Block Party
  • Actor
$11.8M 2006
56% 16 Blocks
  • Eddie Bunker
$37M 2006
No Score Yet Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop & The Cops
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Journey to the End of the Night
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Alicia Keys: Unplugged
  • Actor
2005
60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Ford Prefect
$51.1M 2005
71% Lackawanna Blues
  • Bandleader
2005
No Score Yet Independent Lens
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Shades of Hip Hop - Cypher
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth
  • Actor
2005
88% The Woodsman
  • Sgt. Lucas
$1.5M 2004
No Score Yet Something the Lord Made
  • Vivien Thomas
2004
No Score Yet Juvies
  • Poetry Narrator
2004
No Score Yet Richard Pryor - I Ain't Dead Yet #%$#@!! Uncensored
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Shades of Hip Hop - Resurrection
  • Actor
2004
16% Civil Brand
  • Michael Meadows
$0.2M 2003
73% The Italian Job
  • Left Ear
$106M 2003
66% Brown Sugar
  • Chris
$27.2M 2002
25% Showtime
  • Lazy Boy
$38M 2002
85% Monster's Ball
  • Ryrus Cooper
$31.3M 2002
No Score Yet European Muslims and Eastern Christians: The Broken Mirrors
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Freshest Kids
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Carmen: A Hip Hopera
  • Lt. Miller
2001
48% Bamboozled
  • Big Black Africa
$1.9M 2000
89% Freestyle
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Island of the Dead
  • Actor
2000
17% Where's Marlowe?
  • Wilt Crawley
1999
No Score Yet Ghosts
  • Dante
1997

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
  • 2014
  • 2007
No Score Yet Voces on PBS
2006-2015
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
78% Dexter
2006-2013
  • Brother Sam
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Austin City Limits
1983
  • Performer
  • 2010
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Lee
  • 2009
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Performer
  • 2009
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Appearing
  • Panelist
  • 2009
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Boondocks
2005-2014
  • Voice
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet NYPD Blue
1993-2005
  • Leslie Peach Levon Wells
  • 2000
  • 1998
  • 1997

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