Yasiin Bey

Yasiin Bey

Highest Rated: 95% Amy (2015)

Lowest Rated: 16% Civil Brand (2002)

Birthday: Dec 11, 1973

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Seminal alternative hip-hop artist and acclaimed actor Mos Def was well on his way to building a screen career when he rocketed into the spotlight with back-to-back album releases, Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star and Black on Both Sides. The notoriety only boosted his acting opportunities, and while he relished the chance to poke fun of the image of rap stars in "Brown Sugar" (2002), Spike Lee's "Bamboozled" (2000), and the animated series "The Boondocks" (Adult Swim, 2005-14), he also showed dramatic talent when far removed from the music world element. Def earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his leading role in "Something the Lord Made" (HBO, 2004), and multiple Image and Black Reel Awards for such diverse offerings as "The Italian Job" (2003) and "Cadillac Records" (2008), in which he was tasked with portraying rock-n-roll icon Chuck Berry. His natural charisma and playful energy made Def a perfect comic foil, but he also proved an appealing leading man in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005) and "16 Blocks" (2006). With his screen versatility and his reputation as one of hip-hop's most introspective and insightful artists, Mos Def enjoyed a unique multi-media career virtually unmatched by any of his rapper-actor peers.


Highest Rated Movies



95% 87% Amy Himself (Character) $8.4M 2015
83% 81% Begin Again Saul (Character) $16.2M 2013
68% 37% Life of Crime Ordell Robbie (Character) $261.7K 2013
86% 77% Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap Unknown (Character) $288.3K 2012
21% 31% Next Day Air Eric (Character) $10M 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Number One With a Bullet Unknown (Character) - 2008
65% 56% Be Kind Rewind Mike (Character) $11.2M 2008
67% 65% Cadillac Records Chuck Berry (Character) $8.1M 2008
No Score Yet 91% Prince Among Slaves Narrator - 2006
No Score Yet 43% Journey to the End of the Night Wemba (Character) - 2006
56% 57% 16 Blocks Eddie Bunker (Character) $36.9M 2006
60% 65% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Ford Prefect (Character) $51M 2005
75% 91% Lackawanna Blues The Bandleader (Character) - 2005
88% 77% The Woodsman Sargent Lucas (Character) $1.6M 2004
No Score Yet 93% Something the Lord Made Vivien Thomas (Character) - 2004
73% 80% The Italian Job Left Ear (Character) $106.1M 2003
25% 25% Showtime Lazy Boy (Character) $37.9M 2002
66% 90% Brown Sugar Chris (Character) $27.4M 2002
16% 81% Civil Brand Michael Meadows (Character) $243.3K 2002
85% 67% Monster's Ball Ryrus Cooper (Character) $31.3M 2001
No Score Yet 70% Carmen: A Hip Hopera Lt. Miller (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme Unknown (Character) - 2000
52% 74% Bamboozled Big Black (Character) $2.2M 2000
17% 53% Where's Marlowe? Wilt Crawley (Character) $6K 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cosby Mysteries Dante (Character) - 1994


71% 80% Dexter Brother Sam (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Yo Gabba Gabba! Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Austin City Limits Music Performer 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2009
90% 96% House Lee (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Host 2007 2001-2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Wife and Kids Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Proud Family Himself (Guest Voice) 2002
84% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Leslie Peach (Guest Star) 2000 1997-1998
66% No Score Yet Spin City Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brooklyn South Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
0% No Score Yet Dellaventura Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cosby Mysteries Unknown (Character) 1995


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