Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Highest Rated: 93% Us (2019)

Lowest Rated: 11% Sidney Hall (2017)

Birthday: Jul 15, 1986

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

A critically praised turn as a fleet-footed club owner on "The Get Down" (Netflix, 2016-17) gave actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen a career boost that led to major roles in "The Greatest Showman" (2017) and "Aquaman" (2018). Born July 15, 1987 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Abdul-Mateen was raised in the city's Magnolia Projects before relocating with his family to Oakland, California. There, he harbored a desire to become an actor, but pursued a career in architecture, earning a degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and working for a period of time as a city planner in San Francisco. But upon being laid off, Abdul-Mateen took a risk and focused his energy on becoming an actor; he was soon cast in a local stage production, which prompted him to apply to the Yale Drama School, where he earned a master's degree in fine arts. More stage work followed, including roles with the Williamstown Festival in Massachusetts and New York's Shakespeare in the Park, before Abdul-Mateen made his television debut as Cadillac, a vain, disco-dancing club owner in the Baz Luhrmann-produced "The Get Down." The praise afforded to him by his performance led to steady and diverse work in features and on television; in the former capacity, he moved deftly from broad comedies like "Baywatch" (2017) to musicals like "The Greatest Showman," which cast him as acrobat W.D. Wheeler, and indie efforts like "First Match" (2018), for which he played the estranged father of a teenaged girl and aspiring wrestler. On the small screen, Abdul-Mateen appeared on "The Handmaid's Tale" (Hulu, 2017- ) and was cast in HBO's "Watchmen" series, but his breakout role came in theaters when he was tapped to play the undersea bounty hunter Black Manta, longtime nemesis to "Aquaman" in James Wan's feature adaptation of the venerable DC Comics fantasy title.

Highest rated movies

Us The Trial of the Chicago 7 Candyman First Match Ambulance Aquaman The Matrix Resurrections The Greatest Showman

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom David Kane/Black Manta (Character) - 2023
69% 88% Ambulance Will Sharp (Character) $22.0M 2022
63% 64% The Matrix Resurrections Morpheus/Agent Smith (Character) $37.7M 2021
85% 72% Candyman Anthony McCoy (Character) $61.2M 2021
89% 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 Bobby Seale (Character) - 2020
54% 58% All Day and a Night Big Stunna (Character) - 2020
40% 58% Sweetness in the Belly Aziz (Character) - 2019
93% 60% Us Russel Thomas/Weyland (Character) $175.0M 2019
65% 73% Aquaman Manta (Character) $335.0M 2018
49% 56% Boundaries Serge (Character) $698.4K 2018
85% 82% First Match Darrel (Character) - 2018
11% 78% Sidney Hall Duane (Character) - 2017
56% 86% The Greatest Showman W.D. Wheeler (Character) $174.0M 2017
17% 63% Baywatch Sgt. Ellerbee (Character) $58.0M 2017

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2019 2022
No Score Yet 53% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2021
No Score Yet 48% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2020
No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2020
No Score Yet 66% Desus & Mero Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bottomless Brunch at Colman's Guest 2020
No Score Yet 25% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2019
96% 56% Watchmen Cal Abar (Character) 2019
84% 84% Black Mirror Karl (Character) 2019
No Score Yet 28% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2018
83% 77% The Handmaid's Tale Omar (Guest Star) 2018
81% 88% The Get Down Cadillac (Character) 2016-2017