Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (born July 15, 1986) is an American actor, best known for his role Cadillac in the television series The Get Down. He also starred in Baywatch and The Greatest Showman (both 2017), and will portray the villain Black Manta in DC's Aquaman (2018).
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Education||University of California, Berkeley (BArch)|
Yale University (MFA)
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
Early life and educationEdit
Abdul-Mateen was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to a Muslim father, Yahya Abdul-Mateen I (born John Ford) and Christian mother, Mary. He spent his childhood in the Magnolia Projects of New Orleans, and then moved to Oakland, California, where he attended the McClymonds High School. In 2004, he went to college where he competed as a hurdler for the California Golden Bears. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in architecture and then worked as a city planner in San Francisco. He'd always wanted to be an actor, so later he got a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama and worked as a stage actor.
In 2016, Abdul-Mateen began his career with the Baz Luhrmann's musical drama series The Get Down, which premiered on Netflix. His character Clarence "Cadillac" Caldwell is a prince of the disco world. He was praised for his role in the series.
Abdul-Mateen played a police officer, Garner Ellerbee, in the action comedy film Baywatch along with Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, and directed by Seth Gordon. The film was released on May 25, 2017. He also played WD Wheeler, a smart hand-to-hand acrobat partner, in the musical film The Greatest Showman (2017), along with Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, and Zac Efron, about the famous American showman P.T. Barnum.
He will also star in the road trip drama film Boundaries, along with Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer, directed and written by Shana Feste. In January 2017, Abdul-Mateen was cast as the DC Comics villain Black Manta in the film Aquaman, which started shooting in May in Australia.
|2017||The Vanishing of Sidney Hall||Duane Jones|
|Baywatch||Sgt. Garner Ellerbee|
|The Greatest Showman||W. D. Wheeler|
|Aquaman||David Kane / Black Manta|
|All Day & A Night||Post-production|
|TBA||Sweetness in the Belly||Aziz||Filming|
|2016–17||The Get Down||Clarence "Cadillac" Caldwell||11 episodes|
|2018||The Handmaid's Tale||Omar||Episode: "Baggage"|
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