Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (born July 15, 1986) is an American architect and actor. He is best known for portraying David Kane / Black Manta in the DC Extended Universe superhero film Aquaman (2018) and Cal Abar in the HBO limited series Watchmen (2019). For the latter, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Abdul-Mateen 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, and a Christian mother, Mary. He spent his childhood in the Magnolia Projects of New Orleans, and then moved to Oakland, California, where he attended McClymonds High School.
He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in architecture and then worked as a city planner in San Francisco. While at Berkeley, he became a member of the fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha and competed as a hurdler for the California Golden Bears. He stated that he had always wanted to be an actor, later receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama and working as a stage actor.
In 2016, Abdul-Mateen began his acting career with 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 performance 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), which also starred Efron, as well as with Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya, about American showman P.T. Barnum.
In 2018, he starred in the road trip drama film Boundaries, along with Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer, directed and written by Shana Feste; and played DC Comics villain Black Manta in the film Aquaman, which started shooting in May 2017 in Australia. In 2018, Abdul-Mateen was cast in the horror film Us, directed by Jordan Peele, which was released in March 2019. Abdul-Mateen co-stars in the HBO series Watchmen.
In February 2019, it was confirmed that Abdul-Mateen was in talks to star in the Jordan Peele-produced Candyman reboot as the title character, with Nia DaCosta directing. A trailer for the film was released on February 27, 2020, with the film due to theaters on September 25, 2020.
|2017||The Vanishing of Sidney Hall||Duane Jones|
|Baywatch||Sgt. Garner Ellerbee|
|The Greatest Showman||W. D. Wheeler|
|Aquaman||David Kane / Black Manta|
|2019||Us||Russel Thomas / Weyland|
|Sweetness in the Belly||Aziz|
|2020||All Day and a Night||Big Stunna|
|Candyman||Anthony McCoy / Candyman||Post-production|
|The Trial of the Chicago 7||Bobby Seale||Post-production|
|2022||The Matrix 4||Filming|
|2016–2017||The Get Down||Clarence "Cadillac" Caldwell||11 episodes|
|2018||The Handmaid's Tale||Omar||Episode: "Baggage"|
|2019||Black Mirror||Karl||Episode: "Striking Vipers"|
|Watchmen||Cal Abar / Jon Osterman / Doctor Manhattan||8 episodes|
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