Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Headshot

Actor

Birth Date: July 15, 1986

Age: 37 years old

Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana

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.

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Aquaman and the Lost KingdomStream

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Black Manta
Movie
2023
34%

Aquaman 2 - O Reino Perdido (Acessibilidade)

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Black Manta
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2023

Sherri

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2022

Ambulance: Extras

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2022

AmbulanceStream

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Will Sharp
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2022
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The Matrix Resurrections: Extras

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2021

CBS Mornings

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2021

CandymanStream

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Anthony McCoy
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2021
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The Matrix ResurrectionsStream

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Morpheus/Agent Smith
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2021
63%

The Drew Barrymore ShowStream

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2020

GMA3: What You Need to Know

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2020

Bottomless Brunch at Colman's

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2020

The Trial of the Chicago 7Stream

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Bobby Seale
Movie
2020
89%

All Day and a Night

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Big Stunna
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2020

WatchmenStream

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Cal Abar
Series
2019
96%

Desus & Mero

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2019

UsStream

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Russel Thomas/Weyland
Movie
2019
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Sweetness in the Belly

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Aziz
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2019

Today 3rd Hour

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2018

AquamanStream

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Manta
Movie
2018
66%

Boundaries

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Serge
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2018

First Match

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Darrel
Movie
2018

The Handmaid's TaleStream

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Omar
Series
2017
83%

The Greatest ShowmanStream

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W.D. Wheeler
Movie
2017
56%

BaywatchStream

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Sgt. Ellerbee
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2017
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The Vanishing of Sidney HallStream

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Duane
Movie
2017
11%

The Get DownStream

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Cadillac
Series
2016
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The Daily Show with Trevor NoahStream

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2015

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

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2015

Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter

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2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

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2015

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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2014

Black MirrorStream

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Karl
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2011
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The One Show

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2006

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2006

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2003

Last Call With Carson Daly

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2002

Good Morning America

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