Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Date Of Birth:
15 July 1986
Place Of Birth:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Best Known As:
Cal Abar in the TV version of 'Watchmen'
Actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II won an Emmy in 2020 for his role as Cal Abar in the mini-series Watchmen (starring Regina King). On the big screen, Abdul-Mateen is best known as Black Manta (David Kane) in the DC superhero movie Aquaman (2018). Born in New Orleans, Abdul-Mateen moved to California as a teen and went to high school in Oakland. He earned a degree in architecture in 2011, then worked as a city planner until being laid off. By then Abdul-Mateen had caught the acting bug, so he applied to drama schools. He graduated from the Yale School of Drama in 2015. He didn’t have to wait long for a career boost: in 2016 he was cast as a villainous disco king in the Baz Luhrman series The Get Down (2016-17). This came a steady streak of career ups. After Watchmen (2019) Abdul-Mateen appeared the 2020 film The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Abdul-Mateen played Bobby Seale). In late 2020 Abdul-Mateen was cast in the reboot of the horror film Candyman and the third sequel to The Matrix (1999, starring Keanu Reeves).
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