Barkhad Abdi

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  • Birth Place: Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Family fled war-torn Somalia when he was 7; spent the next seven years in Yemen before moving to Minneapolis at age 14.
  • Worked as a disc jockey and a limo driver.
  • Had never acted before when he answered a local casting call for Captain Phillips (2013).
  • Didn't meet his Captain Phillips co-star Tom Hanks until they filmed the scene where their characters met.
  • Was named an ambassador for Adeso, a humanitarian organization in Africa, in 2013.

Awards

  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2013, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2014, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee

College

  • Attended Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Minnesota, United States

Details

  • Birth Place: Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Profession: Actor

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