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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Biography

Birth Place:
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Actor, architect

Fast Facts

  • Was raised in the Magnolia Projects of New Orleans
  • Competed as a hurdler for the California Golden Bears in college
  • Was previously an architect and city planner before beginning his acting career
  • Was awarded Yale School of Drama's esteemed Herschel Williams Prize
  • Made his professional acting debut playing Cadillac in the musical drama series The Get Down, which was created by Baz Luhrmann


  • 2020Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner


  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen -- Father
  • Mary Abdul-Mateen -- Mother