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Mos Def


Taking a cue from the Afrocentric stylings of the Native Tongues crew, which included De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest and Andres Titus, Mos Def has emerged as one of the more conscientious voices of new school hip-hop, alongside the likes of Common, Outkast, Goodie Mob and The Roots, to name just a few. A lyricist lounge staple, ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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 2013 Life of Crime
Ordell Robbie (as Yasiin Bey)
 2013/II Begin Again
Saul (as Yasiin Bey)
 2011 Dexter (TV Series)
Brother Sam
- Just Let Go (2011) ... Brother Sam (as Yasiin Bey)
- The Angel of Death (2011) ... Brother Sam (as Yasiin Bey)
- Smokey and the Bandit (2011) ... Brother Sam (as Mos)
- Once Upon a Time... (2011) ... Brother Sam (as Mos)
 2010/I I'm Still Here
Mos
 2010 Yo Gabba Gabba! (TV Series)
Super Mr. Superhero
- Superhero (2010) ... Super Mr. Superhero
 2009 House M.D. (TV Series)
Lee
- Locked In (2009) ... Lee
 2003-2006 Chappelle's Show (TV Series)
Banjo Player / Black Head of the CIA / Rondell, Black Delegation Rep / ...
- Episode #3.2 (2006) ... Banjo Player (uncredited)
- Episode #2.13 (2004) ... Black Head of the CIA
- Episode #2.1 (2004) ... Rondell, Black Delegation Rep
- Episode #1.10 (2003) ... Gen. Cornrow Wallace
- Episode #1.8 (2003) ... Anonymous Actor
 2005 Lackawanna Blues (TV Movie)
The Bandleader
 2004 Focused Digizine #1 (Video)
Blak (VO)
 2002 My Wife and Kids (TV Series)
Tommy
- Chair Man of the Board (2002) ... Tommy
 2002 Brown Sugar
Chris 'Cav' Anton Vichon
 2002 Civil Brand
Michael Meadows
 2001 Monster's Ball
Ryrus Cooper
 2001 The Wayne Brady Show (TV Series)
Mos Def
- Episode #1.2 (2001) ... Mos Def
 2001 Carmen: A Hip Hopera (TV Movie)
Lt. Miller
 2000 Bamboozled
Mau Mau: Big Blak Afrika (Julius Hopkins)
 2000 Island of the Dead (TV Movie)
Robbie J
 1997-2000 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Leslie Peach / Levon Wells
- All's Well That Ends Well (1997) ... Levon Wells
 1998 Where's Marlowe?
Wilt Crawley
 1998 Spin City (TV Series)
Monty the card hustler
- Gentleman's Agreement (1998) ... Monty the card hustler
 1997 Brooklyn South (TV Series)
Darius
- Dublin or Nothin' (1997) ... Darius
- McMurder One (1997) ... Darius
 1997 Dellaventura (TV Series)
Morgue Assistant
- Clean Slate (1997) ... Morgue Assistant (as Dante Beze)
 1997/I Ghosts (Short)
Dante (as Dante Beze)
 1994-1995 The Cosby Mysteries (TV Series)
Dante
- Last Tango (1995) ... Dante (as Dante Beze)
- Camouflage (1994) ... Dante (as Dante Bezé)
- Home, Street Home (1994) ... Dante (as Dante Bezé)
- One Day at a Time (1994) ... Dante (as Dante Bezé)
 1994 The Cosby Mysteries (TV Movie)
Dante (as Dante Bezé)
 1992 Here and Now (TV Series)
Alonzo
- A.J.'s Big Leap (1992) ... Alonzo (as Dante Beze)
- Love Handles (1992) ... Alonzo (as Dante Beze)
 1991 The Hard Way
Dead Romeos (as Dante Smith)
 1990-1991 You Take the Kids (TV Series)
Raymond Kirkland
- Bad Boy (1991) ... Raymond Kirkland (as Dante Beze)
- What I Did for Love (1991) ... Raymond Kirkland (as Dante Beze)
- Fishes Are Like Sisters... You Can't Flush Them Without Feeling Guilty (1991) ... Raymond Kirkland (as Dante Beze)
- The Eggs & I (1990) ... Raymond Kirkland
- Merry Christmas to All and a Pointy Hat to You (1990) ... Raymond Kirkland (as Dante Beze)
 1988 God Bless the Child (TV Movie)
Richard Watkins (as Dante Terrell Smith)
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Other Works:

Music video for Alicia Keys: "Unbreakable" See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 4 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Flaco Bey | Yasiin Bey | Dante Beze | Dante Bezé | Bizet Dante | Smith Dante | MosDef | Mos | Dante Terrell Smith | Dante Smith | Black Star

Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)
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Personal Quote:

What I take from writers I like is their economy -- the ability to use language to very effective ends. The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words -- that's magical. That's what I've been trying to strive for -- to draw a clear picture, to open up a new dimension. See more »

Trivia:

His name is quite appropriate in regards to his character in The Italian Job (2003), who went deaf after blowing up a toilet. See more »

Nickname:

The Mighty Mos Def See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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