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Yasiin Bey


Regarded as one of hip-hop's most introspective and insightful artists, Mos Def has shaped a career that transcends music genres and artistic medium. 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 ... 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/II Begin Again
Saul
 2011 Dexter (TV Series)
Brother Sam
- Just Let Go (2011) ... Brother Sam
- 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 Def (as Mos Def)
 2010 Yo Gabba Gabba! (TV Series)
Super Mr. Superhero
- Superhero (2010) ... Super Mr. Superhero (as Mos Def)
 2010 Gorillaz Featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack: Stylo (Video short) (as Mos Def)
 2009 Next Day Air
Eric (as Mos Def)
 2009 House M.D. (TV Series)
Lee
- Locked In (2009) ... Lee (as Mos Def)
 2008 Cadillac Records
Chuck Berry (as Mos Def)
 2005-2008 The Boondocks (TV Series)
Gangstalicious
- The Story of Gangstalicious: Part 2 (2008) ... Gangstalicious (voice, as Mos Def)
- Thank You for Not Snitching (2007) ... Gangstalicious (voice, as Mos Def)
- The Story of Gangstalicious (2005) ... Gangstalicious (voice, as Mos Def)
 2008 Be Kind Rewind
Mike (as Mos Def)
 2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Mos Def (as Mos Def)
 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 (as Mos Def)
- Episode #2.1 (2004) ... Rondell, Black Delegation Rep (as Mos Def)
- Episode #1.10 (2003) ... Gen. Cornrow Wallace (as Mos Def)
- Episode #1.8 (2003) ... Anonymous Actor (as Mos Def)
 2006 Journey to the End of the Night
Wemba (as Mos Def)
 2006 16 Blocks
Eddie Bunker (as Mos Def)
 2005 Lackawanna Blues (TV Movie)
The Bandleader (as Mos Def)
 2004 Something the Lord Made (TV Movie)
Vivien Thomas (as Mos Def)
 2004 Focused Digizine #1 (Video)
Blak (VO) (as Mos Def)
 2004 The Woodsman
Sgt. Lucas (as Mos Def)
 2003 The Italian Job
Left Ear (as Mos Def)
 2002 My Wife and Kids (TV Series)
Tommy
- Chair Man of the Board (2002) ... Tommy (as Mos Def)
 2002 Brown Sugar
Chris 'Cav' Anton Vichon (as Mos Def)
 2002 Civil Brand
Michael Meadows (as Mos Def)
 2002 Showtime
Lazy Boy (as Mos Def)
 2001 Monster's Ball
Ryrus Cooper (as Mos Def)
 2001 The Wayne Brady Show (TV Series)
Mos Def
- Episode #1.2 (2001) ... Mos Def (as Mos Def)
 2001 Carmen: A Hip Hopera (TV Movie)
Lt. Miller (as Mos Def)
 2000 Bamboozled
Mau Mau: Big Blak Afrika (Julius Hopkins) (as Mos Def)
 2000 Island of the Dead (TV Movie)
Robbie J (as Mos Def)
 1997-2000 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Leslie Peach / Levon Wells
- Stressed for Success (2000) ... Leslie Peach (as Mos Def)
- Czech Bouncer (1998) ... Leslie Peach (as Mos Def)
- All's Well That Ends Well (1997) ... Levon Wells (as Mos Def)
 1998 Where's Marlowe?
Wilt Crawley (as Mos Def)
 1998 Spin City (TV Series)
Monty
- Gentleman's Agreement (1998) ... Monty (as Mos' Def)
 1997 Brooklyn South (TV Series)
Darius
- Dublin or Nothin' (1997) ... Darius (as Mos Def)
- McMurder One (1997) ... Darius (as Mos Def)
 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)
- Lovers and Other Dangers (1992) ... (as Mos Def)
 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 (as Mos Def)
- 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

Album (with Talib Kweli), "Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star," Rawkus/MCA/Universal Records (112 897). See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

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

Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)
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Personal Quote:

There are a lot of people who call themselves teachers or leaders, but they're really just propagandists. 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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