Barkhad Abdi Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 10 April 1985Mogadishu, Somalia
Birth NameBarkhad Abdinasir Abdi
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Barkhad Abdi was born on April 10, 1985 in Mogadishu, Somalia as Barkhad Abdinasir Abdi. He is an actor, known for Captain Phillips (2013), The 86th Annual Academy Awards (2014) and Eye in the Sky (2015).

Trade Mark (1)

Skeletal figure and pronounced front teeth

Trivia (5)

When he was seven years old, his family moved from Somalia to Yemen to escape the civil war. His family moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota when he was age 14.
Was working as a chauffeur when he was cast in Captain Phillips (2013). He had no previous acting experience or any aspirations to become an actor.
His father is a teacher.
Is one of four children. He has two brothers and a sister. He is the second oldest.
Formerly worked with his brother in a mobile phone store and also as DJ.

Personal Quotes (12)

I was lucky enough to have parents that took me out from country to country and go to school and learn how to be a better person.
I don't see myself only as a Somali character. I think of myself as an actor, and if the job fits me and I like the story, I will go for it.
I would DJ pool parties in Minneapolis, but I never swam there!
I just want to keep acting and better my craft and see how far it goes.
I left Somalia when I was seven years old, but I witnessed a whole year in a war.
It is weird. A lot of people try to ask me political questions. I'm not a politician.
I like 'The Usual Suspects'. Great film. I also like 'Scarface', films like that. Lots of gangster films. I really like watching all kinds of films, dramas, romance. I'll watch comedies. I like Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle. I'd like to meet them.
When you work with a great director, you realise you are far from being a director.
I used to play football all the time. In the U.S., people don't play football, so I had to learn basketball. Looking back, that's what I like about my life - doing new things, having a new perspective.
I was never interested in becoming an actor. I was directing videos. I was never into acting. I was into shooting music videos. I've only ever been behind the camera. Never in front of it.
What I believe will make my acting career successful going forward is hard work. I like to challenge myself. Then it's the people I meet and choosing the projects I want to work on correctly. There's a lot of characters I can play.
When I was leaving Yemen to come to America, things were tough. My dad had just been laid off, and it was a challenge. When I lived in Yemen, I thought America was a perfect place. Everything was bigger and better. I dreamed big. The American dream, you know? You have to work hard for your dream to come true.

Salary (1)

Captain Phillips (2013) $65,000

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