Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was born on July 15, 1986 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Aquaman (2018), Baywatch (2017) and The Greatest Showman (2017). See full bio »

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Known For

Aquaman Manta
Baywatch Sgt. Ellerbee
The Greatest Showman W.D. Wheeler
Us Russel Thomas / Weyland


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 2020 Candyman (filming)
 2019 Watchmen (TV Series) (post-production)
Cal Abar
- Episode #1.10 (2019) ... Cal Abar
- Episode #1.9 (2019) ... Cal Abar
- Episode #1.8 (2019) ... Cal Abar
- Episode #1.7 (2019) ... Cal Abar
- Episode #1.6 (2019) ... Cal Abar
 2019 Black Mirror (TV Series)
- Striking Vipers (2019) ... Karl
 2019 Us
Russel Thomas / Weyland
 2018 Aquaman
 2018 The Handmaid's Tale (TV Series)
- Baggage (2018) ... Omar
 2018/I Boundaries
 2018 First Match
 2017 The Greatest Showman
W.D. Wheeler
 2017 Baywatch
Sgt. Ellerbee
 2016-2017 The Get Down (TV Series)
- Only from Exile Can We Come Home (2017) ... Cadillac
- Gamble Everything (2017) ... Cadillac
- The Beat Says, This Is the Way (2017) ... Cadillac
- One by One, Into the Dark (2017) ... Cadillac
- Unfold Your Own Myth (2017) ... Cadillac
 2012 Crescendo (Short)
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When I think about it, I was working very hard the summer before I applied to graduate school. I was going to the library every day in the summer. I read a play a day for about three months. I was taking audition classes, and I was reciting lines to myself and acting as my own scene partner. But I was having fun. See more »


Studied drama at Yale. He was also accepted into New York University and Harvard. See more »

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