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      Yasiin Bey

      Yasiin Bey

      Highest Rated: 95% Amy (2015)

      Lowest Rated: 17% Where's Marlowe? (1998)

      Birthday: Dec 11, 1973

      Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

      Seminal alternative hip-hop artist and acclaimed actor Mos Def was well on his way to building a screen career when he rocketed into the spotlight with back-to-back album releases, Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star and Black on Both Sides. The notoriety only boosted his acting opportunities, and while he relished the chance to poke fun of the image of rap stars in "Brown Sugar" (2002), Spike Lee's "Bamboozled" (2000), and the animated series "The Boondocks" (Adult Swim, 2005-14), he also showed dramatic talent when far removed from the music world element. Def earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his leading role in "Something the Lord Made" (HBO, 2004), and multiple Image and Black Reel Awards for such diverse offerings as "The Italian Job" (2003) and "Cadillac Records" (2008), in which he was tasked with portraying rock-n-roll icon Chuck Berry. His natural charisma and playful energy made Def a perfect comic foil, but he also proved an appealing leading man in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005) and "16 Blocks" (2006). With his screen versatility and his reputation as one of hip-hop's most introspective and insightful artists, Mos Def enjoyed a unique multi-media career virtually unmatched by any of his rapper-actor peers.

      Highest rated movies

      The Woodsman
      Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap
      Monster's Ball
      Begin Again
      Lackawanna Blues
      The Italian Job
      Life of Crime
      Cadillac Records

      Photos

      Mos Def THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, Mos Def, Martin Freeman, Sam Rockwell, 2005, (c) Touchstone THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, Mos Def, Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschanel, 2005, (c) Touchstone THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, Warwick Davis as Marvin the Paranoid Android, Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, Martin Freeman, 2005, (c) Touchstone THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, Vogan, Mos Def, Martin Freeman, 2005, (c) Touchstone BE KIND REWIND, Mos Def, 2008. ©New Line Cinema THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, Martin Freeman, Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschanel, Mos Def, 2005, (c) Touchstone THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, Mos Def, 2005, (c) Touchstone THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, Mos Def, Martin Freeman, 2005, (c) Touchstone THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, Mos Def, Vogan, Martin Freeman, 2005, (c) Touchstone 16 BLOCKS, Cylk Cozart, Mos Def, David Zayas, 2006, ©Warner Bros. BE KIND REWIND, sitting at table clockwise from left: Mos Def, Jack Black, Mia Farrow, Danny Glover, Melonie Diaz, 2008. ©New Line Cinema BE KIND REWIND, Mos Def, 2008. ©New Line Cinema BE KIND REWIND, Danny Glover, Mos Def, Jack Black, 2008. ©New Line Cinema BE KIND REWIND, Mos Def, Jack Black, 2008. ©New Line Cinema BE KIND REWIND, Melonie Diaz, Mos Def, Jack Black, 2008. ©New Line Cinema BE KIND REWIND, Jack Black, Mos Def, 2008. ©New Line Cinema BE KIND REWIND, Mos Def, 2008. ©New Line Cinema BE KIND REWIND, Mia Farrow, Mos Def, 2008. ©New Line Cinema BE KIND REWIND, Jack Black, Mos Def, 2008. ©New Line Cinema

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hargrove Self - 2022
      95% 87% Amy Self $8.4M 2015
      68% 37% Life of Crime Ordell Robbie (Character) $261.7K 2013
      83% 81% Begin Again Saul (Character) $16.2M 2013
      86% 77% Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap Unknown (Character) $288.3K 2012
      21% 31% Next Day Air Eric (Character) $10.0M 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Number One With a Bullet Unknown (Character) - 2008
      66% 65% Cadillac Records Chuck Berry (Character) $8.1M 2008
      65% 56% Be Kind Rewind Mike (Character) $11.2M 2008
      No Score Yet 91% Prince Among Slaves Narrator - 2006
      No Score Yet 43% Journey to the End of the Night Wemba (Character) - 2006
      55% 57% 16 Blocks Eddie Bunker (Character) $36.9M 2006
      75% 91% Lackawanna Blues The Bandleader (Character) - 2005
      60% 65% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Ford Prefect (Character) $51.0M 2005
      No Score Yet 93% Something the Lord Made Vivien Thomas (Character) - 2004
      88% 77% The Woodsman Sargent Lucas (Character) $1.6M 2004
      72% 80% The Italian Job Left Ear (Character) $106.1M 2003
      17% 80% Civil Brand Michael Meadows (Character) $243.3K 2002
      66% 90% Brown Sugar Chris (Character) $27.4M 2002
      25% 25% Showtime Lazy Boy (Character) $37.9M 2002
      50% 70% Carmen: A Hip Hopera Lt. Miller (Character) - 2001
      85% 67% Monster's Ball Ryrus Cooper (Character) $31.3M 2001
      No Score Yet 2% Island of the Dead Unknown (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme Unknown (Character) - 2000
      53% 74% Bamboozled Big Black (Character) $2.2M 2000
      17% 56% Where's Marlowe? Wilt Crawley (Character) $6.0K 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cosby Mysteries Dante (Character) - 1994

      TV

      Credit
      82% 88% Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy Self 2022
      71% 81% Dexter Brother Sam (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Yo Gabba Gabba! Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Austin City Limits Music Performer 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2009
      90% 96% House Lee (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Host 2001-2005 2007
      No Score Yet 73% My Wife and Kids Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet 40% The Proud Family Himself (Guest Voice) 2002
      83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Leslie Peach (Guest Star) 1997-1998 2000
      69% No Score Yet Spin City Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Brooklyn South Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      0% No Score Yet Dellaventura Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cosby Mysteries Unknown (Character) 1995