Barkhad Abdi

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Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi at LFCC Awards.jpg
Abdi at the 34th London Film Critics Circle Awards, February 2014
Native name برخد عبدي
Born (1985-04-10) April 10, 1985 (age 29)
Mogadishu, Somalia
Residence Los Angeles
Occupation Actor, film director
Years active 2013–present

Barkhad Abdi (Somali: Barkhad Cabdi, Arabic: برخد عبدي‎; born April 10, 1985) is a Somali American actor and director. He made his debut in the 2013 film Captain Phillips, for which he received various film award nominations, including Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Academy Awards and BAFTA, the latter of which he went on to win.

Personal life[edit]

Abdi was born in Mogadishu, in the southern Banaadir region of Somalia. He was raised in Yemen.[1] In 1999, at the age of 14, he moved with his family to Minneapolis, Minnesota. He subsequently attended Minnesota State University Moorhead.[1]

Before entering the film industry, Abdi sold mobile phones at his brother's shop at a mall in Minneapolis.[2] He also worked as a limousine driver at a relative's chauffeur company, and as a disc jockey.[3][4]

In 2013, Abdi also began to serve as an Ambassador for the NGO Adeso founded by the Somali environmentalist Fatima Jibrell.[5]

He resides in Los Angeles.[6]

Career[edit]

Abdi made his film debut in the 2013 film Captain Phillips, in which he played ship hijacker and pirate leader Abduwali Muse.[7][8] He was cast following a worldwide search for the lead roles. Abdi and three other actors were subsequently chosen from among more than 700 participants at a 2011 casting call in Minneapolis. According to the search casting director, the four were selected because they were "the chosen ones, that anointed group that stuck out."[9]

For the role, he was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and a Golden Globe Award. He won a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.[10] Abdi's experience in Captain Phillips was his first in the film industry.[11] He was paid $65,000 USD for his role in the movie.[12] After film production, Abdi returned to work at his brother's store.[13]

Abdi is currently directing a film, titled Ciyaalka Xaafada. He has also directed several music videos.[1] As of January 2014, he is reading scripts for a television show.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Captain Phillips Abduwali Muse BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance - Male
Capri Breakout Actor Award
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)
Indiana Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Supporting Actor of the Year
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
Nominated—Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society for Best Supporting Actor[15]
Nominated—Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer
Nominated—Gold Derby Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture[16]
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Iowa Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—North Carolina Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor[17]
2015 Trainwreck

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Production Notes". The Walt Disney Company Nordic. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Goodyear, Dana (3 March 2014). "The Pictures - Contender". The New Yorker. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Oscar nod for Minneapolis' Barkhad Abdi in 'Captain Phillips'". KARE. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Bertram, Colin (12 January 2014). "2014 Golden Globes: Old Guard vs. New". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Adeso Ambassador Barkhad Abdi appeals for Somali cyclone aid". Mareeg. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Lammers, Tim (5 March 2014). "Report: Fresh off Oscar nomination, Barkhad Abdi ‘dead broke’". Bringmethenews. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Ryan, Mike. "I Can't Believe I'm Doing A Scene With The Forrest Gump Guy!". Huffington Post. 
  8. ^ "Somali-American Actor Stars in 'Captain Phillips' Movie". Voice of America. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Seavert, Lindsey (October 8, 2013). "4 Mpls. men co-star in Tom Hanks film 'Captain Phillips'". KARE. Gannett Company. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.goldenglobes.com/2014/best-supporting-actor-motion-picture
  11. ^ Rottenberg, Josh. "Oscars 2014: Barkhad Abdi reacts to his Best Supporting Actor nomination". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  12. ^ ‘Captain Phillips’ Oscar Nominee Barkhad Abdi Is Broke Yahoo via TheWrap.com
  13. ^ Covert, Colin (12 January 2014). "First-time Minneapolis actor Barkhad Abdi is in "state of shock" over his sudden fame". Star Tribune. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  14. ^ Heilbron, Alexandra (24 January 2014). "Captain Phillips Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi talks about sudden fame". Tribute. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  15. ^ http://www.awardscircuit.com/2013/12/09/short-term-12-and-american-hustle-lead-detroit-film-critics-society-nominees/
  16. ^ "Golden Globes nominations 2014: The complete list of nominees http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-golden-globes-nominees-winners-complete-list,0,6845028.story#ixzz2nHFQAIlb". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  17. ^ http://www.awardscircuit.com/2013/12/09/st-louis-film-critics-nominations-michael-b-jordan-shows-up-for-fruitvale-station/

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