Kae-Kazim at a 24 screening event in Los Angeles (2009)
Hakeem Kae-Kazim /
Kae-Kazim was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where he spent his early years before his family re-located to London, England. His interest in acting began with school plays and The National Youth Theatre, which is when he discovered that he had "a love for theatre, for acting". He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 1987 and was offered a space with The Royal Shakespeare Company, where he continued his classical training.
Film and television career
After working alongside Brian Cox and Ian McKellen for The Royal National Theatre, Kae-Kazim made a successful transition into British television, appearing in The Bill, Trial & Retribution and multiple episodes of popular BBC series Grange Hill. He then moved to South Africa, where he became well known for film and television roles. However, it was his role as Georges Rutaganda in the critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated film Hotel Rwanda, which brought him to international attention.
Following the success of Hotel Rwanda, Kae-Kazim re-located to Los Angeles, which brought a range of new opportunities his way. He went on to appear in Slipstream alongside Sean Astin and The Front Line before starring in the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End as Captain Jocard. He followed it with a role in the blockbuster, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Kae-Kazim appeared in various hit television shows including Lost, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Criminal Minds. He also starred as Colonel Iké Dubaku in season 7 of the Fox television series 24 and the television movie tie-in 24: Redemption. Kae-Kazim continued to build up a following with roles in Gotham and Dominion, although his longest running role has been in the Michael Bay produced Starz series, Black Sails. Speaking about his character, Mr Scott, Kae-Kazim claimed to have based him on pirate of the time, Black Caesar. He played Samson in part one of the 2016 miniseries remake Roots. In November 2017, Kae-Kazim was cast in the recurring role of Cesil Colby on The CW reboot series Dynasty.
Called the 'Man with a Beautiful Voice', Kae-Kazim has also done extensive voiceover work ranging from television and radio to video games. His voice has been featured in a number of well known video games including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Final Fantasy XIV, Halo 3 ODST, Halo: Reach, Guild Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, The Golden Compass and The Saboteur. Kae-Kazim has spoken of voice over work as being "a lot of fun", and something he enjoys doing.
Kae-Kazim is an appointed global ambassador for Africa 2.0, a civil society organisation providing a platform for emerging and established African leaders to drive forward the transformation of Africa.
Speaking about his role as ambassador, Kae-Kazim said: “I am truly honoured to be associated with Africa 2.0 – a pioneering platform for a new generation of African leaders to inspire and create a solid infrastructure- to shape a brighter future for our continent”.
|Year 2006||Title The Librarian||Role Jomo|
|1999||After the Rain||Bingo|
|1999||The Secret Laughter of Women||Dr. Ade|
|2003||God Is African||Femi|
|2004||Coming to South Africa||Mike|
|2004||Hotel Rwanda||Georges Rutaganda|
|2005||Coming to South Africa 2||Mike|
|2005||Out on a Limb||D.I. Edwards|
|2005||Othello: A South African Tale||Iago|
|2006||The Front Line||Erasmus|
|2007||Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End||Captain Jocard|
|2007||Big Fellas||Ray Whitehead|
|2009||X-Men Origins: Wolverine||African Businessman|
|2009||The One Last Time (short)||Batman|
|2009||Hurricane in the Rose Garden||Eddie|
|2009||The Fourth Kind||Awolowa Odusami|
|2009||Darfur||Captain Jack Tobamke|
|2010||Faith and Dreams (short)||Rebel Leader|
|2011||CIS: Las Gidi||Commander Mohammad|
|2011||Man on Ground||Ade|
|2012||Last Flight to Abuja||Adesola|
|2012||The American Failure (short)||Detective Matheis|
|2013||Half of a Yellow Sun||Captain DUTSE|
|2015||The Boy (short)||The Father|
|2015||Dias Santana (completed)||Obi Mukwa|
|2015||Daylight's End (post-production)||Chris Whitlock|
|2015||Chasing the Rain (post-production)||Mutua|
|2015||Yefon (pre-production)||Fon Nto|
|1987||The District Nurse||Ademola|
|1992||Double Vision (TV Movie)||Barman|
|1993||Runaway Bay||Henry Ornette|
|1994||Love Hurts||Desmond Matankube|
|1994||Grange Hill||Mr. Manyeke|
|1995||Hidden Empire: A Son of Africa (TV Movie)||Equiano|
|1996||Testament: The Bible in Animation||Ham|
|1997||Trial & Retribution||D.C. Cranham / DC Cranham|
|1997||The Adventures of Sinbad||Ali Rashid|
|2000||Die Wüstenrose (TV Movie)||Raad|
|2000||Animated Epics: Moby Dick||Queequeg|
|2004||Mazinyo Dot Q||Charles|
|2004||King Solomon's Mines||Twala|
|2006||The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines||Jomo|
|2007||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Chuckwei Bothame|
|2011||CIS: Las Gidi||Commander Mohammad|
|2008||Ben 10: Alien Force||Sir Connor|
|2008||24: Redemption||Colonel Ike Dubaku|
|2009||24||Colonel Ike Dubaku|
|2010||The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes||T'Chaka|
|2010||Human Target||Andre Markus|
|2011||Criminal Minds||Julio Ruiz|
|2011||NCIS: Los Angeles||Abdul Habassa|
|2011||Generator Rex||Ghrun Set|
|2012||Covert Affairs||Somali Pirate|
|2014||State of Affairs|
|2014–2015||Black Sails||Mr. Scott|
|2016||Roots (miniseries)||Samson (Part 1)|
|2017||Dragons: Race to the Edge||Krogan|
|2018||Troy: Fall of a City||Zeus|
|2006||Guild Wars: Nightfall||Video Game|
|2007||Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End||Video Game|
|2007||The Golden Compass||Video Game|
|2009||The Bourne Conspiracy||Video Game|
|2009||Halo 3: ODST||Video Game|
|2009||The Saboteur||Video Game|
|2010||Halo: Reach||Video Game|
|2010||Final Fantasy XIV||Video Game (English version)|
|2011||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||Video Game|
|2011||Saints Row: The Third||Video Game|
|2012||Unit 13||Video Game|
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