Mamoudou Athie

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Mamoudou Athie
Athie in 2019
Born1988 (age 34–35)
EducationWilliam Esper Studio
Yale University (MFA)
Years active2012–present

Mamoudou Athie (/ˈmɑːməd ˈɑː/ MAH-mə-doo AH-chay;[1] born 1988)[4] is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Dan Turner in the Netflix horror series Archive 81 (2022) and the voice of Wade Ripple in the Pixar animated film Elemental (2023).[5][6][7]

Athie began his career in theater—making his Broadway debut in 2015 in The Mystery of Love and Sex, he subsequently had supporting roles in films Patti Cake$ (2017), The Circle (2017), Unicorn Store (2017), The Front Runner (2018), Underwater (2020), and Jurassic World Dominion (2022), and in the television series The Get Down (2016–2017), The Detour (2017), Sorry for Your Loss (2018–2019), and the FXX anthology Cake (2019). He had his first feature film starring roles in 2020, starring in Uncorked and Black Box.

Athie was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for his performance in Cake.[8]

Early life

Athie was born in Mauritania, the son of a diplomat father who received political asylum in the U.S. when Athie was six months old.[9] Athie grew up in New Carrollton, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C.[10][9]

He studied acting at the William Esper Studio in the Two-Year Professional Actor Training Program; he later received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama, from which he graduated in 2014.[10][11]



Denotes works that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Experimenter Crying Man
2016 Jean of the Joneses Ray Malcom
2017 Patti Cake$ Basterd
One Percent More Humid Jack
The Circle Jared
Unicorn Store Virgil
2018 The Front Runner AJ Parker
2019 Watch Room Nathan Short film
2020 Underwater Rodrigo Nagenda
Uncorked Elijah
Black Box Nolan Wright
2022 Jurassic World Dominion Ramsay Cole
2023 Elemental Wade Ripple (voice)
The Burial Hal Dockins
2024 And TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Madam Secretary Staffer Episode: "The Ninth Circle"
2016 Me & Mean Margaret Charles Unaired television pilot
2016–2017 The Get Down Grandmaster Flash 8 episodes
2017 The Detour Carl 11 episodes
2018–2019 Sorry for Your Loss Matt Greer 20 episodes
2019 Cake Jerome 5 episodes
Oh Jerome, No 8 episodes
2022 Archive 81 Dan Turner 8 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2022 Jurassic World Evolution 2 Ramsey Cole Biosyn Dominion expansion


Selected professional credits[12][11]

Year Title Role Venue Notes
2012 Tripolitania Xavier Williamstown Theatre Festival
Becoming Sylvia Ensemble
2013 Hamlet Voltimand Yale Repertory Theatre
2014 Generations Boyfriend Soho Repertory Theatre
2015 The Mystery of Love and Sex Jonny Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater Broadway world premiere


  1. ^ "Elizabeth Olsen and Mamoudou Athie navigate grief in 'Sorry for Your Loss'". Los Angeles Times. April 16, 2019. Archived from the original on May 11, 2022. Retrieved May 10, 2022.
  2. ^ Robinson, Will (May 20, 2015). "Netflix adds Grandmaster Flash for Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down, finds actor to play young rapper". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 8, 2023.
  3. ^ Ford, Rebecca, ed. (November 8, 2017). "Next Gen Talent 2017: Hollywood's Rising Stars 35 and Under". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 8, 2023.
  4. ^ Athie's age of 27 in May 2015[2] and 28 in November 2017[3] place his year of birth in 1988.
  5. ^ "'Elemental' Trailer: Pixar Unveils an Eye-Popping New World Where Fire, Earth, Water and Air Co-Exist". Variety. Archived from the original on June 24, 2023. Retrieved June 24, 2023.
  6. ^ "'Elemental' Teaser Trailer Introduces Disney-Pixar Audiences to Element City's Fire, Water, Land and Air Residents (Video)". TheWrap. Archived from the original on June 24, 2023. Retrieved June 24, 2023.
  7. ^ Radulovic, Petrana (May 16, 2023). "How The Good Dinosaur's director found his perfect Elemental cast". Polygon. Archived from the original on May 17, 2023. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
  8. ^ "Mamoudou Athie". Television Academy. Archived from the original on October 16, 2020. Retrieved August 20, 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Mamoudou Athie Gets His Big Break In 'Patti Cake$'". August 18, 2017. Archived from the original on November 28, 2020. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Brown, Emma (June 7, 2017). "Mamoudou Athie". Interview Magazine. Archived from the original on September 21, 2017. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Yale School of Drama | The Showcase of the Class of 2014 | Mamoudou Athie". Archived from the original on July 18, 2023. Retrieved November 17, 2022.
  12. ^ "Mamoudou Athie theatre profile". Archived from the original on July 23, 2023. Retrieved November 17, 2022.

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