Barkhad Abdi

Active - 2013 - 2017  |   Born - Apr 10, 1985 in Mogadishu, Somalia  |  

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  • Family fled war-torn Somalia when he was 7; spent the next seven years in Yemen before moving to Minneapolis at age 14.
  • Worked as a disc jockey and a limo driver.
  • Had never acted before when he answered a local casting call for Captain Phillips (2013).
  • Didn't meet his Captain Phillips co-star Tom Hanks until they filmed the scene where their characters met.
  • Was named an ambassador for Adeso, a humanitarian organization in Africa, in 2013.