Monday, March 3, 2014

Immigrant of the Day (and Oscar Nominee): Barkhad Abdi (Somali)



Barkhad Abdi, an actor, made his cinematic 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.  Abdii was born in 1985 in Mogadishu, Somalia. He was raised in Yemen.  At age 14, Abdi moved with his family to Minneapolis, Minnesota. He subsequently attended Minnesota State University, Moorhead.  Before entering the film industry, he worked as a limousine driver, store clerk, and disc jockey 

In Captain Phillips, Abdi playes Abduwali Muse, a ship hijacker and pirate leader.


Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink


Post a comment