Abdul-Mateen was granted his first major role in Netflix’s The Get Down as Clarence “Cadillac” Caldwell, which was sadly cancelled after the first season. Yahya received a great deal of praise for his performance in the series as the prince of the disco world.
He brought life to his role as villain Black Manta in the DC Extended Universe superhero film Aquaman. A short year later, he was casted as Cal Abar in the HBO limited series Watchmen, which he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series. He has since starred in a number of roles from Netflix’s historical legal drama The Trial of Chicago 7, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Black Mirror.
The New Orleans born, Oakland raised talent is a natural onscreen, lending his talents to countless roles in a range of genres from comedy, action and thriller. Abdul-Mateen has most recently joined the cast of Candyman, which is set to debut next month. It is also rumored that he will also take on the role of a young Morephus in The Matrix 4.
Let’s be honest for a moment: You are not here for a fact sheet on Yahya’s acting career. It’s the handsome face and lovely physique that keeps you here and we are not mad you. We took it upon ourselves to provide you with a gallery of Yahya’s most ravishing photos to celebrate his birthday.