Yasiin Bey


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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Italian Job Left Ear
(2003)
The Woodsman Sgt. Lucas
(2004)
16 Blocks Eddie Bunker
(2006)

Filmography

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  The Disconnected (pre-production)
Jacob Kaneda
 2016 Tour de France
Foce
 2013 Life of Crime
Ordell Robbie
 2013/II Begin Again
Saul
 2011 Dexter (TV Series)
Brother Sam
- Just Let Go (2011) ... Brother Sam
- The Angel of Death (2011) ... Brother Sam
- A Horse of a Different Color (2011) ... Brother Sam (as Mos)
- Smokey and the Bandit (2011) ... Brother Sam (as Mos)
- Once Upon a Time... (2011) ... Brother Sam (as Mos)
 2010/I I'm Still Here
Mos Def (as Mos Def)
 2010 Yo Gabba Gabba! (TV Series)
Super Mr. Superhero
- Superhero (2010) ... Super Mr. Superhero (as Mos Def)
 2009 Next Day Air
Eric (as Mos Def)
 2009 House (TV Series)
Lee
- Locked In (2009) ... Lee (as Mos Def)
 2008 Cadillac Records
Chuck Berry (as Mos Def)
 2005-2008 The Boondocks (TV Series)
Gangstalicious
- The Story of Gangstalicious: Part 2 (2008) ... Gangstalicious (voice, as Mos Def)
- Thank You for Not Snitching (2007) ... Gangstalicious (voice, as Mos Def)
- The Story of Gangstalicious (2005) ... Gangstalicious (voice, as Mos Def)
 2008 Be Kind Rewind
Mike (as Mos Def)
 2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Mos Def (as Mos Def)
 2003-2006 Chappelle's Show (TV Series)
Banjo Player / Black Head of the CIA / Rondell, Black Delegation Rep / ...
- Black Howard Dean & Stereotype Pixies (2006) ... Banjo Player (uncredited)
- Lil Jon On Lil Jon & Black Bush (2004) ... Black Head of the CIA (as Mos Def)
- Samuel Jackson Beer & Racial Draft (2004) ... Rondell, Black Delegation Rep (as Mos Def)
- Piss On You & The World's Greatest Wars (2003) ... Gen. Cornrow Wallace (as Mos Def)
- Tyrone Biggums's Intervention & Racist Hollywood Animals (2003) ... Anonymous Actor (as Mos Def)
 2006 Journey to the End of the Night
Wemba (as Mos Def)
 2006 16 Blocks
Eddie Bunker (as Mos Def)
 2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Ford Prefect (as Mos Def)
 2005 Lackawanna Blues (TV Movie)
The Bandleader (as Mos Def)
 2004 Something the Lord Made (TV Movie)
Vivien Thomas (as Mos Def)
 2004 Focused Digizine #1 (Video)
Blak (VO) (as Mos Def)
 2004 The Woodsman
Sgt. Lucas (as Mos Def)
 2003 Alicia Keys: You Don't Know My Name (Video short)
Man
 2003 The Italian Job
Left Ear (as Mos Def)
 2002 My Wife and Kids (TV Series)
Tommy
- Chair Man of the Board (2002) ... Tommy (as Mos Def)
 2002 Brown Sugar
Chris 'Cav' Anton Vichon (as Mos Def)
 2002 Civil Brand
Michael Meadows (as Mos Def)
 2002 Showtime
Lazy Boy (as Mos Def)
 2001 Monster's Ball
Ryrus Cooper (as Mos Def)
 2001 The Wayne Brady Show (TV Series)
Mos Def
- Episode #1.2 (2001) ... Mos Def (as Mos Def)
 2001 Carmen: A Hip Hopera (TV Movie)
Lt. Miller (as Mos Def)
 2000 Bamboozled
Mau Mau: Big Blak Afrika (Julius Hopkins) (as Mos Def)
 2000 Island of the Dead
Robbie J (as Mos Def)
 1997-2000 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Leslie Peach / Levon Wells
- Stressed for Success (2000) ... Leslie Peach (as Mos Def)
- Czech Bouncer (1998) ... Leslie Peach (as Mos Def)
- All's Well That Ends Well (1997) ... Levon Wells (as Mos Def)
 1999 Scritti Politti: Tinseltown to the Boogie Down (Video short) (as Mos Def)
 1998 Where's Marlowe?
Wilt Crawley (as Mos Def)
 1998 Spin City (TV Series)
Monty
- Gentleman's Agreement (1998) ... Monty (as Mos' Def)
 1997 Brooklyn South (TV Series)
Darius
- Dublin or Nothin' (1997) ... Darius (as Mos Def)
- McMurder One (1997) ... Darius (as Mos Def)
 1997 Dellaventura (TV Series)
Morgue Assistant
- Clean Slate (1997) ... Morgue Assistant (as Dante Beze)
 1997/I Ghosts (Short)
Dante (as Dante Beze)
 1995 Eyes on Hip Hop (Video)
Rapper
 1994-1995 The Cosby Mysteries (TV Series)
Dante
- Dial 'H' for Murder (1995) ... Dante (as Dante Beze)
- The Medium Is the Message (1995) ... Dante (as Dante Beze)
- Big Brother Is Watching (1995) ... Dante (as Dante Beze)
- Baker's Dozen (1995) ... Dante (as Dante Beze)
- Comic Book Murder (1995) ... Dante (as Dante Beze)
 1994 The Cosby Mysteries (TV Movie)
Dante (as Dante Bezé)
 1992 Here and Now (TV Series)
Alonzo
- A.J.'s Big Leap (1992) ... Alonzo (as Dante Beze)
- Love Handles (1992) ... Alonzo (as Dante Beze)
- Lovers and Other Dangers (1992) ... (as Mos Def)
 1991 The Hard Way
Dead Romeos (as Dante Smith)
 1990-1991 You Take the Kids (TV Series)
Raymond Kirkland
- Bad Boy (1991) ... Raymond Kirkland (as Dante Beze)
- What I Did for Love (1991) ... Raymond Kirkland (as Dante Beze)
- Fishes Are Like Sisters... You Can't Flush Them Without Feeling Guilty (1991) ... Raymond Kirkland (as Dante Beze)
- The Eggs & I (1990) ... Raymond Kirkland (as Mos Def)
- Merry Christmas to All and a Pointy Hat to You (1990) ... Raymond Kirkland (as Dante Beze)
 1988 God Bless the Child (TV Movie)
Richard Watkins (as Dante Terrell Smith)
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Other Works:

"Fucking A," new musical; written by Suzan-Lori Parks; music and lyrics by Suzan-Lori Parks; directed by Michael Greif; with Susan Blommaert (portraying Freedom Fund Lady/Scribe/Waiting Woman #2); Bobby Cannavale (portraying The Mayor/Prison Guard); Yasiin Bey (portraying Monster); 'Peter Gerety' (portraying Butcher); 'Jojo ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 5 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Flaco Bey | Dante Beze | Mos Def/Dante Beze | Dante Bezé | Bizet Dante | Smith Dante | Mos' Def | Mos Def | Def Mos | MosDef | Mos | Dante Terrell Smith | Dante Smith | Black Star

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

[in a 2008 interview about Cadillac Records (2008), explaining what he learned from portraying Chuck Berry] I learned that there's something to be said for the courage of conviction, that sense of belief, being bold enough to believe in your vision. And there's a quote that really fits his particular energy. It says - they say don't go where the path may lead, but go where there's no path and ... See more »

Trivia:

In a video, as a protest he attempted to participate in the force feeding that is standard at Guantanamo Bay but stopped abruptly when it proved to be too much for him to handle. See more »

Nickname:

Flaco Bey See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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