Who is Yahya Abdul-Mateen II?
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is an American actor, film producer and architect. He is known for playing supervillain David Kane (aka The Black Manta) in the DC’s Aquaman films. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has also appeared in other movies like “Us”, “The Greatest Showman”, “Baywatch” and “Candyman”.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s childhood and parents
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was born on July 15, 1986, in New Orleans, Louisiana, as the last child of 6 children to his parents – Yahya Abdul-Mateen I (father) and Mary Abdul-Mateen (mother). He is 36 years old as of 2022. He spent his childhood days in the Magnolia Projects of New Orleans before relocating to Oakland, California, with his family. His family would, later on, relocate to Stockton, California.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s father passed away in 2007 when he was 21 years of age. Abdul-Mateen described his father as his best friend. He made it known that his father’s name was “John” before he became a Muslim. According to him, his father had died with the desire to know his root and origin and he had also taken on the task.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II had remained adamant about changing his Muslim name or adopting a simpler stage name, despite talks that his Muslim name might be impeding his career.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s siblings
According to reports, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has 5 siblings which include three sisters and two brothers. The names of his three sisters are Nikki Abdul-Mateen, Khadijah Abdul-Mateen, and Aamina Abdul-Mateen. The names of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s brothers are not known at this time.
Wiki Profile of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
|Full name||Yahya Abdul-Mateen II|
|Date of birth||July 15, 1986|
|Alma mater||University of California, Yale School of Drama|
|Height||6″ 3 inches|
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s education and career
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II attended McClymonds High School in Oakland, California, before he proceeded to the University of California, Berkeley, where he bagged a degree in architecture. He was a prom king during his high school days. He described himself as a geek chess player. He joined the Golden Bears, an athletic team of the school, as a hurdler. He also took acting classes during his days at the university to correct his mild stutter based on a friend’s advice.
He worked as a city planner in San Francisco upon his graduation from the university. Unfortunately, he was laid off in 2010. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II used the opportunity to explore his acting skills. He went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Yale School of Drama in 2015.
He began his acting career in 2016, starring in the Netflix musical drama series “The Get Down”. Forward to 2017, he appeared as ” Duane” in Shawn Christensen’s film titled “The Vanishing of Sidney Hall”. He also featured in the 2018 road trip drama film “Boundaries” which was directed and written by Shana Feste. He starred alongside Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer.
His role as “Cal Abar” in the HBO limited series titled “Watchmen” earned him a Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. Other movies Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has appeared in include Baywatch (2017), The Greatest Showman (2017), US (2019), and Candyman (2021).
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as a producer
In 2021, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II launched his personal film production company called House Eleven10. The company entered a creative partnership with Netflix the same year.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s marriage and wedding
As of the time of writing this article, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is yet to be married or publicly engaged to anyone. The actor is known for being quite secretive about his private life and relationships. He has done well enough not to leave any scoop about his past and present relationships.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II seems to be more concerned about building his acting career to its peak at this time. According to reports, he is single and currently living alone.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s wife
As of the time of publishing this post, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is not yet married and does not have a wife. The 36-year-old actor also does not have a publicly known fiancée, girlfriend, or baby mama.
However, it was speculated in 2020 that he is romantically involved with La La Anthony, an actress and TV personality.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s and La La Anthony’s relationship
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was speculated to be in a relationship with La La Anthony in January 2020 after a picture of them having breakfast in Manhattan, New York, surfaced online. Neither party affirmed nor debunked the rumour at the time.
However, reports gathered by DNB Stories Africa have it that La La and Yahya are just workout partners and platonic friends. It is also said that the actor shares acting tips with the actress. Though La La Anthony has been married to NBA player, Carmelo Anthony since 2010, she is rumoured to have been in an unsteady relationship with her husband after cheating rumours besieged their union in 2017.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s children
As of the time of writing this biography post, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is yet to become a father.