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Yasiin Bey

Actor | Soundtrack | Producer
KNOWN FOR 
The Italian Job (2003) | Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry (2002– ) | 16 Blocks (2006)
AWARDS 
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 17 nominations More »
AKA 
Flaco Bey | Dante Beze | Dante Bezé | Bizet Dante | Smith Dante | Mos' Def | Mos Def | MosDef | Mos | Dante Terrell Smith | Dante Smith | Black Star | yasiin bey  Less
NICKNAMEs  
Pretty Flaco, Flaco Bey, The Mighty Mos Def, Bezé, Yasiin Bey, Mister Definitely
BORN 
Dec 11, 1973 (age 41)
HEIGHT 
5' 9½" (1.77m)

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Past Film & Video (38 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for Furious SevenFurious Seven Performer ("SIX DAYS (REMIX)") (as Mos Def)  Less 2015 $190MM $350MM
  • Primary photo for Life of CrimeLife of Crime Ordell Robbie  Less 2013 $12MM $262K
  • Primary photo for Begin AgainBegin Again Saul  Less 2013 $16MM
  • Primary photo for Something from Nothing: The Art of RapSomething from Nothing: The Art of Rap Himself (as Mos Def), Performer ("Quiet Dog Bite Hard", "Fix Up", "Hip Hop"), Writer ("Fix Up"), Writer ("Quiet Dog Bite Hard", "Hip Hop") (as Dante Smith)  Less 2012 $288K
  • Primary photo for I'm Still HereI'm Still Here Mos Def (as Mos Def)  Less 2010 $409K
  • Primary photo for Just WrightJust Wright Performer ("Umi Says"), Writer ("Umi Says") (as Dante Smith)  Less 2010 $22MM
  • Primary photo for HeartbreakerHeartbreaker Performer ("America"), Writer ("America") (as Dante Smith)  Less 2010 €8.7MM $504K
  • Primary photo for Next Day AirNext Day Air Eric (as Mos Def)  Less 2009 $3MM $10MM
  • Primary photo for Cadillac RecordsCadillac Records Chuck Berry (as Mos Def), Performer ("Maybellene", "Nadine (Is It You?)", "No Particular Place to Go", "Promised Land")  Less 2008 $12MM $8.1MM
  • Primary photo for Passaic MosaicPassaic Mosaic (Video) Special Thanks (as Mos Def)  Less 2008
  • Primary photo for Be Kind RewindBe Kind Rewind Mike (as Mos Def)  Less 2008 $20MM $11MM
  • Primary photo for Stomp the YardStomp the Yard Performer ("Sex Love and Money"), Writer ("Sex Love and Money") (as Dante Smith)  Less 2007 $14MM $61MM
  • Primary photo for Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky BobbyTalladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Mos Def (as Mos Def)  Less 2006 $73MM $148MM
  • Primary photo for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo DriftThe Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Performer ("Six Days")  Less 2006 $85MM $62MM
  • Primary photo for Journey to the End of the NightJourney to the End of the Night Wemba (as Mos Def)  Less 2006 $6.2MM
  • Primary photo for 16 Blocks16 Blocks Eddie Bunker (as Mos Def)  Less 2006 $52MM $37MM
  • Primary photo for The Ground TruthThe Ground Truth Performer ("Live Wire Snap"), Writer ("Live Wire Snap")  Less 2006 $12K
  • Primary photo for Block PartyBlock Party Himself (as Mos Def), Performer ("Two Words", "Definition", "Move Somethin'", "Umi Says", "Get By"), Writer ("Two Words", "Definition", "Umi Says") (as Dante Smith)  Less 2005 $3MM $12MM
  • Primary photo for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Ford Prefect (as Mos Def)  Less 2005 $50MM $51MM
  • Primary photo for Focused Digizine #1Focused Digizine #1 (Video) Blak (VO) (as Mos Def)  Less 2004 $50K
  • Primary photo for Barbershop 2: Back in BusinessBarbershop 2: Back in Business Performer ("Wanna B Where U R (Thisizzaluvsong)")  Less 2004 $18MM $65MM
  • Primary photo for The WoodsmanThe Woodsman Sgt. Lucas (as Mos Def)  Less 2004 $42K
  • Primary photo for Mean CreekMean Creek Performer ("Fear Not of Man")  Less 2004 $500K $604K
  • Primary photo for The Italian JobThe Italian Job Left Ear (as Mos Def), Soundtrack (as Dante Smith), Performer ("The Jump Off")  Less 2003 $60MM $106MM
  • Primary photo for Biker BoyzBiker Boyz Performer ("Kalifornia")  Less 2003 $22MM
  • Primary photo for Phone BoothPhone Booth Soundtrack  Less 2002 $13MM $47MM
  • Primary photo for Brown SugarBrown Sugar Chris 'Cav' Anton Vichon (as Mos Def), Performer ("Brown Sugar (Super Fine)", "Breakdown", "Brown Sugar (Fine)"), Writer ("Brown Sugar (Super Fine)", "Breakdown", "Brown Sugar (Fine)", "Brown Sugar (Raw)") (as Dante Smith)  Less 2002 $8MM $27MM
  • Primary photo for Ken ParkKen Park Writer ("Brown Skin Lady") (as Dante Smith)  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for Civil BrandCivil Brand Michael Meadows (as Mos Def)  Less 2002 $500K $243K
  • Primary photo for Blade IIBlade II Performer ("I Against I"), Writer ("I Against I") (as Dante Smith)  Less 2002 $54MM $82MM
  • Primary photo for ShowtimeShowtime Lazy Boy (as Mos Def)  Less 2002 $85MM $38MM
  • Primary photo for FaceFace Performer ("Climb"), Writer ("Climb") (as Dante Smith)  Less 2002 $107K
  • Primary photo for Monster's BallMonster's Ball Ryrus Cooper (as Mos Def)  Less 2001 $4MM $31MM
  • Primary photo for BamboozledBamboozled Mau Mau: Big Blak Afrika (Julius Hopkins) (as Mos Def), Soundtrack, Writer ("Blak Iz Blak") (as Dante Smith)  Less 2000 $10MM $2.2MM
  • Primary photo for The HurricaneThe Hurricane Performer ("The Hurricane")  Less 1999 $38MM $51MM
  • Primary photo for Where's Marlowe?Where's Marlowe? Wilt Crawley (as Mos Def), Performer ("All Blues")  Less 1998 $3.5MM $6K
  • Primary photo for GhostsGhosts (Short) Dante (as Dante Beze)  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for The Hard WayThe Hard Way Dead Romeos (as Dante Smith)  Less 1991 $26MM
Past Television (26 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for DexterDexter (TV Series) Brother Sam (5 episodes, 2011)  Less 2011 5
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  • Primary photo for The Colbert ReportThe Colbert Report (TV Series) Performer ("Fix Up") (1 episode, 2011), Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011), Writer ("Fix Up") (1 episode, 2011)  Less 2011 1
    • Episode dated 5 October 2011 (Oct 5, 2011) Himself - Guest (as Mos Def), Performer ("Fix Up") (uncredited), Writer ("Fix Up") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Yo Gabba Gabba!Yo Gabba Gabba! (TV Series) Super Mr. Superhero (1 episode, 2010)  Less 2010 1
    • Superhero (Mar 11, 2010) Super Mr. Superhero (as Mos Def)  Less
  • Primary photo for Late Show with David LettermanLate Show with David Letterman (TV Series) Himself - Musical Support / Himself - Musical Guest / Himself (3 episodes, 2004–2009), Performer ("Ain't Nothing Like You (Hoochie Coo)") (1 episode, 2009)  Less 2004–2009 3
    • Episode #17.54 (Dec 8, 2009) Himself - Musical Support (as Mos Def), Performer ("Ain't Nothing Like You (Hoochie Coo)") (uncredited)  Less
    • Episode #16.153 (Jun 8, 2009) Himself - Musical Guest (as Mos Def)  Less
    • Episode dated 23 September 2004 (Sep 23, 2004) Himself (as Mos Def)  Less
  • Primary photo for House M.D.House M.D. (TV Series) Lee (1 episode, 2009)  Less 2009 1
    • Locked In (Mar 30, 2009) Lee (as Mos Def)  Less
  • Primary photo for The BoondocksThe Boondocks (TV Series) Gangstalicious (3 episodes, 2005–2008), Performer ("Homies Over Hoes") (1 episode, 2008)  Less 2005–2008 3
  • Primary photo for Russell Simmons Presents Def PoetryRussell Simmons Presents Def Poetry (TV Series) Co-Executive Producer (44 episodes, 2002–2007), Himself - Host / Himself (44 episodes, 2002–2007), Musical Director (28 episodes, 2002–2004), Writer (1 episode, 2007)  Less 2002–2007 44
    • Def Poetry Bay Area: Ise Lyfe (Feb 7, 2007) Himself - Host (as Mos Def), Co-Executive Producer (as Mos Def)  Less
    • Def Poetry Bay Area: Bootstraps (Feb 7, 2007) Himself - Host (as Mos Def), Co-Executive Producer (as Mos Def)  Less
    • Episode #6.14 (May 18, 2007) Himself (as Mos Def), Co-Executive Producer (as Mos Def)  Less
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  • Primary photo for Chappelle's ShowChappelle's Show (TV Series) Banjo Player / Black Head of the CIA / Rondell, Black Delegation Rep / Gen. Cornrow Wallace / Anonymous Actor / Soldier (7 episodes, 2003–2006), Himself / Musical Guest / Himself - Musical Guest (4 episodes, 2003–2004)  Less 2003–2006 11
    • Episode #3.2 (Jul 16, 2006) Banjo Player (uncredited)  Less
    • Episode #2.13 (Apr 14, 2004) Black Head of the CIA (as Mos Def)  Less
    • Episode #2.11 (Mar 31, 2004) Himself / Musical Guest (as Mos Def)  Less
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  • Primary photo for EntourageEntourage (TV Series) Soundtrack (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005 1
  • Primary photo for Lackawanna BluesLackawanna Blues (TV Movie) The Bandleader (as Mos Def), Performer ("Caldonia", "Destination Love")  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Something the Lord MadeSomething the Lord Made (TV Movie) Vivien Thomas (as Mos Def)  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for My Wife and KidsMy Wife and Kids (TV Series) Tommy (1 episode, 2002)  Less 2002 1
  • Primary photo for The 56th Annual Tony AwardsThe 56th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) Himself - Performer (as Mos Def), Performer ("A Tribute to Richard Rodgers")  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for The Wayne Brady ShowThe Wayne Brady Show (TV Series) Mos Def (1 episode, 2001)  Less 2001 1
    • Episode #1.2 (Aug 15, 2001) Mos Def (as Mos Def)  Less
  • Primary photo for Carmen: A Hip HoperaCarmen: A Hip Hopera (TV Movie) Lt. Miller (as Mos Def)  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for Island of the DeadIsland of the Dead (TV Movie) Robbie J (as Mos Def)  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for FlavaFlava (TV Series) Himself / Himself - Presenter (2 episodes, 2000), Performer ("Ms Fat Booty") (1 episode, 2000)  Less 2000 2
    • Episode #5.7 (Jul 27, 2000) Himself (as Mos Def), Performer ("Ms Fat Booty")  Less
    • Episode #5.4 (Jul 6, 2000) Himself - Presenter (as Mos Def)  Less
  • Primary photo for NYPD BlueNYPD Blue (TV Series) Leslie Peach / Levon Wells (3 episodes, 1997–2000)  Less 1997–2000 3
  • Primary photo for Spin CitySpin City (TV Series) Monty (1 episode, 1998)  Less 1998 1
  • Primary photo for Brooklyn SouthBrooklyn South (TV Series) Darius (2 episodes, 1997)  Less 1997 2
  • Primary photo for DellaventuraDellaventura (TV Series) Morgue Assistant (1 episode, 1997)  Less 1997 1
    • Clean Slate (Oct 21, 1997) Morgue Assistant (as Dante Beze)  Less
  • Primary photo for The Cosby MysteriesThe Cosby Mysteries (TV Series) Dante (4 episodes, 1994–1995)  Less 1994–1995 4
    • Last Tango (Jan 4, 1995) Dante (as Dante Beze)  Less
    • Camouflage (Dec 14, 1994) Dante (as Dante Bezé)  Less
    • Home, Street Home (Oct 26, 1994) Dante (as Dante Bezé)  Less
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  • Primary photo for The Cosby MysteriesThe Cosby Mysteries (TV Movie) Dante (as Dante Bezé)  Less 1994
  • Primary photo for Here and NowHere and Now (TV Series) Alonzo (3 episodes, 1992)  Less 1992 3
  • Primary photo for You Take the KidsYou Take the Kids (TV Series) Raymond Kirkland (6 episodes, 1990–1991)  Less 1990–1991 6
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  • Primary photo for God Bless the ChildGod Bless the Child (TV Movie) Richard Watkins (as Dante Terrell Smith)  Less 1988
Self (54 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
Archive Footage (2 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
Other (3 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for Final Fight: StreetwiseFinal Fight: Streetwise (Video Game) Performer ("Wylin' Out")  Less 2006
  • Primary photo for Madden NFL 2002Madden NFL 2002 (Video Game) Performer ("Mathematics (Instrumental Version)"), Writer ("Mathematics (Instrumental Version)")  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (Video Game) Performer ("B-Boy Document '99")  Less 2000

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