Barkhad Abdi Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Barkhad Abdi was born on 10 April 1985, in Mugadishu, Banaadir, Somalia. He is a director and actor, best known for his film debut in “Captain Phillips”. He has received numerous award nominations for his roles including an “Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role”, and “Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture”. He has also won a BAFTA Award, and all his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Barkhad Abdi? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $100,000, mostly earned through his career in acting. Aside from films, he’s also started to appear in television series, and recently started in directing, so far a film and several music videos. It is still relatively early in his film career and as he continues with it, his wealth is expected to increase.

Barkhad Abdi Net Worth $100,000

Due to the Somali Civil War, Abdi’s family moved to Yemen when he was six years old. Then in 1999, they migrated to Minneapolis, Minnesota USA where the family had found a Somali community. He attended Minnesota State University Moorhead, and then worked at his brother’s shop selling mobile phones. He also worked as a DJ and a limousine driver before finding a career in acting.

In 2013, Barkhad made his film debut in “Captain Phillips” opposite Tom Hanks. Prior to being cast for the film, he had to audition with 700 other participants in a 2011 casting call. He and three other actors were selected by the casting director, and he would get the role of the pirate leader Abduwali Muse. It’s known that some of the most memorable lines he delivered in “Captain Phillips” were improvised, and the film would become very successful, and his performance would bring him to the spotlight – he won a BAFTA Award for his performance, aside from six other awards, and also received several other nominations. He was paid $65,000 for the job, which boosted his net worth significantly. After the film, he returned to work at his brother’s store once more.

Barkhad received more opportunities,including scripts for various television shows. Abdi moved to Los Angeles in hopes of continuing his acting career, and since then he has made a guest appearance in “Hawaii Five-0” as the former warlord Roko Makoni. He also became a part of the film “Trainwreck” although he did not appear in the finished version. In 2015, he played Jama Farah in the movie “Eye in the Sky” which stars Aaron Paul and Helen Mirren, and then became involved in directing work with the film “Ciyaalka Xaafada”.

Aside from his career, Abdi is known for philanthropic work. He became an Ambassador for Adeso, an environmental NGO.

For his personal life, he keeps any relationship private. It is known that Barkhad still resides in Los Angeles. In one interview, he mentioned that he witnessed the start of the Somali Civil War, and was unable to attend primary school because of it.

Quick Facts

Birth date: April 10, 1985
Birth place: Mogadishu, Somalia
Profession:Actor, Film director, Film Producer, Chauffeur, Disc jockey
Education:Minnesota State University Moorhead
Nationality:Somali-American
Awards:BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominations:Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor
Movies:"Captain Phillips" (2013), "Eye In The Sky" (2015), "The Brothers Grimsby" (2016), "Hawaii Five-0" (2015), "Family Guy" (2016), "Extortion" (2016)
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Formerly worked with his brother in a mobile phone store and also as DJ.
2Is one of four children. He has two brothers and a sister. He is the second oldest.
3His father is a teacher.
4Was working as a chauffeur when he was cast in Captain Phillips (2013). He had no previous acting experience or any aspirations to become an actor.
5When he was seven years old, his family moved from Somalia to Yemen to escape the civil war. His family moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota when he was age 14.


Net Worth & Salary

TitleSalary
Captain Phillips (2013)$65,000


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Skeletal figure and pronounced front teeth


Quotes

#Quote
1When I was leaving Yemen to come to America, things were tough. My dad had just been laid off, and it was a challenge. When I lived in Yemen, I thought America was a perfect place. Everything was bigger and better. I dreamed big. The American dream, you know? You have to work hard for your dream to come true.
2What I believe will make my acting career successful going forward is hard work. I like to challenge myself. Then it's the people I meet and choosing the projects I want to work on correctly. There's a lot of characters I can play.
3I was never interested in becoming an actor. I was directing videos. I was never into acting. I was into shooting music videos. I've only ever been behind the camera. Never in front of it.
4I used to play football all the time. In the U.S., people don't play football, so I had to learn basketball. Looking back, that's what I like about my life - doing new things, having a new perspective.
5When you work with a great director, you realise you are far from being a director.
6I like 'The Usual Suspects'. Great film. I also like 'Scarface', films like that. Lots of gangster films. I really like watching all kinds of films, dramas, romance. I'll watch comedies. I like Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle. I'd like to meet them.
7It is weird. A lot of people try to ask me political questions. I'm not a politician.
8I left Somalia when I was seven years old, but I witnessed a whole year in a war.
9I just want to keep acting and better my craft and see how far it goes.
10I would DJ pool parties in Minneapolis, but I never swam there!
11I don't see myself only as a Somali character. I think of myself as an actor, and if the job fits me and I like the story, I will go for it.
12I was lucky enough to have parents that took me out from country to country and go to school and learn how to be a better person.


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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)
2014Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor, Motion PictureCaptain Phillips (2013)
2014Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Breakthrough Performance, MaleCaptain Phillips (2013)
2014ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsSupporting Actor of the YearCaptain Phillips (2013)
2013Capri Breakout Actor AwardCapri, HollywoodCaptain Phillips (2013)
2013IFJA AwardIndiana Film Journalists Association, USBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleCaptain Phillips (2013)
2014Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureCaptain Phillips (2013)
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBreakthrough Performance of the YearCaptain Phillips (2013)
2014Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)
2014COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)
2014CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Supporting Actor - International CompetitionCaptain Phillips (2013)
2014Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest Male NewcomerCaptain Phillips (2013)
2014GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)
2014IFC AwardIowa Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)
2014IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Supporting Actor (Miglior attore non protagonista)Captain Phillips (2013)
2014MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest VillainCaptain Phillips (2013)
2014NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)
2014OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)
2014OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Breakthrough Performance - MaleCaptain Phillips (2013)
2014ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleCaptain Phillips (2013)
2013EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)
2013ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleCaptain Phillips (2013)
2013CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)
2013CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising PerformerCaptain Phillips (2013)
2013DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)
2013DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)
2013Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBreakthrough Performance of the YearCaptain Phillips (2013)
2013HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)
2013OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)
2013SFFCC AwardSan Francisco Film Critics CircleBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)
2013SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)
2013VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)

3rd Place Awards

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)
2013DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorCaptain Phillips (2013)


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Toll2017pre-productionMalek (rumored)
Extortion2016post-productionMiguel Kaba
Wolf Who Cried Boy2015Short completedReggie
Eye in the Sky2015Jama Farah
Hawaii Five-02015TV SeriesRoko Makoni
Captain Phillips2013Muse

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Men in the Arena2015Documentary post-productionHimself
2014 MTV Movie Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Omg! Insider2014TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
E! Live from the Red Carpet2014TV SeriesHimself
The Oscars2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The EE British Academy Film Awards2014TV SpecialHimself
Capturing Captain Phillips2014Video documentaryHimself
Home & Family2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Tavis Smiley2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
71st Golden Globe Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee (uncredited)
CBS News Sunday Morning2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
Conan2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Access Hollywood Live2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Just Seen It2013TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2013TV SeriesHimself
Today2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest

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