Skip To Content

    19 Interesting Facts About "Candyman" Actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

    The wonder that is Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

    Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is the latest talk of the town after his smashing hit Candyman set the box office on fire.

    A man looking

    We've seen him in many movies and TV shows before, and now it's time to dive into the life of this talented thespian.

    1. Mateen was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on July 15, 1986.

    A man looking

    2. He grew up in Oakland, California, where his family moved shortly after his birth.

    A man looking

    3. Mateen was born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother.

    A man looking

    4. He is named after the Islamic prophet Yahya, commonly identified as John the Baptist.

    5. He has a tattoo of two stick figures holding hands on his right wrist to represent him and his father, and a tattoo of a ladybug on his left to represent his mom.

    A man looking

    6. He went to University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in architecture.

    A man looking

    7. He was a student athlete at Berkeley and used to run hurdles for the university's team, California Golden Bears.

    A man looking

    8. His first formal job was as a city planner in San Francisco.

    A man looking

    9. He lost his job in the 2008 recession and that's when he thought of taking up acting.

    10. He went to Yale School of Drama for his actor training.

    A man looking

    11. At Yale, he was given the clown name Sweet Potato Foodie.

    A man looking

    12. His favorite downtime activity is to binge-watch The Office.

    A man looking

    13. His acting career was kickstarted by Baz Luhrmann's musical drama series The Get Down, which came out in 2016 on Netflix.

    Kevin Corrigan, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

    14. His first proper movie was The Vanishing of Sidney Hall, which came out in 2017.

    A man looking

    15. His most critically acclaimed movie was The Trial of the Chicago 7, in which he played the founder of the Black Panther Party, Bobby Seale.

    Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Bobby Seale

    16. Other movies where you might have seen Mateen are Baywatch, Us, Aquaman, The Greatest Showman, First Match, and Boundaries.

    A man looking

    17. He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his role in HBO's Watchmen.

    A man looking

    18. Mateen didn't know how to swim when he was cast as David Kane/Black Manta in Aquaman.

    Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

    19. We will see him next in The Matrix Resurrections as the character Morpheus.