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Regarded as one of hip-hop's most introspective and insightful artists, Mos Def has shaped a career that transcends music genres and artistic medium. Taking a cue from the Afrocentric stylings of the Native Tongues crew, which included De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest and Andres Titus, Mos Def has emerged as one of the more ... See full bio »

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

Known For

The Italian Job
The Italian Job Left Ear
(2003)
16 Blocks
16 Blocks Eddie Bunker
(2006)
Def Poetry
Def Poetry Producer
(2002-2007)

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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 M.D. (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 / ...
- Episode #3.2 (2006) ... Banjo Player (uncredited)
- Episode #2.13 (2004) ... Black Head of the CIA (as Mos Def)
- Episode #2.1 (2004) ... Rondell, Black Delegation Rep (as Mos Def)
- Episode #1.10 (2003) ... Gen. Cornrow Wallace (as Mos Def)
- Episode #1.8 (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 (TV Movie)
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)
 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)
 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:

"Topdog/Underdog," an original comedy, written by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by George C. Wolfe, with Yasiin Bey (in his Broadway debut, portraying Booth) and Jeffrey Wright (portraying Lincoln), on Broadway at the Ambassador Theater, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. Mos Def won the 2001-2002 Theatre World Award. (175 ... See more »

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

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Alternate Names:

Flaco Bey | 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' 9½" (1.77 m)
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What I take from writers I like is their economy -- the ability to use language to very effective ends. The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words -- that's magical. That's what I've been trying to strive for -- to draw a clear picture, to open up a new dimension. See more »

Trivia:

Has starred in two movies with Alan Rickman: Something the Lord Made (2004) and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005). See more »

Nickname:

Mister Definitely See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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