Wednesday Morning Man: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II!
He is best known for portraying David Kane / Black Manta in the DC Extended Universe superhero film Aquaman and Cal Abar in the HBO limited series Watchmen.
Since starring in the Netflix musical drama series The Get Down, Abdul-Mateen appeared in numerous films, including Baywatch, The Greatest Showman, The Vanishing of Sidney Hall, First Match, Boundaries, All Day and a Night, and Us. He has also been in episodes of Black Mirror and The Handmaid’s Tale.
He has already filmed The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Candyman and will next appear in The Matrix 4.
He wasn’t originally an actor. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in architecture, he worked as a city planner in San Francisco. While at Berkeley, he became a member of the fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha and competed as a hurdler for the California Golden Bears. He later received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama and began working as a stage actor.