Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Abdul-Mateen in 2018, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 15, 1986

Ethnicity: African-American, African-Caribbean

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is an American actor and architect. His roles include The Greatest Showman, Boundaries, Aquaman, Us, Sweetness in the Belly, All Day and a Night, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Candyman, Ambulance, and Watchmen.

Yahya’s father is Muslim and his mother is Christian. His father was born John Ford, and changed his name to Yahya Abdul-Mateen upon converting to Islam. Yahya was raised in the Magnolia Projects of New Orleans, and later Oakland, and then Stockton, in California.

Yahya’s paternal grandfather was Sylvester William “Sam” Ford (the son of Willis Ford and Mary). Sylvester was born in Florida.

Yahya’s paternal grandmother was Evelyn Travis (the daughter of Anthony Travis and Leontine Christophe). Evelyn was born in Louisiana.

Sources: Obituary of Yahya’s father – https://www.findagrave.com

Marriage record of Yahya’s paternal grandparents, Sylvester William “Sam” Ford and Evelyn Travis – https://www.familysearch.org

Yahya’s paternal grandparents, Sylvester William “Sam” Ford and Evelyn Travis, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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