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Hakeem Kae-Kazim Biography : Age, Net Worth, Career, Movies

BIRTH NAME : Hakeem Kae-Kazim
DATE OF BIRTH/AGE : Born 1 October 1962 (age 56)
OCCUPATION : British-Nigerian actor
NATIONALITY : British-Nigerian
EDUCATION : He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and graduated in 1987

Hakeem Kae-Kazim is a British-Nigerian actor . He became famous after his work in the Starz television series Black Sails and his portrayal of Georges Rutaganda in the 2004 drama film Hotel Rwanda.

The famous actor also had another popular role as Colonel Ike Dubaku in the Fox television series 24. He officially had his debut role in a movie in the 1989 film, Coming to America before he became one of the biggest black actors in the world.

Early Life and Background

Hakeem Kae-Kazim was born 1 October 1962 in Lagos, Nigeria. According to his official biography, he spent his early years in Nigeria before his family re-located to London, England. The hunk initially launched his acting career in his early days when he started taking minor roles in school plays and The National Youth Theatre, which is when he discovered that he had “a love for theatre, for acting”.

Resulting from his passion for acting, he undergone tanning at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 1987 and was offered a space with The Royal Shakespeare Company, where he continued his classical training.

Film and Television Career

After his brief stint working with alongside Brian Cox and Ian McKellen for The Royal National Theatre, he decided to move his career further for a better future, this time he made successful transition into British television, appearing in The Bill, Trial & Retribution and multiple episodes of popular BBC series Grange Hill.

After this success, he decided to broaden his career by moving to a place untouched , he then moved to South Africa, where he became well known for film and television roles. His first role as Georges Rutaganda in the critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated film Hotel Rwanda, brought him massive attention and he become known all over the world not just in South Africa, he go international attention and exposure.

As a result of the massive success of Hotel Rwanda, Kae-Kazim re-located to Los Angeles, which brought a range of new opportunities his way. Kae-Kazim went on to appear in Slipstream alongside Sean Astin and The Front Line before starring in the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End as Captain Jocard. The hunk followed this subsequently graced a role in the blockbuster, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

The handsome actor has featured in several block buster movies , hit television shows including Lost, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Criminal Minds. He was also featured in season 7 of the Fox television series 24 where he played Colonel Iké Dubaku and the television movie tie-in 24: Redemption. He continued to build up a following with roles in Gotham and Dominion, although his longest running role has been in the Michael Bay produced Starz series, Black Sails. Kae-Kazim also played Samson in part one of the 2016 miniseries remake Roots.

Kae-Kazim was cast in the recurring role of Cesil Colby on The CW reboot series Dynasty on November 2017. The handsome and well respected Hollywood actor is currently starring in the BBC fantasy series Troy: Fall of a City as Zeus, king of the Olympians.

Voiceover Work

Aside acting movies, Kae-Kazim also has involvement in other areas . He is an appointed global ambassador for Africa 2.0, in case you don’t know what this is all about, Africa 2.0 is a civil society organization providing a platform for emerging and established African leaders to drive forward the transformation of Africa.

Speaking about his role as ambassador, Kae-Kazim said: “I am truly honored to be associated with Africa 2.0 – a pioneering platform for a new generation of African leaders to inspire and create a solid infrastructure- to shape a brighter future for our continent”.

Movies (Filmography)

  • After the Rain Bingo
  • 1999 The Secret Laughter of Women
  • 2002 Global Effect
  • 2003 God Is African
  • 2004 Critical Assignment
  • 2004 Coming to South Africa
  • 2004 Hotel Rwanda
  • 2005 Coming to South Africa 2
  • 2005 Slipstream
  • 2005 Out on a Limb
  • 2005 Othello: A South African Tale
  • 2006 The Front Line
  • 2007 Pirates of the Caribbean:
  • 2007 Big Fellas
  • 2007 Othello
  • 2007 The Jinn Ahmad
  • 2008 Tony 5 Preacher
  • 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • 2009 The One Last Time (short)
  • 2009 Hurricane in the Rose Garden
  • 2009 The Fourth Kind
  • 2009 Darfur Captain Jack Tobamke
  • 2010 Inale Odeh
  • 2010 Faith and Dreams (short)
  • 2011 CIS: Las Gidi
  • 2011 Black Gold
  • 2011 Man on Ground
  • 2011 Inside Story
  • 2012 Black November
  • 2012 Last Flight to Abuja
  • 2012 The American Failure (short)
  • 2013 Half of a Yellow Sun
  • 2015 The Boy (short)
  • 2015 Dias Santana (completed)
  • 2015 Daylight’s End (post-production)
  • 2015 Chasing the Rain (post-production)
  • 2015 Yefon (pre-production)

Video Game Voiceover

  • 2006 Guild Wars: Nightfall
  • 2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  • 2007 The Golden Compass
  • 2009 The Bourne Conspiracy
  • 2009 Halo 3: ODST
  • 2009 The Saboteur
  • 2010 Halo: Reach
  • 2010 Final Fantasy XIV
  • 2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • 2011 Saints Row: The Third
  • 2012 Unit 13


  • 1987 The District Nurse
  • 1988 The Bill
  • 1989 Saracen
  • 1991 Screen One
  • 1992 Double Vision (TV Movie)
  • 1993 Runaway Bay
  • 1994 Love Hurts
  • 1994 Grange Hill
  • 1995 Hidden Empire: A Son of Africa (TV Movie)
  • 1996 Ellington
  • 1996 Testament: The Bible in Animation
  • 1997 Trial & Retribution
  • 1997 The Adventures of Sinbad
  • 2000 Die Wüstenrose (TV Movie)
  • 2000 Animated Epics: Moby Dick
  • 2003 Canterbury Tales
  • 2004 Human Cargo
  • 2004 Mazinyo Dot Q
  • 2004 King Solomon’s Mines
  • 2005 The Triangle
  • 2006 The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines
  • 2006 Lost
  • 2007 Cane
  • 2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • 2011 CIS: Las Gidi
  • 2008 Ben 10: Alien Force
  • 2008 24: Redemption
  • 2009 24 Colonel Ike Dubaku
  • 2010 The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
  • 2010 Human Target
  • 2011 Criminal Minds
  • 2011 NCIS: Los Angeles
  • 2011 Generator Rex
  • 2012 Covert Affairs
  • 2012 Strike Back
  • 2014 Gotham
  • 2014 State of Affairs
  • 2014–2015 Black Sails
  • 2015 Dominion
  • 2016 Vixen Eshu
  • 2016 Roots (miniseries)
  • 2017 Dragons: Race to the Edge
  • 2017– Dynasty
  • 2018 Troy: Fall of a City


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