Hakeem Kae-Kazim is a British-Nigerian actor best known for his work in the Starz television series Black Sails and his portrayal of Georges Rutaganda in the 2004 drama film Hotel Rwanda. He is very gifted, skillful, creative and talented. He knows how to interpret his role very well and can fit in any character given to him by movie producers and directors. Hakeem Kae-Kazim was born in Lagos in the south western part of Nigeria, where he spent his early years before his family re-located to London, England.
His interest in acting began with school plays and The National Youth Theatre, which is when he discovered that he had a love for acting. He was trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the United Kingdom and graduated in 1987, after which he was offered a space with The Royal Shakespeare Company, where he continued his classical training.
After working alongside Brian Cox and Ian McKellen for The Royal National Theatre, Hakeem Kae-Kazim made a successful transition into British television, appearing in The Bill, Trial & Retribution and multiple episodes of popular BBC series Grange Hill. After which he then moved to South Africa, where he became well known for film and television roles.
However, it was his role as Georges Rutaganda in the critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated film Hotel Rwanda, which brought him international fame. Following the success of Hotel Rwanda, Hakeem Kae-Kazim re-located to Los Angeles in the United States of America, which brought a range of new opportunities on his way. He went on to appear in Slipstream alongside Sean Astin and The Front Line before starring in the hugely successful movie Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End as Captain Jocard. He followed it with a role in the blockbuster Hollywood movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”.
Hakeem Kae-Kazim appeared in various hit television shows including Lost, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Criminal Minds. He also starred as Colonel Ike Dubaku in Season 7 of the Fox television series 24 and the television movie tie-in 24: Redemption. Hakeem Kae-Kazim 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.
Hakeem Kae-Kazim played Samson in part one of the 2016 miniseries remake Roots. In November 2017, Hakeem Kae-Kazim was cast in the recurring role of Cesil Colby on The CW reboot series Dynasty. Hakeem Kae-Kazim is currently starring in the BBC fantasy series Troy: Fall of a City as Zeus, King of the Olympians.
Hakeem Kae-Kazim has also done extensive voiceover work ranging from television and radio to video games. His voice has been featured in a number of well known video games including Final Fantasy XIV, Halo 3 ODST, Halo: Reach, Guild Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, The Golden Compass and The Saboteur. Hakeem Kae-Kazim has spoken of voice over work as being a lot of fun, and something he enjoys doing.
Hakeem Kae-Kazim is an appointed global ambassador for Africa 2.0, 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, Hakeem 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 and to shape a brighter future for our continent”.
Hakeem Kae-Kazim currently has an estimated net worth of $150 million dollars making him one of the richest and most influential actors in the world. He has been listed by Forbes as one of the most richest actors in Africa. Hakeem Kae-Kazim is indeed an interesting character to watch out for. He has starred in several Hollywood and Nollywood movies. He has been described as a legend in the field of acting.
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