Barkhad Abdi (Muse) was seven years old, his family moved from Somalia to Yemen to escape the civil war. His family moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota when he was age 14.
Was working as a chauffeur when he was cast in Captain Phillips (2013). He had no previous acting experience or any aspirations to become an actor.
Just been to see Captain Phillips, way better than I expected, Paul Greengrass has done an excellent job directing, it’s so well told.-Sup