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NOTHING CAN STOP HAKEEM KAE-KAZIM

By Mwabi Kaira-Murdock & Aneyaw Debrah
HAKEEM KAE-KAZIM
HAKEEM KAE-KAZIM

He's the brother you see in movies and wonder where you've seen him before. His resume is pretty impressive and keeps growing.

Hakeem Kaeā€“Kazim has been acting in film and television for a long time. You may have seen him in the Oscar nominated, critically acclaimed Hotel Rwanda - it is where he gained international attention for his captivating role.

The South African based actor and producer was classically trained in Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the UK, where he won the Best Student Award for acting. He first came into fame sharing the stage with Brian Cox in King Lear and Sir Ian McKellan in Richard III for the Royal National Theatre. Some of his theatre credits include Othello, Attempts on her Life, The Lights, Macbeth, and Indigo.

Hakeem made a successful transition to British television with leading roles in Trial and Retribution, The Bill, Grange Hill and Ellington and distinguished himself in the title role of Julius Caesar for the BBC.

He then settled in South Africa where his work in film and television made him a household name. He gained tremendous success in South Africa through his film God is African and series such as Coretech and Generations on South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). His smooth and seductive voice has made him highly sought after for voiceovers. His influence has also extended into the Nigerian movie industry when he helped in production of Coming to South Africa, a Nollywood styled movie about Nigerian immigrants in South Africa.

Since moving to Los Angeles with his wife and two children, Hakeem continues to have a prolific career in film and television appearing on The Triangle with Sam Neill and Eric Stolz, The Librarian with Noah Wyle, Lost, and Law & Order: SVU (will air on December 2nd).

Hakeem appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean III, playing a pirate lord alongside Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Geoffrey Rush. He also appears in an episode of the new series, Cane on CBS. Hakeem has also just landed a recurring role on 24.

Hakeem's efforts in film and television have been recognized all over the world and he has been nominated for some prestigious awards such as the Gemini Award for Best supporting actor for Human Cargo, SA Avanti Award for Best supporting actor, and SA Elle Magazine Fashionably First Award.

The next time you see his face in a movie, you'll know exactly who he is!