Edi Gathegi is a Kenyan-born actor and producer, known for his roles as Darwin / Armando Muñoz in X-Men: First Class (2011), Ronald Dacey in StartUp (2016) and Jones in The Last Thing He Wanted (2020).
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- Full name: Edi Mue Gathegi
- Nicknames: Ed Lo, Edi G
- Date of birth: March 10, 1979
- Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
- Zodiac sign: Pisces
- Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
- Profession: Actor
Where is Edi Gathegi from?
Edi was born in Eastlands, Nairobi, Kenya but raised in California. His family moved to the United States when he was young, settling in the Bay Area town of Albany, CA.
How old is Edi Gathegi?
The actor was born on March 10, 1979. This means that he is 41 years old (as of 2020)
Edi Gathegi family
Edi's father is Dr John N' Gathegi (PhD and JD from the University of California at Berkeley), who is a Professor at the University of South Florida. Not much is known about his mother.
The actor has an older brother and a younger sister.
Edi attended the following prestigious institutions:
- University of California, Santa Barbara, California, United States;
- New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York, United States (MFA, 2005)
While in college, Edi focused on playing basketball at The University of California, Santa Barbara. A knee injury derailed his basketball career.
Due to the injury, he spent months unable to walk, and he wanted to make sure that his schedule was an easy one that semester, so he was not even more inconvenienced. He figured acting would make an easy A for him.
He went on to hone his acting skills at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
After graduating in 2005, he kicked off his acting career by playing a cabbie in Crank (2006). The next year, Edi landed a recurring role as Dr Jeffery Cole on FOX's hit series, House M.D.
He went on to win a small but crucial role as a hard-bitten drug lord, Cheese, in Gone Baby Gone (2007).
In 2009, Edi starred in My Bloody Valentine 3-D and reprised his role as Laurent in The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
He then landed the role of Armando Muñoz/Darwin in X-Men: First Class (2011) and appeared in the film based on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged (2011).
The actor has also made several small-screen appearances on popular shows, including a guest spot on The CW's Nikita (2010-2013), the recurring role of Kyle on The CW's Beauty and the Beast (2012-2016), and as Leon on the ABC drama Red Widow (2013). The same year, Gathegi joined the cast of the sitcom Family Tools (2013).
The actor then co-starred in the cable drama Proof (2015) and appeared in story arcs on Justified (2010-2015), The Blacklist (2013- ) and Into the Badlands (2015- ).
Edi Gathegi movies and TV shows
Here is his full filmography:
- 2021 - The Harder They Fall (filming)
- 2021 - Caged (post-production) - Harlow Reid
- 2019-2020 - Briarpatch - A.D. Singe / A. D. Singe
- 2020 - The Last Thing He Wanted - Jones
- 2019 - Khalid: Free Spirit
- 2019 - Princess of the Row - Beaumont 'Bo' Willis
- 2016-2018 - StartUp - Ronald Dacey
- 2018 - Pimp - Kenny Wayne
- 2018 - The Russian Cousin - Edi
- 2018 - Better Start Running - Fitz Paradise
- 2017 - Jay-Z: Legacy - Remi
- 2017 - The Blacklist: Redemption - Matias Solomon
- 2016 - The Watcher - Noah
- 2016 - Lifeline - Jules
- 2016 - American Dad! - Bridge Officer
- 2015-2016 - The Blacklist - Matias Solomon
- 2015 - Into the Badlands - Jacobee
- 2015 - Criminal Activities - Marques
- 2015 - Namaste, B*tches - Edi
- 2015 - Proof - Dr Zed Badawi
- 2015 - Matthew E. White: Vision - Blind Man
- 2015 - Aloha - Lt. Colonel Curtis
- 2015 - Bleeding Heart - Dex
- 2015 - This Isn't Funny - Ryan
- 2014 - Grand Theft Auto: Give Me Liberty - 8-Ball
- 2014 - Storytelling - Detective Stark
- 2014 - Bedbug - Frank
- 2014 - Wild Card - Tres
- 2014 - Justified - Jean Baptiste
- 2013 - Family Tools - Darren / Darren Poynton
- 2013 - Beauty and the Beast - Kyle
- 2013 - Red Widow - Leon
- 2012 - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 - Laurent (crEdit only)
- 2012 - Phineas and Ferb - Iggy / Additional Voices
- 2012 - Hawken (Video short) - Mitchell
- 2012 - Neighbors (Short) - Lamay
- 2011 - X-Men: First Class - Darwin / Armando Muñoz
- 2011 - Nikita - Kalume Ungara
- 2011 - Atlas Shrugged: Part I - Eddie Willers
- 2011 - This Is Not a Movie - Ghost of Jimmy
- 2010 - Page 36 - Mr Black
- 2009 - Operating Instructions - Charlie Cole
- 2009 - The Twilight Saga: New Moon - Laurent
- 2009 - My Bloody Valentine - Deputy Martin
- 2008 - Twilight - Laurent
- 2008 - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Skinny Dude
- 2008 - Life on Mars - Fletcher Bellow
- 2008 - CSI: Miami - Freddie Mays
- 2007 - House - Dr Jeffrey' Big Love' Cole
- 2007 - Gone Baby Gone - Cheese
- 2007 - Death Sentence - Bodie
- 2007 - The Fifth Patient - Darudi
- 2007 - Veronica Mars - Zeke Molinda
- 2007 - Lincoln Heights - Boa
- 2006 - Crank - Haitian Cabbie
The actor has also produced the following:
- Caged (executive producer) (post-production)
- Bad Chemistry (Short) (producer)
- Princess of the Row (producer)
- The Watcher (co-producer)
- Namaste, B*tches (producer - 1 episode)
As a director, Edi has worked on the following:
- Bad Chemistry
- Namaste, B*tches
Who plays Solomon on Blacklist?
Gathegi starred as Matias Solomon on The Blacklist from 2015 to 2016. In season 3 of the show, Solomon (Gathegi's character) acts on behalf of The Cabal, an alliance made up of some of the most powerful people in the world.
Edi Gathegi House character
Edi portrayed Dr Jeffrey Cole, one of the applicants, in Season 4 of House.
Jeffrey Cole was one of the original 40 applicants for the 3 open fellowship positions at the beginning of the fourth season. He made it to the final five candidates before he was eliminated at the end of You Don't Want To Know.
He was the only remaining African-American applicant at that point. He is a Mormon and matriculated from Brigham Young University.
Awards and nominations
The actor has 8 award wins and 2 nominations to his name.
- 2019 - BronzeLens Film Festival, Atlanta, US - Best Actor, Best Overall
- 2019 - Columbus International Film & Video Festival - Presidential Award
- 2019 - Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition - Best Actor and Drama awards
- 2019 - Method Fest - Feature Film, Best Feature Film for Princess of the Row (2019)
- 2015 - Connect Film Festival, AUS - Best Actor
- 2011 - Teen Choice Awards - Choice Movie Chemistry
- 2011- He earned an Ovation nomination for his work in the play Superior Donuts at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Edi Gathegi net worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Edi has a net worth of $3 million.
Who is Edi Gathegi girlfriend?
Edi Gathegi is a Kenyan-born actor who has conquered the Hollywood film industry with no apologies. He is definitely inspiring many future performers back home.
The actor is a five-time Primetime Emmy nominee and one of the celebrities who have been advocating for LGBTQ+ rights in the USA.