|Born||December 11, 1973|
Def first became noted in the hip hop movement in the late 1990s when he collaborated with several other artists, coming to prominence when he teamed with Talib Kweli to form the duo Black Star which released its debut album in 1998. However, he has also gained much critical acclaim for his acting work. Starting with brief appearances in Spike Lee's Bamboozled! and Monster's Ball, in 2005 he won the award for Best Actor at the Black Reel Awards for his role in The Woodsman. He also found mainstream success in The Italian Job, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Be Kind - Rewind and 16 Blocks. He even appeared as himself in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.