February 28th, 2014
08:02 PM ET

From cab driver to Oscar nominee: 'Captain Phillips' star Barkhad Abdi

He is the lead pirate in the thriller "Captain Phillips," and his name is Barkhad Abdi.

Oscars 2014: The nominee reaction that will move you to tears

If you didn't see the movie, he plays Muse opposite Tom Hanks and he is up for best supporting actor at this Sunday's 86th Academy Awards.

'Captain Phillips' Oscar nominee gives back

CNN's Poppy Harlow recently caught up the Somali-American actor in his home town.

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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    "We used to take barbed wire
    Mold them around discarded bike tires
    Roll 'em down the hill on foot blazin'
    Now that was our version of mountain bike racing...

    Do you see why it's amazing
    When someone comes out of such a dire situation
    And learns the English language
    Just to share his observation?
    Probably get a Grammy without a grammar education." (K'naan)

    March 1, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Reply

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