Edi Gathegi Biography: Age, Early Life, Education, Relationships, Career, Awards, Net Worth

Basketball career cut short due to knee-injury and he took on acting.

By  | May 22, 2020, 04:00 PM  | Edi Gathegi  | Top of The

Edi Gathegi had career changes that allowed him to fully express his artistic side. He has featured on CSI: Miami, and the award-winning television series The Blacklist.

Edi Gathegi continues to work on his craft as one of the leading Kenyan-American actors.

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Here's Edi Gathegi's biography.

Edi Gathegi Age

Edi Mue Gathegi was born on the 10th of March in 1979. He is 41-years-old. 

Edi Gathegi Family

Edi Mue Gathegi was Born in Nairobi, Kenya. 

His father is Dr John N’ Gathegi, PhD who graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and who is a professor at the University of South Florida. 

Edi Gathegi grew up alongside his siblings who are well-known artists, Nate Dawg and Betty G. 

The Gathegi family moved to the US when Edi was a child and settled in Albany, California.

Edi Gathegi Education

Edi Gathegi did both his primary and secondary studies in California and furthered his studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

While in college he played basketball and had to quit due to his career-threatening knee injury. He had dreams of eventually for an NBA team but reality didn't allow him.  

Whilst getting better, Edi Gathegi started exploring his options and eventually grew an interest for the performing arts and he started attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for a graduate acting program. He graduated in 2005. 

Edi Gathegi Marriage

Edi Gathegi married his gorgeous wife, Adriana Marinescu in 2018. She is a model, designer and fashionista. 

Edi Gathegi posted a sweet message to his wife on her birthday and had this to say;  

"Here’s to yet another trip around the sun, Captain Goose. I’d be lost at sea without you. Thank you for guiding our ship always toward love kindness and grace with detours through humility and gratitude. You taught me many lessons that no other human alive could have forced me to digest. And you did it all by example. I’ve been mesmerized watching your heart runneth over and spill into those around you. I’m in awe and forever grateful that you are plainly and without question one of a kind. Happy Birthday to you, you divine fashionista".
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Edi Gathegi Career

Edi started his career after he scored a role in 2006 on the movie Crank.

The Kenyan-American rapper worked his way into being a noticed actor with the release of Crank.

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Edi Gathegi has starred in major films such as Twilight, Marvel’s X-Men, This Isn’t Funny and made appearances in the following shows, Regular Show (voice-over), The Blacklist, CSI Miami and many more series.

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Here's a list of some of the on-screen appearances he's appeared on.


2006 - Crank
2007 - Gone Baby Gone
2007 - The Fifth Patient
2007 - Death Sentence
2008 - Twilight
2009 - My Bloody Valentine 3D 
2009 - The Twilight Saga: New Moon
2010 - This Is Not a Movie
2011 - X-Men: First Class 
2011 - Atlas Shrugged
2011 - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part I 
2014 - Shiva and May 
2015 - This Isn't Funny 
2015 - Aloha 
2015 - Criminal Activities
2016 - The Watcher
2018 - Pimp
2019 - Princess of the Row 
2020 - The Last Thing He Wanted

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2007 - House
2007 - Lincoln Heights
2007 - Veronica Mars
2008 - CSI: Miami
2008 - Life on Mars
2008 - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2011 - Nikita
2012 - Phineas and Ferb
2013 - The Family Tools 
2013 - Beauty & the Beast
2013 - Red Widow
2014 - Justified
2014 - Wild Card
2015 - Proof - Zed
2015–present - The Blacklist
2015 - Into the Badlands 
2016–present - StartUp
2017 - The Blacklist: Redemption
2020 - Briarpatch 

Edi Gathegi Awards

In his career, Edi Gathegi has won the following awards:

2011 - Nominated for Featured Actor in a Play for the role of Franco Wicks in the Geffen Playhouse production of "Superior Donuts" at the Ovation Awards
2018 - Obie Award for Performance for 'Jesus Hopped The A-Train'
2018 - Lucille Lortel Awards 

Edi Gathegi Controversy

It was rumoured that Edi Gathegi left one of the shows that he starred on not so good terms. In 2014, Edi Gathegi landed himself a role on the American drama-series, Justified.

Edi Gathegi was rumoured to have had a bad exchange of words with the creator of the show, Graham Yost. It seems Edi Gathegi was no longer happy to be part of the cast. All of a sudden as viewers were still enjoying the series, his character was killed.

During an interview, Graham had this to say,

"When Edi wanted off, suddenly we were forced to get him out of the show. I think the solution we came up with gave us a better storyline for the season..."

Edi Gathegi Net Worth

Edi Gathegi is estimated to be worth $3 million through all his contributions in the television industry and working one of the most well-known actors globally.

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The versatile actor has been on Phineas and Ferb, and his performance secures his roles in different genres.

The Kenyan-American actor is getting all the roles he deserves through hard work. Being on the Marvel movies, where else can we expect to see him in upcoming movies? He acts in a different set of movies, and different themes. Through believing in his craft, Edi Gathegi always has the best delivery to satisfy the audience.

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