Edi Gathegi Birthday & Fun Facts

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Oluwatosin Michael
Jan 31, 2024 By Oluwatosin Michael
Originally Published on May 07, 2022
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About Edi Gathegi

Edi Gathegi is a Kenyan-American actor who lives in the United States of America.
Born on March 10, 1979, in Nairobi, Kenya, Edi Gathegi, and his family moved to the United States when he was very young. Edi Gathegi spent his childhood in Albany, California with his elder brother and younger sister.
While studying at the University of California, Edi Gathegi started playing basketball. It soon became his passion. Unfortunately, his passion abruptly ended when he sustained a knee injury while playing. This pushed him towards acting and he pursue it as a career. Edi Gathegi enrolled himself into a graduate acting program at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
He went through a period of struggle and explored various roles until he got his big break in Hollywood at a mature age. Edi Gathegi got his first movie role in 2006 as a Haitian cab driver, when he was cast in the action film 'Crank'. He got to act alongside action star Jason Statham in the movie.
In 2007, Edi Gathegi appeared in guest roles on 'Lincoln Heights' and 'Veronica Mars'. Soon after, he got himself several roles such as Bodie in the action-drama film 'Death Sentence', Darudi in the thriller 'The Fifth Patient', and Cheese in Ben Affleck directed movie 'Gone Baby Gone.' Edi Gathegi later appeared in a recurring role as Dr. Jeffrey Cole on the television medical drama 'House M.D.'. 
In 2008, he had a few guest appearances on 'CSI: Miami', 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation', and 'Life on Mars'. However, his most famous and successful breakthrough came later that year when he was cast as Laurent, the dark-haired suave vampire in 'Twilight', the movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's novel. The film was a worldwide success with audiences across the globe clamoring to watch the movie. The film grossed over $400,000,000 worldwide on a production budget of $37,000,000.
Edi Gathegi also is known for his role as Darwin in 'X-Men First Class', Laurent in 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon', and Baron Jacobee in 'Into the Badlands' a series by AMC. He played Matias Solomon, an operative of a secretive organization, as a recurrent character in NBC's TV series 'The Blacklist'. Edi Gathegi returned to the role in 'The Blacklist: Redemption', a crime thriller that aired during its 2016–2017 season. He also had a prominent role in the Crackle TV drama series, 'Startup'.

Edi Gathegi Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Edi Gathegi’s net worth?

Edi Gathegi has been an actor for over a decade now, acting in various successful television shows and movies. He has an estimated net worth of $3,000,000.

How much does Edi Gathegi earn per year?

Being a Hollywood actor, Edi Gathegi's annual earnings can be estimated to be $500,000, though no official information is available.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Edi Gathegi?

Edi Gathegi is 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) tall.

How old is Edi Gathegi?

Born on March 10, 1979, the Kenyan American actor Edi Gathegi is 43 years old, in 2022.

Childhood And Education

Born Edi Mue Gathegi, Edi Gathegi was born in Nairobi, Kenya on March 10, 1979, and grew up in Albany, California, United States. Gathegi studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Then he started to take acting classes and studied in the New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 2005.

Edi's father, Dr. John N. Gathegi, is a professor at the University of South Florida. No information is available regarding his mother. He has an older brother, Nate Dawg, and a younger sister, Betty G.

Before becoming an actor in Hollywood, Edi Gathegi acted in multiple plays to earn stage credits. His list of plays list 'Twelfth Night', 'Cyrano de Bergerac', 'Two Trains Running', 'As You Like It', and 'Othello,' among others.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Edi Gathegi’s partner?

Edi Gathegi married his longtime Romanian girlfriend, Adriana Marinescu, in 2018.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Edi Gathegi's first professional appearance was in the 2006 film 'Crank' as a Haitian cabbie. He was initially hesitant to perform a Haitian accent, but he was trained by a Haitian friend, which made the performance more authentic.
Edi Gathegi featured in 'Death Sentence' as Bodie, Cheese in 'Gone Baby Gone' in 2007, and Darude in 'The Fifth Patient'. After, he guest-starred on 'Lincoln Heights' and 'Veronica Mars'. He later had a recurring role in the television medical drama 'House M.D.' and played the role of Dr. Jeffrey Cole. As a premise, Dr. House in the show is a pessimist, and he frequently mocks other characters for their optimism and hope. In 2008, he appeared in guest roles on 'CSI: Miami', 'Life on Mars' and 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation', before landing the breakthrough role of Laurent in 'Twilight'.
Edi Gathegi co-starred with Jensen Ackles and Todd Farmer in the thriller 'My Bloody Valentine' in 2009. He played the character of Deputy Martin in the movie. In the same year, he starred in 'Operating Instructions' as Charlie Cole. In 'Twilight Saga: New Moon', he also reprised his role as Laurent.
In 2011, he played the role of Eddie Willers in 'Atlas Shrugged', based on the classic book written by Ayn Rand, and in 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1' he played the role of Laurent in 2012. He played the Bridge Officer in the twelfth season of the television comedy 'American Dad!'.
He also portrayed various characters in several films, such as Colonel Curtis in 'Aloha' in 2015. He played the role of Matias Solomon, an operative with a secret organization. This was a recurrent role in NBC's television series 'The Blacklist'. Edi Gathegi returned to the role in 'The Blacklist: Redemption', the sequel to the television crime series 'The Blacklist', during the 2016–2017 season. From 2016 to 2018, he also played the main role of Ronald Dacey in the American streaming television crime drama series called 'StartUp'.

What awards has Edi Gathegi won?

In 2015, he earned the Best Actor award at the Connect Film Festival in Australia for the short drama film 'Neighbors'.
Edi Gathegi won Best Actor at the BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta, the Presidential Award at the Columbus International Film & Video Festival, and Best Actor and Drama honors at the Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition in 2019.

Other Interesting Edi Gathegi Facts And Trivia

  • He played basketball while studying at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Basketball became his passion but a knee injury ended his career dreams. This pushed him to pursue his dreams of acting.
  • Edi Gathegi wasn't aware of Stephenie Meyer's popular 'Twilight' series novels and had no idea that his character was a vampire when he auditioned for the 2008 film, based on the book series with the same title. But he finally has read the complete series and calls himself a devoted fan.

Edi Gathegi Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

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Edi Mue Gathegi

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185 cm

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Tisch School of Arts

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Adriana Marinescu


Nate, Betty

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Written by Oluwatosin Michael

Bachelor of Science specializing in Microbiology

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Oluwatosin MichaelBachelor of Science specializing in Microbiology

With a Bachelor's in Microbiology from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Oluwatosin has honed his skills as an SEO content writer, editor, and growth manager. He has written articles, conducted extensive research, and optimized content for search engines. His expertise extends to leading link-building efforts and revising onboarding strategies. 

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