Aug. 4th, 1961
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
6' 1 1/2"
Barack Obama's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2014 - America: Imagine the World Without Her
2014 - Mistaken for Strangers
2014 - Mitt
2014 - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
2013 - Terms and Conditions May Apply
2013 - We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks
2013 - Inequality for All
2013 - The Fifth Estate
2013 - Dirty Wars
2012 - Zero Dark Thirty
2012 - The Dictator
2012 - This Must Be the Place
2012 - Killing Them Softly
2012 - Battleship
2011 - Ethos
2011 - Reagan
2010 - Inside Job
2010 - What is the Electric Car?
2010 - 8: The Mormon Proposition
2009 - The Shock Doctrine
2009 - Becoming Barack
2009 - By the People: The Election of Barack Obama
2009 - Capitalism: A Love Story
2009 - Shark City
2009 - Fall of the Republic: The Presidency of Barack H. Obama
2007 - Sand and Sorrow
2006 - ...So Goes the Nation
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Barack Obama was born to a white American mother, Ann Dunham, and a black Kenyan father, Barack Obama, Sr., who were both young college students at the University of Hawaii. When his father left for Harvard, she and Barack stayed behind, and his father ultimately returned alone to Kenya, where he worked as a government economist. Barack's mother remarried an Indonesian oil manager and moved to Jakarta when Barack was six. He later recounted Indonesia as simultaneously lush and a harrowing exposure to tropical poverty. He returned to Hawaii, where he was brought up largely by his grandparents. The family lived in a small apartment - his grandfather was a furniture salesman and an unsuccessful insurance agent and his grandmother worked in a bank - but Barack managed to get into Punahou School, Hawaii's top prep academy. His father wrote to him regularly but, though he traveled around the world on official business for Kenya, he visited only once, when Barack was ten.
Obama attended Columbia University, but found New York's racial tension inescapable. He became a community organizer for a small Chicago church-based group for three years, helping poor South Side residents cope with a wave of plant closings. He then attended Harvard Law School, and in 1990 became the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review. He turned down a prestigious judicial clerkship, choosing instead to practice civil-rights law back in Chicago, representing victims of housing and employment discrimination and working on voting-rights legislation. He also began teaching at the University of Chicago Law School. Eventually he ran as a Democrat for the state senate seat from his district, which included both Hyde Park and some of the poorest ghettos on the South Side, and won.
In 2004 Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat, representing Illinois, and gained national attention by giving a rousing and well-received keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. In 2008 he ran for president as a democrat and won. He is set to become the 44th president of the Unites States and the first African-American ever elected to that position.
- In the Kenyan town where his father was born, the long-brewed "Senator" brand of beer has been nicknamed "Obama."
- Lives in Hyde Park (Chicago).
- His first name comes from the word that means "blessed by God" in Arabic.
- Enjoys playing basketball and poker.
- U.S. Senator from Illinois since 3 January 2005.
- Named one of Time magazine's "100 most influential people in the world" list in 2005 and 2007.
- Eighth left-handed US President after, James Garfield (R), 'Herbert Hoover (I)' (qv) (R), 'Harry S. Truman' (qv) (D), 'Gerald Ford (I)' (qv) (R), 'Ronald Reagan (I)' (qv) (R), 'George Bush (I)' (qv) (R), 'Bill Clinton (I)' (qv) (D). His opponent during the 2008 election, 'John McCain (I)' (qv), was also left handed.
- On June 3, 2008 he won the Montana primary election giving him enough delegates to become the first Black American presidential candidate to win a major political party's presumptive nomination for the office of President of the United States.