Abdullah grew up in Detroit, Michigan and comes from a blue-collar, working-class family. Abdullah left medical school and chose to study in the BFA Theatre Program at Wayne State University. As a theater student, he also had the opportunity to study at the world-famous Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia. Abdullah moved to Los Angeles to further advance his career in the performing arts, but after a personal event, he took a hiatus from acting and became a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.). He returned to performing full swing and has starred in S.W.A.T. on CBS, and numerous other film and television productions. When Abdullah is not performing, he helps children and their families as a pediatric emergency/trauma pharmacist at the local children’s hospital.