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Tahir in May 2008
|Born||Javed Haroon Faran Tahir
February 16, 1964
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Faran Tahir (born February 16, 1964) is a Pakistani-American film and television actor. Tahir is best known for his act as Raza, the leader of a terrorist organization, "The Ten Rings" in Iron Man (2008).
Tahir was born into an acting Muslim family in Los Angeles, California, where his Pakistani parents had been studying acting and directing at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His father Naeem Tahir is a scholar, researcher, public speaker, columnist, teacher /trainer and dramatis, younger brother Ali Tahir & Ali's wife Wajeeah Tahir are also famous PTV personalities. Tahir father also act in famous Shoaib Mansoor film Khuda Kay Liye along with notable Indian star Naseeruddin Shah.
Growing up in Pakistan, Tahir returned to Los Angeles in 1980.
In 1985, he appeared as Bolshintsov in U.C. Berkeley's production of A Month in the Country. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a BA in Theatre before acquiring a graduate degree from the American Repertory Theater's (A.R.T.) Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.
He made his film debut playing Nathoo in the Disney's 1994 live-action version of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. He has since appeared in such films as Picture Perfect (1997), Anywhere But Here (1999) and Charlie Wilson's War (2007). He also played the male lead in the 1999 independent film ABCD. In 2008, Tahir played the role of the villain Raza in the Marvel Comics-based Iron Man. He played Starfleet Captain Richard Robau in the 2009 film Star Trek. In 2013, Tahir played President Patel in the science-fiction film Elysium.
Tahir has guest starred on many television series, including Alias, The Practice, Family Law, The Agency, NYPD Blue, Lost, 7th Heaven, The West Wing, Walker, Texas Ranger, The D.A., 24, Monk, Justice, Cold Case, Chuck and Warehouse 13. He also co-starred with Robert Beltran and Chase Masterson in the 2005 Sci-Fi Channel original movie Manticore. He also starred in the medical drama series Grey's Anatomy as Isaac and appeared on the CW series Supernatural as the Egyptian god Osiris in the seventh season's episode "Defending Your Life". Tahir will star in the upcoming ghost horror film Jinn. His most recent TV role was that of Frank, Cliff Barnes' right-hand man in the reboot of Dallas .
|1994||Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book||Nathoo|
|1998||A Price Above Rubies||Hrundi Kapoor|
|Anywhere But Here||Hisham Badir|
|A Town Without Pity||Antoine Fahd||TV movie|
|2007||Charlie Wilson's War||Brigadier Rashid|
|2009||Star Trek||Captain Robau|
|Mr. Jones||The Anthropologist|
|1989||Midnight Caller||Desk Clerk||Blood Red|
|1993||Law & Order||Mr. Khan||Profile|
|1994||New York Undercover||Dr. Venegas||Missing|
|1995||New York News||Neilson||Past Imperfect|
|1997||Party of Five||Radiologist||2 episodes|
|1999||The Pretender||Anesthesiologist||At the Hour of Our Death|
|2000||The Practice||Dr. Michael Shields||Death Penalties|
|FreakyLinks||Doctor||Subject: Three Thirteen|
|Family Law||Dr. Singh||2 episodes|
|2001||Alias||Mokhtar||A Broken Heart|
|NYPD Blue||Isa Al-Ramai||Baby Love|
|2002||7th Heaven||Mr. Halawi||Suspicion|
|MDs||Dr. Banfa||Cruel and Unusual|
|The West Wing||Manny||"Swiss Diplomacy"|
|2003||The Agency||Jamar Akil||An Isolated Incident|
|The West Wing||Manny||"Inauguration: Part 1"|
|JAG||Amad Bin Atwa / Said Labdouni||3 episodes|
|Boston Public||Mr. Mubarik||Chapter Seventy-Four|
|24||Mosque Greeter||"Day 2: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m."|
|2004||Judging Amy||Dr. Omidi||The Quick and The Dead|
|The D.A.||Asaf Shah||The People vs. Achmed Abbas|
|2005||24||Tomas Sherek||2 episodes|
|Monk||Museum Official||"Mr. Monk and the Big Reward"|
|Justice||Oscar Rivera||Behind the Orange Curtain|
|2007||Cold Case||Anil Patel||A Dollar, A Dream|
|2008||Lost||Ishmael Bakir||"The Shape of Things to Come"|
|Chuck||Farrokh Bulsara||Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer|
|2009||Grey's Anatomy||Isaac||Give Peace a Chance|
|2010||NCIS: Los Angeles||Hassad Al-Jahiri||Fame|
|Childrens Hospital||Malik||The Sultan's Finger: Live|
|2011||Blue Bloods||El Haq||Hall of Mirrors|
|In Plain Sight||Ali Tavali||A Womb with a View|
|Warehouse 13||Adwin Kosan||6 episodes|
|Supernatural||Osiris||Defending Your Life|
|2012||Burn Notice||Ahmad Damour|
|2013||Private Practice||Charles||Full Release|
|2014-2015||Criminal Minds||Tivon Askari||"200" and "The Forever People"|
|Elementary (TV series)||Agent Mattoo||The Diabolical Kind|
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