December 20, 1963 |
Life and career 
Theba became a familiar face in the 1990s when he appeared in various TV shows and commercials in the United States.
Theba's big break was a role on the NBC pilot Death and Taxes. The pilot was not picked up, but it led to a recurring role for Theba on The George Carlin Show. Theba also had brief recurring roles on Married... with Children and ER. His other credits include appearances on Nip/Tuck, Alias, Two and a Half Men, Roseanne, Kitchen Confidential, Chuck, JAG, Arrested Development, Childrens Hospital, The Tick, The West Wing, Friends, Sister Sister, Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, King of the Hill, Weeds and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Theba also appeared alongside Glee co-star Mike O'Malley in an episode of the sitcom Yes, Dear.
Although Figgins was initially conceived as White, Pakistani American Theba was cast in the role. He finds Figgins a challenging character to play, as it entails finding, "the right mix of someone who is an authority figure but who is also very insecure about his own strengths as a person."
- "Interview with Iqbal Theba aka Principal Figgins". Neal B. in NYC. December 4, 2009. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
- Stasi, Linda (May 14, 2009)." Rhythm Schtick: First Look at Hot New Musical 'Glee'". New York Post. Retrieved September 9, 2009.