Waleed Zuaiter (born 1971) is an American actor and producer who has performed in on-stage productions in Washington, DC, Berkeley, California, and New York City, as well as several film and television productions. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
Life and career
Zuaiter, a Palestinian American, was born in Sacramento, California, but grew up in Kuwait. He returned to the United States to earn his degree in Philosophy and Theatre at The George Washington University, in Washington, DC. He began his acting career with several productions in Washington, DC, before relocating to New York City.
On the New York stage, he received critical acclaim for his portrayal of a former Iraqi translator for the U.S. military, in George Packer's Betrayed. He also has starred in David Greig's The American Pilot at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul, Ilan Hatsor's Masked, Eliam Kraiem's Sixteen Wounded, and Victoria Brittain and Gillian Slovo's Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom. He also performed alongside Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in Mother Courage at the Public Theater.
Zuaiter's film and television productions include the HBO/BBC miniseries House of Saddam, Sex and the City 2 and The Men Who Stare at Goats, in which he played the role of Mahmud Daash. Recently, he completed filming the suspense-thriller Elevator, directed by Stig Svendsen, in which he plays a man trapped in a Wall Street elevator with several people, one of whom has a bomb. His latest project is a film adaptation of the Ibrahim Fawal novel On The Hills of God.
He also was featured in an NBC Universal Pilot written by Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson and directed by Spike Lee, starring Bobby Cannavale. Alongside Bobby Cannavale, Waleed's son, Laith Zuaiter, was featured in the pilot.
- Arab American News
- Profile of Waleed Zuaiter in The National
- Profile of Waleed Zuaiter at the Institute for Middle East Understanding
- New York Times review of the play Abandoned
- Article about Waleed Zuaiter in TalkMoviesWorld.com
- Waleed Zuaiter at the Internet Movie Database