Dominic Rains

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Dominic Rains
Amin Nazemzadeh

(1982-03-01) March 1, 1982 (age 37)
Years active2003–present

Dominic Rains (born Amin Nazemzadeh, March 1, 1982) is an Iranian actor, best known for his portrayal in independent films such as The Taqwacores (2010) and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014),[1] as well as his role as Kasius, the main antagonist of the first part of season 5 of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..


Rains was born in Tehran, Iran, moved to London, England, as a young child and then to the United States, where he was reared in Dallas, Texas. He is the younger brother of actor Ethan Rains.[2] Rains began his acting career starring in the well known TV Movie, Saving Jessica Lynch in 2003. He later appeared in 2006 in the popular TV movie, Flight 93. From July 12 to October 4, 2007, Rains appeared as Dr. Leo Julian on SOAPnet's General Hospital: Night Shift, a 13-episode prime time spin-off of the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital. The character had first been introduced on General Hospital on July 2, 2007. With Rains unavailable for the series' second season in July, 2008, his brother Ethan was cast in the role starting July 22, 2008. Following his role on General Hospital he has continued to appear on numerous television series including: 24, Flash Forward, Burn Notice, NCIS, Cane, and Anger Management.

In 2010, he gained recognition for his role in the discussion-sparking independent film The Taqwacores based on a 2004 novel by an American convert to Islam, Michael Muhammad Knight.[3] The New York Times praised his performance as "particularly eye-catching"[4] and NBC reviewed that his portrayal is "reminiscent of Adrien Brody's career-launching turn in Summer of Sam. Rains is just operating at an entirely higher level as the heart and soul of this film."[5] This role also won him an award for best actor at the Festival de Cine Internacional de Ourense international film festival.

Later in 2010, he began filming and starring as the lead role in Exxodus Pictures' supernatural thriller, Jinn. The film was released nationwide in April, 2014. He plays Shawn Walker, a young automotive designer from Detroit who uncovers an ancient secret that threatens to wipe out his entire family.

Rains's appeared as Saeed in Sundance Film Festival favorite A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Highly praised by many critics after its debut, it was acquired by Kino Lorber for mainstream US distribution and released in late 2014.[6] "This stunning and stinging cinematic marvel left us speechless at its premiere," wrote founder Richard Lorber.

Also in 2014 Rains collaborated on a short film written and directed with his brother Ethan, Still Here, inspired by real life events of their cousin who was fatefully misdiagnosed with cancer.[7] The film is produced by the Rains Brothers in association with Exxodus Pictures. In the film Rains plays alongside Shohreh Aghdashloo and Alan Rosenberg.

Besides television and film, Rains is active in the Los Angeles theater community and is a member of the Los Angeles-based Elephant Theatre Company. He has appeared on stage with the Elephants in the critically acclaimed productions of Desert Sunrise, Block Nine, Love Sick, Baby Doll, Cycles, and The North Plan.



Title Year Role
Poet's War 2006 Hamad
Grenade 2006 Corporal Serri
The Taqwacores 2010 Jehangir Tabari
Jinn 2011 Shan Walker
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014 CIA Instructor
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 2014 Saeed
Burn Country 2016 Osman
Chee and T 2016 T
A.X.L. 2018 Andric


Title Year Role Notes
Saving Jessica Lynch 2003 Fedayeen Officer
LAX 2004–2005 Cyrus 5 episodes
24 2005 Naji Episode: "Day 4: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m."
E-Ring 2006 Omar Al-Masadi Episode: "Brothers in Arms"
Flight 93 2006 Ziad Jarrah
Courting Alex 2006 Sammy 2 episodes
Related 2006 Shahab Episode: "The Godmother"
NCIS 2007 Jamal Malik Episode: "Grace Period"
Sharpshooter 2007 Aiig
General Hospital: Night Shift/General Hospital 2007 Dr. Leo Julian
Final Approach 2008 Abu Karlin
FlashForward 2009 Khamir Dejan
Burn Notice 2012 Sharif Damour Episode: "Last Rites"
Anger Management 2014 Mahesh Episode: "Charlie and the Last Temptation of Eugenio"
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2017–2018 Kasius Recurring


  1. ^ "Getting to Know Dominic Rains". February 20, 2008.
  2. ^ "Alan Rosenberg and Dominic Rains star in Cycles at Hollywood Fringe 6/9-20". Broadway World. May 16, 2012.
  3. ^ Parrot, John (August 12, 2011). "The Taqwacores". The Film Review.
  4. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (October 21, 2010). "Muslims Meet Punk". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Ross, Scott (October 22, 2010). "Review: "The Taqwacores," Youthful Angst, Muslim-Style". NBC.
  6. ^ Eidelstein, Eric (June 9, 2014). "Kino Lorber Acquires Rights to Vampire Sundance Hit 'A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night'". IndieWire.
  7. ^ Lee, Anita. "Dominic Rains: Eye-Catching Performances On Stage And Screen". BLVD Central. Archived from the original on July 18, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2014.

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