Assaf Cohen

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Assaf Cohen
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Born (1972-10-31) October 31, 1972 (age 47)
Years active2002–present

Assaf Cohen (born October 31, 1972) is an American actor.

Early life[edit]

Cohen was born in Mountain View, California and raised in Palo Alto, California, where his family settled after living for a number of years in Israel.[citation needed] He is of Yemenite, Russian, and Israeli descent.[citation needed] Cohen graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA degree in Integrative Biology.[citation needed] Foregoing earlier plans of attending medical school, he instead pursued professional acting.[citation needed]


Cohen worked for a few years at regional theaters such as The Magic, Marin Shakespeare Company, Marin Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and PCPA Theaterfest. He then next moved east and earned an MFA degree in acting from the Professional Actors Training Program at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he studied under New York Acting teachers William Esper, Maggie Flanigan and Deborah Hedwall. He later moved to Los Angeles, where he performed at theaters including South Coast Repertory and began his career in film and television.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 American Gulag Short film
2004 A Moment of Grace Arab radio announcer Short film
2005 Flightplan Ahmed
West Bank Story Menorah Mickey Academy Award winner, Best Live Action Short Film
2007 Equal Opportunity Al'Ahhhhkkkkhh bin Laden
2009 Fast & Furious Border Agent #1
2011 Convincing Clooney Jason
2013 Peace After Marriage Boris
2014 Home Dr. Aranda


Year Title Role Episode No. & Title
2002 The Agency Young Man in taxi 2.02 - "Air Lex"
2003 JAG Musa Sabet 9.05 - "Touchdown"
Half & Half Matt 2.10 - "The Big Bitter Shower Episode"
2004 2.15 - "The Big I Haven't the Vegas Idea Episode"
2005 Over There Black Hood Interrogator (uncredited) 1.02 - "Roadblock Duty"
24 Yassir 4.21 - "Day 4: 3:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m."
Monk Ricardo 4.05 - "Mr. Monk Gets Drunk"
2006 Sleeper Cell Lt. Hayat 2.02 - "Salesman"
Numb3rs Agent Kareem Allawi 2.18 - "All's Fair"
2007 Entourage Yair Marx 3.19 - "The Prince's Bride"
4.12 - "The Cannes Kids"
NCIS 'Goliath' Eli Lissack 4.14 - "Blowback"
2008 Burn Notice Waseem Ali Khan 2.03 - "Trust Me"
Reno 911! Iraqi Lieutenant 5.10 - "Baghdad 911"
Ghost Whisperer Andy Yates 3.14 - "The Grave Sitter"
Knight Rider (2008 film) Amir TV movie
The Ex List Shaman 1.06 - "Daphne's Idealized Wedding"
2009 Heroes Hesam Five episodes, Seasons 3-4
NCIS: Los Angeles Tariq Barad Al-jabiri
Operating Instructions Eli Bamberger Pilot
2010 CSI: Miami Ahmed Salib Dishonor
24 Navid
Weeds Hooman Jaka Three episodes, Season 6
2011 Funny or Die Presents... Radio Man 2.07 - Segment: "Terrorist on Flight 77"
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Martin Malek 1.13 - "Death by a Thousand Cuts"
2012 Last Resort Linus Terman 1.2 - "Blue on Blue"
2013 Supernatural Ajay 8.19 - "Taxi Driver"
2013 Marvel's Agents of Shield Qasim's Translator 1.3 "The Asset"
2014 Bones Mauricio 9.15--'Heiress in the Hill'
2014 Glee Kurt's Doctor 5.15 - "Bash"
2019 Money Heist Andres de Fonollosa English dub

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