Christopher Maher

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Christopher Maher
Maher Boutros

1955 (age 62–63)
EducationNeighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre
AwardsJames Beard Foundation

Christopher Maher (born 1955) is an American film and television actor as well as a chef.


Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Maher's family moved to Toronto in the 1960s. He started pre-med studies but changed to acting at the University of Toronto. Arriving in New York in 1978, he studied acting further at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.[1][2]

Maher worked at Tavern on the Green, where he met Drew Nieporent.[1][2]

He broke into Entertainment with a year-long role as assassin Colonel Hashim on Another World.[1][2]



In 1982, Maher moved to Los Angeles to pursue motion-picture roles. He changed his name from Maher Boutros to Christopher Maher. "I was typecast as a dumb Arab or a bad Arab, one or the other. It depressed me, and I just refused to do any more."[1][2]

He has appeared in feature films and television episodes from Taxi and Hill Street Blues to Law and Order, 24, The West Wing and NCIS. He is in Olive, in which he starred with Gena Rollins.


Maher was also recognized by the James Beard Foundation as one of the great regional chefs of America and has cooked at the Beard House in New York City.

He runs a cooking school called "Cooking Studio Taos" plus natural and organic food venture in Taos.[3] The food products are sold under the name "Caleb&Milo", named after their two sons. They sell their products in whole food markets and other gourmet markets. Christopher has cooked for many world figures including HH Tenzin Gyatso the Dalai Lama and President Bill Clinton.


Maher lives in Taos, New Mexico, where he runs a cooking school called "Cooking Studio Taos" with wife Valerie[1][2] [3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Juliette Rossant (November–December 2003). "Lights, Camera — Cook!". Saudi Aramco World: 33–35.
  2. ^ a b c d e Juliette Rossant. "Lights, Camera — Cook!". Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b "home". Cooking Studio Taos. Retrieved 2 November 2013.

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