Tahir in May 2008
|Born||Faran Haroon Tahir
February 16, 1964
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Education||University of California
|Parent(s)||Naeem Tahir (father)
Yasmeen Tahir (mother)
|Relatives||Ali Tahir (brother)|
Faran Haroon Tahir was born on 16 February 1964 in Los Angeles to Naeem Tahir and Yasmeen Tahir. He grew up in Pakistan and returned to the United States 1980. He has attended University of California Berkeley and Harvard University where he studied theatre.
In 1985, he appeared as Bolshintsov in U.C. Berkeley's production of A Month in the Country, and in 1988 portrayed Errol Philander in Athol Fugard's "Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act."  He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a BA in Theatre before acquiring a graduate degree from the American Repertory Theater's (A.R.T.) Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.
He made his film debut playing Nathoo in the Disney's 1994 live-action version of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. He has since appeared in such films as Picture Perfect (1997), Anywhere But Here (1999) and Charlie Wilson's War (2007). He also played the male lead in the 1999 independent film ABCD. In 2008, Tahir played the role of the villain Raza in the Marvel Comics-based Iron Man. He played Starfleet Captain Richard Robau in the 2009 film Star Trek. In 2013, Tahir played President Patel in the science-fiction film Elysium.
Tahir has guest starred on many television series, including Alias, The Practice, Family Law, The Agency, NYPD Blue, Lost, 7th Heaven, The West Wing, Walker, Texas Ranger, The D.A., 24, Monk, Justice, Cold Case, Chuck, Hawaii Five-0 and Warehouse 13. He also co-starred with Robert Beltran and Chase Masterson in the 2005 Sci-Fi Channel original movie Manticore. He also starred in the medical drama series Grey's Anatomy as Isaac and appeared on the CW series Supernatural as the Egyptian god Osiris in the seventh season's episode "Defending Your Life". Tahir starred in the ghost horror film Jinn. The role of Frank, Cliff Barnes' right-hand man in the reboot of Dallas. In 2015 Tahir appeared in a recurring role as the Commander on Supergirl.
|1994||The Jungle Book||Nathoo|
|1998||A Price Above Rubies||Hrundi Kapoor|
|Anywhere But Here||Hisham Badir|
|A Town Without Pity||Antoine Fahd||TV movie|
|2007||Charlie Wilson's War||Brigadier Rashid|
|2009||Star Trek||Captain Robau|
|Mr. Jones||The Anthropologist|
|2015||Flight World War II||William Strong|
|1989||Midnight Caller||Desk Clerk||Blood Red|
|1993||Law & Order||Mr. Khan||Profile|
|1994||New York Undercover||Dr. Venegas||Missing|
|1995||New York News||Neilson||Past Imperfect|
|1997||Party of Five||Radiologist||2 episodes|
|1999||The Pretender||Anesthesiologist||At the Hour of Our Death|
|2000||The Practice||Dr. Michael Shields||Death Penalties|
|FreakyLinks||Doctor||Subject: Three Thirteen|
|Family Law||Dr. Singh||2 episodes|
|2001||Alias||Mokhtar||A Broken Heart|
|NYPD Blue||Isa Al-Ramai||Baby Love|
|2002||7th Heaven||Mr. Halawi||Suspicion|
|MDs||Dr. Banfa||Cruel and Unusual|
|The West Wing||Manny||"Swiss Diplomacy"|
|2003||The Agency||Jamar Akil||An Isolated Incident|
|The West Wing||Manny||"Inauguration: Part 1"|
|JAG||Amad Bin Atwa / Said Labdouni||3 episodes|
|Boston Public||Mr. Mubarik||Chapter Seventy-Four|
|24||Mosque Greeter||"Day 2: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m."|
|2004||Judging Amy||Dr. Omidi||The Quick and The Dead|
|The D.A.||Asaf Shah||The People vs. Achmed Abbas|
|2005||24||Tomas Sherek||2 episodes|
|Monk||Museum Official||"Mr. Monk and the Big Reward"|
|Justice||Oscar Rivera||Behind the Orange Curtain|
|2007||Cold Case||Anil Patel||A Dollar, A Dream|
|2008||Lost||Ishmael Bakir||"The Shape of Things to Come"|
|Chuck||Farrokh Bulsara||Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer|
|2009||Grey's Anatomy||Isaac||"Give Peace a Chance"|
|2010||NCIS: Los Angeles||Hassad Al-Jahiri||Fame|
|Childrens Hospital||Malik||The Sultan's Finger: Live|
|2011||Blue Bloods||El Haq||Hall of Mirrors|
|In Plain Sight||Ali Tavali||A Womb with a View|
|Warehouse 13||Adwin Kosan||6 episodes|
|Supernatural||Osiris||Defending Your Life|
|2012||Burn Notice||Ahmad Damour|
|2013||Private Practice||Charles||Full Release|
|2014||Elementary||Agent Mattoo||"The Diabolical Kind"|
|Criminal Minds||Tivon Askari||"200"|
|2015||Criminal Minds||Tivon Askari||"The Forever People"|
|The Blacklist||Ruslan Denisov||"Ruslan Denisov (No. 67)"|
|How to Get Away with Murder||Detective||Guest Star, Episode 10: "Hello Raskolnikov"|
|Satisfaction||Omar Sandhal||recurring role in season 2|
|2016||American Crime||Rhys Bashir||6 episodes|
|2016||Hawaii Five-0||Lucky Morad||No ke ali'i wahine a me ka 'aina|
|2016||Once Upon a Time||Captain Nemo||Episode: "Dark Waters"|
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- "After fighting Iron Man, Faran Tahir arrives in Karachi". The Express Tribune. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
- interview with "Statement's" director, Dr. J. Peregrim in 2016
- "Actor Faran Tahir on "Iron Man" and "Star Trek"". cbr.com. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- "Faran Tahir breaks barriers as a new starship captain in Star Trek". blastr.com. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- "Interview with Elysium's Faran Tahir". denofgeek.com. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- "Hawaii Five-0 next for Faran Tahir". hipinpakistan.com. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- "Exclusive: 'Star Trek' captain invades 'Warehouse 13'". ew.com. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- "Original Movie Manticore Debuts on SCI FI Nov. 26". awn.com. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- "Faran Tahir Does a Guest Appearance on Grey's Anatomy". www.koolmuzone.pk. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- "Western Audiences Get Taste of 'Jinn'".
- "Western Audiences Get Taste of 'Jinn'".
- "Q&A with Hollywood Actor, Faran Tahir for DALLAS (New Series) | Upodcasting- Under Promise Over Deliver". upodcasting.com. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- "Supergirl To Square Off Against Iron Man and Star Trek Actor Faran Tahir". Comicbook.com. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- Petski, Denise (24 July 2015). "Faran Tahir Joins ABC's 'American Crime'; Holly Curran In Amazon Pilot 'Zelda'". deadline.com. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- "'Once Upon a Time' casts Captain Nemo — exclusive". ew.com. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- Pakistan National Council of the Arts
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