Haaz Sleiman

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Haaz Sleiman
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Sleiman in 2008
Native name هاز سليمان
Born (1976-07-01) July 1, 1976 (age 41)
Beirut, Lebanon
Residence Los Angeles, California
Citizenship Lebanon
United States
Alma mater Wayne State University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–Present

Haaz Sleiman /ˈhɑːz ˈslmən/ (Arabic: هاز سليمان‎‎; born July 1, 1976) is a Lebanese-American television and film actor.[1] He most notably played the role of Tarek in the 2007 film The Visitor and the role of Jesus in the American TV mini-series Killing Jesus, in addition to a number of American TV series.


Haaz Sleiman was born and raised in Lebanon. He moved to the United States when he was twenty-one years old, and he developed a love for acting in film, television, and theater.[2]

In 2006, Sleiman portrayed an American soldier in Iraq on the NBC series ER and, that same year, had a recurring role as an Arab billionaire in the CBS series Company Town.[3][4] He portrayed the terrorist suspect Heydar in three 2007 episodes of the FOX series 24[4] and appeared on both NCIS and Veronica Mars in 2007.[3]

He co-starred as Tarek, an undocumented Syrian immigrant in the critically acclaimed 2007 independent film The Visitor, a drama directed by Tom McCarthy. The film was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award.[1][3] Sleiman also had small roles in the 2006 film American Dreamz and the 2007 film AmericanEast.[3][4]

Sleiman played gay nurse Mohammed "Mo-Mo" De La Cruz in the first season of the Showtime dark comedy series Nurse Jackie, which premiered in June 2009.[3][5][6][7][8]

In 2011, Sleiman played the role of Omar, a Palestinian activist, in the Channel 4 mini-series The Promise.

Sleiman also played the role of Kasim Tariq in the CW Network TV show Nikita; he appeared in two episodes.

Sleiman played Dr Rabia, a gay Syrian doctor in Channel 4's, The State.

Personal life[edit]

On August 22nd, 2017 Sleiman came out as gay via a Facebook video.[9][10]

Awards and nominations[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Ski Trip Tyson
2006 Company Town Abby Faisal TV movie
Fourth Estate Short video
American Dreamz Mujeheddin Captain
ER Hodgkins Episode "The Gallant Hero and The Tragic Victor"
2007 24 Heydar 3 episodes (season 6)
NCIS Abdul Wahid Episode "Grace Period"
Veronica Mars Nasir Ben-Hafald Episode "Un-American Graffiti"
Futbaal: The Price of Dreams Ace
Assassin's Creed Malik al-Sayf (voice)
AmericanEast Slick Ali, the angry customer
The Visitor Tarek Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Nominated - Online Film & Television Association for Best Breakthrough Performance - Male
Nominated - Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Nominated - Gotham Awards for Best Ensemble Cast
2009 Nurse Jackie Mohammed 'Mo-Mo' De La Cruz 12 episodes (main cast season 1)
2010-2011 The Promise Omar Habash Part 1, 2, 3, 4
Nikita Kasim Tariq Episodes "One Way" and "Covenant"
2011 Meet Jane Agent Joseph Omari TV movie
CSI: Miami Marcel Largos Episode "Mayday"
Dorfman In Love Cookie
Assassin's Creed: Revelations Suleiman I (voice)
Ricochet RobertSavich TV movie
2012 Highland Park Ali Rasheed
Covert Affairs Khalid Ansari 5 episodes (Season 3)
2013 Blue Bloods Teri Damiri Episode: "Drawing Dead"
The Good Wife Zayeed Shaheed Episode: "Whack-a-Mole"
Highland Park Ali Rasheed
2012-2014 Covert Affairs Khalid Ansari 4 episodes
2014 Person of Interest Omar Risha Episode: "Allegiance"
2015 Those People Tim
Killing Jesus Jesus TV mini series
The Player Farid
2016 Of Kings and Prophets Jonathan Main role
2017 The State Dr Rabia


  1. ^ a b Durling, Roger (May 1, 2008). "A Chat with Haaz Sleiman, Star of Tom McCarthy’s The Visitor". Santa Barbara Independent. Independent.com. Retrieved February 5, 2009. 
  2. ^ IMDb.com: Haaz Sleiman - Biography
  3. ^ a b c d e "Nurse Jackie Actor Bios: Haaz Sleiman". Sho.com. Retrieved June 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c "American East (2007) Cast Biographies: Haaz Sleiman". AmericanEastMovie.com (Internet Archive). Archived from the original on October 16, 2007. Retrieved October 16, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Nurse Jackie: Official Site". Sho.com. Retrieved March 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ Starr, Michael (June 30, 2008). "Nurse Edie: First Look at Sopranos Star's Dark, New Hospital Comedy". New York Post. NYPost.com. Retrieved March 8, 2009. 
  7. ^ Juergens, Brian (December 23, 2008). "Meet the gays of The United States of Tara and Nurse Jackie". AfterElton.com. Retrieved March 8, 2009. 
  8. ^ Ausiello, Michael (December 22, 2009). "Exclusive: 'Nurse Jackie' Drops Mo-Mo!". 
  9. ^ "Nurse Jackie Star Haaz Sleiman Comes Out As Gay In New Facebook Video | Instinct". instinctmagazine.com. Retrieved 2017-08-26. 
  10. ^ "Haaz Sleiman". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-08-26. 

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