John Sharian

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John Sharian
John Shahnazarian

Years active1992–present

John Sharian (born John Shahnazarian) is an American character actor perhaps best known for portraying villain Ivan in The Machinist (2004).


Born in Connecticut, John Sharian attended the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut and later the Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, which he left in 1984.


Sharian graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 1991[1] and began television acting shortly thereafter, appearing in the British sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf in 1992.[2]

Sharian's film career began in 1994 with his role as one of the leads in Death Machine and later in the American movies Lost in Space[3] and Saving Private Ryan.[4] He also appeared in The Machinist.

Selected filmography[edit]


Date Title Role Station
25 January 1996 The American Wife BBC Radio 4 Thirty Minute Theatre
30 September 1996 American Faith BBC Radio 4
9 April 1999 J Edgar Hoover: They Call Him Bobby BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
4 December 2000 Into the Ether BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
8 July 2001 Wit Jason Posner BBC Radio 4
15 December 2001 The Gold Bug[5] BBC Radio 4 The Saturday Play
11 April 2002 The Titanic Inquiry – Part One Senator Fletcher BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
12 April 2002 The Titanic Inquiry – Part Two Senator Fletcher BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
17 January 2004 The Ipcress File Battersby BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play


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