Navid Negahban

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Navid Negahban
Native name نوید نگهبان
Born (1968-06-02) June 2, 1968 (age 48)
Mashhad, Iran
Nationality Iranian American
Occupation Actor

Navid Negahban (Persian: نوید نگهبان‎‎; born June 2, 1968) is an Iranian American actor. He has appeared on 24, Homeland and currently plays the recurring role of Jonathan Amadi, a successful Iranian-American businessman, on ABC's season 4 of Mistresses.

Life and career[edit]

Negahban was born in Mashhad, Iran. He took a liking to theater when he was 8 years old while provoking laughter from a large audience by portraying an old man on stage.[1] He left Iran when he was 20 for Turkey and then Germany, where he spent eight-and-a-half years.[2] In Germany, he worked for a theater company, and then in 1993 he moved to the United States.[3] He is fluent in English, Persian,[1] Dari and German.[3]

He has appeared in The Shield, The West Wing, Lost, and CSI: Miami.[4] He has collaborated twice with Iranian-American actress Necar Zadegan, once in 24, where her on-screen husband ordered his interrogation and the torturing of his family, and also in CSI: Miami, where, as his wife, she killed him.[5]

Negahban also had two collaborations with another Iranian-American actress Mozhan Marnò in the TV series The Unit[6] and the movie The Stoning of Soraya M., where he plays the husband of Soraya (Marnò). In 2008, Negahban voiced the insane doctor Challus Mercer in the survival horror game Dead Space.[4] Negahban also appeared as the main antagonist in the critically acclaimed TV series Homeland.[1] In 2011 he won the Best Actor Award for the 2009 Iranian short film, Liberation at the Noor Iranian Film Festival, and in 2012, he returned to serve as an official festival judge.

In February 2015, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety confirmed that Negahban had begun shooting the spy thriller, Damascus Cover, based on the novel by Howard Kaplan, alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia Thirlby and John Hurt. Negahban will play the role of Syrian General Sarraj.

Film and television credits[edit]

Film credits
Year Title Role
2005 The Fallen Ones Ammon
2006 The Path to 9/11 Khalili
Broken Keith
2007 Waking Dreams Toly
Charlie Wilson's War Refugee Camp Translator
2008 Richard III Sir James Tyrrel
Djinn Djinn
Stoning of Soraya M., TheThe Stoning of Soraya M. Ali
2009 Powder Blue Dr. Brooks
Stellina Blue Amir Keshavarz
Dead Air Abir
Brothers Murad
2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I Dr. Robert Stadler
2013 The Power of Few Sahel
The Moment Malik Jamil
2014 Words and Pictures Headmaster
American Sniper Sheikh Al-Obodi
2015 Baba Joon
2016 Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero Mohammad Mohammad-Mohammadi
2018 Horse Soldiers
Year Title Role
2000 The Invisible Man
2002 The Shield
2003 The Agency
2004 Threat Matrix
The West Wing
Lost Omar, Sayid's superior
2005 Over There
2006 Las Vegas
The Unit
Without a Trace
Criminal Minds Hassan Nadir
Law & Order
The Closer
Sleeper Cell
2007 Shark
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service
2009 Fringe
2010 CSI: Miami
Dark Blue
NCIS: Los Angeles
The Whole Truth
2011-2013 Homeland Abu Nazir (20 episodes) (Season 1 (7), Season 2 (12), Season 3 (1))
2013 CSI: NY Zane Kalim
Arrow Al-Owal
2014 Person of Interest Ali Hasan
The Mentalist Hassan Zarif
Tatort Harun
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sam Farhidi
The Messengers Afghan Prime Minister (4 episodes)
Video games
Year Title Role
2008 Dead Space Challus Mercer
2016 1979 Revolution: Black Friday Asadollah Lajevardi (also co-producer)


  1. ^ a b c "Showtime Mini-Biography". Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Ross, Matt. "In Depth: Navid Negahban". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Laracy, Noah. "Navid Negahban: A Back Stage Exclusive". Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "IMDb: Navid Negahban". Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "IMDb: Dishonor (2010) "Did You Know?"". Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "IMDb: "The Unit" (Security) 2006". Retrieved 10 December 2012. 

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