Omar Metwally

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Omar Metwally
Native name عمر متولى
Born Omar Metwally
(1974-04-10) April 10, 1974 (age 41)
Queens, New York City, New York, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California
Citizenship Egypt
United States
Education American Conservatory Theater
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999-Present

Omar Metwally (Arabic: عمر متولى) is an American actor best known for his roles in Rendition, Munich and Miral. Most recently he was seen in the role of Dr. Fahim Nasir in Non-Stop and in USA Network television series Dig as Yussef Khalid.

Early life and education[edit]

Metwally was born in Queens, New York to an Egyptian father and a Dutch mother, and moved with the family to Orange County, California at age three, where he was raised.[1] Metwally gained a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley, and while acting around the Bay area gained an Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco.[citation needed]


Metwally's film roles include Gavin Hood's Rendition and Steven Spielberg's Munich, The City of Your Final Destination, released in 2010 (filmed 2006–07), and Amsterdam. He received the 2008 Chopard Trophy for his work in Rendition, presented at the Cannes Film Festival. Metwally was also seen in the film Miral from director Julian Schnabel.

Metwally moved to New York in January 2000 and began working there, appearing in 2005 as "Aram" in Beast on the Moon directed by Larry Moss, and receiving a 2004 Tony Award nomination for his work in Sixteen Wounded.[2] He has worked with the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival, first as an actor and then as a director. He has also appeared at theaters around the country, including Steppenwolf, The Public, the Long Wharf, Berkeley Rep, and many others.

Metwally's television credits include Virtuality, Fringe, The Unit, and Grey's Anatomy.

He appeared in the 2014 film Non-Stop as a Muslim doctor on board the flight. In 2015, Metwally appeared in Dig, an American mystery/action-thriller television series that premiered on USA Network.[3] In it he plays Yussef Khalid, a Palestinian-American who disappeared after alleged murder and is simultaneously wanted in Israel for a robbery.

Personal life[edit]

Metwally resides in California.[citation needed]


Year Movie Role
1999 Nash Bridges Mobster #3
2002 New Americans Anwar Beshrabi
2005 Life on the Ledge Druggist
2005 Munich Ali
2006 Twenty Questions Mr. Assad
2006 Grey's Anatomy Jesse Fannon
2006 The Unit Wirth
2007 Rendition Anwar El-Ibrahimi
2007 The City of Your Final Destination Omar Razaghi
2008 Amsterdam John
2009 Virtuality Dr. Adin Meyer
2010 Miral Hani
2011 Unforgettable ADA Adam Gilroy
2011 The Good Wife Wasim Al-Said
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Amun
2014 Non-Stop Dr. Fahim Nasir
2014 Day Ten uncredited
2015 Dig Yussef Khalid
2015 The Affair Dr. Vic Ullah


  1. ^ Omar MetWally
  2. ^ Bio: Omar Metwally New York Arab-American Comedy Festival
  3. ^ "DIG Official network site". Retrieved June 12, 2015. 

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