Omid Abtahi

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Omid Abtahi
Omid Abtahi by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Abtahi at the 2016 Wondercon
Born (1979-07-12) 12 July 1979 (age 37)
Tehran, Iran
Alma mater University High School
California State University Fullerton
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present

Omid Abtahi (born 12 July 1979) is an Iranian-born American actor.[1] He is best known for his roles as Salim in Showtime's Sleeper Cell and that of Homes in the final installment of the Hunger Games film series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

Early life and education[edit]

Abtahi was born in Tehran, Iran. At the age of 5 he moved to Paris with his family and later they moved to the United States, finally moving to Irvine, Orange County, California when he was 10.[1][2]

Abtahi graduated from University High School in Irvine and attended the California State University, Fullerton. He began studying advertising then he picked up a second major in theater and graduated in 2002.[2]


Before acting on television, Abtahi performed on stage in many theatrical productions including Fraulein Else at the Berkeley Repertory, McCarter Theatre and Longwarf Theatre; Adoration of the Old Woman at the Sundance Theatre Lab and Your Everyday Typical Romantic Comedy at the Kennedy Centre. He has also guest starred on the television series JAG, Judging Amy and 24. He played Justin Yates in Ghost Whisperer.

After arriving in Los Angeles, Omid was a series regular on FX's Over There and Showtime's Sleeper Cell. While preparing for the role of Pvt. Tariq Nassiri on the television series Over There, Abtahi learned how to speak French fluently.[citation needed]

Abtahi made his New York stage debut in Urge for Going by Mona Mansour.[3] The actor is also the voice of Farid in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and of Sergeant John Lugo in Spec Ops: The Line.


Film and Television
Year Film Role Notes
2005 JAG Wahid Episode "Heart of Darkness"
Judging Amy Reza Ajami Episode "The New Normal"
Over There Tariq Nassiri 12 episodes
2005-2009 24 Safa / Jibraan Al-Zarian Episodes "Day 4: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m."
"Day 7: 3:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m."
"Day 7: 4:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m."
"Day 7: 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m.
2006 Running with Scissors Restaurant manager
2006-2007 Sleeper Cell Salim 7 episodes
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Chandru 'Dru' Kambhatla Episode "The Good, the Bad and the Dominatrix"
The Unit The Boss Episode "Play 16"
2007-2008 Ghost Whisperer Justin Yates Episodes "The Underneath"
"The Gravesitter"
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Sumner Episode "Gnothi Seauton"
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Mohammed
Ocean of Pearls Amrit Singh
The Last Lullaby Van
Space Chimps Dr. Jagu (voice)
Eli Stone Amir Khan Episode "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
My Own Worst Enemy Tony Nazari 9 episodes
2009 Not Necessary Larry Dallas Short
Can Openers Ali TV movie
Bones Hal Shirazi Episode "The Bones That Foam"
Diplomacy American Interpreter Short
NCIS Saleem Ulman Episodes "Aliyah"
"Truth or Consequences"
Brothers Yusuf
Stars The Pimp Short
2009-2010 FlashForward Ed Fiore Episodes "Gimme Some Truth"
"Revelation Zero (Part 1)"
2010 Pleading Guilty Jonathan Ziven TV movie
An Idle Dream Pascal Short
Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back Dr. Jagu / Reporter #2 (voice)
Three Rivers Dr. Yousef Khouri Episodes "The Kindness of Strangers"
"Status 1A"
The Event William Episode "Protect Them from the Truth"
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Cadet Amis (voice) Episode "The Academy"
Nikita Amir Komera Episode "Resistance"
The Mentalist Markham Shankar Episode "Red Hot"
Grey's Anatomy Aasif Episode "Something's Gotta Give"
2011 The Perfect Meal Social Worker (voice) Short
Fringe Simon Phillips Episode "Concentrate and Ask Again"
Homeland Raqim Faisel Episodes "Clean Skin"
"Semper I"
"The Good Soldier"
Hide Neil TV movie
2012 The Good Wife Samir Episode "Live From Damascus"
Family Guy Prince Faisal (voice) Episode "Leggo My Meg-O"
Covert Affairs Sayid al-Muqri Episode "Hello Stranger"
Boys of Abu Ghraib Ghazi Hammoud Feature Film
Spec Ops: The Line Staff Sergeant John Lugo Video game
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Farid Video game
Argo Reza
2012-2013 Last Resort Nigel Episodes "Captain"
"Blue on Blue"
"Skeleton Crew"
"Another Fine Navy Day"
"Damn the Torpedoes"
2013 Family Guy Mahmoud (voice) Episode "Turban Cowboy"
Castle Waqas Rasheed Episode "Dreamworld"
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Homes
2015 Better Call Saul Detective Abbasi Episodes "Alpine Shepherd Boy"
2016 Damien Amani Golker
2017 American Gods Salim Upcoming series


  1. ^ a b " Omid Abtahi Confirms as a Judge". Accessed 2016-1-28
  2. ^ a b " Omid Abtahi cast in Hunger Games". Accessed 2016-1-29
  3. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Photo Flash: Public Theater's URGE FOR GOING". Retrieved 2016-01-29. 

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