Omid Abtahi

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Omid Abtahi
Omid Abtahi by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Abtahi speaking at the 2016 Wondercon in Los Angeles, California
Born (1979-07-12) 12 July 1979 (age 39)
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 California State University, Fullerton. He began studying advertising then he picked up a second major in theater and graduated in 2002.[2]

Career[edit]

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.

Filmography[edit]

Film, Television and Videogames
Year Film Role Notes
2005 JAG Wahid Episode "Heart of Darkness"
Judging Amy Reza Ajami Episode "The New Normal"
Over There Pfc. Tariq Nassiri 12 episodes
2005-2009 24 Safa / Jibraan Al-Zarian 4 episodes
2006 Running with Scissors Restaurant Manager
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 2 episodes
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 film
Can Openers Ali TV movie
Bones Hal Shirazi Episode "The Bones That Foam"
Diplomacy American Interpreter Short film
NCIS Saleem Ulman 2 episodes
Brothers Yusuf
Stars The Pimp Short film
2009-2010 FlashForward Ed Fiore 2 episodes
Three Rivers Dr. Yousef Khouri 2 episodes
2010 Pleading Guilty Jonathan Ziven TV movie
An Idle Dream Pascal Short film
Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back Dr. Jagu / Reporter #2 (voice) Video
The Event William 2 episodes
Nikita Amir Komera Episode "Resistance"
The Mentalist Markham Shankar Episode "Red Hot"
Grey's Anatomy Aasif Episode "Something's Gotta Give"
2010-2013 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Cadet Amis (voice) 2 episodes
2011 The Perfect Meal Social Worker (voice) Short film
Fringe Simon Phillips Episode "Concentrate and Ask Again"
Homeland Raqim Faisel 3 episodes
Hide Neil TV movie
2012 The Good Wife Samir Episode "Live From Damascus"
Diablo III Additional Voices Video game
Unit 13 Informant 1 Video game
Family Guy Prince Faisal (voice) Episode "Leggo My Meg-O"
Covert Affairs Sayid al-Muqri Episode "Hello Stranger"
Spec Ops: The Line Staff Sergeant John Lugo Video game
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Farid, Mujahideen Soldier Video game
Argo Reza Feature Film
2012-2013 Last Resort Nigel 5 episodes
2013 Family Guy Mahmoud (voice) Episode "Turban Cowboy"
Castle Waqas Rasheed Episode "Dreamworld"
NCIS: Los Angeles Ari Sayed 2 episodes
Revolution Captain Riley 2 episodes
2014 Legends Bashir Al-Kanazer 2 episodes
Those Who Kill Detective Jerry Molbeck 10 episodes
Boys of Abu Ghraib Ghazi Hammoud
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Homes
Better Call Saul Detective Abbasi 3 episodes
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Additional Voices Video game
2016 Titanfall 2 Militia Captain Video game
Damien Amani Golker 10 episodes
1979 Revolution: Black Friday Babak Azadi Video game
Mafia III Additional Voices Video game
Window Horses Ramin (voice)
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Victor 'Gator' Diallo Video game
2017 American Gods Salim 3 episodes
Shameless Sameer Episode: "Frank's Northern Shuttle Express"
Hawaii Five-0 Naser Salaam Episode: "He ke'u na ka 'alae a Hina"
2018 The Crossing Jake 2 episodes
Thief of Thieves Corbin "Chip" Tavistock (voice) Video game
Goliath 22 Omar Short

References[edit]

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

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