Scott Reiniger

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Scott Reiniger
Born Scott Hale Reiniger
(1948-09-05) September 5, 1948 (age 67)
White Plains, New York,
United States
Alma mater Rollins College
Occupation Actor
Years active 1968–present
Spouse(s) Barbara Worthington

Scott Hale Reiniger, Harlan Sahib Bahadur[citation needed], Prince of Ghor[1] (born September 5, 1948) is an American actor, one of the stars of the 1978 film Dawn of the Dead.

Early life and lineage[edit]

Reiniger was born in White Plains, New York, in the United States. He is a graduate of Rollins College in Theater Arts.[2]

In 2004 it was revealed that Reiniger is the "Prince of Ghor", a province in western Afghanistan. Reiniger's great, great, great grandfather, Josiah Harlan, was the first American to set foot in Afghanistan. Harlan was granted sovereignty in perpetuity, for himself and his descendants, by Refee Beg, in exchange for military support. The Hazaras had been raided by Uzbek warlords, particularly Murad Beg, and were nominal vassals of the Emperor of Afghanistan. The Emir Dost Mohammad Khan sent Josiah Harlan with an armed group to collect tribute from the Hazaras. The Hazara leaders, of whom the most prominent was Refee Beg, offered to send tribute if Harlan would unite them in the struggle against the raiding Uzbek warlords. The agreement made included Harlan being made hereditary paramount ruler and advocate. The British arriving later negotiated with the Emperor for the departure and loss of temporal power of Harlan. In his later life Josiah Harlan continued advocating for the Hazaras. Reiniger has expressed mild interest in the title and suggests passing it to his younger brother Harlan Reiniger a historian and PBS documentary producer, but in general considers the title an anecdote and curiosity of no real world importance.[3]


Following his appearance as Roger in George A. Romero's original Dawn of the Dead in 1978, Reiniger played Marhalt in Romero's 1981 film Knightriders. He also made a cameo appearance in the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead directed by Zack Snyder.

He currently teaches at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood.[4] Mr. Reiniger continues to attend horror conventions around the world.



  1. ^ "US movie actor is 'Afghan prince'". BBC News (BBC). 26 May 2004. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Bros, Wilson. "Review: Dawn of the Dead (UK - BD)". DVDActive. DVDACTIVE. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "US movie actor is 'Afghan prince'". BBC News. 2004-05-26. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  4. ^ Academy Faculty

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