Reiniger in 2008
Scott Hale Reiniger, Jr.
September 5, 1948
|Alma mater||Rollins College|
|Years active||1968 – present|
|Spouse(s)||(m.) Barbara Worthington (div. 2014)|
Scott Hale Reiniger, Harlan Sahib Bahadur, Prince of Ghor (born September 5, 1948) is an American actor. He is best known as one of the stars of the 1978 classic horror film Dawn of the Dead.
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.
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.
|1978||Dawn of the Dead||Roger|
|1981||The Other Victim|
|2004||Dawn of the Dead||The General|
|1984||Falcon Crest||Truck Driver||1 episodes|
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- Scott Reiniger's Official Fansite
- Scott Reiniger on IMDb
- New York Times August 16 1970 Scott H. Reiniger, Jr. Weds Mary Gilbert
- CrypticRock.com's interview with Scott H. Reiniger
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