Shaun Toub

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Shaun Toub
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Toub at the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011
Born (1963-04-06) April 6, 1963 (age 58)
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Lorena Toub

Shaun Toub (Persian: شان توب, born April 6, 1963) is an American actor. He played Yinsen in Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 3 (2013), Farhad in Crash (2004), Rahim Khan in The Kite Runner (2007), Majid Javadi in the Showtime TV series Homeland, and Faraz Kamali in Tehran (2020).

Early life[edit]

Toub, who is of Persian-Jewish background,[2] was born in Tehran,[1] Iran. His parents were both podiatrists. At age 2, he moved to Manchester, England,[3] where his mother attended podiatry school. He returned to Iran, where he lived until he was 13, before moving to Switzerland. He moved to Nashua, New Hampshire to finish his last year of high school. He decided at age 5 he wanted to become an actor.[4]

He has been a recipient of the Sephard award at the Los Angeles Sephardic Film Festival.[5]


Toub in 2007

His filmography includes his performance in Michael Bay's Bad Boys with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, John Woo's Broken Arrow with John Travolta and Christian Slater and Mick Jackson's Live from Baghdad starring Michael Keaton and Helena Bonham Carter for HBO. His performance as Farhad in Paul Haggis's Oscar-winning film Crash received positive reviews.[6] He played the part of the Virgin Mary's father in The Nativity Story. He also played Rahim Khan in The Kite Runner (2007).[7]

In the series Grimm he played the part of Bonaparte, one of the villains of the latest series.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Out of Time Speechmaker Television film
Glitz Maitre d' Television film
1989 Dark Holiday Prison Soldier Television film
1991 Before the Storm Jeep Soldier Television film
1993 Desperate Rescue: The Cathy Mahone Story
Hot Shots! Part Deux Sleeping Guard
1995 OP Center Lt. Arkov Television film
Bad Boys Store Clerk
1996 Broken Arrow Max
Executive Decision Terrorist #5
Suddenly Mr. Tabibsidan Television film
1997 Path to Paradise El Sayyid Nosair Television film
Steel Sharks Capt. Reza Lashgar
Out to Sea Bettor in Front
1999 Stigmata Doctor
D.R.E.A.M. Team Prince Ali Saleed Television film
2002 Maryam Dr. Darius Armin
Live from Baghdad Sadoun Al-Jenabi Television film
2003 Underground Dark Skinned Man Short film
2004 Land of Plenty Hassan
Crash Farhad
2006 The Path to 9/11 Emad Salem Television film
The Nativity Story Joaquim
2007 The Kite Runner Rahim Khan
Charlie Wilson's War Hassan Uncredited
2008 Iron Man Ho Yinsen
2010 The Last Airbender Uncle Iroh
2011 Setup Roth
2013 Papa Evan Shipman
Iron Man 3 Ho Yinsen Cameo
2014 Stretch Nasseem
Unity Narrator Documentary
2015 Papa: Hemingway in Cuba Evan Shipman
2016 War Dogs Marlboro
2020 Ghosts of War Mr. Helwig


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Hunter Phillip DePaul/Stephen Avak Episodes "Need Justice: Part 1" and "Need Justice: Part 2"
1990 Columbo Amir Episode: "Agenda for Murder"
Matlock Rahmad Hussein Episode: "Nowhere to Turn"
Dragnet Ralph Singas Episode: "Queen of Hearts"
Gabriel's Fire Attendant Episode: "Windows"
1991 Under Cover Jeep Soldier Episode: "Sacrifices"
In the Heat of the Night Cabby Episode: "Unfinished Business"
1993 Bodies of Evidence Rajeeb Kambata Episode: "Eleven Grains of Sand"
1993–97 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Asabi Episodes "Pilot", "Neverending Battle", "I'm Looking Through You" and "All Shook Up", "Seconds" and "I've Got You Under My Skin"
1994 Living Single Cabby Episode: "Fatal Distraction"
Café Americain Colonel Faisal Episode: "Love the One You're With"
One West Waikiki Joseph Kastrami Episode: "Terminal Island"
The Bold and the Beautiful Moustafa 2 episodes
Married... with Children Akbar Episode: "A Man for No Seasons"
1995 Ellen Foreign Man Episode: "Hello, I Must Be Going"
JAG Prison Commandant Episode: "Scimitar"
1996 Sisters Weatherman Episode: "Don't Go to Springfield"
1996 Nash Bridges Cecil Riskin Episode: "Hit Parade"
1996 Sliders Kheri-Heb Episode: "Slide Like an Egyptian"
1996–97 Pacific Blue Mahmood Episodes "Outlaw Extreme" and "The Last Ride"
1997 Walker, Texas Ranger Lance Episode: "Last Hope"
ER Butler Episode: "Ground Zero"
Seinfeld Pinter Episode: "The Betrayal"
The Visitor N/A Episode: "Going Home"
1998 Early Edition Hassan Rejim Episode: "Mum's the Word"
Cybill Scary Man Episode: "Ka-Boom!"
Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Hamzed Ali Amin Episode: "Iraq and Roll"
1999 G vs E Dr. Clean Episode: "Evilator"
CI5: The New Professionals Shabadi Episode: "Orbit"
Just Shoot Me! Ernesto Episode: "Love Is in the Air"
2000 Cover Me Spiros Episode: "Where Have You Gone, Sandy Koufax?"
Charmed Triad Member #2 Episodes "Magic Hour", "Sight Unseen" and "Power Outrage"
2001 Malcolm in the Middle Janic Episode: "Hal Quits"
The Sopranos Arouk Abboubi Episode: "Employee of the Month"
Son of the Beach Mohammed Episode: "Chip's a Goy"
Special Unit 2 Herkamer Episode: "The Wraps"
The District Boris Episodes "Fools Russian: Part 1" and "Fools Russian: Part 2"
The Division Yuri Episode: "The First Hit's Free, Baby"
2002 She Spies Joshua Bick Episode: "Poster Girl"
2003 The Agency Colonel Tambour - Al Tayeh's Deputy Episode: "Unholy Alliances"
2006–07 Smith Jerry Episodes "Pilot", "Three" and "Four"
2007 Lost Sami Episode: "Enter 77"
2008 NCIS Khalid Mohammed Bakr Episode: "Tribes"
2009 The Unit Misha Belikov Episode: "Bad Beat"
Chuck Dr. Mohammed Zamir Episode: "Chuck Versus the Broken Heart"
2011 Castle Philip Boyd Episode: "Head Case"
2012 Luck Dr. Khan Episodes "Ace Forces Escalante to Swap Jockeys" and "Two Prized Colts Go Head-to-Head"
Last Resort Admiral Safir Ahsan Episode: "Cinderella Liberty"
2013, 2017 Homeland Majid Javadi[9] 10 Episodes
2015 The Blacklist Commander Kushan Episode: "Ruslan Denisov"
2016 Grimm Conrad Bonaparte 4 Episodes
2020 Little America Faraz Episode: "The Rock"
2020 Tehran Faraz Kamali

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Iron Man Yinsen N/A


  1. ^ a b Saba, Behrouz (November 29, 2005). "'Tehrangeles' Rising - Iranian-Americans Make Their Mark in Hollywood". Pacific News Service. Archived from the original on November 23, 2007.
  2. ^ Beale, Lewis (December 12, 2007). "'Kite Runner' defies film stereotypes of Muslims". Newsday. Archived from the original on December 14, 2007.
  3. ^ Elliott, David (December 17, 2007). "Wise in the old ways". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on May 7, 2008.
  4. ^ Sadri, Iman (September 19, 2016). "Prime Time Persian : Q+A with Shaun Toub : The Most Prolific Iranian American Actor in Hollywood History". Persian Observer. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  5. ^ Schleier, Curt (October 28, 1999). "A Night at the Sephardic Film Festival". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  6. ^ Nathan Southern (2014). "Shaun Toub". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on December 25, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  7. ^ Accomando, Beth (December 21, 2007). "The Kite Runner Interview With Shaun Toub". KPBS (TV). Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  8. ^ Vkanty, Edward (May 14, 2016). "'Grimm' Actor Shaun Toub Reveals 'Bad Night' was just the beginning of Bonaparte's Plot'". Inquisitr.
  9. ^ O'Connell, Michael (July 16, 2013). "'Homeland' Casts Martin Donovan, 'Iron Man' Actor for Season 3". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 17, 2013.

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