Shaun Toub

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Shaun Toub
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Born 1963
Tehran, Iran[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present

Shaun Toub (Persian: شان طوب‎‎, born 1963) is an Iranian film and television actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Yinsen in 2008's Iron Man, Farhad in the 2004 movie Crash, Rahim Khan in the movie The Kite Runner, and Majid Javadi in the Showtime TV series Homeland.

Personal life[edit]

Toub, who is of Persian Jewish background,[2] was born in Tehran,[1] Iran and raised in Manchester, England (his family left Iran before the 1979 revolution).[3] At the age of fourteen, he moved to Switzerland, and after a two-year stay, he crossed the Atlantic to Nashua, New Hampshire to finish his last year of high school. His high school yearbook notes: "The funniest guy in school and the most likely to succeed in the entertainment world." After two years of college in Massachusetts, Shaun transferred to USC.

Shaun is active in the Iranian Jewish community. Through various charity events and public speaking engagements, he inspires the community to embrace the arts, as the arts enhance everyday life. He has been a recipient of the Sephard award at the Los Angeles Sephardic Film Festival. Toub currently resides in Los Angeles.[4]


Shaun Toub as Yinsen helping Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) with the makeshift Mark I Armor in the 2008 film Iron Man.

Through a chance encounter with a talent agent, he broke into the Hollywood scene. Toub has received accolades for several of his appearances in over 100 television episodes including Seinfeld, The Sopranos, ER, NCIS, Married... with Children, Lost, Homeland and various movies made for television.

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.[5] He played the part of the Virgin Mary's father in The Nativity Story. He also played Rahim Khan in The Kite Runner (2007).[6]

Toub played Ho Yinsen in the 2008 film Iron Man. Yinsen is the surgeon held captive by terrorists who first saves Tony Stark's life then helps Stark escape by helping him construct the first Iron Man suit. Toub reprises the role in a cameo appearance in the 2013 film Iron Man 3.



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


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"
1990 Matlock Rahmad Hussein Episode: "Nowhere to Turn"
1990 Dragnet Ralph Singas Episode: "Queen of Hearts"
1990 Gabriel's Fire Attendant Episode: "Windows"
1991 Under Cover Jeep Soldier Episode: "Sacrifices"
1991 In the Heat of the Night Cabby Episode: "Unfinished Business"
1993 Bodies of Evidence Rajeeb Kambata Episode: "Eleven Grains of Sand"
1993–1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Asabi Episodes "Pilot", "Neverending Battle", "I'm Looking Through You" and "All Shook You"
1994 Living Single Cabby Episode: "Fatal Distraction"
1994 Café Americain Colonel Faisal Episode: "Love the One You're With"
1994 One West Waikiki Joseph Kastrami Episode: "Terminal Island"
1994 The Bold and the Beautiful Moustafa 2 episodes
1994 Married... with Children Akbar Episode: "A Man for No Seasons"
1995 Ellen Foreign Man Episode: "Hello, I Must Be Going"
1995 JAG Prison Commandant Episode: "Scimitar"
1996–1997 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Asabi Episodes "Seconds" and "I've Got You Under My Skin"
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"
1996–1997 Pacific Blue Mahmood Episodes "Outlaw Extreme" and "The Last Ride"
1997 Walker, Texas Ranger Lance Episode: "Last Hope"
1997 ER Butler Episode: "Ground Zero"
1997 Seinfeld Pinter Episode: "The Betrayal"
1997 The Visitor N/A Episode: "Going Home"
1998 Early Edition Hassan Rejim Episode: "Mum's the Word"
1998 Cybill Scary Man Episode: "Ka-Boom!"
1998 Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Hamzed Ali Amin Episode: "Iraq and Roll"
1999 G vs E Dr. Clean Episode: "Evilator"
1999 CI5: The New Professionals Shabadi Episode: "Orbit"
1999 Just Shoot Me! Ernesto Episode: "Love Is in the Air"
2000 Cover Me Spiros Episode: "Where Have You Gone, Sandy Koufax?"
2000 Charmed Triad Member #2 Episodes "Magic Hour", "Sight Unseen" and "Power Outrage"
2001 Malcolm in the Middle Janic Episode: "Hal Quits"
2001 The Sopranos Arouk Abboubi Episode: "Employee of the Month"
2001 Son of the Beach Mohammed Episode: "Chip's a Goy"
2001 Special Unit 2 Herkamer Episode: "The Wraps"
2001 The District Boris Episodes "Fools Russian: Part 1" and "Fools Russian: Part 2"
2001 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"
2006–2007 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"
2009 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"
2012 Last Resort Admiral Safir Ahsan Episode: "Cinderella Liberty"
2013 Homeland Majid Javadi[7] 6 Episodes

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Iron Man Yinsen N/A


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