Dikran Tulaine

Dikran Tulaine (born 23 June 1956) is an English-Armenian actor, storyteller and playwright. He had a recurring guest role of Max on the NBC series The Blacklist (2013–15), and was in the films G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), Black Knight (2001) and Seeking Justice (2011).

Dikran Tulaine
John Dikran Utidjian

(1956-06-23) 23 June 1956 (age 64)
London, England

Early yearsEdit

Born John Dikran Utidjian in London, England, Dikran grew up in the Middle East, the Caribbean and the US as his family followed his father's medical career. After spending his teen years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he moved to London in the mid-70s to pursue his interests. In 1976 he was lead vocalist for one gig only with the ska band Madness when they first formed as the North London Invaders.[1] At this time he took the stage name Tulaine when he registered with Equity.


Tulaine worked in the British theatre and television during the 1980s, at times touring in Paris, Croatia, Greece and the United States.

In 1982, Tulaine worked at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1983 he appeared as part of the Second Company in all three parts of Shakespeare's Henry VI, as part of BBC Television Shakespeare, a series of the complete works as known at the time.[2]

In 1985-86, he performed at the Royal National Theatre as part of the McKellen-Petherbridge Group, founded by Ian McKellen and Edward Petherbridge. As part of the group, he appeared in Chekov's The Cherry Orchard, Sheridan's The Critic, and Webster's The Duchess of Malfi in repertory.[3][4][5]

In the early 1990s, Tulaine relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, in the US to work with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, where he stayed for about 8 years, acting and directing.[6] In the early 1980s, Tulaine began acting in film and television, and eventually he moved to New York City, New York, to increase his career opportunities.[7] Besides working in film, he continues to be active in theater and as a performance artist.[8]

Margaret Jefferson quotes Tulaine on morality in her 2004 review of Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children.

America, it shouldn't be forgotten, is a country founded by Puritans. Although a lot of this morality was outdated when it was first enforced, a curtain of morality still hangs over this country. It's a chain on the American Psyche. There's this idea here that all archetypes have to fulfill an absolutely ludicrous moral code.[9]

Tulaine also does voice-over work and reads for audiobooks, releasing The Iliad in 2012 and Drinking Midnight Wine in 2013.[10]

In 2015 he played the role of Lech Choinski in "Payback"[11] the 20th episode of the 5th season of the CBS crime drama Blue Bloods.


In April 2014, Tulaine's Shakespeare adaptation Antonio & Shylock: Monsters opened at Stage Left Studio in New York City. It was well received by critics.[12]

  • Antonio & Shylock: Monsters (2014)
  • Mask of Apollo
  • Shylock
  • Wild and Terrible Majesty (2014)
  • Seeking Justice (2011)


  1. ^ "The Madness Timeline: 1976". 5 June 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  2. ^ BBC Henry VI, retrieved 4 November 2015
  3. ^ The Duchess of Malfi, archived from the original on 26 December 2015, retrieved 4 November 2015
  4. ^ The Critic, retrieved 4 November 2015[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ The Cherry Orchard, archived from the original on 4 March 2016, retrieved 4 November 2015
  6. ^ 1997-1998 Season, retrieved 7 October 2015
  7. ^ Dikran Tulaine, retrieved 7 October 2015
  8. ^ Bauer, Monica (27 January 2014), Rediscovering the Power of Story: One Actor, Making Magic, retrieved 7 October 2015
  9. ^ Westgate, Chris J., ed. (5 May 2009), Brecht, Broadway and United States Theater, ISBN 9781443810180, retrieved 7 October 2015
  10. ^ Dikran Tulaine, retrieved 7 October 2015
  11. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4586936/
  12. ^ Stage Left Studio's 'Antonio & Shylock: Monsters' gives Shakespeare a refreshing spin, 22 April 2014, retrieved 8 October 2015

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