Dominic Rains

Dominic Rains (born Amin Nazemzadeh, March 1, 1982) is an Iranian-American actor, best known for his roles in independent films, including The Taqwacores (2010) and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014),[1] as well as his role as Kasius, the main antagonist of the first part of the fifth season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

Dominic Rains
Amin Nazemzadeh

(1982-03-08) March 8, 1982 (age 38)
Years active2003–present
RelativesEthan Rains (brother)


Rains was born in Tehran, Iran, moved to London, England, as a young child and then to the United States, where he was reared in Dallas, Texas. He is the younger brother of actor Ethan Rains.[2] Rains began his acting career starring in the well known TV Movie, Saving Jessica Lynch in 2003. He later appeared in 2006 in the popular TV movie, Flight 93. From July 12 to October 4, 2007, Rains appeared as Dr. Leo Julian in SOAPnet's General Hospital: Night Shift, a 13-episode prime time spin-off of the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital. The character had first been introduced on General Hospital on July 2, 2007. With Rains unavailable for the series' second season in July, 2008, his brother Ethan was cast in the role starting July 22, 2008. Following his role in General Hospital, he has continued to appear in a number of television series including, 24, Flash Forward, Burn Notice, NCIS, Cane and Anger Management.

In 2010, he gained recognition for his role in the discussion-sparking independent film The Taqwacores based on a 2004 novel by an American convert to Islam, Michael Muhammad Knight.[3] The New York Times praised his performance as "particularly eye-catching"[4] and NBC reviewed that his role is "reminiscent of Adrien Brody's career-launching turn in Summer of Sam. Rains is just operating at an entirely higher level as the heart and soul of this film."[5] This role also won him an award for best actor at the Festival de Cine Internacional de Ourense international film festival.

Later in 2010, he began filming and starring as the lead role in Exxodus Pictures' supernatural thriller Jinn. The film was released nationwide in April, 2014. He played Shawn Walker, a young automotive designer from Detroit who uncovers an ancient secret that threatens to wipe out his entire family.

Rains's appeared as Saeed in the Sundance Film Festival favorite horror film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Highly praised by many critics after its debut, it was acquired by Kino Lorber for mainstream US distribution and released in late 2014.[6] "This stunning and stinging cinematic marvel left us speechless at its premiere," wrote founder Richard Lorber.

Also in 2014 Rains collaborated on a short film written and directed with his brother Ethan, Still Here with Shohreh Aghdashloo and Alan Rosenberg, that was inspired by real life events of their cousin who was fatefully misdiagnosed with cancer.[7] The film is produced by the Rains Brothers in association with Exxodus Pictures.

In 2019, Rains began starring in the NBC medical drama Chicago Med in the fifth season as Dr. Crockett Marcel, a new trauma surgeon to the hospital.[8]

Besides television and film, Rains is active in the Los Angeles theater community and is a member of the Los Angeles-based Elephant Theatre Company. He has appeared on stage with the Elephants in the critically acclaimed productions of Desert Sunrise, Block Nine, Love Sick, Baby Doll, Cycles and The North Plan.



Year Title Role
2006 Poet's War Hamad
2006 Grenade Corporal Serri
2010 The Taqwacores Jehangir Tabari
2011 Jinn Shan Walker
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier CIA Instructor
2014 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Saeed
2016 Burn Country Osman
2016 Chee and T T
2018 A.X.L. Andric


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Saving Jessica Lynch Fedayeen Officer
2004–2005 LAX Cyrus Recurring role, 5 episodes
2005 24 Naji Episode: "Day 4: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m."
2006 E-Ring Omar Al-Masadi Episode: "Brothers in Arms"
2006 Flight 93 Ziad Jarrah TV movie
2006 Courting Alex Sammy Recurring role, 2 episodes
2006 Related Shahab Episode: "The Godmother"
2007 NCIS Jamal Malik Episode: "Grace Period"
2007 Sharpshooter Aiig TV movie
2007 General Hospital: Night Shift/General Hospital Dr. Leo Julian Recurring role, 49 episodes
2008 Final Approach Abu Karlin TV movie
2009-2010 FlashForward Khamir Dejan Recurring role, 5 episodes
2012 Burn Notice Sharif Damour Episode: "Last Rites"
2014 Anger Management Mahesh Episode: "Charlie and the Last Temptation of Eugenio"
2017-2018 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Kasius Recurring role, 8 episodes
2019-present Chicago Med[9] Dr. Crockett Marcel Main role
Chicago Fire Recurring role
Chicago P.D. Recurring role


  1. ^ "Getting to Know Dominic Rains". February 20, 2008. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  2. ^ "Alan Rosenberg and Dominic Rains star in Cycles at Hollywood Fringe 6/9-20". Broadway World. May 16, 2012.
  3. ^ Parrot, John (August 12, 2011). "The Taqwacores". The Film Review.
  4. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (October 21, 2010). "Muslims Meet Punk". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Ross, Scott (October 22, 2010). "Review: "The Taqwacores," Youthful Angst, Muslim-Style". NBC.
  6. ^ Eidelstein, Eric (June 9, 2014). "Kino Lorber Acquires Rights to Vampire Sundance Hit 'A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night'". IndieWire.
  7. ^ Lee, Anita. "Dominic Rains: Eye-Catching Performances On Stage And Screen". BLVD Central. Archived from the original on July 18, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise. "'Chicago Med': Dominic Rains To Recur On Season 5 Of NBC Drama Series". Deadline. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "Chicago Med's Newest Doctor Is 'Disrupting Some Relationships' In Season 5". CINEMABLEND. 2019-09-13. Retrieved 2019-09-26.

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