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Faran Haroon Tahir (born February 16, 1964) is an American actor who appears in American television series and films, best known for his roles as Raza in Iron Man and Captain Robau in Star Trek.

Faran Tahir
Faran Haroon Tahir

(1964-02-16) February 16, 1964 (age 55)
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley (BA)
Harvard University (MFA)
Years active1994–present
Parent(s)Naeem Tahir (father)
RelativesImtiaz Ali Taj (grandfather)

Early lifeEdit

Faran Haroon Tahir was born on 16 February 1964 in Los Angeles to Naeem Tahir, a veteran actor and respected writer, and Yasmeen Tahir. Through his mother, "one of the most famous voices of Radio Pakistan", his grandparents are famous writers Imtiaz Ali Taj and Hijab Imtiaz Ali, also the first ever Muslim female pilot,[1] while his brother Ali Tahir (b. 1970) is an actor as well, better known for starring in the comedy-drama sitcom Teen Bata Teen.[2] His other brother, Mehran Tahir (b. 1974), is a TV producer, who has for instance worked for Hum TV.[3] Faran Tahir grew up in Pakistan and returned to the United States in 1980.[4] He has attended University of California Berkeley and Harvard University where he studied theatre.[5]


Tahir graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a BA in Theatre before acquiring a graduate degree from the American Repertory Theater's (A.R.T.) Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.

He made his film debut playing Nathoo in the Disney's 1994 live-action version of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. He has since appeared in such films as Picture Perfect (1997), Anywhere But Here (1999) and Charlie Wilson's War (2007). He also played the male lead in the 1999 independent film ABCD. In 2008, Tahir played the role of the villain Raza in the Marvel Comics-based Iron Man.[6] He played Starfleet Captain Richard Robau in the 2009 film Star Trek.[7] In 2013, Tahir played President Patel in the science-fiction film Elysium.[8]

Tahir has guest starred on many television series, including Alias, The Practice, Family Law, The Agency, NYPD Blue, Lost, 7th Heaven, The West Wing, Walker, Texas Ranger, The D.A., 24, Monk, Justice, Cold Case, Chuck, Hawaii Five-0[9] and Warehouse 13.[10] He also co-starred with Robert Beltran and Chase Masterson in the 2005 Sci-Fi Channel original movie Manticore.[11] He also starred in the medical drama series Grey's Anatomy as Isaac[12] and appeared on the CW series Supernatural as the Egyptian god Osiris in the seventh season's episode "Defending Your Life".[13] Tahir starred in the ghost horror film Jinn.[14] The role of Frank, Cliff Barnes' right-hand man in the reboot of Dallas.[15] In 2015 Tahir appeared in a recurring role as the Commander on Supergirl.[16]

He appeared in JAG in the episodes "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown" which served as the two pilot episodes for the series NCIS. Seven years later, Tahir appeared in the spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles.

In 2016 Tahir joined American Crime as Rhys Bashir,[17] and was cast as Captain Nemo on Once Upon a Time[18] In 2017, Tahir played the role of Mallick in Syfy's TV show, 12 Monkeys.

On his visit to Karachi, Pakistan. He appeared in a web series Speak Your Heart With Samina Peerzada in January 2019.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Jungle Book Nathoo
1997 Picture Perfect Sajit
1998 A Price Above Rubies Hrundi Kapoor
Anywhere But Here Hisham Badir
2002 A Town Without Pity Antoine Fahd TV movie
2005 Manticore Umari TV movie
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Brigadier Rashid
2008 Iron Man Raza
2009 Star Trek Captain Robau
2010 Ashes Kartik
2013 Elysium President Patel
Torn Ali Munsif
Escape Plan Javed
Mr. Jones The Anthropologist
2014 Jinn Ali
2015 Flight World War II William Strong
2016 Honeyglue Doctor Konig
2019 Boris and the Bomb Sammi


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Midnight Caller Desk Clerk Blood Red
1993 Law & Order Mr. Khan Profile
1994 New York Undercover Dr. Venegas Missing
1995 New York News Neilson Past Imperfect
1997 Party of Five Radiologist 2 episodes
1999 The Pretender Anesthesiologist At the Hour of Our Death
2000 The Practice Dr. Michael Shields Death Penalties
FreakyLinks Doctor Subject: Three Thirteen
Family Law Dr. Singh 2 episodes
2001 Alias Mokhtar A Broken Heart
NYPD Blue Isa Al-Ramai Baby Love
The Agency Closure
2002 7th Heaven Mr. Halawi Suspicion
MDs Dr. Banfa Cruel and Unusual
The West Wing Manny "Swiss Diplomacy"
2003 The Agency Jamar Akil An Isolated Incident
The West Wing Manny "Inauguration: Part 1"
JAG Amad Bin Atwa / Said Labdouni 3 episodes
Boston Public Mr. Mubarik Chapter Seventy-Four
24 Mosque Greeter "Day 2: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m."
2004 Judging Amy Dr. Omidi The Quick and The Dead
The D.A. Asaf Shah The People vs. Achmed Abbas
2005 24 Tomas Sherek 2 episodes
Over There Hamza Embedded
Just Legal "Pilot"
2006 Charmed Savard Repo Manor
Monk Museum Official "Mr. Monk and the Big Reward"
Justice Oscar Rivera Behind the Orange Curtain
Sleeper Cell Aziz Faith
2007 Cold Case Anil Patel A Dollar, A Dream
2008 Lost Ishmael Bakir "The Shape of Things to Come"
Chuck Farrokh Bulsara Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer
2009 Grey's Anatomy Isaac "Give Peace a Chance"
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles Hassad Al-Jahiri Fame
Childrens Hospital Malik The Sultan's Finger: Live
2011 Blue Bloods El Haq Hall of Mirrors
In Plain Sight Ali Tavali A Womb with a View
Warehouse 13 Adwin Kosan 6 episodes
Supernatural Osiris Defending Your Life
2012 Burn Notice Ahmad Damour
Dallas 'Smiling' Frank
2013 Private Practice Charles Full Release
2014 Elementary Agent Mattoo "The Diabolical Kind"
Criminal Minds Tivon Askari "200"
2015 Criminal Minds Tivon Askari "The Forever People"
The Blacklist Ruslan Denisov "Ruslan Denisov (No. 67)"
Supergirl The Commander "Pilot"
How to Get Away with Murder Detective Guest Star, Episode 10: "Hello Raskolnikov"
Satisfaction Omar Sandhal recurring role in season 2
2016 American Crime Rhys Bashir 6 episodes
2016 Hawaii Five-0 Lucky Morad No ke ali'i wahine a me ka 'aina
2016–17 Once Upon a Time Captain Nemo 3 episodes
2017 Prison Break: Resurrection Jamil Season 5
2017 Scandal President Rashad Season 7
2017 12 Monkeys Mallick Season 3
2019 Bhai Bhai TBA [20]
2019 MacGyver The Fence "Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Call of Duty: Black Ops III General Abasi Hakim Face and Motion Capture


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  2. ^ Haroon Ashraf (7 December 2015), "Hijab Imtiaz Ali: The Queen of Urdu Romanticism", Dawn News. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  3. ^ Taj Tahir Foundation - about us
  4. ^ Amna Niazi (12 May 2015). "FARAN TAHIR". Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  5. ^ "After fighting Iron Man, Faran Tahir arrives in Karachi". The Express Tribune. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Actor Faran Tahir on "Iron Man" and "Star Trek"". Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Faran Tahir breaks barriers as a new starship captain in Star Trek". 14 December 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Interview with Elysium's Faran Tahir". Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Hawaii Five-0 next for Faran Tahir". 12 July 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Exclusive: 'Star Trek' captain invades 'Warehouse 13'". Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Original Movie Manticore Debuts on SCI FI Nov. 26". Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Faran Tahir Does a Guest Appearance on Grey's Anatomy". Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Western Audiences Get Taste of 'Jinn'".
  14. ^ "Western Audiences Get Taste of 'Jinn'".
  15. ^ "Q&A with Hollywood Actor, Faran Tahir for DALLAS (New Series) | Upodcasting- Under Promise Over Deliver". Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Supergirl To Square Off Against Iron Man and Star Trek Actor Faran Tahir". Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (24 July 2015). "Faran Tahir Joins ABC's 'American Crime'; Holly Curran In Amazon Pilot 'Zelda'". Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  18. ^ "'Once Upon a Time' casts Captain Nemo — exclusive". Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  19. ^ Speak Your Heart with Samina Peerzada, Faran Tahir | The Star Who Made Us Proud | Speak Your Heart With Samina Peerzada | Promo, retrieved 2019-01-31
  20. ^ NewsBytes. "Stage play Bhai Bhai to feature Pak-American actor Faran Tahir". The News International. Retrieved 2019-01-31.

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