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Kario Salem (born May 23, 1955), is an American television, film, and stage actor and screenwriter.
May 23, 1955|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor / Screenwriter|
In 1997, Salem earned an Emmy Award as a writer for the television special Don King: Only in America, which also earned him a PEN nomination. The film also won the Broadcast Film Critics Award and Peabody Award for Best Television Film of the year. He received a second Emmy nomination the following year for writing The Rat Pack, in addition to a second PEN nomination. Also, as Brad Stephens in Hawaii Five-O season 8 episode, "The Deadly Persuasion".
In 1991, Salem won a Drama Log award for his performance in Richard Greenberg's "The Extra Man" at South Coast Repertory Theater, as well as a Boston Critic's award for his performance as "Cousins" in George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara with Cherry Jones at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. Salem also co-starred on Broadway as "Scoop" in The Heidi Chronicles with Mary McDonnel.
He has appeared in over 80 guest starring roles on television, including Francis Campion in Testimony of Two Men (1977), Marcel Pasquinel in Centennial (1978), and the ghost of a dead soldier in an Emmy Award-winning episode of M*A*S*H. His film roles include the role of Jocko in Triumph of the Spirit (1989), the role of The Grand Inquistor in Ridley's Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), and the bleach blonde French gangster in Roger Avary's Killing Zoe (1994).
Recently, Salem decided to revisit his passion for music. Known as K.O., personal support from Bob Dylan, Juval Aviv, and many more has helped spread his music to the masses. K.O.'s music video Stand Down, starring Billy Bob Thornton, won Best Music Video at the Toronto Shorts International Film Festival and has over 13 million views on Facebook and counting. He is represented by Creative Artists Agency.
- "Salem back in HBO ring with Crusades mini". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-09-04.
- "Ava DuVernay To Direct Jack Kirby Comic Creation 'The New Gods' For Warner Bros, DC". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
- "K.O. Music".
- "Stand Down".
- "Toronto Shorts International Film Festival".