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When Manesh was young, his father died; he was raised by his mother, from whom he feels he got his strength to make it in show business.
He went to the United States in the mid-70s, joined the Persian Theater Group, and traveled extensively throughout the US, Canada and Europe for eight years.
Manesh has appeared in recurring roles on the television shows Will & Grace, Scrubs, Andy Barker, P.I., Hot in Cleveland, Boston Legal, and, most notably, How I Met Your Mother, where he played the Bangladeshi taxi driver Ranjit.
He has also guest starred on many shows, including Burn Notice, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Joey, Persons Unknown, The X-Files, Scrubs, ER, JAG, NYPD Blue, Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life and Prison Break.
Manesh has acted in several movies, including True Lies, Stealing Harvard, The Big Lebowski, Kazaam, The Poseidon Adventure, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, and the Vampire western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.
He served as a judge at the 6th annual Noor Iranian Film Festival.
- Checkpoint (1987) .... Abe
- Guests of Hotel Astoria (1989) .... Dr. Parto
- True Lies (1994) .... Jamal Khaled
- Barb Wire (1996) .... Sheik
- Kazaam (1996) .... Malik
- Univers'l (1997)
- The Big Lebowski (1998) .... Doctor
- Word of Mouth (1999) .... Hertzog
- Wasted in Babylon (1999) .... Land Lord
- The Last Producer (2000) .... Cabbie
- Face the Music (2000) .... Indian Man
- Guardian (2001) .... Iraqi Colonel
- Showtime (2002) .... Convenience Store Owner
- Hip, Edgy, Sexy, Cool (2002)
- Stealing Harvard (2002) .... Toy Store Manager
- Hidalgo (2004) .... Camel Skinner
- Raise Your Voice (2004) .... Cabbie
- Surviving Christmas (2004) .... Janitor (uncredited)
- The L.A. Riot Spectacular (2005) .... Nephi
- Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005) .... Shaif Al-Rafi
- Car Babes (2006) .... Babu Gulab
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) .... Sri Sumbhajee
- Carts (2007) .... Fab
- The Onion Movie (2008) .... Announcer (uncredited)
- Pants on Fire (2008) .... Aram
- Crossing Over (2009) .... Sanjar Baraheri
- Year One (2009) .... Slave Trader
- The Things We Carry (2009) .... Manager
- Tom Cool (2009) .... Mr.Azu
- Pickin' & Grinnin' (2012) .... Clerk
- Commander and Chief (2012) .... Sheikh
- Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) .... Indian Man
- Afternoon Delight (2013) .... Taxi Driver
- All American Christmas Carol (2013) .... Car Salesman
- A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) .... Hossein 'The Junkie'
- Shirin in Love (2014) .... Nader
- Benjamin Troubles (2015) .... Genie
- Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero (2016) .... Mehdi the Butcher
- A Life Lived (2016) .... Danesh
- The Next Big Thing (2016) .... Mr. Shah
- Tiger (2018) .... Kulwant
- "Gaststar - Vorstellung - Marshall Manesh spielt Ranjit". Prosieben (in German). 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
- Squires, John (20 March 2015). "Today on VOD: Backcountry, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Spring and Zombeavers". Dread Central. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
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