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Mena Massoud (Egyptian Arabic: مينا مسعود‎; born September 17, 1991[1][2]) is a Canadian actor. In July 2017, he was cast to play Aladdin in Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin.[3][4][5] He has also worked in television; his roles include Jared Malik in the 2015 Canadian series Open Heart, and Tarek Kassar in the Amazon Prime series Jack Ryan.[6]

Mena Massoud
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Massoud in 2019
Born (1991-09-17) September 17, 1991 (age 27)
Cairo, Egypt
ResidenceToronto, Ontario, Canada
Los Angeles, California[1]
Years active2011–present
Home townMarkham, Ontario, Canada[1]


Early life and educationEdit

Massoud was born in Cairo, Egypt to Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christian parents. When he was young he emigrated to Canada.[7] He grew up in Markham, Ontario,[1] where he attended St. Brother André Catholic High School.[2] He is Vegan and is the founder of the plant-based food travel show "Evolving Vegan".[8]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Let's Rap John
2017 Ordinary Days Ollie Santos
2019 Run This Town Kamal [9]
2019 Aladdin Aladdin
2019 Strange but True Chaz Post-production
Television and video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Nikita Al Qaeda No. 2 1 episode
2011 Poser Bretten Thomason Recurring role, 6 episodes
2011 Combat Hospital Salman Zawab 1 episode
2011 The 99 Hafiz the Preserver / Dave / Saad Main voice role
2012 Cut to the Chase Jason Recurring role, 7 episodes
2012 King Malik Atassi 1 episode
2015 Open Heart Jared Malik Main role
2016 Watch Dogs 2 Various voices Video game
2017 Saving Hope Justin Srinivasan 1 episode
2018 Jack Ryan Tarek Kassar Recurring role (season 1)


  1. ^ a b c d Swertlow, Meg (July 15, 2017). "7 Things You Need to Know About Aladdin's Mena Massoud". E!. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Celebrating excellence in our schools". The Catholic Register. March 1, 2009. Archived from the original on August 31, 2017.
  3. ^ "Live-Action Aladdin Cast Revealed at the D23 Expo". July 15, 2017.
  4. ^ "'Aladdin': Disney Remake Finds Its Leads".
  5. ^ "'Aladdin': Disney Announces Live-Action Cast Including Will Smith As Genie". Access Hollywood.
  6. ^ "Mena Massoud Cast as Aladdin in Disney's Live-Action Reboot". July 15, 2017.
  7. ^ "Aladdin star Mena Massoud has a vegan business". Esquire Middle East. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  8. ^ "Disney’s Vegan ‘aladdin’ Actor Mena Massoud Launches Plant-based Food Travel Show ‘evolving Vegan’"
  9. ^ "Damian Lewis to Play Controversial Ex-Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in Drama".

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