Navid Negahban (Persian: نوید نگهبان; born June 2, 1968) is an Iranian-American actor. He has appeared on 24, Homeland, Mistresses and currently plays the supervillain Amahl Farouk / Shadow King on the second season of FX's Legion.
Negahban at the 2019 WonderCon
Negahban was born in Mashhad, Iran. He took a liking to theater when he was 8 years old while provoking laughter from a large audience by portraying an old man on stage. He left Iran when he was 20 for Turkey and then Germany, where he spent eight-and-a-half years. In Germany, he worked for a theater company, and then in 1993 he moved to the United States. He is fluent in English, German and Persian. He also began learning French for his role on Legion.
He has appeared in The Shield, The West Wing, Lost, and CSI: Miami. He has collaborated twice with Iranian-American actress Necar Zadegan, once in 24, where her on-screen husband ordered his interrogation and the torturing of his family, and also in CSI: Miami, where, as his wife, she killed him.
Negahban also had two collaborations with another Iranian-American actress Mozhan Marnò in the TV series The Unit and the movie The Stoning of Soraya M., where he plays the husband of Soraya (Marnò). In 2008, Negahban voiced and provided his likeness to the character Dr. Challus Mercer in the survival horror game Dead Space. Negahban also appeared as the main antagonist in the critically acclaimed TV series Homeland. In 2011 he won the Best Actor Award for the 2009 Iranian short film, Liberation at the Noor Iranian Film Festival, and in 2012, he returned to serve as an official festival judge.
In February 2015, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety confirmed that Negahban had begun shooting the spy thriller, Damascus Cover, based on the novel by Howard Kaplan, alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia Thirlby and John Hurt. Negahban played the role of Syrian General Sarraj.
Film, television, videogames creditsEdit
|2005||The Fallen Ones||Ammon|
|Charlie Wilson's War||Refugee Camp Translator|
|Richard III||Sir James Tyrrel|
|The Stoning of Soraya M.||Ali|
|2009||Powder Blue||Dr. Brooks|
|Stellina Blue||Amir Keshavarz|
|2011||Atlas Shrugged: Part I||Dr. Robert Stadler|
|2013||The Power of Few||Sahel|
|The Moment||Malik Jamil|
|Words and Pictures||Headmaster Rashid|
|2014||American Sniper||Sheikh Al-Obodi|
|2016||Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero||Mohammad Mohammad-Mohammadi|
|Brain on Fire||Dr. Souhel Najjar|
|Window Horses||Mehran (voice)|
|Sniper: Ghost Shooter||Robert Mothershed|
|2018||12 Strong||General Abdul Rashid Dostum|
|2000||The Invisible Man||Oman Tariq|
|2002||The Shield||Zayed Al-Thani|
|2003||The Agency||Arab Driver / Palestinian Officer||2 episodes|
|JAG||Jamal Bin Fahad Al-Hadi|
|The West Wing||Maz|
|2005||Over There||Iraqi Father|
|2006||Las Vegas||Farouk Naeem|
|Without a Trace||Nazar Rahim|
|The Path to 9/11||Khalili||2 episodes|
|Criminal Minds||Hassan Nadir|
|Law & Order||Imam Ibrahim||Episode: "Fear America"|
|The Closer||Dr. al-Thani||2 episodes|
|Sleeper Cell||The Colonel|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dr. Rankesh Chanoor||Episode: "Outsider"|
|2009||Fringe||Dr. Malik Yusef||Episode: "Fracture"|
|2010||CSI: Miami||Rahim Farooq|
|Dark Blue||Ahmad Satar|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||Aziz Anshiri|
|The Whole Truth||Paul Bagdazarian|
|2011–2013||Homeland||Abu Nazir||20 episodes|
|2013||CSI: NY||Zane Kalim|
|The Game||Zane Kalim||Episode: "I Love Luke...ahh!"|
|Arrow||Al-Owal||Episode: "League of Assassins"|
|2014||The Mentalist||Hassan Zarif|
|Person of Interest||Ali Hasan||Episode: "Panopticon"|
|2015||Scorpion||Agent Khara||Episode: "Forget Me Nots"|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Sam Farhidi|
|The Messengers||Afghan Prime Minister||4 episodes|
|2016||The Catch||Qasim Halabi||2 episodes|
|Mistresses||Jonathan Amadi||6 episodes|
|2017||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Morsi||Episode: "Never Wait for Seconds!"|
|2018||The Team||Said Gharbour||8 episodes|
|2018–present||Legion||Amahl Farouk / Shadow King||(season 2)|
|2018–2019||God Friended Me||Hasan||2 episodes|
|2008||Dead Space||Dr. Challus Mercer|
|Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands||Opening Poem Reader, Sandman' Additional Voices|
|Medal of Honor||Pashto Fighter 5|
|2011||Assassin's Creed: Revelations||Additional Voices|
|2012||Ghost Recon: Future Soldier||Farsi Thug|
|Spec Ops: The Line||Refugees|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops II||Additional Voices|
|2016||1979 Revolution: Black Friday||Asadollah Lajevardi||Co-producer|
- "Showtime Mini-Biography". Archived from the original on 25 September 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
- Ross, Matt. "In Depth: Navid Negahban". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- Laracy, Noah (2009-11-25). "Navid Negahban: A Back Stage Exclusive". Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- "IMDb: Navid Negahban". Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- "IMDb: Dishonor (2010) "Did You Know?"". Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- "IMDb: "The Unit" (Security) 2006". Retrieved 10 December 2012.