- Faran Tahir
name = Faran Tahir
caption = Tahir in May 2008
birthname = Faran Tahir
birthdate = birth date and age|1963|2|16
Los Angeles, California, United States
occupation = actor
Faran Tahir (born
February 16, 1963) is a Pakistani-American film and television actor.
Tahir was born in
Los Angeles, California, where his parents had been studying acting and directing at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Growing up in Pakistan, Tahir returned to Los Angelesin 1980. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a BA in Theatre before acquiring a graduate degree from Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theatre Training.
He made his film debut playing
Nathooin 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, featuring John Carroll Lynchand Stephanie Niznik), and " Charlie Wilson's War" (2007, featuring Cyia Battenand Rachel Nichols). He also played the male lead in the 1999 independent film " ABCD".
Tahir first worked with director/producer
J. J. Abramsand writers/executive producers Roberto Orciand Alex Kurtzmanin the fourth episode of the Abrams-created spy series "Alias". Tahir has guest starred on many other television series, including " The Practice", "Family Law", " The Agency", " NYPD Blue", "Lost", " 7th Heaven", " The West Wing", " JAG", " Judging Amy", " The D.A." and " Cold Case".
Tahir appeared in two episodes of the hit
FOXseries "24", as well the prequel episode to the show's fourth season. Tahir has more recently appeared on such shows as "Monk" and "Justice". He also co-starred with Robert Beltranand Chase Mastersonin the 2005 Sci-Fi Channeloriginal movie "Manticore".
In 2008, Tahir plays the role of a villain in the
Marvel Comics-based "Iron Man". Jon Braverwas Tahir's stunt double in this film. He will be playing a Federation captain named " Robau" in "Star Trek" in 2009. His character is reportedly "a meaty role and 'heroic' with some action scenes."Fact|date=June 2008
As of 2008, he lives in San Diego, California.
He has one daughter, Lena.
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