Faran Tahir
General Information
Gender: Male
Nicknames: The Danger
Birthday: February 16, 1963/1964
Age: 53
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Social Networks: Twitter
Other Information
Height: 5'10"
Occupation(s): Actor
Education: University of California Berkeley
Harvard University
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Naeem Tahir (father)
Yasmeen Tahir
Ali Tahir (brother)
Series Information
Character: Captain Nemo
First appearance: Dark Waters
Last appearance: A Wondrous Place

Faran Haroon Tahir is a Pakistani-American actor who appears in American television series and films. He is the son of veteran Pakistani actor Naeem Tahir.

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Early life

Faran Haroon Tahir was born on 16 February 1964 in Los Angeles to Naeem Tahir and Yasmeen Tahir. He grew up in Pakistan and returned to the United States 1980. He has attended University of California Berkeley and Harvard University where he studied theatre.


In 1985, he appeared as Bolshintsov in U.C. Berkeley's production of A Month in the Country, and in 1988 portrayed Errol Philander in Athol Fugard's "Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act." He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a BA in Theatre before acquiring a graduate degree from the American Repertory Theater's (A.R.T.) Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.

He made his film debut playing Nathoo in 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) and Charlie Wilson's War (2007). He also played the male lead in the 1999 independent film ABCD. In 2008, Tahir played the role of the villain Raza in the Marvel Comics-based Iron Man. He played Starfleet Captain Richard Robau in the 2009 film Star Trek. In 2013, Tahir played President Patel in the science-fiction film Elysium.

Tahir has guest starred on many television series, including Alias, The Practice, Family Law, The Agency, NYPD Blue, Lost, 7th Heaven, The West Wing, Walker, Texas Ranger, The D.A., 24, Monk, Justice, Cold Case, Chuck, Hawaii Five-0 and Warehouse 13. He also co-starred with Robert Beltran and Chase Masterson in the 2005 Sci-Fi Channel original movie Manticore. He also starred in the medical drama series Grey's Anatomy as Isaac and appeared on the CW series Supernatural as the Egyptian god Osiris in the seventh season's episode "Defending Your Life". Tahir starred in the ghost horror film Jinn. The role of Frank, Cliff Barnes' right-hand man in the reboot of Dallas. In 2015 Tahir appeared in a recurring role as the Commander on Supergirl.

He appeared in JAG in the episodes "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown" which served as the two pilot episodes for the series NCIS. Seven years later, Tahir appeared in the spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles.

In 2016 Tahir joined American Crime as Rhys Bashir, and was cast as Captain Nemo on Once Upon a Time. In 2017, Tahir played the role of Mallick in Syfy's TV show, 12 Monkeys.

Personal life

Tahir has two brothers (born 1969 & 1974). His father is Naeem Tahir, Director General at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts.


Year Title Type Role
1989 Midnight Caller TV Series Desk Clerk
1993 Law & Order TV Series Mr. Khan
1994 New York Undercover TV Series Dr. Venegas
1994 The Jungle Book Nathoo
1995 New York News TV Series Neilson
1997 Picture Perfect Sajit
1997 Party of Five TV Series Radiologist
1998 A Price Above Rubies Hrundi Kapoor
1998 Urban Relics Rasheed
1999 The Pretender TV Series Anesthesiologist
1999 Anywhere But Here Hisham Badir
1999 ABCD Raj
2000 The Practice TV Series Dr. Michael Shields
2000 FreakyLinks TV Series Doctor
2000 Family Law TV Series Dr. Singh
2001 Alias TV Series Mokhtar
2001 NYPD Blue TV Series Isa Al-Ramai
2001 - 2003 The Agency TV Series Jamar Akil / India's Secret Police leader
2002 7th Heaven TV Series Mr. Halawi
2002 Diagnosis Murder: Town Without Pity TV Movie Antoine Fahd
2002 MDs TV Series Dr. Banfa
2002 - 2003 The West Wing TV Series Manny
2003 JAG TV Series Amad Bin Atwa / Said Labdouni
2003 Boston Public TV Series Mr. Mubarik
2003 - 2005 24 TV Series Tomas Sherek / Mosque Greeter
2004 Judging Amy TV Series Dr. Omidi
2004 The D.A. TV Series Asaf Shah
2005 Over There TV Series Hamza
2005 Just Legal TV Series
2005 Manticore TV Movie Umari
2006 Charmed TV Series Savard
2006 Monk TV Series Museum Official
2006 Justice TV Series Oscar Rivera
2006 Sleeper Cell TV Series Aziz
2007 Cold Case TV Series Anil Patel
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Brigadier Rashid
2008 Iron Man Raza
2008 Lost TV Series Ishmael Bakir
2008 Chuck TV Series Farrokh Bulsara
2009 Star Trek Captain Robau
2009 Grey's Anatomy TV Series Isaac
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles TV Series Hassad Al-Jahiri
2010 Ashes Kartik
2010 Childrens Hospital TV Series Malik
2010 - 2013 Warehouse 13 TV Series Adwin Kosan
2011 Blue Bloods TV Series El Haq
2011 In Plain Sight TV Series Ali Tavali
2011 Supernatural TV Series Osiris
2012 Burn Notice TV Series Ahmad Damour
2012 - 2013 Dallas TV Series Frank Ashkani / 'Smiling' Frank
2013 Private Practice TV Series Charles
2013 Mr. Jones The Anthropologist
2013 Escape Plan Javed
2013 Elysium President Patel
2013 Torn Ali Munsif
2013 Super Athlete Principal Zafar
2014 Elementary TV Series Ramses Mattoo
2014 Crisis TV Series Tariq Rind
2014 Jinn Ali Amin
2014 - 2015 Criminal Minds TV Series Tivon Askari
2015 How to Get Away with Murder TV Series Detective Terrence Amos
2015 The Blacklist TV Series Ruslan Denisov
2015 Backstrom TV Series Dr. Alan Kobrine
2015 Honeyglue Dr. Konig
2015 Flight World War II William Strong
2015 Supergirl TV Series The Commander
2015 Satisfaction TV Series Omar Sandhal
2015 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Video Game General Hakim (voice)
2016 American Crime TV Series Rhys Bashir
2016 Hawaii Five-0 TV Series Lucky Morad
2016 - 2017 Once Upon a Time TV Series Captain Nemo
2017 Prison Break TV Series Jamil
2017 Mad Genius Eden
2017 Scandal TV Series President Rashad
2017 Shameless TV Series Mr. Adeeb
2017 - 2018 12 Monkeys TV Series Mallick
2018 The Magicians TV Series The Great Cock of the Darkling Woods
2018 Madam Secretary TV Series President Tarindo Nandasiri
2018 - 2019 Land of the Outlaws TV Series Utah Harjo
2019 MacGyver TV Series The Fence
2019 Hamlet 360: Thy Father's Spirit Video Claudius
2019 Boris and the Bomb Sammi
2020 I Am Fear (completed) Asad
2020 Lamya's Poem (pre-production) Baha Walad (voice)
I'll Meet You There (post-production) Majeed
The Martial Artist (pre-production) Dada
Space Command (pre-production) TV Series Kasain


  • Growing up in Pakistan, he moved to Los Angeles, California in 1980 at age 17.
  • His father, Naeem Tahir, is Director General at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts.
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