Navid Negahban


02 Jun 1968




Navid, though sometimes called "the man of a thousand faces," is still most widely regarded as Abu Nazir, the enigmatic al-Qaeda leader he played for two seasons on Showtime's Emmy-winning original series "Homeland." Among his many fans are Israeli president Shimon Peres and U.S. president Barack Obama. The versatile, scene-stealer has drawn critical praise as IRK delegate Jamot on the final season of Fox's hit series, "24," and has appeared on "CSI: NY," "CSI: Miami," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Law & Order: SVU," "The Closer," "The Game," "Criminal Minds," "Lost," "JAG," "The West Wing," "Without a Trace," "The Shield" and others.

Navid's star continues to rise on the big screen. He was a standout in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated blockbuster "American Sniper" as Sheikh Al-Obodi, an Iraqi local paid to help the snipers locate their targets. He can next be seen in "Baba Joon," the first Persian-language film shot in Israel from director Yuval Delshad. "Variety" proclaims Navid once again "transforms in the role of Yitzhak," a turkey farmer struggling to pass his Iranian traditions onto his precocious Israeli-born son. The film, which received best picture at Israel's Ophir Awards, is now set to be the Jewish State's submission for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film.

Navid recently wrapped principal photography in Vancouver on "Brain on Fire," a biographical drama with Chloë Grace Moretz, Carrie-Anne Moss and Richard Armitage, and this spring he was shooting in Morocco with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, John Hurt and Olivia Thirlby in the espionage thriller "Damascus Cover." His additional credits include a leading role in the critically acclaimed feature "The Stoning of Soraya M." The "New York Times" called his portrayal of Ali as "satanic as any horror-movie apparition."

Navid also had significant supporting roles in the films "Brothers" starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal; "Powder Blue" with Jessica Biel and Forest Whitaker; "Charlie Wilson's War" starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Amy Adams and "Words and Pictures" with Clive Owens and Juliette Binoche.

As an active voice-over actor, he lends his smoky tenor to "Revolution 1979," a video game series based on the Iranian revolution. It was awarded support from the Doris Duke Foundation in partnership with Sundance Institute's New Frontier Program for the Islamic Art's New Frontier Fellowship.

Born in Mashhad, Iran, Navid caught the acting bug at the age of eight, when his portrayal of an old man drew laughter from a large audience at an elementary school play. His passion for acting led him to Germany where he spent eight years honing his theatrical skills prior to arriving in the United States. He is fluent in English, Farsi and German, and in his spare time enjoys traveling, studying anthropology, shooting pool, driving and playing poker.

Actor ( 100 credits )

Horse Soldiers (2018) General Dostum
Magic Land (2018) Cyrus Rahmani
American Assassin (2017) Behurz
Sand Castle (2017) Kadeer
Damascus Cover (2017) Sarraj
Osprey (2017) Adam Zakaria
Carving a Life (2016) Dr. Kasem
Sniper: Ghost Shooter (2016) Robert Mothershed
Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero (2016) Mohammad Mohammad-Mohammadi
Window Horses (2016) Mehran (voice)
Brain on Fire (2016) Dr. Najjar
The Catch (2016)  Qasim Halabi (2 episodes, 2016)
Know Your Enemy (2016) The Man
Price for Freedom (2015) Victor Daniels
The REAL Shahs of Beverly Hills (2015) Himself
Baba Joon (2015)
The Messengers (2015)  Prime Minister Nazar (4 episodes, 2015)
American Sniper (2014) Sheikh al-Obeidi
Valiant (2014) Mac
Scorpion (2014)  Agent Khara (1 episode, 2015)
Words and Pictures (2013) Rashid
The Moment (2013) Malik Jamil
The Power of Few (2013) Sahel
Cash for Gold (2013) Ehsan
IM Nowruz (2012) Cyrus
To the Moon (2012) Papa
Arrow (2012)  Al Ow-Al (1 episode, 2013)
Veep (2012)  Abbas (1 episode, 2015)
Little Brother (2012) The Dictator
Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011) Dr. Robert Stadler
Homeland (2011)  Abu Nazir (20 episodes, 2011-2013)
Person of Interest (2011)  Ali Hasan (1 episode, 2014)
Magic Land (2010)
Covert Affairs (2010) (1 episode, 2011)
The Whole Truth (2010)  Paul Bagdazarian (1 episode, 2010)
Heal (2010) Kaka Abdul
Sami's Cock (2010)
Gonah Kardam (2010) Lover
Diplomacy (2009) Iranian Foreign Minister
Brothers (2009) Murad
Countering Extremism (2009) Ismail Gul Baden
Words and Deeds (2009) Ismail Gul Baden
Liberation (2009) Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi
Powder Blue (2009) Doctor Brooks
The Ambassador's Wife (2009) Ambassador
Dead Air (2009) Abir
Stellina Blue (2009) Amir Keshavarz
NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)  Aziz Anshiri (1 episode, 2010)
Dark Blue (2009)  Ahmad Satar (1 episode, 2010)
Floored and Lifted (2009)  Navid (1 episode)
Conflict Zone (2009) Raj
Speaking of Baghdad (2009)
Fiasco (2009) Fareez
The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008) Ali
Djinn (2008) Djinn
The Mentalist (2008)  Hassan Zarif (1 episode, 2014)
Fringe (2008)  Dr. Malik Yusef (1 episode, 2009)
Charlie Wilson's War (2007) Refugee Camp Translator
Passing Through (2007) El Turco
Waking Dreams (2007) Toly
Richard III (2007) Sir James Tyrrel
Kemo Sabe (2007) Samir
Clear Cut, Simple (2007) Ismail Tahair
Moonlight (2007)  Amir Fayed (1 episode, 2007)
Broken (2006) Keith
Due (2006) Daria's Fiance
The Christmas Tree (2006) Mohammad
The Unit (2006)  Faheed (1 episode, 2006)
The Game (2006)  Martin Sheibani (1 episode, 2013)
Shark (2006)  Amir Khan (1 episode, 2007)
Pretty Persuasion (2005) Mr. Azzouni
Criminal Minds (2005)  Hassan Nadir (1 episode, 2006)
The Closer (2005)  Dr. al-Thani (2 episodes, 2006)
Sleeper Cell (2005)  The Colonel (1 episode, 2006)
Over There (2005)  Iraqi Father (1 episode, 2005)
No Second Thoughts (2004) Rick
Jihad (2004) Ahmed
The Florist (2004) Ali
Everybody and Their Mother Wants to Write and Direct (2004) Mullah
Soulgain (2004) Jesus
Lost (2004)  Omar (1 episode, 2004)
CSI: NY (2004)  Zane Kalim (1 episode, 2013)
NCIS (2003)  Jalil Shaloub (1 episode, 2007)
Las Vegas (2003)  Farouk Naeem (1 episode, 2006)
Dragnet (2003)  Clerk (1 episode, 2003)
Threat Matrix (2003)  Fred (1 episode, 2004)
Woman on Fire (2002) Man #1 at Party
The Palestinian Connection (2002)
CSI: Miami (2002)  Rahim Farooq (1 episode, 2010)
The Shield (2002)  Zayed Al-Thani (1 episode, 2003)
Without a Trace (2002)  Nazar Rahim (1 episode, 2006)
24 (2001)  Jamot / ... (9 episodes, 2005-2010)
Alias (2001)  Foreman (1 episode, 2006)
The Agency (2001)  Arab Driver / ... (2 episodes, 2003)
The Invisible Man (2000)  Oman Tariq (1 episode, 2000)
Boundaries (2000) Trombonist
The West Wing (1999)  Maz (1 episode, 2004)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)  Dr. Rankesh Chanoor (1 episode, 2007)
JAG (1995)  Jamal Bin Fahad Al-Hadi (1 episode, 2003)
Law & Order (1990)  Iman Ibrahim (1 episode, 2006)

Producer ( 7 credits )

Osprey (2017) co-producer
Know Your Enemy (2016) executive producer
The REAL Shahs of Beverly Hills (2015) co-executive producer
Baba Joon (2015) executive producer
IM Nowruz (2012) supervising producer
Conflict Zone (2009) producer
No Second Thoughts (2004) co-producer