Omid Abtahi’s Wiki (aka Salim on ‘American Gods’)

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Fact Graduated from California State University Fullerton Theater & Dance Dept.

Who is Omid Abtahi?

Omid Abtahi is an Iranian-born American actor, who is probably best known for playing the recurring character Salim on Starz’s fantasy drama series ‘American Gods’. Moreover, he is widely recognized for his appearances in TV series such as “Over There”, “Sleeper Cell” and “My Own Worst Enemy”, as well as in movies such as “Brothers” (2009) and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 ” (2015).

Early life, childhood and education

Omid Abtahi was born under the zodiac sign Cancer on the 12e July 1979, in Tehran, Iran.

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Omid Abtahi (@omidabtahi) (born July 1979) is an Iranian-born American actor. He is best known for his roles as Salim in Showtime’s Sleeper Cell and as Homes in the latest installment of the Hunger Games film series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Abtahi was born in Tehran, Iran. At the age of 5, he and his family moved to Paris and later they moved to the United States, eventually moving to Irvine, Orange County, California when he was 10. Abtahi graduated from University High School in Irvine and attended California State University. Fullerton. He started studying advertising, took a second major in theater and graduated in 2002. . Before acting on television, Abtahi performed on stage in many theatrical productions, including Fraulein Else at the Berkeley Repertory, McCarter Theater and Longwarf Theater; Adoration of the Old Woman at the Sundance Theater Lab and Your Everyday Quintessential Romantic Comedy at the Kennedy Center. He has also guest-starred on the television series JAG, Judging Amy, and 24. He played Justin Yates in Ghost Whisperer. After arriving in Los Angeles, Omid was a series regular on FX’s Over There and Showtime’s Sleeper Cell. While preparing for the role of Pvt. Tariq Nassiri in the television series There Abtahi learned to speak French fluently. Abtahi made his New York stage debut in Mona Mansour’s Urge for Going. The actor also voices Farid in Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Sergeant John Lugo in Spec Ops: The Line. . Biography from Wikipedia. #omidabtahi #inspiringiranians #iranianactor #sleepercells #showtime #hungergames #calstatefullerton #callofduty #iamanimmigrant #tvseries

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He spent his early childhood in Paris, France, where his family moved when he was five, before moving to the United States at the age of 10 and settling in Irvine, California. Abtahi enrolled at California State University, Fullerton, where he graduated in 2002 and received his bachelor’s degree in advertising with theater as a second major.

Early career

After graduation, Abtahi began his acting career in theater, where he honed his acting skills through a variety of plays and theatrical productions, including Berkeley Repertory’s “Fraulein Else,” Kennedy Center’s “Your Everyday Typical Romantic Comedy,” and the Sundance Theater Lab’s “Adoration of the Old Woman”, just to name a few.


Omids acting debut in front of the camera took place in 2005 when he appeared in an episode of the TV series “JAG”, which was followed by an appearance in an episode of the series “Judging Army”. To greater fame Abtahi came later that year, when he joined the crew of FX’s TV war drama series “Over There”. He was cast to play PFC Tariq Nassiri, an Arab-American with an extensive knowledge of Middle Eastern customs, who served as a go-between between the soldiers of the US Army and the Iraqi people.

In 2006, Abtahi made his big screen debut appearing in Ryan Murphy’s Golden Globe-nominated comedy drama film “Running with Scissors”, then joined the main cast of Showtime TV’s drama series “Sleeper Cell” for its second season. In 2007, he appeared in the TV series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “The Unit”, before playing the main character in the 2008 drama film “Ocean of Pearls”. Omid later transitioned in 2008, when he was cast in the recurring role of Tony Nazari in the NBC TV Sci-Fi action drama series “My Own Worst Enemy”.

In 2009, Abtahi starred opposite Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal in Jim Sheridan’s Golden Globe-nominated thriller film “Brothers”, then went on to appear in a string of guest roles on TV series such as “Three Rivers”, “The Event” and “Nikita”. In 2011, Omid was cast in the role of Raqim Faisel in the TV series “Homeland”, while in 2012 he appeared alongside Ben Affleck and Bryan Cranston in Affleck’s Oscar-winning biographical thriller film “Argo”.

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Between 2012 and 2013, he starred in the recurring role of Nigel in the TV action drama series ‘Last Resort’ before becoming a regular on A&E’s TV crime drama series ‘Those Who Kill’, in which he starred as Detective Jerry Molbeck.

Omid also appeared in the second episode of the “The hunger Gamesmovie franchise – the 2015 movie “The Hunger Games: mockingjay – Part 2″ – after which he was cast as Amani Golkar, a member of the main cast of the A&E television horror drama series “Damien”.

Since 2017, Abtahi stars as a member of the main cast as ‘one half of a pair of star-crossed lovers’ named Salim in the TV fantasy drama series ‘American Gods’ based on Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel of the same name. In 2019 he appeared as Dr. Pershing in the first live action series set in the world of Star Wars entitled “The Mandalorian‘, which premiered on Disney+.

Besides all these, Omid Abtahi has also made an enviable number of guest appearances in several popular TV series, such as ‘Ghost Whisperer’, ‘Bones’, ’24’ and ‘NCIS’, ‘Castle’ and ‘Hawaii Five-0’.

Voice acting

Omid has added more than a dozen voice acting obligations to his professional portfolio until now.

He provided voices for various characters in three video games from the “Call of Duty” franchise, including “Call of Duty: Black Ops III” (2015), “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” (2016) and “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” (2019). Some other works include “Diablo III”, “StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops” as well as “Mafia III”, “Titanfall 2”, “Thief of Thieves” and “Metro Exodus”. Abtahi’s voice acting skills can also be heard in animated TV series such as “Family Guy” and “Love, Death & Robots”.

Private life

Despite playing a gay character several times through his own acting careerincluding the TV series ‘Sleeper Cell’ and ‘American gods”, and the 2008 comedy drama film “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh”, Omid is not gay.

In fact, he has been since 2008 married to Sabrina Bolin, a life coach and hypnotherapist, with whom he has welcomed one child to date, a son named Miles. There are no other relevant details about him private life.

The 40 year old actorwith brown eyes and short brown hair, has a slim and muscular figure, is 1.72 m tall and weighs about 75 kg.

Net value

According to until sourcesit is estimated that Omid Abtahi’s net worth, speaking as of mid-2020, revolves around the sum of $3 million collected during his acting career, which currently spans more than 15 years.


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1 Graduated from California State University Fullerton Theater & Dance Dept.




Title Year Status Character
Walk with scissors 2006 restaurant manager
Heroes 2006 TV serials In the middle of Halebi
over there 2005 TV serials PVC. Tariq Nassiri
Review Amy 2005 TV serials Reza Ayami
JAG 2005 TV serials Wahid
Madam Secretary 2017 TV serials Deputy Minister Amin Hamadani
American gods 2017 TV serials Salim
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare 2016 Video game Victor ‘Gator’ Diallo (voice)
titan fall 2 2016 Video game Militia Captain (voice)
Mafia III 2016 Video game Additional voices (voice)
World of Warcraft: Legion 2016 Video game voice
Window Horses 2016 Ramin (voice)
Damian 2016 TV serials Amani Golkar
Revolution of 1979 2016 Video game Babak Azadeh (voice)
Call of Duty: Black Ops III 2015 Video game Additional voices (voice)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 2015 Houses
You better call Saul 2015 TV serials Detective Abbasi
The blacklist 2015 TV serials Khan
Situation 2014 TV serials Rayst Kamal
Legends 2014 TV serials Bashir Al-Kanazer
Those who kill 2014 TV serials Jerry Molbeck
Boys from Abu Ghraib 2014 Ghazi Hammoud
Castle 2013 TV serials Rasheed Waqas
Revolution 2013 TV serials Captain Riley
NCIS: Los Angeles 2013 TV serials Ari said
Archer 2013 TV serials
Family man 2012-2013 TV serials Mahmud / Faisal
Star Wars: the Clone Wars 2010-2013 TV serials Amis / Mandalorian Super Commando / Cadet Amis
Last resort 2012-2013 TV serials Nigel
Call of duty black ops II 2012 Video game Farid / Mujahideen Soldier (voice)
Argo 2012 Reza Borhani
Secret Affairs 2012 TV serials Sayid Al-Muqri
Spec Ops: The Line 2012 Video game Staff Sergeant John Lugo (voice)
Diablo III 2012 Video game Additional voices (voice)
Unit 13 2012 Video game Informant 1 (voice)
The good woman 2012 TV serials Samir
The perfect meal 2011 Short Social Worker (voice)
Hide 2011 TV movie Neil
Native country 2011 TV serials Raqim Faisel
Zoom 2011 TV serials Simon Phillips
An idle dream 2010 Short Pascal
plead guilty 2010 TV movie Jonathan Ziven
Gray’s Anatomy 2010 TV serials Asif
The mentalist 2010 TV serials Markham Shankar
Nikita 2010 TV serials Amir Komera
The event 2010 TV serials William
Three Rivers 2009-2010 TV serials Dr. Yousef Khouri
Space Chimps 2: Zartog strikes back 2010 Dr. Jagu / Reporter #2 (voice)
Flash forward 2009-2010 TV serials Ed Fiore
Not necessary 2009 Short Larry Dallas
brothers 2009/I Yusuf
Stars 2009 Short The pimp
NCIS 2009 TV serials Saleem Ulman
Diplomacy 2009 Short American interpreter
24 2005-2009 TV serials Jibraan Al-Zarian / Safa
Bones 2009 TV serials Hal Shirazi
Can openers 2009 TV movie Ali
My worst enemy 2008 TV serials Tony Nazari
Eli Stone 2008 TV serials Amir Khan
Space Chimpanzees 2008 Dr. Jagu (voice)
Ghost Whisperer 2007-2008 TV serials Justin Yates
The last lullaby 2008 Delivery truck
Ocean of pearls 2008 Amrit Singh
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh 2008 Mohammed
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2008 TV serials summer
The unit 2007 TV serials The boss
CSI: Crime scene investigation 2007 TV serials Chandru ‘Dru’ Kambhatla
Sleeping cell 2006 TV serials Salim

casting department

Title Year Status Character
Independent lens 2003 TV series documentary casting assistant – 1 episode

Thank you

Title Year Status Character
Desert Dancer 2014 special thanks


Title Year Status Character
Dish it out! 2016 TV serials Himself – Guest
The Hunger Games: The Phenomenon 2015 TV movie documentary Himself

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