Faran Tahir Invited by US President Barack Obama to Attend Annual Iftaar Party at The White House

[Thursday, 18th June’15]: Pakistani-American Hollywood actor Faran Tahir, who is currently in media spotlight for his role as Commander on upcoming CBS network’s TV series Supergirl, has been invited by US President Barack Obama to attend the grand annual Iftaar party held at The White House. The actor will be attending the prestigious event on 22nd June, 2015 along with fellow American Muslims who have successfully contributed towards the betterment of the USA.

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The tradition of hosting Iftaar parties for Muslim residents of the USA was begun in 1996 by then First Lady Hillary Clinton. Every year, an Iftaar is hosted during the holy month of Ramadan for the current American president to engage with the local Muslim community.

Faran Tahir, who has been based in the USA for several years now, has not only managed to become a successful Hollywood mainstream actor but also actively participated in causes that help create a positive image for Muslims worldwide.

Regarding his attending the Iftaar at The White House this year, Faran Tahir states, “I am very honored to be invited and to be counted amongst the prominent Muslims in the country who are breaking barriers and stereotypes. It also gives me the chance to engage the President of the United States in a dialogue about our pressing concerns in this country and around the world”.

About Faran Tahir

Faran Tahir (born February 16, 1964) is a Pakistani-American film and television actor. Tahir is best known for his act as Raza, the leader of a terrorist organization, “The Ten Rings” in Iron Man (2008). In 1985, he appeared as Bolshintsov in U.C. Berkeley’s production of A Month in the Country. 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 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. His most recent TV role was that of Frank, Cliff Barnes’ right-hand man in the reboot of Dallas .

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.

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