Shaun Toub

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Shaun Toub
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Tehran, Iran[1]
Years active1988–present
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Shaun Toub
Shaun Toub 2011 cropped.jpg
Tehran, Iran[1]
Years active1988–present

Shaun Toub (Persian: شان طوب‎, born 1963) is an Iranian-American film and television actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Yinsen in 2008's Iron Man, Farhad in the 2004 movie Crash, as Rahim Khan in the movie The Kite Runner, and as Majid Javadi in the Showtime TV series Homeland.

Personal life[edit]

Toub, who is of Persian Jewish background,[2] was born in Tehran,[1] Iran and raised in Manchester, England (his family left Iran before the 1979 revolution).[3] At the age of fourteen, he moved to Switzerland, and after a two year stay, he crossed the Atlantic to Nashua, New Hampshire to finish his last year of high school. His high school yearbook notes: "The funniest guy in school and the most likely to succeed in the entertainment world." After two years of college in Massachusetts, Shaun transferred to USC.

Shaun is active in the Iranian Jewish community. Through various charity events and public speaking engagements, he inspires the community to embrace the arts, as the arts enhance everyday life. He has been a recipient of the Sephard award at the Los Angeles Sephardic Film Festival. Toub currently resides in Los Angeles.[4]


Shaun Toub as Yinsen helping Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) with the makeshift Mark I Armor in the 2008 film Iron Man.

Through a chance encounter with a talent agent, he broke into the Hollywood scene. Toub has received accolades for several of his appearances in over 100 television episodes including Seinfeld, The Sopranos, ER, NCIS, Married... with Children, Lost, Homeland and various movies made for television.

His filmography includes his performance in Michael Bay's Bad Boys with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, John Woo's Broken Arrow with John Travolta and Christian Slater and Mick Jackson's Live from Baghdad starring Michael Keaton and Helena Bonham Carter for HBO. His performance as Farhad in Paul Haggis's Oscar-winning film Crash received positive reviews.[5] He played the part of the Virgin Mary's father in The Nativity Story. He also played Rahim Khan in The Kite Runner (2007).[6]

Toub played Ho Yinsen in the 2008 film Iron Man. Yinsen is the surgeon held captive by terrorists who first saves Tony Stark's life then helps Stark escape by helping him construct the first Iron Man suit. Toub reprises the role in a cameo appearance in the 2013 film Iron Man 3.



1988Out of TimeSpeechmakerTelevision film
1988GlitzMaitre'dTelevision film
1989Dark HolidayPrison SoldierTelevision film
1991Before the StormJeep SoldierTelevision film
1993Desperate Resuce: The Cathy Mahone Story
1993Hot Shots! Part DeuxSleeping Guard
1995OP CenterLt. ArkovTelevision film
1995Bad BoysStore Clerk
1996Broken ArrowMax
1996Executive DecisionTerrorist
1996SuddenlyMr. TabibsidanTelevision film
1997Path to ParadiseEl Sayyid NosairTelevision film
1997Steel SharksCapt. Reza Lashgar
1997Out to SeaBettor in Front
1999D.R.E.A.M. TeamPrince Ali SaleedTelevision film
2002MaryamDr. Darius Armin
2002Live from BaghdadSadoun Al-JenabiTelevision film
2003UndergroundDark Skinned ManShort film
2004Land of PlentyHassan
2006The Path to 9/11Emad SalemTelevision film
2006The Nativity StoryJoaquim
2007The Kite RunnerRahim Khan
2007Charlie Wilson's WarHassanUncredited
2008Iron ManHo Yinsen
2010The Last AirbenderIroh
2013PapaEvan Shipman
2013Iron Man 3Ho Yinsen


1988HunterPhillip DePaul/Stephen AvakEpisodes "Need Justice: Part 1" and "Need Justice: Part 2"
1990ColumboAmirEpisode: "Agenda for Murder"
1990MatlockRahmad HusseinEpisode: "Nowhere to Turn"
1990DragnetRalph SingasEpisode: "Queen of Hearts"
1990Gabriel's FireAttendantEpisode: "Windows"
1991Under CoverJeep SoldierEpisode: "Sacrifices"
1991In the Heat of the NightCabbyEpisode: "Unfinished Business"
1993Bodies of EvidenceRajeeb KambataEpisode: "Eleven Grains of Sand"
1993–1994Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanAsabiEpisodes "Pilot", "Neverending Battle", "I'm Looking Through You" and "All Shook You"
1994Living SingleCabbyEpisode: "Fatal Distraction"
1994Café AmericainColonel FaisalEpisode: "Love the One You're With"
1994One West WaikikiJoseph KastramiEpisode: "Terminal Island"
1994The Bold and the BeautifulMoustafa2 episodes
1994Married... with ChildrenAkbarEpisode: "A Man for No Seasons"
1995EllenForeign ManEpisode: "Hello, I Must Be Going"
1995JAGPrison CommandantEpisode: "Scimitar"
1996–1997Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanAsabiEpisodes "Seconds" and "I've Got You Under My Skin"
1996SistersWeathermanEpisode: "Don't Go to Springfield"
1996Nash BridgesCecil RiskinEpisode: "Hit Parade"
1996SlidersKheri-HebEpisode: "Slide Like an Egyptian"
1996–1997Pacific BlueMahmoodEpisodes "Outlaw Extreme" and "The Last Ride"
1997Walker, Texas RangerLanceEpisode: "Last Hope"
1997ERButlerEpisode: "Ground Zero"
1997SeinfeldPinterEpisode: "The Betrayal"
1997The VisitorN/AEpisode: "Going Home"
1998Early EditionHassan RejimEpisode: "Mum's the Word"
1998CybillScary ManEpisode: "Ka-Boom!"
1998Soldier of Fortune, Inc.Hamzed Ali AminEpisode: "Iraq and Roll"
1999G vs EDr. CleanEpisode: "Evilator"
1999CI5: The New ProfessionalsShabadiEpisode: "Orbit"
1999Just Shoot Me!ErnestoEpisode: "Love Is in the Air"
2000Cover MeSpirosEpisode: "Where Have You Gone, Sandy Koufax?"
2000CharmedTriad Member #2Episodes "Magic Hour", "Sight Unseen" and "Power Outrage"
2001Malcolm in the MiddleJanicEpisode: "Hal Quits"
2001The SopranosArouk AbboubiEpisode: "Employee of the Month"
2001Son of the BeachMohammedEpisode: "Chip's a Goy"
2001Special Unit 2HerkamerEpisode: "The Wraps"
2001The DistrictBorisEpisodes "Fools Russian: Part 1" and "Fools Russian: Part 2"
2001The DivisionYuriEpisode: "The First Hit's Free, Baby"
2002She SpiesJoshua BickEpisode: "Poster Girl"
2003The AgencyColonel Tambour - Al Tayeh's DeputyEpisode: "Unholy Alliances"
2006–2007SmithJerryEpisodes "Pilot", "Three" and "Four"
2007LostSamiEpisode: "Enter 77"
2008NCISKhalid Mohammed BakrEpisode: "Tribes"
2009The UnitMisha BelikovEpisode: "Bad Beat"
2009ChuckDr. Mohammed ZamirEpisode: "Chuck Versus the Broken Heart"
2011CastlePhilip BoydEpisode: "Head Case"
2012LuckDr. KhanEpisodes "Ace Forces Escalante to Swap Jockeys" and "Two Prized Colts Go Head-to-Head"
2012Last ResortAdmiral Safir AhsanEpisode: "Cinderella Liberty"
2013HomelandMajid Javadi[7]6 Episodes

Video game[edit]

2008Iron ManYinsenN/A


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