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Early Life and Eduction
Abtahi was born in Iran on July 12, 1979 and grew up in Orange County, California. He moved to the United States at an early age with his family after living in Europe and Southwest Asia.
Abtahi graduated from University High School in Irvine and attended the California State University Fullerton in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Before acting on television, Abtahi performed on stage in many theatrical productions including Fraulein Else at the Berkeley Repertory, McCarter Theatre and Longwarf Theatre; Adoration of the Old Woman at the Sundance Theatre Lab and Your Everyday Typical Romantic Comedy at the Kennedy Centre. He has also guest starred on the television series JAG, Judging Amy and 24. He played Justin Yates in Ghost Whisperer.
Abtahi also filmed the movie Running with Scissors, which he co-starred along with Annette Bening and Gwyneth Paltrow. The film was released in 2006. Since arriving in Los Angeles, Omid has been a series regular on FX's Over There and Showtime's Sleeper Cell. While preparing for the role of Pvt. Tariq Nassiri on the television series Over There, Abtahi learned how to speak Arabic and studied Middle Eastern culture. Abtahi made his New York stage debut in Urge for Going by Mona Mansour. Abtahi is also the voice of Farid in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
- Omid Abtahi on Wikipedia