Born in Los Angeles in 1963, Faran Tahir grew up in his parents’ native Pakistan but returned to the US in 1980 and received BA and MA degrees in acting at California and Harvard, making his film debut in Disney’s live-action Jungle Book. His casting as U.S.S. Kelvin Captain Richard Robau in 2009’s Star Trek film continues the long Star Trek tradition of cultural diversity in the Starfleet leadership seen onscreen.
Genre fans will recall Tahir as the villain Raza in Iron Man, and recurring as Adwin Kosan on Sy-Fy’s Warehouse 13. Other credits have ranged from Charlie Wilson’s War to appearances on series such as Alias, Lost, 24, Chuck, and Grey’s Anatomy.