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Faran Haroon Tahir (born 16 February 1963; age 61) is an actor who portrayed Richard Robau in Star Trek. The 2013 virtual collectible card battle game Star Trek: Rivals used a picture of him for card #75, Captain R. Robau.

Early life[]

Tahir was born in Los Angeles, California, where his parents had been studying acting and directing at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Growing up in Pakistan, Tahir returned to Los Angeles in 1980. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a BA in Theater before acquiring a graduate degree from Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theatre Training.


Film work[]

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, featuring John Carroll Lynch and Stephanie Niznik), and Charlie Wilson's War (2007, featuring Cyia Batten and Star Trek co-star Rachel Nichols). He also played the male lead in the 1999 independent film ABCD.

In addition to his part in Star Trek, Tahir appeared in Paramount Pictures' Iron Man (2008). Jon Braver, who was Tahir's stunt double on Star Trek, was also his stunt double in this film. Bill Smitrovich had a role in Iron Man, as well; Jamie Kelman was among the make-up artists working on the film.

Tahir more recently starred with Christopher Lloyd and Tony Todd in the family fantasy-comedy Super Athlete. He also appeared in Elysium and Escape Plan, both 2013.

Television work[]

Tahir first worked with Star Trek director/producer J.J. Abrams and writers/executive producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman in the fourth episode of Abrams' Alias. He later appeared on Abrams' and Damon Lindelof's Lost, starring Daniel Dae Kim and Terry O'Quinn (in an episode with Sam Anderson and Alan Dale).

In the early 2000s, Tahir guest-starred on such television shows as

In addition, Tahir appeared in two episodes of 24, as well the prequel episode to the show's fourth season. His co-stars on this series included fellow Star Trek alumni Alexander Siddig, Michelle C. Bonilla, Jude Ciccolella, Roger Cross, Steven Culp, Daniel Dae Kim, Michelle Forbes, Penny Johnson, and Harris Yulin. In 2005, Tahir co-starred with Robert Beltran and Chase Masterson in the 2005 Syfy original movie Manticore.

Tahir more recently appeared on such shows as Monk (featuring Stanley Kamel), Justice (with Jeffrey Nordling), Cold Case (in an episode with Paula Malcomson and Holmes R. Osborne), Chuck (with Bonita Friedericy and Clyde Kusatsu and produced by Robert Duncan McNeill), Childrens Hospital (with Matt Winston), Blue Bloods (starring Len Cariou), and Supernatural (with Jim Beaver). He has also played the recurring roles of "Smiling" Frank Ashkani on Dallas and Adwin Kosan on Syfy's Warehouse 13, the latter of which stars Saul Rubinek.

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