Omid Abtahi, an actor of American and Iranian descent, lived in the Middle East and Europe before moving to the U.S. He is best known for his role on the critically acclaimed terrorism-themed Showtime series Sleeper Cell. Prior to moving to the US, he and his family lived in Europe and the Middle East. He largely had stage roles, including Fraulein Else at the Berkeley Repertory, McCarter Theater and Longwarf Theater, Adoration of the Old Woman at the Sundance Theater Lab, plus Your Everyday Typical Romantic Comedy at the Kennedy Center. He guest-starred on the television series JAG, Judging Amy, and 24. He was also a regular on the FX series Over There. His other screen credits include the movie Running with Scissors starring Annette Benning and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Regarding his heritage, Abtahi said their strengths outweigh their weaknesses. “We are a very caring, loving, and nurturing culture. However, I feel we have a tendency to be too materialistic and too concerned about our appearances. But that's a stereotype that's already out there. It's just sad that it's true. I usually find all Iranians I run into very loving, and that is a quality I most enjoy about our people.”