With some five to six million Baha’is in the world it’s no surprise that some of the most accomplished people in any discipline are bound to be Baha’i. Being a bit of a television and movie junkie I decided to find out if there were any famous Baha’is in Hollywood. Sure enough shows like Heroes and the Office have featured Baha’i actors, as have movies like the Interpreter and the Godfather!
Here are six very accomplished Baha’is involved in Film and Television that you might have seen:
Awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2009 Queen’s New Years Honours List for his services to Drama, Earl Cameron is a hugely accomplished actor who has appeared in movies as diverse as the James Bond flick, Thunderball, to the Islamic epic, The Message, with Anthony Quinn.
Eva La Rue
Known for CSI Miami where she plays Natalia Boa Vista as well as performances in lots of other well known TV shows, La Rue grew up in California and according to her IMDB bio is a horse enthusiast and Tae Kwon Do practitioner!
Rainn’s starring role in TV’s hit show the Office was preceded by many years of working in television before he had a breakout role in Six Feet Under the quirky drama about a funeral home. Rainn is also behind the web community SoulPancake and the related NY Times Best Selling book.
Alex Rocco is a veteran actor who has a filmography including many classics of film and television, including an appearance in the quintessential movie of its genre: The Godfather. And if you’re a computer gamer you’ll also recognize Rocco’s voice from the recent Fallout: New Vegas – an excellent game!
Anthony Azizi is a New Yorker who has had roles in a huge array of great television shows, and is perhaps most famous for his recurring role on TV’s Lost where he acts alongside his high school friend Daniel Dae Kim.
Justin Baldoni is an up and coming actor who has already appeared on some major television shows including a favourite of mine: Heroes. As you might guess from his build, Baldoni has an athletic background and in fact was a trackstar in school and briefly considered pursuing it as a career before turning to the arts.
Interested to know other accomplished Baha’i musicians, writers and artists? Check out Wikipedia’s list of Baha’is.