6 Accomplished Baha’is in Film and Television

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:

Earl Cameron

Earl Cameron

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.

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Appeared In:

Inception
Thunderball
The Message
The Interpreter


Eva La Rue

 

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!

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Appeared In:

CSI Miami
Lakeview Terrace
Third Watch
All My Children


Rainn Wilson

Rainn Wilson

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.

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Appeared In:

The Office
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen
Six Feet Under
Juno


Alex Rocco

Alex Rocco

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!

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Appeared In:

The Godfather
The Simpsons
Starsky & Hutch
A Bug’s Life


Anthony Azizi

 

Anthony Azizi

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.

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Appeared In:

Lost
Eagle Eye
Prison Break
24


Justin Baldoni

Justin Baldoni

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.

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Appeared In:

Heroes
The Bold and the Beautiful
CSI NY
The Young and the Restless


Interested to know other accomplished Baha’i musicians, writers and artists? Check out Wikipedia’s list of Baha’is.

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Collis is a designer, entrepreneur, writer and Baha’i. He is the CEO of Australian tech company Envato, and cofounder of Baha’i Blog / Half Light Media.

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  1. I loved Omid’s movie The Infidel, which you can watch live-streaming from Netflix, I believe. It was terrific. But, he works in England, not Hollywood.

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  3. What are some well thought out introduction material on the Baha’i faith? Miss Larue made some comments that I believe in my heart to be truth…

    1. Hi Mick!

      That’s a great question! For the briefest of introductions to the Baha’i Faith, we made this short video: http://bahaiblog.net/2015/07/a-brief-introduction-to-the-bahai-faith/

      The website http://www.bahai.org/ is the official website of the worldwide Baha’i community (unlike Baha’i Blog which aims to celebrate aspects of the Baha’i Faith but is just a collection of personal opinions and reflections of its authors and editors). On bahai.org you’ll find information about what Baha’is believe, the history of the Baha’i Faith, and a library of Baha’i sacred texts.

      I hope this helps answer your question!

      -Sonjel

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