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Omid Abtahi is an American actor of Iranian descent. Before moving to the United States Abtahi and his family lived in Europe and the Middle East. He grew up in Orange County, CA and graduated from University High School in Irvine. Before acting on television Abtahi performed on stage in many theatrical productions including Fraulein Else at the Berkeley Repertory, McCarter Theatre and Longwarf Theatre; Adoration of the Old Woman at the Sundance Theatre Lab and Your Everyday Typical Romantic Comedy at the Kennedy Centre. He has also guest starred on the television series JAG, Judging Amy and 24. He played Justin Yates in "Ghost Whisperer". Abtahi also filmed the movie Running With Scissors, which he co-starred along with Annette Bening and Gwyneth Paltrow. The film was released in 2006. Since arriving in Los Angeles, Omid has been a series regular on FX's Over There and Showtime's Sleeper Cell. While preparing for the role of Pvt. Tariq Nassiri on the television series Over There, Abtahi learnt how to speak Arabic and studied Middle Eastern culture.

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