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Maz Jobrani

Maz Jobrani is best known for his big screen role as Moly in Ice Cube's Friday After Next. He also played Jennifer Garner's colleague, Glenn, in 13 Going on 30, and was seen in the Sydney Pollack thriller The Interpreter, opposite Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman. Additional film credits include the critically acclaimed Maryam, touted by Roger Ebert as one of the most overlooked films in 2000, the Kevin Costner drama Dragonfly, and independent films Season of Madness, Something Borrowed and Bug. He will next be seen in the much anticipated indie film Moonpie, directed by Drake Doremus.

Television audiences may recognize Jobrani from his recent role as Mr. Hut, the angry owner of a fast food stand in the town's mall on the Fox sitcom Life on a Stick. He also appeared in recurring roles on 24 (Season Two), Life with Bonnie and Cedric the Entertainer Presents. His numerous guest appearances include both popular comedy and dramatic series such as Malcolm in the Middle, Still Standing, The West Wing, NYPD Blue, Without a Trace, ER, Law & Order, and a memorable turn as The Sikh in the hilarious 2004 season finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Additionally Jobrani is a member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which features some of the top Middle Eastern-American comics in the world. The DVD special for this show will be released in 2007. He also performs standup comedy at The Comedy Store and The Laugh Factory on LA's famous Sunset Strip. He appears in venues all over the country and many top clubs in New York, including The Comedy Cellar. His routine has been featured on The CBS Morning Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, PBS and National Public Radio, as well as being highlighted in Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. His sketch comedy performances at the ACME Theater in Los Angeles were hailed as devilishly funny and extraordinary by LA Weekly.

Jobrani was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he caught the acting bug after portraying the lead in his eighth grade production of Li'l Abner. He studied theater throughout high school, then went on to earn a BA in Political Science and Italian at UC Berkeley. In the fall of 1994, while beginning a Ph.D. program in Political Science at UCLA, he visited the university's prestigious theater program - and was immediately hooked on stage acting, a passion he continues to follow.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.
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Maz Jobrani Facts

BirthdayFebruary 26, 1972 (51)
BirthplaceTehran, Iran

Selected Filmography

3:00 P.M.
The Interpreter
Maz Jobrani: I Come In Peace
Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero
Maz Jobrani: Brown and Friendly
Maz Jobrani: I'm Not a Terrorist But I've Played One on TV
Jimmy Vestvood
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