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Known Credits 38

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Birthday 1974-10-20 (46 years old)

Place of Birth Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Biography

Bashar Mounzer Rahal is the second child to a Bulgarian mother Mariana

Rahal - an interior designer and Lebanese father Mounzer Rahal - an

OB/GYN. The family moved back to Bulgaria when Bashar was only 6 years

old. He first started acting in TV sketches when he was 12. At the age

of 14 he became a member of a professional theater group, called "Tears

and Laughs", with which he took part in more than 15 performances

including Shakespeare and Chekhov. He attended numerous international

festivals, including the ones in Avignon, France and Thun, Switzerland

among others. His first big screen role at the age of 15 was in 1952:

Ivan i Aleksandra (1989) which was followed by more TV and Film

appearances. After graduating from The First English Language High

School in Sofia, Bashar attended the National Academy of Theater and

Film Art, where he received his Masters in Dramatic Arts. Shortly after

graduation he was accepted as a permanent member of the national youth

theatre and was a guest actor at The National Theatre Sofia Bulgaria.

For the next couple of years Bashar appeared in over 25 different TV

comedy shows, but became most popular with the hit TV show "It Can't

Be"equivalent of SNL ,created & directed by Nellie Andreeva .The

show won " Golden Melon", for best comedy show - the most prestigious TV

award in

Bulgaria. In 1997 Bashar hosted "The Late Night Show" on Channel 3 Sofia

, where he met his co-host and future wife Kalina Rahal. In 1999 the

couple moved to California so that Bashar could pursue his acting

career. He was granted Alien of Extra Ordinary ability as an actor. He

is a graduate from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Los

Angeles. For a long time he was considered to play Azamat Bagatov in

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of

Kazakhstan. Initially Bashar was not considered to play in Joshua

Seftel's Political Satire War ,Inc. but the producers Danny Lerner and

Les Weldon convinced both John Cusack and the Director Seftel that he is

the best choice for the part. After the end of the shooting Cusack and

Seftel admitted that Bashar had developed the best character. Later

Danny Lerner casted Bashar as a lead in his upcoming action movie Direct

Contact. Recently he was casted to play Boris in Dominic Sena's

"Whiteout",starring Kate Beckinsale.​

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