Bashar Rahal (20-10-1974, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Bashar Mounzer Rahal is the second child to a Bulgarian mother MarianaRahal - an interior designer and Lebanese father Mounzer Rahal - anOB/GYN. The family moved back to Bulgaria when Bashar was only 6 yearsold. He first started acting in TV sketches when he was 12. At the ageof 14 he became a member of a professional theater group, called "Tearsand Laughs", with which he took part in more than 15 performancesincluding Shakespeare and Chekhov. He attended numerous internationalfestivals, including the ones in Avignon, France and Thun, Switzerlandamong 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 Filmappearances. After graduating from The First English Language HighSchool in Sofia, Bashar attended the National Academy of Theater andFilm Art, where he received his Masters in Dramatic Arts. Shortly aftergraduation he was accepted as a permanent member of the national youththeatre and was a guest actor at The National Theatre Sofia Bulgaria.For the next couple of years Bashar appeared in over 25 different TVcomedy shows, but became most popular with the hit TV show "It Can'tBe"equivalent of SNL ,created & directed by Nellie Andreeva .Theshow won " Golden Melon", for best comedy show - the most prestigious TVaward inBulgaria. 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 thecouple moved to California so that Bashar could pursue his actingcareer. He was granted Alien of Extra Ordinary ability as an actor. Heis a graduate from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in LosAngeles. For a long time he was considered to play Azamat Bagatov inBorat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation ofKazakhstan. Initially Bashar was not considered to play in JoshuaSeftel's Political Satire War ,Inc. but the producers Danny Lerner andLes Weldon convinced both John Cusack and the Director Seftel that he isthe best choice for the part. After the end of the shooting Cusack andSeftel admitted that Bashar had developed the best character. LaterDanny Lerner casted Bashar as a lead in his upcoming action movie DirectContact. Recently he was casted to play Boris in Dominic Sena's"Whiteout",starring Kate Beckinsale.​

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