Bashir Salahuddin

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Bashir Salahuddin
Born (1976-07-06) July 6, 1976 (age 45)
EducationHarvard University (BS)
  • Actor
  • Writer
  • Comedian
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Chandra Russell

Bashir Salahuddin (born July 6, 1976) is an American actor, writer, and comedian.[1]

Early life and education

Salahuddin was born and raised in the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. His father is originally from Panama and had moved to Chicago with his family when he was a child. His mother grew up on the West Side of Chicago. They met when they both were students at Southern Illinois University and converted to Islam in the early 1970s. His parents divorced in the early 2000s. Salahuddin grew up with three brothers and two sisters and has two younger siblings from his father's second marriage.[2] Salahuddin's father worked as an airplane mechanic for Midway Airlines at Chicago Midway International Airport. As family members of an airline employee, the family was able to fly on many stand-by trips across the U.S. He credits his father with instilling in him what he refers to as the "immigrant work ethic".[2]

Salahuddin was a pre-medical student at Harvard University, graduating in 1998. He performed in several theatre productions, including at the Hasty Pudding.[2] He also met and became friends with Diallo Riddle, who would become his writing partner.[3] In his junior year at Harvard, Salahuddin decided he wanted to be an actor and attended the Hangar Theatre's training program.


After graduating from Harvard, Salahuddin returned to Chicago and worked as a paralegal in order to save money to be able to move to Los Angeles.[2] When he got to Los Angeles in the early 2000s, he worked as a PA at Warner Brothers and as a waiter.[2] Not getting the work they wanted, Salahuddin and Riddle began making their own web videos.[2] David Alan Grier saw their videos and hired them as a writing team on his show Chocolate News in 2008. Jimmy Fallon then asked them to join the writing staff of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and they moved to New York. They stayed on the show for four years.[2]

In January 2016, it was confirmed that the half-hour comedy series Brothers in Atlanta, (based on a 2013 pilot) that HBO had commissioned from Salahuddin and Riddle, had been cancelled.[4][5] In March 2016, Salahuddin was cast as the male lead in a Hulu pilot comedy, Crushed, co-starring with Regina Hall.[6] In June 2016, the production company Lionsgate announced they were moving production of the pilot from North Carolina to Canada due to North Carolina's governor signing a controversial anti-LGBT law as well as tax incentives available to the production in Vancouver.[7]

As an actor, Salahuddin has appeared on Superstore, Snatched, Arrested Development, Single Parents, Looking and The Mindy Project. He was cast as a recurring character on the Netflix show GLOW, which premiered in 2017.[8]

Together with Riddle, Salahuddin created the comedy show South Side, which premiered on Comedy Central on 24 July 2019. The show centers around two recent community college graduates trying to become entrepreneurs in Chicago's South Side, portrayed by Salahuddin's brother Sultan and Kareme Young. Salahuddin, his wife Chandra Russell and Riddle also star.[9][10]

Salahuddin and Riddle also created the comedy show Sherman's Showcase, which premiered on IFC on 31 July 2019. The show is part parody of, part homage to shows like Soul Train, American Bandstand and The Midnight Special. Guest stars include John Legend, Questlove, Quincy Jones, Natasha Bedingfield, Tiffany Haddish and Eliza Coupe.[11][12][13]

In 2018, it was announced that Salahuddin was cast in Tom Cruise's 2022 action drama Top Gun: Maverick.[14] In 2019, Salahuddin was cast in a leading role in The 24th, a film about the all-black Twenty-Fourth United States Infantry Regiment and the Houston Riot of 1917. The film is co-written and directed by Kevin Willmott.[15] More recently, Salahuddin and Riddle signed a deal with Warner Bros. Television.[16]

Personal life

Salahuddin married actress Chandra Russell in 2017. They have a son.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Jam Cop #1
2006 Nailed Willis
2017 Snatched Morgan Russell
2018 Gringo Stu
2018 A Simple Favor Detective Summervile
2019 Marriage Story Director
2020 The 24th Big Joe
2021 Cyrano Le Bret
2022 Top Gun: Maverick Hondo Coleman


Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Drew Carey Show Cop #1 Episode: "Drew and the Life-Size Jim Thome Cut-Out"
2003 Threat Matrix Tower Supervisor Episode: "In Plane Sight"
2003 Miss Match Group Leader Episode: "Addicted to Love"
2004 Oliver Beene Bouncer Episode: "Idol Chatter"
2004, 2019 Arrested Development David 'G-Man' Barnes / Prisoner 3 episodes
2005 Kitchen Confidential Health-Conscious Patron #3 Episode: "Dinner Date with Death"
2005 Grey's Anatomy Bailey's Husband Episode: "Bring the Pain"
2006 Help Me Help You Cop Episode: "Perseverance"
2007 Finish Our Movie Robert / Dave 4 episodes
2007 Bones Counselor Episode: "Death in the Saddle"
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles School Security Guard Episode: "The Turk"
2009–2012 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Various roles 76 episodes; also writer
2013 The Mindy Project Doug Episode: "The One That Got Away"
2014 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Latimore Episode: "Cameron Diaz/Jim Gaffigan/Future Featuring Pusha T"
2015 Looking Malik 6 episodes
2016 Looking: The Movie Television film
2016 Crushed Will
2016 Brothers in Atlanta Moose
2017 Curb Your Enthusiasm Ambulance Driver Episode: "Fatwa!"
2017 The Fake News with Ted Nelms Glen Burke Episode #1.1
2017–2019 GLOW Keith Bang 17 episodes
2018, 2019 Superstore Pastor Craig 2 episodes
2019–present South Side Officer Goodnight 20 episodes; also executive producer
2019 Black-ish Harold Episode: "Mad and Boujee"
2019–2020 Single Parents Ron 3 episodes
2019–present Sherman's Showcase Sherman McDaniels 10 episodes; also executive producer
2020 American Dad! Officer / Pawn Shop Owner 2 episodes
2022 The Dropout Brendan Morris Episode #1.1

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2011 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Series (shared with the others) Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Nominated
2012 64th Writers Guild of America Awards Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series (shared with the others) Nominated
2017 69th Writers Guild of America Awards Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series (shared with the others) Maya & Marty Nominated
2018 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (shared with the others) GLOW Nominated


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  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 22, 2016). "'Brothers in Atlanta' Comedy Series Not Going Forward at HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
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  6. ^ "Bashir Salahuddin to Star in Hulu Pilot 'Crushed'". The Hollywood Reporter. March 3, 2016. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "Lionsgate Pulls Hulu Pilot 'Crushed' From North Carolina After Anti-Gay Bill". The Hollywood Reporter. April 6, 2016. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  8. ^ Adams, Erik (June 22, 2017). "GLOW almost sells pro wrestling better than the real (fake) thing". TV Club. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  9. ^ Bradley, Laura (July 24, 2019). "Comedy Central's South Side Is a Raucous Summer Must-Watch". Vanity Fair. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  10. ^ South Side (TV Series 2019– ) - IMDb, retrieved August 15, 2019
  11. ^ Nussbaum, Emily (August 12, 2019). ""Sherman's Showcase" Celebrates a Lost TV Genre". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
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  13. ^ Sherman's Showcase (TV Series 2019– ) - IMDb, retrieved August 15, 2019
  14. ^ "Top Gun 2 Is Rounding Out Its Cast". CINEMABLEND. August 22, 2018. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  15. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (June 4, 2019). "'BlackKklansman' Co-Writer Kevin Willmott Gets Underway Directing 'The 24th', Drama On 1917 Houston Riot And Aftermath". Deadline. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  16. ^ "Warner Bros TV Signs Overall Deal With 'South Side' and 'Sherman's Showcase' Creators -". mxdwn Television. September 12, 2020. Retrieved September 12, 2020.

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