Haaz Sleiman

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Haaz Sleiman
هاز سليمان
Born (1976-07-01) July 1, 1976 (age 45)
Alma materWayne State University
Years active2004–present

Haaz Sleiman (/ˈhɑːz ˈslmən/; Arabic: هاز سليمان; born July 1, 1976) is a Lebanese actor.[1] He most notably played the role of Tarek in the 2007 film The Visitor for which he was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male and the role of Jesus in the American TV mini-series Killing Jesus, in addition to a number of American TV series.

Early life

Sleiman was born in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and raised in Beirut, Lebanon.[2] He immigrated to the United States when he was twenty-one years old.[3]


In 2006, Sleiman portrayed an American soldier in Iraq on the NBC series ER and, that same year, had a recurring role as an Arab billionaire in the CBS series Company Town.[4][5] He portrayed the terrorist suspect Heydar in three 2007 episodes of the FOX series 24[5] and appeared on both NCIS and Veronica Mars in 2007.[4]

He co-starred as Tarek, an undocumented Syrian immigrant in the critically acclaimed 2007 independent film The Visitor, a drama directed by Tom McCarthy. The film was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award.[1][4] Sleiman also had small roles in the 2006 film American Dreamz and the 2007 film AmericanEast.[4][5]

Sleiman played nurse Mohammed "Mo-Mo" De La Cruz in the first season of the Showtime dark comedy series Nurse Jackie, which premiered in June 2009.[4][6][7][8][9]

In 2011, Sleiman played the role of Omar, a Palestinian activist, in the Channel 4 mini-series The Promise.

Sleiman also played the role of Kasim Tariq in the CW Network TV show Nikita; he appeared in two episodes.

Sleiman played Dr Rabia, a Syrian doctor in Channel 4's, The State.

In 2013, Sleiman started as the titular character in the short lived Off-Broadway musical Venice.[10]

Personal life

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Sleiman claimed that he is Muslim, Christian, and Jewish.[11] On August 22, 2017, he came out as gay via a Facebook video.[2][12]

Awards and nominations



Title Year Role Notes
The Ski Trip 2004 Tyson
American Dreamz 2006 Mujeheddin Captain
The Fourth Estate Short film
The Visitor 2007 Tarek Nominated — Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Nominated — Online Film & Television Association for Best Breakthrough Performance – Male
Futbaal: The Price of Dreams Ace
AmericanEast 2008 Slick Ali
Dorfman in Love 2011 Cookie
Highland Park 2012 Ali Rasheed Video on demand
Those People 2015 Tim
Ideal Photographer Short film
Offer and Compromise 2016 Scott
Love & Debt 2019 Scott
3022 2019 Thomas Dahan
Breaking Fast 2020 Mo
Eternals 2021 Ben


Title Year Role Notes
Company Town 2006 Abby Faisal Unsold television pilot
ER Hodgkins Episode: "The Gallant Hero and the Tragic Victor"
24 2007 Heydar 3 episodes (season 6)
NCIS Abdul Wahid Episode: "Grace Period"
Veronica Mars Nasir Ben-Hafald Episode: "Un-American Graffiti"
Nurse Jackie 2009 Mohammed "Mo-Mo" de la Cruz Main role (season 1; 12 episodes)
Nikita 2010, 2011 Kasim Tariq 2 episodes
The Promise 2011 Omar Habash Miniseries
CSI: Miami Marcel Largos Episode: "Mayday"
Ricochet Robert Savich Television film
Meet Jane Agent Joseph Omari Television film
Beauty & the Beast 2012 Detective Wolansky Episode: "All In"
Covert Affairs 2012, 2015 Khalid Ansari 3 episodes (season 3), 1 episode (season 5)
Blue Bloods 2013 Teri Damiri Episode: "Drawing Dead"
The Good Wife Zayeed Shaheed Episode: "Whack-a-Mole"
Person of Interest 2014 Omar Risha Episode: "Allegiance"
Reckless Tariq Al Zahrani Episode: "Fifty-One Percent"
Allegiance 2015 Scott Tolliver 2 episodes
Killing Jesus Jesus Television film
The Player 2015 Farid Episode: "Pilot"
Of Kings and Prophets 2016 Jonathan Main cast
The State 2017 Dr. Rabia Minisiries (3 episodes)
Tommy in La La Land 2018 Himself Documentary (3 episodes)
Jack Ryan Ali Recurring
Little America 2020 Rafiq Episode "The Son"

Video game

Title Year Role Notes
Assassin's Creed 2007 Malik al-Sayf voice
Assassin's Creed: Revelations 2011 Suleiman I voice
Diablo III 2012 Additional voices
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls 2014 Additional voices


  1. ^ a b Durling, Roger (May 1, 2008). "A Chat with Haaz Sleiman, Star of Tom McCarthy's The Visitor". Santa Barbara Independent. Independent.com. Archived from the original on September 8, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Nurse Jackie Star Haaz Sleiman Comes Out As Gay In New Facebook Video". instinctmagazine.com. Archived from the original on 2017-08-27. Retrieved 2017-08-26.
  3. ^ "Killing Jesus Star Haaz Sleiman Talks the Crucifixion and 11/11 ||". patheos.com. March 25, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Nurse Jackie Actor Bios: Haaz Sleiman". Sho.com. Archived from the original on February 2, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2009.
  5. ^ a b c "American East (2007) Cast Biographies: Haaz Sleiman". AmericanEastMovie.com (Internet Archive). Archived from the original on October 16, 2007. Retrieved October 16, 2007.
  6. ^ "Nurse Jackie: Official Site". Sho.com. Archived from the original on June 14, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2009.
  7. ^ Starr, Michael (June 30, 2008). "Nurse Edie: First Look at Sopranos Star's Dark, New Hospital Comedy". New York Post. NYPost.com. Retrieved March 8, 2009.
  8. ^ Juergens, Brian (December 23, 2008). "Meet the gays of The United States of Tara and Nurse Jackie". AfterElton.com. Retrieved March 8, 2009.
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael (December 22, 2009). "Exclusive: 'Nurse Jackie' Drops Mo-Mo!".
  10. ^ Brantley, Ben (2013-06-13). "'Venice,' by Eric Rosen and Matt Sax, Teems With Action". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  11. ^ "Killing Jesus' Haaz Sleiman: "Jesus Belongs to All of Us"". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  12. ^ "Haaz Sleiman". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-08-26.

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