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Assaf just finished playing Dr. Manu Billawala in CBS's new Medical Drama pilot THE DOCTOR, starring Christine Lahti. On the comedic side, Assaf appeared along Reno 911's Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant as Radio Man Rusty O'Brien in HBO's Funny or Die Presents. See video below:
In May, Assaf will be seen opposite Forest Whitaker in a Guest Starring role as a young husband and soon-to-be father on the CBS's CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR. Exact air date is TBD. In the features department, Assaf's indie feature PEACE AFTER MARRIAGE, shot in NYC, will be appearing in various festivals.
Assaf recurred in the previous season of WEEDS, performing opposite Mary-Louise Parker, Richard Dreyfuss and Justin Kirk. Click over to DEMO REELS to see the new reel. Recently, Assaf Guest Starred as a murder suspect on CSI: MIAMI and on FOX's "24" where he was, once again, killed by Jack Bauer!
This past season, Assaf recurred on NBC's HEROES as Peter's paramedic partner Hesam and in December, Assaf Guest Starred on NCIS: Los Angeles as a wounded US Marine. Last year, Assaf filmed his first series regular role on the USA pilot OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS. Here's the announcement of Assaf's involvement in the project in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Fellow cast members included Christine Lahti, Emily Rose, and Twilight's Edi Gathegi, among others.
In film, Assaf was recently seen the box office smashing FAST AND FURIOUS and will be next seen in the Vampire Comedy/Thriller BLOOD SHOT. Previously, Assaf's West Bank Story won the Academy Award for Best Short Film and he appeared in genre indie features BULLETFACE and THE GIRL FROM THE NAKED EYE.
Some of Assaf's additional TV appearances include: Pakistani spy 'Waseem' on the hit USA series BURN NOTICE, RENO 911!, GHOST WHISPERER, KNIGHT RIDER (watch a brief clip of Assaf from Knight Rider) and THE EX LIST. Previous Guest Star spots include MONK, NCIS, NUMB3RS, 24 (seasons 4 and 8), SLEEPER CELL, MONK and as the lovable yet misunderstood 'Yair Marx' on ENTOURAGE. Yair last appeared in the Season 4 finale episode, The Cannes Kids. Click below to watch Assaf in a compilation of scenes from the episode The Prince's Bride and the Season 4 finale. To watch more video, click on the Demo Reels link to the left.
Assaf was also seen on the comedy series THE 1/2 HOUR NEWS HOUR in a segment called 'Salman Rushdie Knighted.' The episode aired July 29th at 10:30 pm on Fox News Channel.
Assaf can be seen as Attorney Rafi Fetwa in Jerry Zucker's comedy webisode series SANDS OF PASSION. Stay posted details about the upcoming second season. Assaf can also be seen as a victimized motorist in David Breckman's comedic short PIC SIX.
In the upcoming Horror/Thriller feature BULLETFACE, Assaf portrays a vulnerable pimp. The film stars Steven Bauer and is directed by Albert Pyun. Assaf will then be seen as Miles in the action/thriller feature THE GIRL FROM THE NAKED EYE.
Assaf will be seen in the comedic sketch "Registration Sticker" on Fuel TV's upcoming show STUPID FACE. More info to come.
Assaf's short film WEST BANK STORY won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film!! To experience the film, you can watch the first 4 minutes for free, purchase a DVD of the film or download from itunes the entire 22-minute for $1.99. You can also watch a brief clip from the Oscars of the announcement that the film won and also a clip in which the director, Ari Sandel, extends his thanks and mentions Assaf! Ari's a classy guy...SLEEPER CELL. The episode, titled "Salesman," is available On-Demand to cable subscribers. Watch a brief clip of Assaf from Sleeper Cell Now!
Assaf recently shot independent films NIGHT OF THE TEMPLAR, A PERFECT DAY and EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, which was selected as "Best Film" at the NBC Comedy Short Cuts Festival. To see the film, click here. Don't miss the hysterical out-takes during the end credits.
See Assaf on DVD! You can rent, buy or download Assaf on the following DVD's: FLIGHTPLAN, Season 4 of "24", Season 2 of SLEEPER CELL, Season 2 of NUMB3RS, Season 4 of MONK, the 2nd episode of OVER THERE and in the indie-hit WEST BANK STORY.