Donnie Keshawarz portrayed the role of Essam Tasir.
- Grew up in Arkansas, USA
- Has 2 sisters
- Is half Afghan and half Lithuanian.
- Liked the musical artists Rush, Yes, and Prince as a child
- Aspired to play soccer professionally as a child, and played competitively until he was 18.
- Spent his undergraduate years at Arkansas State and Rutgers University where he graduated with a BFA.
- Received his Masters Degree of Fine Arts from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1998.
- Has studied privately with the great Herbert Berghoff at the HB Studios in New York.
- Appeared in the Broadway show, Taboo, where he was the standby for Philip Sallon and Leigh Bowery.
- His first television acting role was as Gary Rady in As The World Turns in 1998.
- Also guest starred in six episodes in the second season of 24 in 2003.
- Earned a recurring role in the hit tv series,The Sopranos slated to air in March 2006.
- Currently starring in Tarzan on Broadway.