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Donnie Keshawarz
Donnie Keshawarz Portrait
Character(s) Essam Tasir
Date of Birth July 30, 1969 (age 50)
Origin Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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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.
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