Haaz Sleiman (in Arabic ÙØ§Ø² Ø³ÙÙÙ Ø§Ù) is a Lebanese-American television and film actor. He most notably played the role of Tarek in the 2007 film The Visitor and the role of Jesus in the American TV mini-series Killing Jesus in addition to a number of American TV series.
Haaz Sleiman was born and raised in Lebanon. He moved to the United States when he was twenty-one years old, and he developed a love for acting in film, television and theater.
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". He portrayed the terrorist suspect Heydar in three 2007 episodes of the FOX series 24, and appeared on both NCIS and Veronica Mars in 2007.
He co-starred as Tarek, an undocumented Syrian immigrant in the critically acclaimed 2007 independent film The Visitor, a drama directed by Thomas McCarthy. The film was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award. Sleiman also had small roles in the 2006 film American Dreamz and the 2007 film AmericanEast.
Sleiman played gay nurse Mohammed "Mo-Mo" De La Cruz in the first season of the Showtime dark comedy series Nurse Jackie, which premiered in June 2009.
In 2011, Sleiman played the role of Omar, a Palestinian activist, in the Channel 4 mini-series The Promise.
Haaz also played the role of Kasim Tariq in the CW Network TV show Nikita, appearing in two episodes.
Awards and nominations
- Won 2nd place during the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards for "Best Ensemble Cast" for The Visitor
- Nominated for Best Supporting Actor during Independent Spirit Awards for role in The Visitor
- Nominated for Best Ensemble Cast for The Visitor during the Gotham Awards
- Haaz Sleiman at the Internet Movie Database