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Jihad Elias "Jay" Harik (born May 17, 1960; age 60) received a co-star credit for portraying an "Arabic Man" during Season 4 of 24. He only appears for a few blurry frames, however, and he is not featured in any of the season's deleted scenes.

Biography and career Edit

Jay Harik was born in Beirut, Lebanon, as Jihad Elias Harik. In 1975, with just 16 years, Harik moved to the United States escaping from the rising violence from the Civil War. After settling down in the US, Harik was accepted to Kalamazoo College after just two years of high school. After starting studies in Sculpture and Physics, he transferred to the University of Wisconsin where he earned a Bachelor and Master degree, both in Architecture.

In 1985, Harik moved to Chicago to work for SOM, a renowned architectural firm. However, he started pursuing a career in comedy and entertainment doing improv shows in the local scene. He trained at the Second City Training Center, Steven Ivich Studio, The Actor Center, and others. With time, he gave up his architectural practice to focus completely in his acting career, and moved to Hollywood, California.

Through his career, Harik has appeared in TV shows like Silk Stalkings, Nash Bridges (with Tamlyn Tomita), Alias, E-Ring (with Benjamin Bratt, Dennis Hopper, Maz Jobrani, and James MacDonald), The Unit (with Dennis Haysbert, Max Martini, Michael Irby, and Kavita Patil), and Modern Family. He also starred in an episode of Kiefer Sutherland's show Touch, which was directed by Milan Cheylov. The episode also featured Ron Yuan.

Role on 24 Edit

Harik appeared in one episode of Season 4 of 24. He was credited for portraying an "Arabic Man" during a scene where he was chatting with other supporters of terrorist Habib Marwan. However, he is only visible for a brief moment, unfocused and blurred, in the background. It is unclear why he received a co-star credit despite not having any lines or significant role, but it possible that a larger role had been scripted for him during an earlier production phase, and the on-screen credit was simply forgotten.

24 credits Edit

Selected filmography Edit

  • Last Stop (2016)
  • Mommy's Little Monster (2012)
  • The Last Stop (2009)
  • Death and Taxis (2007)
  • Little Athens (2005)
  • The Real Deal (2002)
  • The Black Rose (2000)
  • Fiona's Fortune (1998)

Television appearances

  • Colony (2017)
  • New Girl (2014)
  • Touch (2012)
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (2011)
  • The Unit (2008)
  • The Young and the Restless (2006)
  • ER (2005)
  • JAG (2002)
  • Nash Bridges (1998, 2000)
  • Silk Stalkings (1998)
  • Missing Persons (1993)

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