Haaz Sleiman

Supporting actor, 'The Visitor'

Sleiman brings humor and heart to his role as a Syrian drummer detained for illegally entering the U.S. in “The Visitor.” A lot of it has to do with the similarities between the Lebanon native’s own life and that of his character — both grew up in Michigan and pursued arts in New York City. Sleiman landed the part of Tarek Khalil in the Thomas McCarthy film after several short stints on TV shows, including an episode of “ER” and a three-episode arc in “24.”

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    Sundance Film Review: 'Tyrel'

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  • Colette

    Sundance Film Review: 'Colette'

    Sleiman brings humor and heart to his role as a Syrian drummer detained for illegally entering the U.S. in “The Visitor.” A lot of it has to do with the similarities between the Lebanon native’s own life and that of his character — both grew up in Michigan and pursued arts in New York City. […]

  • PGA Awards: 'Shape of Water' Wins

    Producers Boost 'Shape of Water' Ahead of SAG Awards, Oscar Nominations

    Sleiman brings humor and heart to his role as a Syrian drummer detained for illegally entering the U.S. in “The Visitor.” A lot of it has to do with the similarities between the Lebanon native’s own life and that of his character — both grew up in Michigan and pursued arts in New York City. […]

  • 'Mandy' Review: Sundance Film Festival

    Sundance Film Review: 'Mandy'

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  • Leave No Trace

    Sundance Film Review: 'Leave No Trace'

    Sleiman brings humor and heart to his role as a Syrian drummer detained for illegally entering the U.S. in “The Visitor.” A lot of it has to do with the similarities between the Lebanon native’s own life and that of his character — both grew up in Michigan and pursued arts in New York City. […]

  • Bisbee '17

    Sundance Film Review: ‘Bisbee ‘17’

    Sleiman brings humor and heart to his role as a Syrian drummer detained for illegally entering the U.S. in “The Visitor.” A lot of it has to do with the similarities between the Lebanon native’s own life and that of his character — both grew up in Michigan and pursued arts in New York City. […]

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