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Jay Abdo

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Native name  جهاد عبدو
Years active  1986–present
Full Name  Jihad Abdo
Name  Jay Abdo

Residence  Los Angeles, US
Role  Actor
Occupation  Actor
Spouse  Fadia Afashe (m. 2006)
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Born  October 21, 1962 (age 53) (1962-10-21) Damascus, Syria
Education  Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts
Movies  Queen of the Desert, Valley of the Wolves: Iraq, We've Got Balls, Documenters
Similar People  Sawsan Arsheed, Wafaa El Mowisly, Ghassan Massoud, Salma Al‑Masri, Bassel Khayyat

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Jay Abdo (Arabic: جهاد عبدو‎‎; born Jihad Abdo or Jihad Abdou; October 21, 1962) is a Syrian actor. He has been acting since 1988, and most recently starred in Queen of the Desert and A Hologram for the King.


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Early life

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Abdo was born in Damascus. He traveled to Cluj-Napoca, Romania to study civil engineering, and began acting there. After his success on the stage, he returned to Damascus to study acting at the Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts. After graduating in 1991, he became well known in the Arab world and has starred in a number of films and television shows.

Move to America

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In 2011, during a trip to Beirut where he spoke to a reporter from the Los Angeles Times, Abdo spoke out against the Assad government and how they were "responsible for killings within their borders". After returning to Syria, Abdo received a number of threats and was generally intimidated, and was criticized for his lack of patriotism. Following this, he moved to the United States in October 2011 to escape persecution. He joined his wife in Minnesota, where she was studying as a Humphrey fellow at the Fulbright Program. The couple later moved to Los Angeles so he could start acting again. After working several odd jobs, including delivering pizzas for Domino's Pizza, he landed several major roles, including Queen of the Desert and A Hologram for the King.


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  • 2016 A Hologram for the King
  • 2014 Queen of the Desert
  • 2014 Documenters (Short) (completed) — Soldier
  • 2013 Father's Revenge (Short) — Father
  • 2013 We've Got Balls — Butler
  • 2012 Farouk Omar (TV Series) — The Emporio Messenger
  • 2011 The Adventures of Delilah and Al Zeibaq (TV Series) — Al Sukary
  • 2010 Baed Al Sokoot (TV Movie) — Najy (as Jihad Abdou)
  • 2008–2010 Bab Al-Hara (TV Series) — Riyad
  • 2010 Sabaya (TV Series) — Osama
  • 2008 Zahret Al Nerjis (TV Series) — Raeed
  • 2006 Valley of the Wolves: Iraq — Kurdish leader (as Jihad Abdou)
  • 2001 Salah al-Din
  • References

    Jay Abdo Wikipedia