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Iqbal Theba

Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Iqbal Theba came to the US as a college Freshman at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. While in college in Oklahoma, Iqbal studied Civil Engineering and eventually obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering Management. After realizing his true passion was acting, Iqbal returned to the University of Oklahoma study Acting. Thoroughly enjoying his time in Oklahoma (he is a true Sooner Football fan), after leaving college Iqbal decided to move to New York City to pursue his love of acting. After struggling in New York for over two years, Iqbal decided to make the move to Los Angeles in hopes of more acting work. Broke and not knowing anyone in Los Angeles, Iqbal stayed with friends in San Bernardino until he could save up enough money to finally move full-time to Los Angeles.Once in Los Angeles, things started to turn around for Iqbal. He soon found a niche acting in television commercials. His first big commercial was for the Wherehouse Music Chain - where he sang the Chris Isaak song Wicked Game. This was followed by commercials for MacDonalds, Burger King, Subway, AT&T, Sprint, American Express, Capital One, Holiday Inn, Kelloggs Cereal, Tostitos, Got Milk and many others. Iqbal was the first South Asian to have appeared in dozens of mainstream national commercials in the 90's. It was through these television commercials that he was able to get his SAG Card, which opened the door to more mainstream Television and Film opportunities.Iqbal's big Television break came after booking a role on the NBC pilot Death and Taxes (his second job in Los Angeles as an actor). Although the pilot wasn't picked up, this led to numerous co-starring and guest-starring roles in Television and Film (including working on TV in shows such as L.A. Law, Living Single, Mad About You and Seinfeld). Over the next 10 years, Iqbal continued to hone his craft and work on more television shows such guest starring on television shows such as Ellen, Caroline in the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends, King of the Hill, The West Wing, Judging Amy, Alias, Arrested Development, and Weeds (to name a few) as well as recurring roles on The George Carlin Show, Sister, Sister, Rosanne, Married With Children, Family Matters, ER, JAG and Life With Bonnie. Some of Iqbal's film work includes Indecent Proposal, Driven, Basketball, Dancing At the Blue Iguana, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Playing For Keeps.After successfully establishing himself as one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood, Iqbal's big break came from his being cast as Principle Figgins in the hugely successful FOX television series Glee. Although originally written for a Caucasian, Iqbal won the role and has in the process brought his own unique perspective to the character. As the beleaguered Principle of William McKinley High School, Principle Figgins tries to walk the tightrope between being fair with teacher Will Schuster (Matthew Morrison) while being constantly blackmailed and harassed by Coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch). In addition to Glee, Iqbal is also simultaneously starring on the NBC series Community playing Danny's Dad on the series.2010 has proven to be a busy and successful year for Iqbal. He started the year off by winning a Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) Awards for his work on Glee, continues filming new episodes of Glee and Community and is looking at several Feature Film offers. In addition to his acting career Iqbal enjoys spending time with his wife Humera and their two children aged 7 and 4 and traveling. His favorite writer is Anton Chekov, favorite movie is 2001 A Space Odyssey and works with his favorite charity Edhi Foundation.

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Dec 20, 1963 In Karachi, Pakistan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series L.A. Law 1986-09-15
Latest Project:
Series The Glee Project 2011-06-01

1 win & 2 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Glee
The Glee Project Unknown 2011-06-01
Glee Principal Figgins / ... 58 episodes, 2009-2015 2009-05-19
Community Unknown 2009-09-17
Celebrity Ghost Stories Unknown 2008-10-25
Childrens Hospital Unknown 2008-12-08
Chuck Unknown 2007-09-24
Weeds Unknown 2005-08-07
Hell's Kitchen Unknown 2005-05-30
The War at Home Unknown 2005-09-11
Kitchen Confidential Unknown 2005-09-19
Two and a Half Men Unknown 2003-09-22
Nip/Tuck Unknown 2003-07-22
Las Vegas Unknown 2003-09-22
Arrested Development Unknown 2003-11-02
Joan of Arcadia Unknown 2003-09-25
NCIS Unknown 2003-09-23
American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
The Division Unknown 2001-01-07
The Agency Unknown 2001-09-20
Alias Unknown 2001-09-30
Girlfriends Unknown 2000-09-11
Yes, Dear Unknown 2000-10-02
Judging Amy Unknown 1999-09-19
The West Wing Unknown 1999-09-22
The Hughleys Unknown 1998-09-22
Martial Law Unknown 1998-09-26
King of the Hill Unknown 1997-01-12
Malcolm & Eddie Unknown 1996-08-26
Everybody Loves Raymond Unknown 1996-09-13
Space: Above and Beyond Unknown 1995-09-24
Caroline in the City Unknown 1995-09-21
JAG Unknown 1995-09-23
The George Carlin Show Unknown 1994-01-16
Ellen Unknown 1994-03-29
Friends Unknown 1994-09-22
ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Sister, Sister Unknown 1994-04-01
Mad About You Unknown 1992-09-23
Dream On Unknown 1990-07-08
Seinfeld Unknown 1989-07-05
Family Matters Unknown 1989-09-22
Roseanne Unknown 1988-10-18
Married... with Children Unknown 1987-04-05
L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15