Born: January 01, 1974 (age 40), Queens
Biography: Omar Metwally is an American actor. Metwally was born in Queens, New York to an Egyptian father and a Dutch mother, and moved with the family to Orange County, California at age three, where he was raised. Metwally gained a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley, and while... MORE
Biography: Omar Metwally is an American actor. Metwally was born in Queens, New York to an Egyptian father and a Dutch mother, and moved with the family to Orange County, California at age three, where he was raised. Metwally gained a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley, and while acting around the Bay area gained an Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco. Metwally's film roles include Gavin Hood's Rendition and Steven Spielberg's Munich, The City of Your Final Destination, released in 2010, and Amsterdam. He received the 2008 Chopard Trophy for his work in "Rendition," presented at the Cannes Film Festival. Metwally will also be seen in the forthcoming film "Miral" from director Julian Schnabel. Metwally moved to New York in January 2000 and began working there, appearing in 2005 as "Aram" in Beast on the Moon directed by Larry Moss, and receiving a 2004 Tony Award nomination for his work in Sixteen Wounded. He has worked with the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival, first as an actor and then as a director. He has also appeared at theaters around the country, including Steppenwolf, The Public, the Long Wharf, Berkeley Rep, and many others. LESS
From Julian Schnabel, Academy Award-nominated director of "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," "Before Night Falls" and "Basquiat" comes "Miral," the story of four women whose lives intertwine in the starkly human search for justice, hope and reconciliation amid a world overshadowed by conflict, rage and war. The story begins in war-torn Jerusalem in 1948 when Hind Husseini (Hiam Abbass, "The Visitor," "Amreeka") opens an orphanage for refugee children that quickly becomes home to 2000 orphans. One of the children is seventeen year old "Miral" (Frieda Pinto, "Slumdog Millionaire") who arrived at the orphanage 10 years earlier, following her mother's tragic death. On the cusp of the Intifada resistance, Miral is assigned to teach at a refugee camp where she falls for a fervent political activist, Hani (Omar Metwally, "Munich," "Rendition") and finds herself in a personal battle that mirrors the greater dilemma around her: to fight like those before her or follow Mama Hind's defiant belief that education will pave a road to peace.