Pej Vahdat
Pejman Vahdat

EducationSan Diego State University
Years active2004–present

Pejman "Pej" Vahdat (/ˈpɛ vəˈdɑːt/ PEJ və-DAHT)[1] is an American actor known for his role of Arastoo Vaziri in Bones from 2009 to 2017. In 2022, Vahdat was cast as Dex Dexter for the fifth season of the CW reboot series Dynasty.


Before his acting career he attended San Diego State University, where he was a member of the San Diego State Aztecs men's tennis team.[2] He also played Kash during the first season of the Showtime series Shameless.

In 2018, he appeared in the Farmers Insurance Group commercial "Parking Splat."



Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Butcher Chip
2008 A Separate Tribe Stranger Short film
2008 Juan Frances: Live Amir
2010 Groupie Clerk
2013 Blood Shot Ruhmeo
2014 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night DJ Porno
2018 Hope Springs Eternal Mr Garner
2019 The Day Shall Come Nura


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2004 Finding the Endzone Bobby TV short
2005 Sleeper Cell David Episode: "Al-Faitha"
2005–2009 General Hospital Kia / Dr. Dylan Litz 2 episodes
2006 Arrested Development Iraqi Guard Episode: "Exit Strategy"
2006 Windfall Cop / Tony Larma Episode: "Priceless"
2006 NCIS Dead Motorcyclist Balash Sassnio Episode: "Shalom"
2006 Everybody Hates Chris Dr. with Leg Episode: "Everybody Hates Kris"
2006–2007 Mind of Mencia Henchman / Ravi 3 episodes
2007 House Hamid Episode: "Airborne"
2008 Valentine Sameer Patel Episode: "Daddy's Home"
2008 The Unit Zafar Khalid Episode: "Inquisition"
2008 Caught in the Action Ahmad TV film
2009 Lie to Me Jason Kashani Episode: "Life Is Priceless"
2009–2017 Bones Arastoo Vaziri Recurring role, 31 episodes [3]
2010 Hawthorne Salim Amara Episode: "Final Curtain"
2011 NCIS: Los Angeles Rameesh Nayam-Singh Episode: "Tin Soldiers"
2011 Grey's Anatomy Tarik Amin Episode: "This Is How We Do It"
2011–2012 Shameless Kash 8 episodes [4]
2012 Harry's Law Alden Mills Episode: "And the Band Played On"
2012 Single Ladies Kaseem Episode: "Finally"
2013 Hot in Cleveland Ravi Episode: "Cleveland Indians"
2014 The Mysteries of Laura Kasib Al Wazir Episode: "The Mystery of the Dysfunctional Dynasty"
2014 Dallas Nasir Ali 3 episodes
2015 Perception Vice Consul Rashid Prasad Episode: "Mirror"
2016 Sneaky Pete Raj Kumar Mukherjee 5 episodes [5]
2017 Lucifer Josh Hamid Episode: "They're Back, Aren't They?"
2017 The Good Doctor Dr. Avi Mehta Episode: "Intangibles"
2017–2018 Arrow Sam Armand 4 episodes
2018–2020 Empire Kelly Patel 13 episodes [6]
2018 NCIS Nigel Hakim 2 episodes
2018 Elementary Tim Darsha Episode: “You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby”
2022 Dynasty Dex Dexter Recurring role [7]


  1. ^ "EP 42: Pej Vahdat AKA "How to Pretend to be your Own Agent"". Let's Talk About Me, Baby with Utkarsh Ambudkar. January 11, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "Disgraced". Philadelphia Theatre Company. Retrieved 2022-06-23.
  3. ^ Lange, Ariane (February 22, 2017). "What It's Like To Play A Muslim On Network TV". BuzzFeed. Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  4. ^ Lang, Brent (April 10, 2021). "Shameless Finale: 11 Essential Episodes as the Gallaghers Bid Farewell". Variety. Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (August 2, 2016). "Sneaky Pete Casts Karolina Wydra & Pej Vahdat in Recurring Roles". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  6. ^ "Who Is Empire Owner Millionaire Kelly Patel on Empire?"
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (January 28, 2022). "SNL's Alex Moffat Joins Apple's Bad Monkey, CW's Dynasty Casts Pej Vahdat". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 30, 2022.

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