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Hisham Tawfiq is an American actor playing Dembe Zuma, part of the security detail for Raymond Reddington in NBC's The Blacklist.

Early LifeEdit

Born in New York, Hisham discovered his love of the arts while performing the poem "I Know Why The Caged Byrd Sings" by Laureate Maya Angelou, in high school. Hisham studied at the Negro Ensemble Theater Company, known for educating actors such as Denzel Washington and Ossie Davis. He also studied with coach Susan Batson.

Prior to pursuing a full acting career, Tawfiq has served as a Marine deployed during Desert Storm from 1990 to 1995. From 1994 to 1996, Tawfiq worked as a corrections officer in the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York. He also served as a New York firefighter.

CareerEdit

Tawfiq performed with The Arkansas Rep. in "Intimate Powers" and played Walter Lee in the production "A Raisin in the Sun," which Tawfiq has said to be his dream role.

Tawfiq starred in the BET movie "Gun Hill" as Capt. Sanford, commander of a counter-crime task force. On television, Tawfiq has appeared in Lights Out, Law & Order spin-offs Special Victims Unit and Criminal Intent, Kings, Golden Boy, 30 Rock and the 2013 NBC remake of Ironside.

Tawfiq currently plays the role of Dembe in NBC's The Blacklist.


The Blacklist Cast and Crew (Season 2)
Main Cast: · James Spader · Megan Boone · Diego Klattenhoff · Harry Lennix · Ryan Eggold · Amir Arison ·
 · Mozhan Marnò  ·
Recurring Cast: · Hisham Tawfiq · Peter Stormare · Mary-Louise Parker ·
Writers: · Jon Bokenkamp · John Eisendrath · Kristen Reidel · Amanda Kate Shuman · Daniel Knauf · Lukas Reiter ·
 · J. R. Orci · Mike Ostrowski · Jim Campolongo · Adam Sussman · Jonathan Shapiro · Vincent Angell ·
 · Brandon Sonnier · Brandon Margolis ·
Directors: · Michael Watkins · Paul Edwards · Karen Gaviola · Steven A. Adelson · David Platt · Joe Carnahan ·
 · Andrew McCarthy ·
Executive Producers: Jon Bokenkamp · John Eisendrath · John Davis · John Fox · Michael Watkins



The Blacklist Cast and Crew (Season 1)
Main Cast: · James Spader · Megan Boone · Diego Klattenhoff · Harry Lennix · Parminder Nagra · Ryan Eggold ·
Recurring Cast: Deborah S Craig · Hisham Tawfiq · Charles Baker · Amir Arison · Rachel Brosnahan · Alan Alda ·
Writers: · Jon Bokenkamp · Lukas Reiter · Patrick Massett & John Zinman · John C. Kelley · Wendy West ·
 · J. R. Orci · Amanda Kate Shuman · Joe Carnahan & Jason George · Brandon Margolis & Brandon Sonnier ·
 · Anthony Sparks · Jim Campolongo · Jonathan Shapiro · John Eisendrath · Daniel Voll · Elizabeth Benjamin ·
 · Richard D'Ovidio ·
Directors: · Joe Carnahan · Jace Alexander · Michael Watkins · Vince Misiano · Nick Gomez · Adam Arkin ·
 · Steven Surjik · Dan Lerner · Michael Zinberg · Peter Werner · Randy Zisk · Steven A. Adelson · Paul Edwards ·
 · Karen Gaviola ·
Executive Producers: Jon Bokenkamp · John Eisendrath · John Davis · John Fox

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