Haithem Badrani

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Haithem Badrani
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Born (1969-07-01) July 1, 1969 (age 55)
Basra, Iraq
Other names
  • Haithem Antonio Badrani
  • Haithem Albadran
  • Antonio Badrani
  • Antonio Albadran
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma mater
  • Elementary school: Al- Amin. Basra. Iraq
  • Middle school. Al-Shabab. Basra. Iraq
  • Technical school/ Electronics major. Basra Technology School
  • Grossmont College. San Diego. California
  • Stella Adler Art Of Acting Studio. Los Angeles. California
  • CE Shop Real Estate Online School
OrganizationObservation Production (Producer)
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
  • Jabar Albadran (father)
  • Shikria Albadran (mother)

Haithem Badrani (born July 1, 1969) is an Iraqi-American actor, producer, and screenwriter.[1] He has appeared in numerous movies and television series, such as ‘The Bridge,’ ‘From Scratch,’ ‘Breaking Tradition,’ ‘Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story,’ ‘SEAL Team’ (T.V. Series.), ‘Boomers’ (T.V. Series.), and ‘Diary of a Spy.’ He co-starred in the Academy Award-winning movie ‘Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.’[2]

Badrani has written three screenplays addressing societal issues, including ‘Barbed Fences,’ ‘S-Class,’ and ‘Canada.’[3]

Early life and education

Badrani was born and raised in Basra, Iraq. At age 5, he turned to American Westerns and T.V. series, finding inspiration in actors like John Wayne and Lee Majors from "The Six Million Dollar Man."

Badrani was running away from the Iraqi secret police because he was an activist in an uprising that the Iraqi Armed Forces eventually crushed, and the Iraqi authorities wanted him, so he had to run away or die by hanging. He headed to the border, knowing U.S. Armed forces were stationed there even after the ceasefire between Iraq and the U.S.

Badrani volunteered to hand himself to the U.S. Armed Forces as a refugee. Then, he was sent to a refugee camp in the Saudi Arabian desert and stayed there until he finally immigrated to the United States of America in August 1994.

Following Badrani's immigration to the United States, he obtained U.S. citizenship. He pursued his acting career and attended various studios in Nashville, Tennessee. 2010, he relocated to Los Angeles, enrolling in the Stella Adler Acting School in Hollywood. As a fluent Arabic speaker, he underwent accent reduction and dialect training at Los Angeles City College.


Badrani started his acting career in Nashville, debuting in 2002 as a waiter in "High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story." His breakthrough came in 2004 when he portrayed Prince Traiq in Dreamworks Pictures' "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story."[4]

Subsequently, Badrani continued establishing his presence in the industry, actively participating in various local independent films and accumulating a portfolio of over 30 productions.[5]

Among his noteworthy contributions are roles in productions such as ‘The Bridge,’ ‘From Scratch,’ ‘Breaking Tradition,’ ‘SEAL Team’ (T.V. Series.), ‘Boomers’ (T.V. Series.), and ‘Diary of a Spy.’ Notably, Badrani caught the attention of acclaimed director Ang Lee, leading to his appearance in the Academy Award-winning film "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" in 2015.[6]

As a screenwriter, Badrani has written three screenplays that address societal issues across the frameworks of war, societal stereotypes, and mistaken identity. In "Barbed Fences," a war drama based on a true story, he pays homage to the 32 thousand Iraqi victims who faced human rights violations during their refuge in Saudi Arabia. "S-Class" is an action, crime drama, and thriller that explores societal stereotypes against Muslims in America through the journey of an Iraqi actor aiming to showcase his heritage. Meanwhile, "Canada" is an action drama that unfolds a narrative where an Iraqi-American man is mistakenly identified as a foreign terrorist upon his arrival at Vancouver airport.[7]

Badrani is a licensed realtor in California, United States.


Year Title Credit
2003 High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story Waiter
2005 Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story Prince Traiq
2006 Wag On Habib
2006 Samaritan Taxi Driver
2007 The Captive Interrogator
2009 Prologue Amadeo
2011 Biladi Father
2012 No Bullet Soldier Mazen
2013 Painkiller Prisoner
2013 Alien Rising Yemen Leader
2014 Hog’s Tooth Abdullah
2014 The Initiation Akbar
2014 Daily Bread Mousa
2014 The Winter Room Wheeler
2015 Desert Bloom Nadeem
2015 Jane’s Baby Store Owner
2015 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Iraqi Father
2016 Madre Rokmud
2017 Life of Homer Cameraman
2018 Stones Mr. Wafik
2018 The Day That Mosque-Goer
2019 Shako Mako Butcher
2020 False Colors General Savas Demir
2020 SEAL Team ANP Captain
2022 Diary of a Spy Mousa
2022 From Scratch Amir
2023 The Bridge Ahmed Ahmadi
Breaking Tradition Mr. Abdul Khan
Target Jeremy Bedouin, Sniper


  • Barbed Fences
  • S-Class
  • Canada

In the media



  1. "Exclusive Rising Star: Get To Know Actor & Screenwriter Pro Haithem Antonio Badrani!". Celebz Treasure: Daily News from the Vine. 23 May 2022. Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  2. "Antonio Badrani - Age, Bio, Faces and Birthday". Idol Birthdays. Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  3. "Hollywood News: Actor and Screenwriter Haithem Antonio Badrani Confirms New Film Projects!". starztreasure.com. 23 May 2022. Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  4. "Haithem Badrani". FilmFreeway. Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  5. "Antonio Badrani". Filmweb (in polski). Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  6. "People from Basra - FamousFix.com list". FamousFix.com. Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  7. "antonio-badrani". themoviedb.org. Retrieved 16 November 2023.

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