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David Dastmalchian


David Dastmalchian is a famous film, television, and stage actor from the United States. David Dastmalchian is known for playing supporting roles in several superhero franchises: he portrayed Thomas Schiff in “The Dark Knight” (2008), Kurt and Veb in the Ant-Man franchise, Abra Kadabra in the CW’s “The Flash,” and Polka-Dot Man in “The Suicide Squad| (2021).

Early Life

David Dastmalchian, a 48-year-old American actor was born on the 21st of July 1975. He was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the United States, and holds American nationality. His birth sign is Cancer and his full name is David Haas Dastmalchian. He belongs to a mixed ethnicity of Italian, Iranian, Irish, English, and French descent.

Caption: David Dastmalchian’s childhood photo with his parents and siblings (Source: Instagram)

The names of his parents are Hossein M. Dastmalchian and Pamela Lynn “Pam” (Erie). By profession, his father was an Iranian-American engineer who worked at the engineering firm Black & Veatch. He was raised with his two sisters and a brother. One of his elder sisters’ names is Holly Dowling who is a Global Speaker. David built an interest in acting since his childhood days. Moreover, his parents divorced when he was still young.


He went to Shawnee Mission South High School and graduated in 1994. Moreover, he went to study at The Theatre School at DePaul University and graduated in 1999.

Professional Career

David Dastmalchian started his professional journey back in the mid-2000s in Chicago, working on stage and in commercials. He has gained critical acclaim for his appearances in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie and Sam Shepard’s Buried Child at Chicago’s Shattered Globe Theatre. Moreover, he worked with a variety of Chicago theater groups and was an artistic associate at Caffeine Theatre.

Acting Career

He made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s 2008 film “The Dark Knight” as the Joker’s deranged henchman, Thomas Schiff. That same year, he made his television debut, appearing in an episode of the TV series “ER.”

Caption: David Dastmalchian as Thomas Schiff in the 2008 film, The Dark Knight (Source: Entertainment Weekly)

Between 2009-2013, he appeared in movies such as “Horsemen,” “Saving Lincoln,” and “The Employer.” For playing the role of Bob Taylor in Denis Villeneuve’s film “Prisoners” he received strong reviews.

He contributed as a writer and producer as well as starred in the 2014 film “Animals” directed by Collin Schiffli. His other film appearances include starring roles in the psychological thriller “The Employer,” the indie grindhouse hit “Sushi Girl” (2012), the drama “Girls Will Be Girls” (2012), “Ant-Man” (2015), and Michel Franco’s “Chronic” (2015).

From 2012-2015, he made minor appearances in TV series such as “The League,” “Ray Donovan,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Almost Human,” “Intruders,” and “CSI: Cyber.” He played the role of DC Comics villain Abra Kadabra in seasons 3 and 7 of the TV series “The Flash.”

Recent Works

In 2017, he played the role of Dwight Pollard in the second season of the TV series “Gotham.” The same year, he appeared in  the movie “Blade Runner 2049.” He reprised the role of Kurt in the Ant-Man sequel “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018).  Later, he appeared as Polka-Dot Man in the 2021 film “The Suicide Squad.” He portrayed Piter De Vries in the film “Dune” (2021).

In 2023, he appeared in the horror movies “Late Night with the Devil,” “The Boogeyman,” and “The Last Voyage of the Demeter.” In 2023, he played a minor role as William L. Borden in Christopher Nolan’s biographical epic “Oppenheimer.”

Moreover, he is also a comic book writer. His horror comic book ‘Count Crowley,’ was published by Dark Horse Comics, in 2019. He is currently working on the upcoming film projects “The Life of Chuck” and “Dust Bunny.”

Net Worth

As per the online report, his net worth is estimated at around $3 million while his annual earning is estimated at around $150,000. Moreover, he has earned this huge sum of money through his hard and dedicated acting profession.

Relationship Status

David Dastmalchian happily married his longtime girlfriend Evelyn Leigh. On the 23rd of August 2013, the couple married after dating for some years. With the marriage, the couple is blessed with two children named Arlo, and Pennie. Moreover, the family is living happily in Los Angeles.

Caption: David Dastmalchian’s family photo (Source: Instagram)

There are no rumours or issues around his private or professional life. Similarly, he is a determined and renowned personality who tries to make an impression in the showbiz business.

Body Measurement

Caption: David Dastmalchian posing for a photo (Source: Facebook)

This handsome actor stands 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs around 78 kg. Moreover, he has a pair of brown eyes with dark brown hair colour, and has a fit body.

Social Media

This American actor is active on Facebook and Instagram. On his Instagram page ‘@dastmalchian’ there are over 247K followers. Likewise, there are over 9.7K followers on his official Facebook page.