Actor, Retired FDNY
Long before becoming widely known as "Dembe," a Sudanese Freedom Fighter and right hand man to Raymond Reddington on NBC's hit show The Blacklist, Hisham Tawfiq discovered his passion for the arts in his High School while performing the poem "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou.
Tawfiq then studied at the world renowned Negro Ensemble Theater Company which has brought forth such notable actors as Denzel Washington, Ossie Davis and Phylicia Rashad. He also studied with Susan Batson, whose known for coaching actors such as Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connelly.
Tawfiq says, "As an Actor, just like a human being, evolution and education is infinite." Throughout his career, Hisham, continues to call on his life experiences and training to inform his choices as an actor and artist. Be it as a Marine in Desert Storm, A Correction Office at Sing Sing Correctional Facility or as one of New York's Bravest FDNY firefighters.
"I enjoy portraying leaders, fathers and husband roles with heavy emotional currents flowing through the story and character. I also love work that has a spiritual tone." Evidence of this work ethic can be seen in his dramatic episodic work on FX "Lights Out", NBC Dramas Law & Order SVU & Criminal Intent.
Tawfiq also starred in a groundbreaking One Hour Drama "Gun Hill" as Capt. Sanford. Gun Hill stars Larenz Tate, Tawny Cypress and Aisha Hinds. He has also starred in episodes of 30 Rock and Nurse Jackie. He is incredibly proud to have co-star opposite Simone Missick in the feature film "Jinn," directed by Nijla Mumin.
Check out Hisham's full body of work at IMDb page.