Mena Massoud

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B: 1992 in Cairo, Egypt

Mena Massoud was born in Egypt but grew up in Markham, Ontario. He had enrolled in the University of Toronto to pursue a career in neuroscience in 2009, but a year later auditioned for Ryerson University’s theatre performance program. After he graduated from Ryerson, he landed bit parts in series like Combat Hospital and King while making money waiting tables at a popular Toronto restaurant. His break came when he landed a role on the mystery-drama television series Open Heart for ABC Spark. In 2018 he worked on Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan for Amazon Prime. He costars in Run This Town, the story of a fictional journalist chasing an explosive story about former Toronto mayor Rob Ford. He plays a Ford aide in the film, which had its world premiere at the South by Southwest festival in March. Being cast as the lead character in Aladdin, costarring Will Smith and Naomi Scott, is the biggest jump in his career. So far.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

What Happens Next (2011, Short)
Americanistan (2014, short)
Let’s Rap (2015)
Ordinary Days (2017)
Final Exam (2017, short)
Masters in Crime (2018, short)
Run This Town (2019)
Aladdin (2019)
Merging with the Infinite (2019, short)
Strange But True (2019)

TV Series – Cast:
The 99 (2011)
Open Heart (2015)
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (2018)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Nikita (2011)
Poser (2011)
Combat Hospital (2011)
King (2012)
Cut to the Chase (2012)
Saving Hope (2017)
Reprisal (2019)

Poster for Aladdin, movie,