Mini Bio (1)
Shaz during his training years at the venerable Actors Studio MFA Program was compared to a young Sean Penn. An ambitious comparison but there was no denying even during those formative years he was always pushing the envelope, taking bold risks and paving the way for this young man to be one of the most exciting actors of this generation. His ethnically ambiguous look has had him cast in a wide range of ethnic roles where he is able to showcase an emotional capacity beyond his years.
He was born Shazli Hafeez Khan in Oxnard, CA but moved to Pakistan when he was 4 years old. Stayed in his native country with his family till middle school before moving back to the Philadelphia suburbs with his parents and brothers. He ended up attending Penn State University where he majored in Finance while taking a small bite in film which was to come back with a fury. Securing a job with a Fortune 500 bank before graduation he worked in banking for a little while but was constantly seeking creativity outside of his work. In those years he would attend casting calls and through just his raw energy was able to secure roles in local plays and films which ignited an inner search that made him realize that Acting at that moment would be his path. He tendered his resignation and moved to NYC to pursue acting with a suitcase and a tin can of foresight. He trained and worked in the city for years working on independent movies and plays and graduated from the Actors Studio Drama School with a MFA in Acting.
Khan kept working all around the U.S on indie films and one winter went to Pakistan to visit his family only to randomly audition and win the lead role in the Pakistani feature film "MOOR." The film was shot on location in a village in Muslim Bagh close to the Afghanistan border as well as in the port city of Karachi. His performance was praised by most critics especially for morphing into the subtleties and characterization of a transplant Pathan. Moor went on to become the official Oscar submission from Pakistan for the 88th Academy Awards. It was a top 15 contender to win foreign language Oscar.
Shaz around this same time starting to express himself behind the camera as well. Spending a couple of years learning screen writing on his own as well producing his own films. His short film Say it Ain't So where he played a troubled boxer dealing a tragic loss was released on his fan page receiving over 1 million views within a month.
He gained further accolades in Pakistan by playing the critically acclaimed character of the crusading lawyer Daniyal Usman in the blockbuster Pakistani drama Yaqeen Ka Safar & will be starring as a F-16 Pilot in the upcoming Air Force Film Parwaaz Hai Junoon.
Represented in Los Angeles and continues to work both in Pakistan and the U.S.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mgmt