Kamal Rowshan ’91 - Alumni Achievement in the Arts - Theatre
From Sarah Leonhardt on September 25th, 2018
Kamal Rowshan ’91
Alumni Achievement in the Arts - Theatre
Kamal Rowshan, an Iranian American from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, came to Muhlenberg to play soccer, be close to his mother and follow in his father’s footsteps as a doctor. However, a sports injury led him to his future in the theatre. Professor Charles Richter, head of the theatre department, was the force demanding excellence and developing the confidence, technical skills and determination to take on the challenging and competitive field that took him to New York City and Los Angeles.
Pre-med student turned theatre major Rowshan, a.k.a. Anthony Azizi, has been on Broadway and in Hollywood since graduating from Muhlenberg in 1991. He played a leading role in the Tony Award winning play Oslo, cast as the tightly wound PLO finance minister Ahmed Qurie. Playing a lead character in Oslo was a defining point in Rowshan’s career.
Rowshan paid his dues as a stage actor in New York City, moved on to film and television in Los Angeles and was cast with some of the best actors in the business and worked for some of the most talented directors in his profession. “We talk about it at Muhlenberg in the theatre department and also in the College about creating responsible citizens in a free society,” says Richter. “As an artist, as an activist, as a human being and on many levels, he has turned into the kind of artist we really want to create.”
Rowshan has appeared in countless TV programs, including his costarring role in the ABC series Commander In Chief with Geena Davis and Donald Sutherland where he played presidential aide Vince Taylor. He also has had roles in the Netflix series Sons of Anarchy, the Fox series 24 and Showtime’s
Homeland. He has appeared in films such as the Eagle Eye, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and McHale’s
Rowshan lives in LA now and awaits calls from his agent in what he calls “a wacky business.”