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Bahar Soomekh


Bahar Soomekh (born on March 30, 1975) is an Iranian-American actress and environmental activist. She is best known for her roles in the films Crash and Saw III.






Early life
Bahar was born in Tehran, Iran, to a devout Persian Jewish family. She is the daughter of Manijeh and Hamid Soomekh, who owned a women’s high fashion company. She moved with her parents and sister, Saba Soomekh, to Los Angeles, California, United States in 1979. Bahar speaks fluent English, Persian, Spanish, and some Hebrew. She attended Sinai Akiba Academy and Beverly Hills High School, where she played the violin in the school orchestra. Bahar earned a B.A. in environmental studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1997. Bahar began working at a corporate job in sales while taking acting classes at night before quitting her job to pursue acting as a career.
In the beginning of her acting career, Bahar guest starred on several television programs, including JAG and 24. Bahar later appeared in a few films, including the Academy Award-winning movies Crash and Syriana. In 2006, Bahar was noted for portraying Davian’s Translator in Mission: Impossible III and for a leading role, as Dr. Lynn Denlon, in the horror film Saw III.






That same year, People’s magazine listed Soomekh as one of 100 most beautiful people in the world. In the next five years, she mostly worked in television, most notably as Margo on the television series Day Break from 2006-2007. Bahar also appeared in the pilots of two television shows, The Oaks (2008) and Lost and Found (2009), which were not picked up, and had guest roles in Ghost Whisperer, Miami Medical, and Castle.
Personal life
Bahar married Clayton Frech, a business manager, who converted to Judaism in order to marry her in 2001. The couple had a son named Ezra in 2005, who was born without his left knee and fibula, having a shortened left ulna, and only one functional finger on his left hand, requiring multiple extensive surgeries to treat. In 2009, they had a daughter.
The teaching of tikkun olam, to heal the world, guides Bahar’s life. She works on environmental and children’s causes.






Bahar also uses her name to be involved with organizations such as the Green Cross and Rainforest Action Network. With her husband, she launched the T.O. Productions to make movies about environmental and social issues.






Without a Trace (2002), JAG (2002), Naked Hotel (2003), JAG (2004), Intermission (2004), Crash (2004), A Lousy Ten Grand (2004), 24 (2005), Bones (2005), Syriana (2005), In Justice (2006) , Mission: Impossible III (2006), The Unit (2006), Day Break (2006), Saw III (2006),  Saw IV (2007), Saw V (2008), The Oaks (2008), Ghost Whisperer(2008), Saw VI (2009), Lost & Found (2009), Saw 3D (2010), Miami Medical (2010), Castle (2011), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2011), Parenthood (2012), Just like a Woman (2012).
Source: Wikipedia