Actor Emil Beheshti, now a resident of Manhattan Beach, California, has achieved success since his days at Russell Sage Junior High School and Forest Hills High School.
He pursues his passion on television, commercials, and films. Most recently, he appeared in the CBS prime time television show Battle Creek
and also landed a recurring role on Love That Girl
. In all, he has appeared in over 30 television shows, including Grey’s Anatomy
, CSI: Miami
, The King of Queens
and Will and Grace
. He also enjoyed working on the NBC pilot for Awake, which allowed him to portray a bad guy.
He's also made over 40 appearances in commercials, most recently shooting Mercedes and Nike commercials, which are slated to air this summer. His greatest experience with commercials was a campaign for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, which involved nearly 15 destinations in two years.
“It was also extra special since both of my daughters were born at the beginning and end of my working on that campaign.” said Beheshti.”I went to work one day as an expectant father, and twelve hours later, I became a dad.”
He has appeared in the films Big Momma’s House 2
, Puppy Love
, and Prom
. In 2017 he was cast in The Magnificent Seven
along with Denzel Washington, Vincent D’Onofrio, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke.
Every career poses challenges, and despite Beheshti’s success as an actor, landing opportunities can still be a challenge.
“I have worked quite a bit, but I am still unknown to many, so I don’t get to read for as many roles as I would like,” he said. “Sometimes it has it has to do with your agents or your resume, but often they cannot envision you as that character.”
Born in 1971, Beheshti was raised in a Tudor gem at 170 Puritan Avenue in Forest Hills Gardens. Five doors away lived his neighbor David Caruso, and years later he would shoot a scene with him on CSI: Miami
. On Battle Creek
, one of the regulars he admires is Liza Lapira, who is also from Forest Hills.
“Small world,” said Beheshti.
His childhood memories include Children’s Day in Flagpole Park and sledding in Deepdene Park. His visits to the Cinemart and Midway Theatre, as well as production work at Russell Sage Junior High School and Forest Hills High School, helped shape his career.
“As a seventh grader at Sage, I worked on the stage crew for Grease
, and I was envious of the other kids who got to perform,” he recalls. “For the next two years, I joined the cast of The Pajama Game
and Bye Bye Birdie
“Attending Forest Hills High School, we had SING!, a musical production featuring students who compete on a grade basis,, and I loved writing my own scripts and songs,” he added. “There was so much freedom!”
This summer, Beheshti is hoping to revisit Forest Hills.
“I would like to show my family our old house and visit some neighbors, my schools, my childhood movie theaters, and have lunch at one of my old favorites, A & J Pizza on Austin Street, which was where my mother always took us,” he said. “We may also visit Eddie’s Sweet Shop and the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium.”