Iqbal Theba (pronounced IK-bal TAY-ba), born December 20, 1963, is a Pakistani-American actor. Theba is known for his recurring role as Principal Figgins on Glee.
Theba was born (and raised in) Karachi, Pakistan and he moved to the United States. He attend the University of Oklahoma for engineering in 1981, but dropped out to pursue an acting career in New York. He has a BS degree in Construction Engineering Management. Theba returned to the University of Oklahoma to get a degree in acting in 1986. He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1991 after obtaining the acting degree.
Theba became a familiar face in the 1990s when he appeared in various TV shows and commercials in the United States.
Theba's big break was a role on the NBC pilot Death and Taxes. The pilot was not picked up, but it led to a recurring role for Theba on The George Carlin Show. Theba also had brief recurring roles on Married... with Children and ER. His other credits include appearances in Nip/Tuck, Alias, Two and a Half Men, Roseanne, Kitchen Confidential, Chuck, JAG, Arrested Development, Children's Hospital, The West Wing, Sister Sister, Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, NCIS, Weeds and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Theba also appeared alongside future Glee co-star Mike O'Malley in an episode of the sitcom Yes, Dear.
|1993||L.A. Law||("Vindaloo in the Villows")|
|Indecent Proposal||Citizenship Student|
|1994||Mad About You||Cabbie #1||("The City")|
|The Innocent||Doctor #2||TV movie|
|Living Single||Pizza Man||("U.N.I.T.Y.")|
|The George Carlin Show||Inzamamulhaq siddiqui / Cabbie||(5 episodes)|
|1995||Dream On||Rudy / Rudy The Newsstand Guy||("Tie Me Sister Lu Down, Sport" and "Try Not to Remember")|
|Charlie Grace||Pakistani Clerk||("Pilot")|
|Abandoned and Deceived||The Doctor||TV movie|
|Seinfeld||Cabbie||("The Jimmy" and uncredited)|
|The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes||Sri Lankan||TV movie|
|Family Matters||Zoohair Bhutto||("Odd Man In," "Fa La La La Laagghh!," and "Bugged"; 1995 - 1997)|
|Married with Children||Iqbal||(4 episodes)|
|1996||Roseanne||Dr. Bakshi||("Roseambo" and "Hoi Polloi Meets Hoiti Toiti")|
|The Tomorrow Man||FBI Examiner||TV movie|
|Homeboys in Outer Space||Habib||("There's No Space Like Home, or Return of the Jed Eye")|
|New York Daze||The Cabbie||("Eric's Book")|
|Yesterday's Target||Dr. Patel||TV movie|
|Space: Above and Beyond||General Siraj||("Sugar Dirt")|
|The Home Court||Noel||("Mike Solomon: Unplugged")|
|Sister, Sister||Mr. Solokian||("The Piano Lesson" and "The Volunteers")|
|Ned and Stacey||Doctor||("Gut Feeling")|
|Can't Hurry Love||Cabbie||("The Elizabeth Taylor Episode")|
|Sisters||Orderly Valentine||("A Little Snag")|
|1997||Brooklyn South||Omar Rashmid||("Love Hurts")|
|Blade Runner||Moraji||voice and video game|
|Everybody Loves Raymond||Doctor Sundram||("Golf")|
|Total Security||Sangarapillai||("The Never Bending Story")|
|Caroline in the City||Koothrappally, the Cabbie||("Caroline and the Critics")|
|Ellen||Dalai Rajhavaari||("Hello, Dalai")|
|ER||Dr. Zagerby / Dr. Zogoiby||(4 episodes; 1997 - 2001)|
|1998||Martial Law||Raj Patel||("Trackdown")|
|King of the Hill||Dr. Bhudamanjur||("Next of Shin" and voice)|
|Friends||Joey's Doctor||("The One Hundredth")|
|Sour Grapes||Dr. Alagappan|
|Fired Up||Driver||("Fire and Nice")|
|JAG||Johnny Marvel/Capt. Qamal Samad||("Wedding Bell Blues" and "Trojan Horse"; 1998/2004)|
|1999||Shasta McNasty||Meb||("Adult Education")|
|Malcolm & Eddie||Dr. Halim Sahir||("Worst Impressions")|
|2000||The Hughleys||Clerk||("Oh Thank Heaven for Seven-Eleven")|
|Dancing at the Blue Iguana||Clerk|
|The West Wing||Indian Ambassador||("Lord John Marbury")|
|2001||The Tick||Dry Cleaner||("The License")|
|Yes, Dear||Instructor||("The Ticket")|
|Judging Amy||Mr. Pradip||("The Last Word")|
|The Huntress||Edouard Barsamian||("Undercover")|
|2002||Alias||General Arshad||("Passage: Part 2")|
|2003||The Division||Mohammed||("Hearts & Minds")|
|The Lyon's Den||Professor||("The Quantum Theory")|
|Life with Bonnie||Deepak / Iqbal||("Father and Son: A Table for Two" and "Boomerang")|
|2004||Arrested Development||Nazhgalia||("Shock and Aww")|
|Girlfriends||Dr. Norayan||("When Hearts Attack")|
|Joan of Arcadia||East Indian Sunglasses Salesman God||("Wealth of Nations")|
|Dr. Vegas||Mr. Desai||("Advantage Play")|
|2005||Kitchen Confidential||Iqbal / Iqubal||("Teddy Takes Off," "French Fight" and uncredited)|
|Just Legal||Dr. Gupta||("The Limit")|
|Las Vegas||Parviz Silani||("Double Down, Triple Threat")|
|Eve||Bob||("Real Women Have Nerves")|
|2006||Blind Dating||Mr. Raja|
|The War at Home||Middle-Eastern Man||("The West Palm Beach Story")|
|Beyond||Imran Khan||TV movie|
|2007||Chuck||Peyman Alahi||("Chuck Versus the Wookiee")|
|Weeds||Sanjay's Father||("Bill Sussman")|
|2009||Glee: Director's Cut Pilot Episode||Principal Figgins|
|Nip/Tuck||Dr. Vijay Paresh||("Ricky Wells")|
|Two and a Half Men||Don||("I Think You Offended Don")|
|Community||Gobi Nadir||"Heroic Origins," "Basic Genealogy" and "Introduction to Film"; 2009 - 2013)|
|Glee||Principal Figgins||2009 - 2015 (56 episodes)|
|2010||Childrens Hospital||Sultan Abdul Aziz||("The Sultan's Finger: Live")|
|2011||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||UN Secretary General|
|2012||Playing for Keeps||Param|
|The Glee Project||Principal Figgins||("Romanticality," "Individuality 2" and uncredited)|
|2015||The Brink||General Umair Zaman||(7 episodes); post-production|
|The Tiger Hunter||General Iqbal||filming|
|The Escort||Richard||post-production; releases in 2015 or 2016|
- He is a Muslim.
- He made a cameo appearances on "Here I Go Again" and "We Found Love" by The Glee Project season 2 contenders.
- He ships Brittana. Source
- His favorite movie is 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- His favorite Glee cast version songs are Total Eclipse of the Heart and Don't Stop Believin'. 
- His favorite Glee episode is the Pilot.
- ↑ I have this illogical, crazy passion for acting: Iqbal Theba January 2011.
- ↑ Iqbal Theba Biography
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Interview with Iqbal Theba aka PRINCIPAL FIGGINS! December 2009.
- ↑ Interview with the Best Thing About Glee, “Principal” Iqbal Theba September 2009.
- ↑ @mikeomalleys HimNhisWife wer sittin in the waiting room wen MeNmyWife wer going in 2 hav r son. he told us to "do it" to speed up the labor September 2013.
- ↑ Hugging my 10 yr old
- ↑ Is it too soon for my 7yr old to get a manicure? Or she should wait till she is 32? August 2013.
- ↑ @RanyaHabbouchy Happy Birthday, Ranya! My daughter's name is Ranya :-) .... hugs n kisses August 2013.
- ↑ Space Odyssey 2001
- ↑ Favorite Glee Song version
- ↑ Favorite Glee episode