Family BackgroundIqbal theba forefathers are from Sindh.His parents are from Gujrat, India.They speak Urdu and Gujrati at home.
EducationStarted college as a Freshman at the University of Oklahoma in 1981. Studied Civil Engineering at first and have a BS in Construction Engineering Management. Hated his job in a Construction Company in Oklahoma City, so, Went back to the University of Oklahoma in 1986 and majored in Acting. Spent a year in NYC and moved to LA in 1991. Waited on about a million tables in the process.
CommercialsTheba was the first South Asian to have appeared in dozens of mainstream national commercials in the 90s, which earned him a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Card. This membership opened the door to more mainstream television and film opportunities.
Big BreakHe got his big break as a series regular in NBC’s “Death and Taxes” in 1993. Since then, Theba has worked on shows including
- Caroline in the City
- Everybody Loves Raymond
- King of the Hill
- The West Wing
- Judging Amy
- Arrested Development
- The George Carlin Show
- Sister, Sister
- Married With Children
- Family Matters
- Life With Bonnie
- Indecent Proposal
- Dancing at the Blue Iguana
- Dark of the Moon
- Playing for Keeps
Principal Figgins on the FOXTheba’s longest-running role has been as Principal Figgins on the FOX television series “Glee.” Throughout the course of the show’s six seasons, he has appeared in 58 episodes.
Fun FactsAs he began his acting career, Iqbal worked as a waiter and cook in several restaurants in Oklahoma and New York to earn money.
AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, 2010 (for Glee).
List of Movies
- Indecent Proposal (1993)
- Just Looking (1995)
- Driven (1996)
- Sour Grapes (1998)
- BASEketball (1998)
- Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000)
- Guardian (2001)
- Blind Dating (1996)
- Frankenhood (2009)
- The George Carlin Show (recurring, 1994-1995)
- Married with Children (recurring, 1995-1997)
- Family Matters (recurring, 1995-1997)
- Sister, Sister (recurring, 1996)
- Roseanne (recurring, 1996)
- ER (recurring, 1997-2001)
- Kitchen Confidential (recurring, 2005-2006)
- Community (recurring, 2009-2010)
- Glee (recurring, 2009-present)
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