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Carlo Rota (born April 17, 1961) is a British-born Canadian actor, best known for his roles on Little Mosque on the Prairie and the FOX series 24.

He played Charles in Saw V.

Early life

Rota was born in London, England of Italian origin, the son of Rina, who worked in the restaurant business, and Dante Rota, a world-renowned chef. He grew up in Soho with two sisters and one brother. Through his life he has lived in many places of the world, including Hong Kong, Bahamas and England before his family settled in Toronto. Rota worked in the culinary industry for many years until he decided to abruptly switch careers to acting. According to his interview in the book Inside Section One: Creating and Producing TV's La Femme Nikita, he said of this decision: "To turn around and tell everyone at the tender age of 30, "Now I'm going to be an actor", most people just think that you're going through something."

Career

Almost immediately thereafter, Rota landed roles in the Canadian TV series Street Legal and the critically-acclaimed Canadian independent film Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould. Because of his experience prior to acting, he also hosted the Great Canadian Food Show for CBC television in Canada, a series which was nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award for Excellence in Culinary Journalism.

He has appeared in numerous popular TV series including 24, Queer as Folk Castle, La Femme Nikita, Relic Hunter, Adventure Inc, A Nero Wolfe Mystery, The Gospel of John and Traders. Rota co-starred in the CBC sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie, playing Lebanese-Canadian construction contractor Yasir Hamoudi. Rota also played a journalist for The Herald in the horror flick, Saw V.

On 24, Rota stars in the recurring role of Morris O'Brian, the arrogant but brilliant computer scientist husband of Chloe O'Brian. He has appeared in a few episodes of seasons 5 and 7 but appeared for the entire length of season 6. He has appeared in a couple episodes On the TV series La Femme Nikita he had a recurring role as the smarmy greenlisted terrorist informant Mick Schtoppel (later revealed to be Mr. Jones, a high-ranking member of Section), and in the 1999 movie The Boondock Saints, Rota starred as crime boss Giuseppe "Papa Joe" Yakavetta.

He lives in Los Angeles, California part time and spends time filming in Saskatchewan, Canada. On April 1, 2010, he married his 24 co-star Nazneen Contractor.

Filmograpy

Film

Year Title Role
1993 Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould C.B.S. Producer
1994 TekWar: TekLab Doorman
L'âge des images III: Comment filmer Dieu
1995 Friends at Last Neil
First Degree Joe Galeno
Down Came a Blackbird Sergeant Manuel Ortega
1996 Maximum Risk Bohemia Bartender
Joe's Wedding Art Council Man
1997 The Wrong Guy French Restaurant Waiter
City of Dark Plato
Small Potatoes: A Cautionary Comedy Henry Zanzibar
1998 Clutch Richard
Naked City: Justice with a Bullet Findlay Clerk
1999 Murder in a Small Town Charles
Bonanno: A Godfather's Story
The Boondock Saints Yakavetta
Caracara Mr. Zander
Jigsaw Richard
Have Mercy Jack
2000 Catch a Falling Star Harry Goldberg
Mission to Mars Ambassador
Trapped in a Purple Haze David Lebeff
Phantom of the Megaplex Tyler Jesseman
Passengers Doctor
2001 A Colder Kind of Death Hairdresser
On Their Knees Walter
Rough Air: Danger on Flight 534 Cal Matthews
2002 Recipe for Murder Simeon Vreeman
Global Heresy Tony Mason
Countdown Bruce Donato
2003 The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John Chief Temple Guard
2005 Horsie's Retreat Spiro
The Last Hit Mario
Cake Bob Jackman
2006 Time Bomb Musab Hyatti
I Am an Apartment Building Host
2007 Small Potatoes Henry Zanzibar
2008 Cold Play Nigel
Othello the Tragedy of the Moor Othello
Saw V Charles
2009 Mortimer John / Mortimer
Shark City Ventura Ritt
2010 Son of a Don Avi
Love Letters Andy
The Conversation Him
24: Chloe's Arrest Morris O'Brian
The Day the Old Man Knocked Narrator
2011 Rehab
Ecstasy Solo
Man on the Train Max
2012 Pegasus Vs. Chimera King Orthos
2013 Beverly Hills Cop Trevor
The Golden Ticket Elbow Patches
2014 Small Time Panama Hat Man
Brick Mansions George the Greek
2015 After the Ball Richard
2017 People You May Know Bill
Welcome to Nowhere The General
The Diggers Mister Meister
Cliffs of Freedom Mustapha Bey
State Like Sleep

Television

Year Title Role
1992 Street Legal Waiter
1993 Counterstrike
Matrix Roche
1995-1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Dassas / Torquemada
1996-1998 Traders Brunet
1996 Forever Knight Roy Martin
Viper Harry Ibarra
The Sentinel Jack Buchanan
1997-2001 La Femme Nikita Mick Schtoppel / Mr. Jones / Shtoppel
1998 Highlander: The Raven Mario Cardoza
Black Harbour Grant
1999 Total Recall 2070 Kelly
Earth: Final Conflict Margolis
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Bert Kay
2000-2001 Relic Hunter Lagenfeld / Sultan
2000 Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story Cockney Driver
Canada: A People's History David Samwell
2001 Doc Jason
2002-2004 Queer as Folk Gardner Vance
2002 A Nero Wolfe Mystery Barry Fleming / Spiros Papps / Felix Courret
Adventure Inc. Sergi Borodin
2003 Street Time Arthur Marx
Veritas: The Quest Ali Hassan Rif
2004 Il duce canadese Avvocato
Christine Cushing Live
Show Me Yours Paul
2006-2009 24 Morris O'Brian
2006 This Is Wonderland Giuseppe Burelli
At the Hotel Albert
2007-2011 Little Mosque on the Prairie Yasir Hamoudi
2008 Shark Anton Robitaille
2009 White Collar Ghovat
SGU Stargate Universe Carl Strom
Castle Bahir Harun
2010-2012 Goldilocks Ivan
2010 CSI: NY Joseph Vance
NCIS: Los Angeles Kalil Abramson
The Good Guys Asher
2011 Human Target Eli Rosko
Bones Lambert Chaisson
Breaking Bad Benicio Fuentes
The Mentalist Dimitri Zubov
Sanctuary Richard Feliz / Feodor 'Frank' Glazov
2012 Nikita Ian Damascus
Thundercats Ratar-O
World Without End Edmund
Hawaii Five-0 Sean Winston
2013 Cracked Mandar Kush
2014-2015 Jane the Virgin Emilio Solano
2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Luca Russo
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Karl Schrute
Grimm Hedig
Scandal Ivan
Sequestered Niles
2015 The Player Daoud Raqiv
2016 Dark Matter Warden
Beauty and the Beast Dr. Albert Garrus
Major Crimes Alfredo de Concini
Swedish Dicks Dimitri Nobakov
Conviction Vince Scarlata
2017 Lethal Weapon Guillermo Azoulay
Lopez Danny Green
Scorpion General Savic
Ransom Damien Delani

Video Games

Year Title Role
2013 Splinter Cell: Blacklist Majid Harata Sadiq

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