Pej Vahdat came onto Bones in 2009 as Arastoo Vaziri, part of the rotation of interns (or “Squinterns,” as Booth nicknamed them) who assisted Dr. Brennan in her crime-solving and Jeffersonian duties. The soft-spoken character brought a warmth that was lacking to the scientific and tragic plot lines, and he eventually found love with his superior, Dr. Saroyan.
Since turning in the last of his more than 30 regular appearances on Bones in 2017, Vahdat has worked more — and in a bigger variety of projects — than pretty much all of his former castmates. Vahdat has earned guest spots on Will & Grace, Lucifer, The Good Doctor, and Counterpart, as well as recurring roles on a number of shows. He portrayed corrupt district attorney Sam Armand on Arrow, Hamid on NBC’s short-lived feel-good drama The Village, and record label owner Kelly Patel on more than a dozen episodes of Empire. Additionally, Vahdat’s voice can be heard on Family Guy and American Dad!, as well as in major video games like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Agents of Mayhem, Crackdown 3, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.