David Dastmalchian - Biography

Last Modified: Nov 10, 2022

David Dastmalchian
Profession: Actor
Best Known For: MacGyver (TV series)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $2 million

Personal Details

Born on : July 21, 1975 (age 48)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
David Dastmalchian
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Horoscope: Cancer
Father's Name: Hossein Dastmalchian
Mother's Name: Priscilla Dastmalchian (née Doran)
Siblings: 1

Holly Dowling (older sister)

High School: Shawnee Mission South High School
University: DePaul University
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (Iranian, Italian, Irish, English)
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: August 23, 2013
Wife's Name: Evelyn Leigh
Children: 2

Arlo (son)
Pennie (daughter)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.84 meter (6 feet 0 inch)
Weight: N/A
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is David Dastmalchian?

David Dastmalchian is an actor by profession and American by nationality. He is well known for starring in the plays The Glass Menagerie, and Buried Child, in the films Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Batman: The Dark Knight, and TV series The Flash, MacGyver.

David Dastmalchian – Age, Parents, Siblings

David Dastmalchian’s birth took place on July 21, 1975, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is not the only child of his parents and his siblings, among which his older sister is Holly Dowling. His mother Priscilla Dastmalchian (née Doran) passed away in July 2020 while his father Hossein Dastmalchian died in 2021.

David Dastmalchian with his mother (Image: Instagram)

Education, Ethnicity

David Dastmalchian was educated at Shawnee Mission South High School. Following graduation, he went on to study at Theatre School at DePaul University. He had aspired to play college football but changed the course of his career after landing a scholarship in Theatre school.

His ethnicity includes Iranian, Italian, Irish, and English. 

David Dastmalchian – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

Dastmalchian married his longtime girlfriend Evelyn Leigh on 23 August 2013 after years of dating. With his wife, he has two children, son Arlo (born April 2014) and daughter Pennie (born June 2017).

Currently, the couple is in a blissful marriage without rumors of extra-marital affairs and divorce.

Evelyn Leigh, David Dastmalchian (Image: Getty Images)

David Dastmalchian – Career

Early Days

Before starting out as an actor, Dastmalchian suffered from heroin addiction for five years before finally getting clean. His screenplay Animals is based on his life experience.

Following graduation from college, he worked in theatres, acting in numerous plays. And in 2008 he landed his debut TV role as Thomas Schiff in the film Batman: The Dark Knight followed by minor roles in the films Sushi Girl (2012), Saving Lincoln (2013), and The Employer (2013).

Finally, in 2013 he was cast as Bob Taylor in the thriller Prisoners which gained him wide recognition. Also, his work, both as a writer and actor, in the 2014 film Animals received rave reviews.

Films, Series

Over the years David Dastmalchian has starred in the films Ant-Man (2015), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Bird Box (2018), Dune (2020), and The Suicide Squad (2021), among others.

In TV series he has had guest appearances in the episode(s) of ER (2008), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2014), 12 Monkeys (2016), The Flash (2017), Twin Peaks (2017), and recurring roles in MacGyver (2016-present) as Murdoc, Reprisal (2019) as Johnson, etc.

Paul Rudd, David Dastmalchian in Ant Man (Image: CNet)


On the set of Dune, David Dastmalchian has worked with Stephen McKinley Henderson, Chang Chen, and Sharon Duncan-Brewster.

David Dastmalchian – Awards, Nominations

For his work as a writer for 2014’s Animals, David Dastmalchian was awarded a Special Jury Prize Winner at the SXSW Film Festival the same year.

David Dastmalchian – Net Worth, Salary

The net worth of David Dastmalchian is estimated at around $2 million while the figure on his annual salary is under review.

David Dastmalchian – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, David Dastmalchian is followed by thousands of followers. He also has an official website -  daviddastmalchian.com.

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