Kario Salem

Kario Salem (born May 23, 1955), is an American television, film, and stage actor and screenwriter.

Kario Salem
Born (1955-05-23) May 23, 1955
EducationJuilliard School
OccupationActor / Screenwriter
Years active1975-present

Early life

Salem, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, is a 1973 graduate, of Agoura High School, in Agoura, California.


In 1997, Salem earned an Emmy Award as a writer for the television special Don King: Only in America, which also earned him a PEN nomination.[1] The film also won the Broadcast Film Critics Award and Peabody Award for Best Television Film of the year. He received a second Emmy nomination the following year for writing The Rat Pack, in addition to a second PEN nomination. Also, as Brad Stephens in Hawaii Five-O season 8 episode, "The Deadly Persuasion".

In 1991, Salem won a Drama-Logue award for his performance in Richard Greenberg's "The Extra Man" at South Coast Repertory Theater, as well as a Boston Critic's award for his performance as "Cousins" in George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara with Cherry Jones at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. Salem also co-starred on Broadway as "Scoop" in The Heidi Chronicles with Mary McDonnel.

He has appeared in over 80 guest starring roles on television, including Francis Campion in Testimony of Two Men (1977), Marcel Pasquinel in Centennial (1978), and the ghost of a dead soldier in an Emmy Award-winning episode of M*A*S*H. His film roles include the role of Jocko in Triumph of the Spirit (1989), the role of The Grand Inquistor in Ridley's Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), and the bleach blonde French gangster in Roger Avary's Killing Zoe (1993).

Salem is also a composer and partner in the music company, "Matter Music", best known for its soundtracks for the films Riding Giants and Wedding Crashers.

In 2018, Salem was hired[2] by Warner Bros./DC Films to write the screenplay for the upcoming comic-based movie Jack Kirby's New Gods, directed by Ava DuVernay.

Recently, Salem decided to revisit his passion for music. Known as K.O.,[3] personal support from Bob Dylan, Juval Aviv, and many more has helped spread his music to the masses. K.O.'s music video Stand Down,[4] starring Billy Bob Thornton, won Best Music Video at the Toronto Shorts International Film Festival[5] and has over 13 million views on Facebook and counting. He is represented by Creative Artists Agency.


Year Title Role Notes
1981Underground AcesSheik
1982Some Kind of HeroYoung Soldier
1988Starlight: A Musical MovieArthur Hall
1989Triumph of the SpiritJacko
1991The Boy Who Cried BitchDr. Habib
19921492: Conquest of ParadiseArojaz
1993Killing ZoeJean
1996SavageReese Burroughs


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