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Alex Zahara is the Canadian actor who portrays King Midas on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Alex Zahara was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta. He attended high school at the Grande Prairie Composite High School where he won a scholarship to college for his direction of the stage version of M*A*S*H. For this, Alex was inducted to the wall of honor at Grande Praire Composite High School, where former alumni include Olympic silver medalist Willie DeWitt and World Skeleton Champion Michelle Skelly. He attended the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia where he achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre.[1] Now based in Vancouver, Alex has roughly a hundred screen credits in television and film and has appeared in numerous plays.[2]

His varied screen portrayal credits include A Viking in The Thirteenth Warrior, starring Antonio Banderas and Omar Sharif to playing the role of a gunslinger in Open Range with Kevin Costner, a naval officer in 2012, directed by Roland Emmerich, a Swedish immigrant in the western Gunless with Paul Gross, a detective in Fringe, a magician in Supernatural, a scientist on Smallville. The credit Alex is most proud of his role as Karl Rademacher, in an episode of The Outer Limits based on holocaust survivor Leo Egan's life, where Alex played a real life Nazi officer who ran the barracks of Auschwitz.[2]

A familiar face to science fiction fans, Alex has also appeared as eight different characters on Stargate SG-1; a feat no other actor on the show has achieved. For most of the eight roles, he was in full prosthetic makeup. He's also known for portraying Dulann the lead Minbari warrior monk who serves as first officer aboard the starship Liandra in the Sci-Fi Channel movie Babylon 5: Legend of The Rangers: To Live and Die in Starlight. Further guest appearances were on Dark Angel, Andromeda, The Immortal, Welcome to Paradox and First Wave.[2]

His animation and video game credits number many commercials and industrial voice-overs with some of them being Gundam 00, Nana, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Iron Man: Armored Adventures and The Roswell Conspiracies, Telus, Canfor, The Source. Among nominations and awards, he received a Leo Award nomination for Best Actor in the short film Evirati and Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominations for his work in the plays Mojo and The Promised Land; winning a Jessie Richardson Award for Best Esmeble in Mojo.[2]



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