Actor Roman Mitichyan (pronounced MI-TI-CHYAN) was recently featured as Jennifer Aniston’s chauffeur/bodyguard in Apple’s new series, The Morning Show. He also played a comic balloon vendor opposite Jim Carrey in the Kidding series, and he’s Bruce Willis’ detective partner in the upcoming feature, Trauma Center. Roman was also featured opposite Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. He’s particularly proud of his work opposite Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac in director Terry George’s The Promise, a 2016 feature about the Armenian genocide that was financed by Kirk Kerkorian, in which Roman played a freedom fighter battling the Ottoman Turks.
Born in Vanadzor, Armenia, Roman’s initial passion was for sports – particularly wrestling and Sambo Judo, and he achieved champion honors in his native country. Arriving in the United States, he started training at the Hayastan Academy under world-renowned grapplers Gene Lebell and Gokor Chivichyan. In 2006, he won 1st place in the USJI National Championships.
Roman’s interest in acting originated during a four year stay in Moscow, where he excelled in judo, but took a friend’s advice to check out a local theater company. There he won the part of Leo, a suave, comic villain who repeatedly attempts to kidnap a local village girl.
In Los Angeles, he began studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and Playhouse West, and he soon realized that his martial art skills could help him secure acting and stunt work. Told that he had a great look for bad guy characters, Roman resolved that if he was going to be a bad guy, he was going to be the best bad guy.
He made his motion picture debut opposite Olivier Gruner and Lorenzo Lamas in director Jalal Merhi’s prison fighting drama, The Circuit 2: The Final Punch (2002). The following year, he made his TV debut in the Threat Matrix series.
Roman’s additional feature credits include: Felon, Double Duty, Takers, Warrior, Deadline, Argo, Betrayal, Extraction, Crossroads, John Wick, Furious 7, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, War Dogs, Message from the King, Cross Wars, Fury of the Fist and the Golden Fleece, Escape Plan 2: Hades, Vice, Shadow Wolves, American Skin, Rogue Warfare, Cross 3 and All-Star Weekend.
His TV series credits include: Dexter, Numb3rs, The Shield, Without a Trace, 24, CSI: Miami, Sons of Anarchy, The Division, Criminal Minds, Chuck, Vegas, CSI: NY, Revolution, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Scandal, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Scorpion, Castle, Person of Interest, Fear the Walking Dead, The Blacklist: Redemption, NCIS, Seal Team, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, NCIS: Los Angeles, 9-1-1, and Medical Police.
In addition to his acting, Roman will soon direct his first feature, a teen horror thriller, with world renown lead singer Serj Tankian of System of Down on board to score the music.