TV Tough Guy Hisham Tawfiq IS a “tough guy,” having been a Marine, a corrections officer at Sing Sing (which he says totally scared him a lot of the time) and as a member of the FDNY.

He says his passion was always acting or being a dancer even “but there were always bills to pay”

He came from a tough part of Harlem and his brother got killed there. That made a big impact on him of course.

He is used to loyalty to the job, whatever that is, and that quality comes across on “Blacklist” .

He was very proud to be a FDNY FF ” I wanted black kids to see a fire truck coming down the street being driven by a black guy” he says.