This is not the George Washington you're used to seeing on the dollar bill. This is Washington in his mid-40s, a detail-oriented perfectionist in charge of the Continental Army. A man of strong passions, Washington has learned to restrain himself through sheer force of will, and tries to instill the same discipline in his ragtag army and the fledgling country.
In Season 2, Washington's insistence on keeping things close to the vest brought him into conflict with Ben Tallmadge, who didn't understand why Washington wouldn't act against the traitorous General Charles Lee. But Washington was playing the long game, upholding the appearance of unity in the ranks in order to ensure the assistance of the French. It was only at the Battle of Monmouth, when Washington vanquished Lee and triumphed over the British, that Ben comprehended the extent of Washington's cunning. Washington faced a new set of challenges in the third season, from the infighting of Congress to the collapse of the currency he used to pay his soldiers. But the greatest threat to Washington was the one closest to him—betrayal by his close friend Benedict Arnold.
This betrayal has caused Washington to withdraw, growing cold and paranoid as Season 4 begins. He won't rest until Arnold is captured, tried, and hanged for treason. The only one who seems to be able to get through to him is his wife, Martha, but her visits are few and far between. Washington has to let go of his anger and guilt in order to finally recognize the path toward victory.
Prior to landing the role as the nation’s first president, Ian Kahn appeared in numerous high-profile television series, including Sex and the City, Suits, Law & Order, Castle, The Unusuals and Shameless. Kahn is widely recognized for his roles as Danny Brecher in Dawson’s Creek and Marty Decker in Bull. He most recently recurred on Showtime’s Billions and Homeland.
As an actor on the stage, Kahn has an extensive list of theater credits. He made his Broadway debut in Enron at the Broadhurst Theater and his off-Broadway debut in MCC’s Still Life. He has appeared in major regional theater companies across the United States. Additional roles include Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace at Baltimore Center Stage; Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Arena Stage; Johnny Wheelwright in A Prayer for Owen Meany at Round House Theatre; Tom in The Glass Menagerie at St. Louis Rep; Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at The Media Theatre; Septimus Hodge in Arcadia at the Wilma Theater; and William Shakespeare in The Beard of Avon at the Cape Playhouse. He most recently appeared as Zvi in the off-Broadway production of Hard Love. His film credits include supporting roles in The Box and Day Zero.
Kahn graduated from the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Riverdale, New York and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Skidmore College. He currently resides in New York City with his wife and two children.