John Abraham (born Farhan Abraham) was born on December 17, 1972, in Mumbai, Maharashtra (India). His father is a Malayali Syrian Christian while his mother is Parsi. John received his education in the Bombay Scottish School and later in Jai Hind College, where he completed his BA (Honors) in Economics. He was an avid sportsman, captaining the college football team. He earned his MMS degree from Mumbai Educational Trust.
In 1999, he won the Gladrags Manhunt Contest, thereafter he went to Singapore for Manhunt International event, where he bagged the 2nd place.
After having shot to fame as a model on the ramp as well as in select commercials and in music videos, John made his film debut with 'Jism' in 2003. Though his voice in the film had been dubbed, the film became an average success at the box–office. John had his first blockbuster hit in the Yash Raj film 'Dhoom' (2004), where he played an anti-hero. He got noticed, and much written about & featured in the film tabloids and glossies, for his unusual looks, beefy charm. His skewed stare and skewed smile soon became an alluring draw for moviegoers. In films like 'Zinda', 'Garam Masala', 'Aetbaar', 'Madhoshi', 'Lakeer', 'Paap', 'Elaan', 'Karam', 'Kaal', 'Viruddh', 'Salaam-e-Ishq', 'Taxi No. 9211', 'Baabul', 'Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal', 'No Smoking' and 'Saaya', John's himbo image often came under a scanner, but he proved his detractors wrong by making them lift the non-actor tag from his name after two diverse successes in 'Kabul Express' and 'Dostana'. He received critical acclaim and appreciation worldwide for the Deepa Mehta film 'Water' which even received an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Film category. John has received the 'Rajiv Gandhi Award' for his contribution to Bollywood in 2006. Further, he has been awarded for his contribution to Indian cinema in 2007 by the Giant International Awards.