• Publication date: October 4, 2012


Billionaire playboy Teddy Rist’s life is turned head-over-heels when he loses his kid, yet when he manages to save a child's life in Africa, Rist’s personality alters forever. This action-filled drama stars James Purefoy and Jesse Martin.

  • Publication date: October 4, 2012


Program data

Duration: 60

MBC 4 :

Tuesday, 12:15 (GMT) ~ 15:15 (KSA)

Saturday, 12:15 (GMT) ~ 15:15 (KSA)

Monday, 12:15 (GMT) ~ 15:15 (KSA)

Wednesday, 12:15 (GMT) ~ 15:15 (KSA)

Sunday, 12:15 (GMT) ~ 15:15 (KSA)

Based loosely on the life of American philanthropist and photographer Bobby Sager, The Philanthropist follows Teddy Rist (James Purefoy)’s struggle after the losing his only child. The billionaire playboy’s life is haunted by his past until he saves a young boy in Nigeria during a life-threatening hurricane. After this event, Rist starts personally spending his fortune to better the lives of others.

The Philanthropist takes you all over the world as every episode Teddy moves to a new place where help is needed; Nigeria, Burma, Paris, Kashmir, Haiti, with cold-hard realities of what people living there are suffering, brought to your doorstep through Teddy's interest in helping others. From sex trafficking in Europe, to forced labor camps and kidnapping, The Philanthropist will make you understand the harsh realities that exist in our world a little better within the frame of Teddy's story.


  • James Purefoy
  • Jesse L. Martin
  • Neve Campbell
  • Michael Kenneth Williams
  • Lindy Booth
  • James Albrecht
  • Krista Allen

Created by: Tom Fontana, Charlie Corwin, and Jim Juvonen