Arbaaz was born into a family with strong ties to the Bollywood film industry: His father is Salim Khan, a successful scriptwriter and his mother is Salma Khan, while his stepmother is dancer and Bollywood actress Helen.
He is brother of actors Salman Khan and Sohail Khan. His sister, Alvira Khan, is married to Bollywood actor Atul Agnihotri. He made his debut in the 1996 film Daraar where he gave a convincing performance in a villainous role of a psychotic wife-beater. He received the Filmfare Best Villain Award for his performance.
Though not a very successful actor in his solo films, he has starred in many multi-starrer hit films such as Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998) and Garv: Pride and Honour (2004) where he acted opposite his brother Salman.
He played a villain role in the film Qayamat: City Under Threat (2003) which was also successful at the box office. He also played supporting roles in the hit Priyadarshan comedy films Hulchul (2004), Malamaal Weekly (2006) and Bhagam Bhag (2006). He recently played supporting roles as a police officer and mobster respectively in the multi-starrers Shootout at Lokhandwala and Fool and Final in 2007. He also made a cameo in recent blockbuster Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, starring Imran Khan and Genelia D'Souza.
Khan appeared in the television serial Karishma: A Miracle of Destiny in 2003. And has appeared on TV programs from time to time. He is married to model and actress Malaika Arora. They have one son, Arhaan, born in 2003.