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Aasif Mandvi

Aasif Mandvi, November 2007
Born Aasif Mandviwala
March 5, 1966 (1966-03-05) (age 43)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer
Years active 1995–present
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Aasif Mandviwala[1] (born March 5, 1966), known professionally as Aasif Mandvi, is an Indian-born, British-raised, American actor and comedian. He began appearing as an occasional contributing correspondent on The Daily Show on August 9, 2006. On March 12, 2007, he was promoted to a regular correspondent.[2]

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Life and career

Mandvi was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India[3] to a Muslim family.[1] His family moved to Bradford, England when he was one year old. He emigrated with his family to Tampa, Florida, USA when he was 16. After studying theatre at the University of South Florida, Mandvi worked as a performer at Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World.[1] He later moved to New York City where he began appearing in off-Broadway productions. He won an Obie Award for his critically acclaimed one-man show Sakina's Restaurant.[4]

On Broadway, Mandvi appeared as Ali Hakim in the 2002 revival of Oklahoma! directed by Trevor Nunn.[5] He also appeared in the play Homebody/Kabul by Tony Kushner. He recently portrayed the German chemist Fritz Haber in the off-Broadway play Einstein's Gift. Mandvi played Melchior in On the Razzle by Tom Stoppard at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and appeared in the docudrama Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom at The Culture Project.

Mandvi played minor roles in the films The Siege, and Die Hard with a Vengeance as well as the title role in Merchant Ivory Productions' film The Mystic Masseur. He also had a major supporting role in the independent film American Chai, playing the lead character's roommate, "Engineering Sam." At the time Mandvi was also involved with a New York–based band, Cowboys and Indian. He played the doctor who diagnosed Paul Vitti's (Robert De Niro) panic attacks in Analyze This, and had a memorable role as Mr. Aziz of "Joe's Pizza" in Spider-Man 2. He was also in a Domino's Pizza commercial. He played the tone deaf doorman Khan in Music and Lyrics. Mandvi also played Bob Spaulding in the movie The Proposal.

He has been in numerous television shows; ER, The Sopranos, Sex and the City, CSI, Oz, Ed, The Bedford Diaries, Jericho, Sleeper Cell and various editions of Law & Order, including Criminal Intent, Special Victims Unit and Trial by Jury. Mandvi was the reader for the books on audio editions of Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown (2005) and V. S. Naipaul's Magic Seeds (2004).

In 2008, Mandvi began production on the film 7 to the Palace which he co wrote with The Daily Show ex-writer Jonathan Bines.[4] He also co-starred as a Guantanamo captive in the film The Response, a script based on the transcripts of Combatant Status Review Tribunals convened in Guantanamo in 2004.[6]

He most recently played a dentist alongside Ricky Gervais in the romantic comedy Ghost Town, as well as an office employee in The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock. He will play Admiral Zhao in M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, based on the popular animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today's Special, which Mandvi co-wrote with Jonathan Bines, premiered at New York's Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival on November 11, 2009.[7]

Works

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Filmography

Actor

Year Film Role Notes
1990 No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers Terrorist
1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance Cabbie
1996 Eddie Mohammed
1998 The Siege Khalil Saleh
1999 Hook'd Up Indian Guy
Analyze This Dr. Shulman
Gofer Gorby
Random Hearts Electronics Store Salesman
ABCD Ashok
2001 3 A.M. Singh
2002 American Chai Engineering Sam
The Mystic Masseur Shashi
Book of Kings Dr. Mitra
2003 Undermind Shark/Roger
2004 Spider-Man 2 Mr. Aziz
2005 Sorry, Haters Hassan
The War Within Abdul
2006 Freedomland Dr. Anil Chatterjee
2006-2008 Jericho Dr. Kenchy Dhuwalia Television series
2006–present The Daily Show Himself Television series
2007 Music and Lyrics Khan
2008 Peroxide Passion Beaumond
Eavesdrop Don
The Understudy Sarfras
Ghost Town Dr. Prashar
2009 The Proposal Bob Spaulding
Today's Special Samir
2010 The Last Airbender Admiral Zhao

Writer

Year Film Notes
2009 Today's Special

Stage

Actor

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Suburbia Norman Chaudry
1995 Death Defying Acts Delivery Boy In one-act "Hotline"
1997 Crosscurrents Paul
1998 Sakina's Restaurant One man play
2002 Oklahoma! Ali Hakim Revival

Writer

Year Title Notes
1998 Sakina's Restaurant

References

  1. ^ a b c Deggans, Eric (2008-06-01). "For Aasif Mandvi, cultural irreverence on 'The Daily Show'". St. Petersburg Times. http://www.tampabay.com/features/media/article545843.ece. Retrieved 2008-11-07.  
  2. ^ Comedy Central (2007-03-12). "COMEDY CENTRAL'S "THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART" TAPS AASIF MANDVI TO JOIN THE "DAILY SHOW" NEWS TEAM AS A CORRESPONDENT". Press release. http://www.comedycentral.com/press/press_releases/2007/31207_aasif_mandvi_joins_tds.jhtml. Retrieved 2008-11-07.  
  3. ^ Kilachand, Tara (2008-05-31). "‘In the US, they say Indians are always laughing’". Livemint. http://www.livemint.com/2008/05/31005430/8216In-the-US-they-say-Ind.html. Retrieved 2008-11-07.  
  4. ^ a b "25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM". Filmmaker Magazine. 2008. http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/summer2008/25faces_5.php. Retrieved 2008-11-07.  
  5. ^ Horwitz, Simi (2002-03-29). "Aasif Mandvi: Giving Broadway a Persian Hello". Back Stage. http://www.allbusiness.com/services/amusement-recreation-services/4566365-1.html. Retrieved 2008-11-07.  
  6. ^ "New role for 'Daily Show' reporter". MLive. 2009-05-09. Archived from the original on 2009-09-05. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mlive.com%2Fus-politics%2Findex.ssf%2F2009%2F05%2Fnew_role_for_daily_show_report.html&date=2009-09-05.  
  7. ^ Priyanka Boghani (November 12, 2009). "New York City's Indian Film Festival: MIAAC". Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/priyanka-boghani/new-york-citys-indian-fil_b_356308.html. Retrieved November 10, 2009.  

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