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      Dileep Rao

      Dileep Rao

      Highest Rated: 92% Drag Me to Hell (2009)

      Lowest Rated: 82% Avatar (2009)

      Birthday: Jul 29, 1973

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

      Actor Dileep Rao never had to pay his dues in indie and low-budget films. In his first two years as a cinematic actor, he landed roles in two of the biggest films of the 2000s, "Avatar" (2009) and "Inception" (2010). Rao came from a highly educated background; his mother was a physicist, his father an engineer, and his sister taught economics at New York University. Rao was born in Los Angeles on July 29, 1973, though he spent parts of his childhood in Saudi Arabia and Colorado. He originally planned on becoming a surgeon, but rather than going to medical school, he chose to pursue an advanced degree at the American Conservatory Theatre, joining a graduating class featuring Elizabeth Banks and Anna Belknap. After graduating, Rao took to the California stage, performing in regional theatrical productions, beginning with the American debut of Tom Stoppard's "India Ink." Rao certainly didn't forget his intellectual background; on June 7, 2002, Rao won a whopping $34,400 on Jeopardy. After landing a couple small TV appearances, Rao was cast in his first cinematic role in James Cameron's "Avatar," which went on to become the most commercially successful film of all time. Rao played Dr. Max Patel, a scientist with a conscience stationed on the fictional planet of Pandora. In 2009, Rao played a modern psychic in "Drag Me To Hell" (2009), director Sam Raimi's much hyped return to low-budget horror. In 2010, Rao appeared in Christopher Nolan's "Inception," playing the chemist whose concoctions enabled entrance into the dream world.

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      Drag Me to Hell
      Inception poster
      Inception
      Avatar poster
      Avatar

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Remember Amnesia Dr. Jay (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Resurrect Raul (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lie Game Joel (Character) - 2018
      87% 91% Inception Yusuf (Character) $292.6M 2010
      82% 82% Avatar Dr. Max Patel (Character) $23.5M 2009
      92% 62% Drag Me to Hell Rham Jas (Character) $42.1M 2009

      TV

      Credit
      68% 66% Touch Vikash Nayar (Guest Star) 2013
      79% 83% Brothers & Sisters Arlo Natterson (Guest Star) 2009
      23% No Score Yet Standoff Unknown (Guest Star) 2006