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Erick Avari



From his earliest days, character actor Erick Avari's family knew that he would eventually end up with a career in show business -- though given the fact that his grandparents on both sides of the family owned movie theaters throughout India and Asia (not to mention that his great-grandfather was a Victorian-era theater producer often credited with introducing women into Indian theater), they no doubt thought he would lean more towards the "business" side and less towards the "show." The majority of Avari's childhood was spent in Darjeeling, India. Though young Avari's primary language was English, he also mastered Nepali, Bengali, Hindi, and Gujarati over the course of his childhood. A steady diet of English-language films viewed at one of his father's two theaters no doubt aided the aspiring actor in bettering his English skills, and following a small role in Satyajit Ray's Kanchenjungha and a chance meeting with the Kendall family theater troupe, Avari's career was soon moving in the right direction. Following several years of college in India, Avari was awarded a scholarship to the College of Charleston, SC, where he studied acting before moving to New York to pursue a stage career. Roles in New York's Joseph Papp Public Theater and in the Broadway production of The King and I were quick to follow, and Avari made his feature debut with a role in the 1984 fantasy comedy Nothing Lasts Forever. Through the remainder of the '80s and the '90s, Avari carved a successful niche in film as the go-to guy for roles that called for mysterious men from the Far East, and roles in such wide-release films as Encino Man, For Love or Money, Stargate, and The Mummy kept him in the public eye. By the millennial turnover, audiences were no doubt familiar with Avari's face, with roles in Planet of the Apes, Mr. Deeds, The Master of Disguise, and Daredevil cementing his status as a talented character actor with impeccable comic timing.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet California Winter
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet A Haunting At Silver Falls
  • Dr. Parrish
2013
No Score Yet Dispatch
  • Sergeant Pincus
2011
No Score Yet Where The Road Meets The Sun
  • Dadi
2011
62% Hachi: A Dog's Tale
  • Jasjeet
2009
No Score Yet InAlienable
  • Howard Ellis
2009
No Score Yet AmericanEast
  • Fikry
2008
43% Choose Connor
  • Arthur Dennison
2008
40% Dark Matter
  • Professor Gazda
2008
8% Postal
  • Habib
2007
86% Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane (Plane Dead)
  • Dr. Leo Bennett
2007
No Score Yet Global Warming: Science and Solutions
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet American East
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines
  • Gen. Samir
2006
No Score Yet Global Warming
  • Producer
  • Narrator Host
2006
40% Three Days of Rain
  • Alex
2005
No Score Yet Dancing in Twilight
  • Matt
2005
44% Daredevil
  • Natchios
2003
No Score Yet Home Alone 4
  • Prescott
2002
1% The Master of Disguise
  • Cigar Maker
2002
22% Mr. Deeds
  • Cecil
2002
21% The Glass House
  • Ted Ross
2001
45% Planet of the Apes
  • Tival
2001
No Score Yet Voodoo Asesino
  • Dr. Peter Winsfold
2001
56% The Mummy
  • Dr. Bey, the Curator
1999
No Score Yet The Undercover Kid
  • Brach
1996
44% Don't Drink the Water
  • Emir's Aide
1994
57% Dream Lover
  • Dr. Spatz
1994
32% For Love or Money
  • Benny
1993
No Score Yet Scam
  • Mr. Ayub
1993
No Score Yet The Hit List
  • Pharmaceutical Wholesaler
1993
16% Encino Man
  • Raji
1992
No Score Yet Treacherous Crossing
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet She's Back
  • Deli Owner
1989
No Score Yet The Beast
  • Samad
1988
No Score Yet Kanchenjunga
  • Actor
1962

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
70% Heroes
2006-2010
  • Professor Chandra Suresh
86% Grimm
2011
  • Actor
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • B'Ijik
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Dr. Lance Reinhardt
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Raj Rahman
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Ravi Patel Dr. Raza
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Ozan Canoglu
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Vedek Yarka
No Score Yet Everwood
2002-2006
  • Actor
No Score Yet Babylon 5
1993-1998
  • Rabbi Leo Meyers
No Score Yet Scorpion
2014
  • Richter
No Score Yet The O.C.
2003-2007
  • Dr. Overbee
79% Human Target
2010-2011
  • Gerard
No Score Yet Leverage
2008-2012
  • Dr. Darien Lloyd
No Score Yet Star Trek: Enterprise
2001-2005
  • Jamin
72% Castle
2009-2016
  • Austin Bentley
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993
  • Dr. Fountain
53% The Brink
2015
  • Hasan
No Score Yet Martin
1997
  • Rashidi
No Score Yet Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Dr. Kozell
No Score Yet NCIS: Los Angeles
2009
  • Hosein Khadem
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Cedric

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