Saeed Jaffrey

Saeed Jaffrey

Highest Rated: 98% My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

Lowest Rated: 8% Everywhere and Nowhere (2011)

Birthday: Jan 08, 1929

Birthplace: Maler Kotla, India

One of the most popular Asian actor in the United Kingdom for more than four decades, Saeed Jaffrey brought versatility to an array of film and television roles, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1975), "The Jewel in the Crown" (ITV, 1984) and "My Beautiful Launderette" (1985). Born into a Punjabi Muslim family in Malerkotla, India on January 8, 1929, Jaffrey was the son of a physician with the Health Services of the United Provinces of British India. He developed an interest in acting at an early age, fueled in part by an appetite for Indian movies, and performed in numerous school plays. After earning both his bachelor's and master's degree from Allahbad University, Saeed relocated to New Delhi in 1951, where he worked as an English-language announcer for All India Radio. There, he met Madhur Bahadur, and began a long courtship that carried from India to England, where she traveled in 1955 to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). She refused his initial offer of marriage, after which Jaffrey traveled to the United States to study speech and drama at Catholic University of America. Madhur joined him after her graduation from RADA, and the pair married in 1958. They both studied at the Actors Studio while Jaffrey built an impressive resume of theater performances, including the original Broadway production of "A Passage to India" in 1962 - a role he would reprise in David Lean's 1985 film adaptation - and the touring production of "Brecht on Brecht" with Lotte Lenya. Jaffrey's affair with a dancer brought an end to his marriage to Bahadur, and he returned to London in 1965 to write and narrate scripts in Urdu and Hindi for the BBC. The position allowed him to appear regularly on UK television series, and he moved confidently into features with "The Guru" (1969), the second feature from director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, who had initially met at Jaffrey's New York apartment in the early '60s. In 1975, Jaffrey earned his international breakout role as Billy Fish, the interpreter who aided adventurers Sean Connery and Michael Caine in "The Man Who Would Be King" (1975). The international success of the film led to major roles in features and on television, frequently playing charismatic figures which made excellent use of Jaffrey's mellifluous voice. He was a charming racketeer on "Gangsters" (BBC, 1975-1978), Vallabhbhai Patel, a founding figure in the Republic of India, in "Gandhi" (1982) and the Nawab of Mirat in "The Jewel in the Crown" (ITV, 1984). He also essayed what he called the "naughty uncle," a free-thinking, free-wheeling figure in features like "My Beautiful Launderette" (1985) and numerous Bollywood productions. By the late '80s and '90s, Jaffrey had settled into UK television roles on the sitcom "Tandoori Nights" (Channel 4, 1985-1987) and the long-running primetime soap "Coronation Street" (ITV, 1960- ), but remained a major film star in India. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1995 and continued to act until 2011; he suffered a brain hemorrhage on November 14, 2015 and died the following day at a London hospital, which generated tributes from acting and cultural figures around the globe.

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Movies

Credit
8% 50% Everywhere and Nowhere Zaf's Dad (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanam Teri Kasam Unknown (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bunker Hill Mr. Farook (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 41% Chicken Tikka Masala C.P. Chopra (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zoltan the Great Zoltan (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad Dogs Prophet (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 52% Mr. In-Between Mr. Basmati (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Azhageswaran Unknown (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 11% Albela Sonia's father (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guru in Seven Unknown (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Journey Ashok (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 33% Deewana Mastana Chander Nandkishore Kapoor Sharma (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mahanta Inspector General of Police (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 40% Judaai Mr. Sahni (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat Rai Bahadur (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bambai Ka Babu Vicky's Father (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 55% Jaan Roshanlalji (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lulu Unknown (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sauda Prakash's Uncle (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Angrakshak Sanghvi (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trimurti Bhanu (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saajon Ki Bahon Mein Ranvir Singh (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Baali Umar Ko Salaam Jaalan (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 47% Yeh Dillagi Bhanupratap Saigal (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Salaami Unknown (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bollywood Unknown (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Anmol Unknown (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Balmaa Unknown (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aulad Ke Dushman Bade Pa (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 88% The Mirror Mr. Mathur (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aashiq Aawara Kedamath (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet 15th August Unknown (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nischaiy Suryakant Gujral (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suryavanshi J.B. (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 17% Masala Lallu Bhai Solanki/Mr. Tikkoo/Lord Krishna (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 29% Indrajeet Seth Din Dayal (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Afsana Pyaar Ka Annad Verma (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heena Unknown (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ajooba Magician Ameer Baba (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ghar Ho To Aisa Ramprasad Kumar (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pathar Ke Insan Balwant Rai (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 69% Dil Mr. Mehra (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 43% Kishan Kanayia Vidya Charan (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 70% Chaalbaaz Vishwannath (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chalbaaz Unknown (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eeshwar Masterji (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diamond's Edge Mr. Patel (Character) - 1988
33% 64% The Deceivers Hussein (Character) $18.2K 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hero Hiralal Aziz (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Partition Unknown (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jalwa Yakub Saeed (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aulad Anand's chacha (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jaanoo Shastri (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 43% God, Your River Is Tainted Kunj Bihari (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 74% Saagar Mr. D'Silva (Character) - 1985
98% 74% My Beautiful Laundrette Nasser (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Asambhav Unknown (Character) - 1985
77% 78% A Passage to India Hamidullah (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bhavna Unknown (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Courtesans of Bombay Unknown (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kissi Se Na Kehna Unknown (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 82% Market Place Mr. Agarwal (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 94% Masoom Suri (Character) - 1983
85% 92% Gandhi Sardar Patel (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 37% Sphinx Selim (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond the Next Mountain Prime Minister (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Staying On Frankie Bhoolabhoy (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 14% Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures Sri Narain (Character) - 1979
90% 85% The Chess Players Mir Roshan Ali (Character) - 1977
60% 44% The Wilby Conspiracy Mukarjee (Character) - 1975
97% 90% The Man Who Would Be King Billy Fish (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guru Murad (Character) - 1969

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No Score Yet No Score Yet The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Far Pavilions Unknown (Character) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Unknown (Character) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Beauty Unknown (Guest Star) 1973

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