Born on March 5, 1966, in Bombay, Aasif Mandvi started moving around the world from a very early age. At the age of one, his father, Hakim, shifted his family to Bradford, England, where he got a job as a textiles researcher at Bradford University.
When Mandvi was 16, his family moved to Tampa, Florida, due to rising frustration in England at the time. Mandvi gained a degree in theatre from the University of South Florida. He then went on to work as a performer at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Mandvi appeared in various Broadway shows and won an Obie Award for Sakina’s Restaurant, which is a self-scripted one-man show. Recently, in 2013, Mandvi won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for 'Disgraced’, written by Ayad Akhtar, in which he played the lead role of Amir, who struggles with the Islam religion and his identity.
He also wrote another play called No Land’s Man, which was published in the year 2014. Mandvi is an Indian - American actor. He has starred in numerous television series and made a guest appearance in a few. He made his debut on television with the series, Miami Vice.
He appeared in various other TV series such as The Bedford Diaries, and Law & Order. He is also seen commenting on various issues concerning Islam, the Middle East and South Asia. His amazing talent for gripping conversations led Don Yelton to resign from the North Carolina Republican Party office, after Aasif Mandvi interviewed him on a segment of The Daily Show.
Famous for his comedy, Mandvi was casted in the FOX romantic-comedy, Us & Them. Mandvi entered the film industry in the year 1990 with the movie No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers, in a role as a terrorist. He is still popular on screen in a few television series such as Sleeper Cell, ‘Jericho’, and The Daily Show.
Mandvi is the producer, writer and has a role as Rafiq Massoud in The Brink, a television series aired in 2015. Aasif Mandvi’s latest movie, Blazing Samurai, which is still under filming, is set to release in this year. Being born and raised in various diverse regions, Aasif Mandvi holds himself in a high position to contribute to charity.
He took a huge part in assisting the flood relief in Pakistan by hosting the “Stand Up for Religious Freedom”, a comedy event to raise money for the victims. He used his talent of being a comedian to fundraise for various charity events.
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Aasif Hakim Mandviwala’s acting repertoire is indeed incomparable to any other Hollywood comedian/actor. He is known as “Commander Zhao” in M. Night Shyamalan’s “
The Last Airbender
”, and “Bob Spaulding” in the movie “
”, with and
. This guy bagged almost all. He is indeed a character in his own patented book, “No Land’s Man”, as he discussed how his native language is Hindi, yet he didn’t have a chance to live in his home country.
He was born on March 5, 1966, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, as Aasif Hakim Mandviwala. At a young age, his family moved to Bradford, England. He worked in textile research at Bradford University. He also attended Woodhouse Grove School. They eventually moved to Tampa, Florida. He finished Theatrical Arts at the University of South Florida and worked as a performer at Walt Disney World Resort as “Streetmosphere”. He made his debut film, “Die Hard: With a Vengeance”, and “The Mystic Masseur”. He also did a supporting role in the movies “American Chai”, and “Analyze This”, with Robert de Niro. His favorite superhero is Spider-Man and he had the chance to be part of the all-time-big-grossing film “Spider Man 2”, as Mr. Aziz. He also played major roles for the movies “Law & Order”, “The Sopranos”, “Jericho”, “Music and Lyrics”, “Ghost Town”, “OZ”, ”
Million Dollar Arm
”, “Person of Interest”, and many more. He also made some stage productions like “Suburbia”, “Death Defying Acts”, “Crosscurrents”, “Sakina’s Restaurant”, “Oklahoma” and “Disgraced”. He did various charity works too, for example assistance-relief in the flood in Pakistan, the “Stand Up for Religious Freedom" to raise funds for Haiti and earthquake victims, and also a supporter for “Endometriosis Foundation of America”.
He also made lots of TV series and episode appearances for “Sex and the City”, and as a correspondence in “The Daily Show”, with , as a socially-conscious-comedic act. He did a lot of comedic acts, even daring Governor Rick Scott on live TV to submit a “urine sample” for drug testing. Recently, his “Return of Simplot Conspiracy”, that he did few years ago, got him almost arrested and jailed twice, which almost ruined his career. He also had a picture of former President Bill Clinton hanging on his wall apartment.