Ajay Naidu

Actor
Ajay Naidu has avoided stereotyping by playing a variety of characters ranging from Latinos to Arabs to Pakistanis. The son of Indian immigrants, he was born and raised in the Chicago area. Encouraged by a grade school ... Read more »
Born: 02/12/1972 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (51)

Blindspot 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Odd Mom Out 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Manhattan Love Story 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

3 Days of Normal 2011 (Movie)

Vik Donowitz (Actor)

Bored to Death 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hungry Ghosts 2010 (Movie)

Laurence (Actor)

30 Rock 2009 (Tv Show)

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Hotel for Dogs 2009 (Movie)

ACO Jake (Actor)

Kings 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mercy 2009 (Tv Show)

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Loins of Punjab Presents 2008 (Movie)

Turbanotorious BDG (Actor)

Righteous Kill 2008 (Movie)

Dr Chadrabar (Actor)

The Accidental Husband 2008 (Movie)

Deep (Actor)

The Wrestler 2008 (Movie)

Medic (Actor)

Perception 2006 (Movie)

Kamal (Actor)

Bomb the System 2005 (Movie)

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King of the Hill 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Honeymooners 2005 (Movie)

Vivek (Actor)

Waterborne 2005 (Movie)

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212 2004 (Movie)

Vincent (Actor)

Monk 2004 (Tv Show)

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Bad Santa 2003 (Movie)

Hindustani Troublemaker (Actor)

Scary Movie 3 2003 (Movie)

Sayaman (Actor)

The Guru 2003 (Movie)

Sanjiv (Actor)

American Chai 2002 (Movie)

Hari (Actor)

Bug 2002 (Movie)

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Dinner Rush 2001 (Movie)

Ademir (Actor)

Hannibal 2001 (Movie)

Perfume Expert (Actor)

K-Pax 2001 (Movie)

Doctor Chakraborty (Actor)

The West Wing 2001 (Tv Show)

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Chutney Popcorn 2000 (Movie)

Raju (Actor)

Lateline 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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More Dogs Than Bones 2000 (Movie)

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New York Undercover 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Requiem for A Dream 2000 (Movie)

Mailman (Actor)

The Sopranos 2000 (Tv Show)

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Office Space 1999 (Movie)

Samir (Actor)

You Are Here 1999 (Movie)

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My Giant 1998 (Movie)

Hot Dog Vendor (Actor)

Once We Were Strangers 1998 (Movie)

Apu (Actor)

Pi 1998 (Movie)

Farrouhk (Actor)

Scotch and Milk 1997 (Movie)

Armand (Actor)

Suburbia 1997 (Movie)

Nazeer (Actor)

Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Vice Versa 1988 (Movie)

Dale (Actor)

Touch and Go 1986 (Movie)

Louis DeLeon (Actor)

Where the River Runs Black 1986 (Movie)

Segundo (Actor)

Lady Blue 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Montana (TV Show)

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No Greater Gift (TV Show)

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Stream (Internet Series) (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Loins of Punjab Presents 2008 (Movie)

("The Dhol Beat") (Song)

Biography

Ajay Naidu has avoided stereotyping by playing a variety of characters ranging from Latinos to Arabs to Pakistanis. The son of Indian immigrants, he was born and raised in the Chicago area. Encouraged by a grade school teacher, Naidu auditioned for--and won--the role of Maria Conchita Alonso's son in the feature "Touch and Go" (1985) which led to a handful of TV appearances (including "No Greater Gift," a 1985 "ABC Afterschool Special") and two other film roles in "Where the River Runs Black" (1985) and "Vice Versa" (1988). After appearances in local theater, he spent two years at the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training run by the American Repertory Theatre (ART) at Harvard. Naidu appeared at ART while a student and after completing his degree landing leading roles in "Romeo and Juliet" in Denver and "Everyman" in Chicago. Richard Linklater tapped the actor to portray the Pakistani owner of a convenience store in "subUrbia" (1997), which in turn led to parts in such independent films as "Once We Were Strangers" (1997), Adam Goldberg's "Scotch and Milk" (1998) and Darren Aronofsky's "Pi" (1998), among others. Naidu also made his TV series debut as a regular playing the people-pleasing intern working at a network news show in "Lateline" (NBC, 1998-99).

EDUCATION

Institute for Advanced Theatre Training, American Repertory Theatre

Cambridge , Massachusetts
program sponsored through Harvard University

Milestones

1999

Co-starred in Mike Judge's "Office Space"

1998

TV series debut as regular on "Lateline" (NBC)

1997

Had featured role as the Pakistani owner of a convenience store in "subUrbia"

1988

Last film for nearly a decade "Vice Versa"

1986

Film debut in "Touch and Go", as Maria Conchita Alsonso's 11-year old son

1985

Acting debut in episode of the TV series "Lady Blue" (ABC)

Played title role in the Steppenwolf production of "Everyman" in Chicago

Attended the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training in Cambridge, MA

Starred in a Denver production of "Romeo and Juliet"

Raised in Evanston, Illinois

Worked in stage productions in Chicago

Bonus Trivia

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Naidu was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Male for his performance in "subUrbia".

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