Dileep Rao

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) ... Read more »
Born: 07/29/1973 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (9)

Beeba Boys 2015 (Movie)

Kash Sood (Actor)

Z Nation 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder of a Cat 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Jag Mundhra (Actor)

Touch 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Childrens Hospital 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inception 2010 (Movie)

Yusuf (Actor)

Avatar 2009 (Movie)

Dr Max Patel (Actor)

Drag Me to Hell 2009 (Movie)

Rham Jas (Actor)

Standoff 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

EDUCATION

University of California, San Diego

American Conservatory Theater

Milestones

2010

Appeared in "Inception"

2009

Appeared in "Avatar"

2009

Landed major role in "Drag Me to Hell"

Bonus Trivia

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Rao's mother was a physicist, his father an engineer.

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The films Rao has been in have an extremely high box office average-$1.2 billion worldwide.

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