Erick Avari

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Erick Avari
Avari at the Big Apple Convention in Manhattan, 18 October 2009.
Nariman Eruch Avari

(1952-04-13) 13 April 1952 (age 68)
Years active1984–present

Erick Avari (born Nariman Eruch Avari; [1] 13 April 1952) is an Indian–American actor known primarily for his roles in science-fiction productions, including Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996) and The Mummy (1999). [2]


Early life

Erick Avari was born in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, into a Parsi Zoroastrian family. His father, Eruch Avari, ran two movie theatres, the Capital and the Rink. His early education was at the prestigious North Point School, which he attended as a day-scholar. He later studied at the College of Charleston.

Avari is a member of the Avari-Madan family of Darjeeling and Calcutta. His great-great-grandfather was Jamshedji Framji Madan, one of the pioneers of Indian cinema.


Avari is known for his roles in such films as The Beast (1988), Encino Man (1992), Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), The Mummy (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001), Home Alone 4 (2002), Mr. Deeds (2002), Daredevil (2003), and Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane (2007). He is one of only two actors, along with Alexis Cruz, to appear in both the original Stargate movie and the spin-off series Stargate SG-1 (three episodes). Before arriving in Los Angeles in 1991, his extensive work onstage garnered him praise from theater critics across America, most notably as Vasquez, in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore with Val Kilmer at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, and as Sir Richard at The Guthrie Theater's memorable production of The Screens .

He has made guest appearances on Castle , The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air , Heroes , Hope & Faith , Law & Order , Burn Notice , Lie to Me , Party Down , Star Trek: The Next Generation , seaQuest DSV , Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , Star Trek: Enterprise , The West Wing , The X-Files , Dharma & Greg , Babylon 5 , Alias , The O.C. , The Sarah Silverman Program , Leverage , Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman , Covert Affairs , and Human Target . He appeared in cameo roles in JAG ; Living People; NYPD Blue ; Cheers ; Murder, She Wrote ; Roseanne ; Judging Amy ; NCIS ; and Everwood . In the video game Zork Grand Inquisitor , he played Grand Inquisitor Mir Yannick, a ruthless dictator who serves as the game's main villain. He also appeared in The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines .

Beginning in the autumn of 2006, a photograph of Avari and a recording of his voice have been used in the role of Chandra Suresh in Heroes. He did not appear onscreen until the episode "Seven Minutes to Midnight", as his character is part of the backstory and had died before the events of the pilot. When his character does appear, it is only in flashbacks until the episode "Six Months Ago", when the story centers on six months before the events of the pilot episode. In this episode, Suresh moves to New York and contacts people on "the list" he generated of those he believes to have special genetic aberrations.

Over the course of his career, Avari has portrayed representatives of more than 24 ethnicities. [3] As of November 2006, he has appeared in 33 feature films and over 70 television episodes. Avari has appeared with Brent Spiner in three different productions: Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Independence Day (1996), and The Master of Disguise . He performed opposite Richard Gere in a drama film based on a true story: Hachi: A Dog's Tale , in which he played Jasjeet, an Indian hot dog vendor.

Avari was scheduled to reprise in his role as Kasuf in the Stargate SG-1 Season Six finale "Full Circle", but was unable to do so due to his commitment to Dragnet (2003).

In January 2009, he played a cell-phone salesman in Paul Blart: Mall Cop , and in October 2009, he was cast as Omar on Days of Our Lives .

In 2014, Avari voiced Master Rahool in the science fiction video game Destiny .

In 2017, Avari was seen in both the U.S conspiracy thriller Project Eden: Vol. I and, as Nicodemus, in the television drama series The Chosen .



1962 Kanchenjungha Unknown
1984 Nothing Lasts Forever Toulouse Lautrec
1986 On Wings of Fire The Professor
1988 The Beast of War Samad
1989She's BackDeli Owner
1992 Final Analysis ModeratorUncredited
Encino Man Raji
1993The Hit ListPharmaceutical Wholesaler
For Love or Money Benny the Jeweler
Dream Lover Dr. Spatz
1994 Color of Night CabbieUncredited
Stargate Kasuf
1996 Independence Day SETI ChiefUncredited
The Undercover KidBrach
1997 McHale's Navy European LeaderUncredited
1999 The Mummy Dr. Terrence Bey
The 13th Warrior Caravan LeaderCredited as Eric Avari
2001 Planet of the Apes Tival
The Glass House Ted Ross
2002 Home Alone 4: Taking Back The House Mr. Prescott (The Butler)
Three Days of Rain Alex
Mr. Deeds Cecil Anderson
The Master of Disguise Cigar Maker
Ritual Dr. Peter Winsvold
IncestPaulShort Film
2003 Daredevil Nikolas Natchios
Searching for HaizmannFather Mark Reeder
2005 The L.A. Riot Spectacular Matre'd
Dancing in Twilight Matt
2007 Dark Matter Professor R.K. Gazda
Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane Dr. Leo Bennett
Choose ConnorArthur Dennison
Postal Habib
Charlie Wilson's War Ari GoldmanUncredited
InAlienable Howard Ellis
2008 AmericanEast Fikry
2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop Vijay
Hachi: A Dog's Tale Jasjeet
2010Karma's a BitchHeather's KarmaShort Film
2011 Three Veils Mr. Qasim
Where the Road Meets the SunDadi
DispatchSergeant Pincus
Fall NorthProfessor KatzShort Film
2012Your Are the BloodTomShort Film
California Winter Douglas Hariri
2013 A Haunting at Silver Falls Dr. Parrish
It's Not You, It's MeCedrick
2015 Chasing Eagle Rock Cam Avery
2017Project Eden: Vol.IThe Shepherd
2019Love & DebtJohnny


1987 Leg Work SamEpisode: "Things That Go Bump in the Night"
1989 True Blue Hakim HuzanEpisode: "Pilot: Part 1"
1990 Law & Order Dr. Ekballa RazaEpisode: "Prescription for Death"
1991 General Hospital Ahmed HakeemUnknown Episodes
L.A. Law Dr. HarrisEpisode: "Splatoon"
Murphy Brown DanEpisode: "Hoarse Play"
The Antagonists DupreeEpisode: "#1.1"
Good & Evil Dr. #2Episode: "Pilot"
Star Trek: The Next Generation B'iJikEpisode: "Unification I"
1992 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air CedricEpisode: "Ill Will"
Tequila and Bonetti VeterinarianEpisode: "Tale of the Dragon"
Civil Wars Yale Peck-NaughtonEpisode: "Tape Fear"
Treacherous CrossingDon GallegherTelevision Film
Dream On Dr. DawsonEpisode: "Domestic Bliss"
Wings ArtistEpisode: "Mathers of the Heart"
Cheers Mr. CranstonEpisode: "Feelings... Whoa, Whoa, Whoa"
Great Scott! Briefcase Salesman / Luggage Salesman3 episodes
1993 Casualties of Love: The "Long Island Lolita" Story SurgeonTelevision Film
Martin RashidiEpisode: "Jerome's in the House"
Good Advice Mr. VajneeshEpisode: "Special Session"
Seinfeld CabbieEpisode: "The Pilot"
ScamMr. AyubTelevision Film
seaQuest 2032 Lybyan RepresentativeEpisode: "Treasure of the Mind"
1994 Mad About You Dr. ArzupianEpisode: "The Last Scampi"
Don't Drink the Water Emir's AideTelevision Film
1995 Chicago Hope Dr. GoodmanEpisode: "Cutting Edges"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Vedek YarkaEpisode: "Destiny"
VR.5 BoiseEpisode: "Dr. Strangechild"
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Mr. MoonhauerEpisode: "Target: Jimmy Olsen!"
Cybill PaoloEpisode: "Since I Lost My Baby"
Aladdin on IceThe Mystic TravelerTelevision Film
NYPD Blue RajeshEpisode: "Curt Russell"
1996 Almost Perfect DaveEpisode: "Overly Meditated"
Project: ALF Rocket (Voice)Television Film
Murder, She Wrote Raul JaffaEpisode: "Mrs. Parker's Revenge"
Babylon 5 Rabbi Leo MeyersEpisode: "And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place"
Roseanne Prince's AssistantEpisode: "Someday My Prince Will Come"
Bone Chillers Dr. Lumbago02 Episodes
To Face Her Past Dr. WebsterTelevision Film
The John Larroquette Show TargEpisode: "Cheeses H. Taste"
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Hissene IdrissEpisode: "The Bob Episode"
1997 Gun The PropietorEpisode: "The Shot"
Baywatch Nights Dr. KasanEpisode: "The Servant"
Profiler Ashok DupreeEpisode: "Ambition in Blood"
The Tom Show LloydEpisode: "The White Shadow"
1998 JAG Minister NassanEpisode: "The Black Jet"
1998-2001 Stargate SG-1 Kasuf3 Episodes
1999 Family Law UnknownEpisode: "Games"
1999-2000 The Wild Thornberrys Various (Voices)3 Episodes
2000 The West Wing Pakistani AmbassadorEpisode: "Lord John Marbury"
2001 Cousin Skeeter UnknownEpisode: "Bellboyz in the Hood"
The Education of Max Bickford McKenney DawesEpisode: "Pilot"
Thieves Benny MustafaEpisode: "Dey Got De Degas"
Star Trek: Enterprise JaminEpisode: "Terra Nova"
The X-Files Dr. Herb FountainEpisode: "Lord of the Flies"
Felicity Dr. Ansari2 Episodes
2002 The District Omar KhalidEpisode: "Twist of Hate"
Dharma & Greg LalitEpisode: "I Think, Therefore I Am in Trouble"
Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House Mr. PrescottTelevision Film
2003 Everwood James GellarEpisode: "Extra Ordinary"
L.A. DragnetSanjay Ramachandran9 Episodes
Law & Order Ravi PatelEpisode: "Floater"
Alias Dr. VassonEpisode: "Breaking Point"
NCIS Agent William GamalEpisode: "Minimum Security"
2004 Judging Amy Steven NashteEpisode: "Catching It Early"
2005 JAG Sheik Shuhaib Al-HassanEpisode: "Bridging the Gulf"
Tru Calling Dr. Thomas BurellEpisode: "Grace"
Hope & Faith HassanEpisode: "Christmas Time"
2006 The O.C. Dr. OverbeeEpisode: "The College Try"
The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines General SamirTelevision Film
Heroes Chandra Suresh4 Episodes
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kazi HasniEpisode: "World's Fair"
Dirty Sexy Money Harold TempletonEpisode: "The Chiavennasca"
The Rich Inner Life of Penelope CloudDr. Albert HakimTelevision Film
2008 The Middleman Lord Jeremiah PurcellEpisode: "The Obsolescent Cryogenic Meltdown"
Burn Notice Nefzi2 Episodes
The Sarah Silverman Program Alex GilbertEpisode: "Patriot Tact"
The Madness of JaneNorman DivitryTelevision Film
2009 Leverage Doctor LloydEpisode: "The Second David Job"
Life Edward ZakariaEpisode: "Hit Me Baby"
Mental Dr. Timothy PaulEpisode: "House of Mirrors"
Hung TherapistEpisode: "Doris Is Dead or Are We Rich or Are We Poor?"
Days of Our Lives Omar8 Episodes
2010 Castle Rupert BentleyEpisode: "Wrapped Up in Death"
Human Target GerardEpisode: "Victoria"
Party Down ReverendEpisode: "Constance Carmell Wedding"
Lie to Me Dr. KozellEpisode: "Pied Piper"
2011 Warehouse 13 Caturanga2 Episodes
2012 NCIS: Los Angeles Hosein KhademEpisode: "Endgame"
Parenthood Leon DengraffEpisode: "There's Something I Need to Tell You..."
Covert Affairs Omar AnsariEpisode: "Quicksand"
2013 The Mentalist Lance ReinhardtEpisode: "Red Lacquer Nail Polish"
2014 Warehouse 13 CaturangaEpisode: "Endless"
Major Crimes Ravi MadhavanEpisode: "Do Not Disturb"
Scorpion Robert RichterEpisode: "Single Point of Failure"
Grimm JPEpisode: "Highway of Tears"
HieroglyphOdionTelevision Film
2015 Madam Secretary Turkish Foreign Minister Ozan CanogluEpisode: "The Ninth Circle"
The Brink Hasan7 Episodes
2017 Graves AhsanEpisode: "They Die Happier"
2019 The Chosen Nicodemus 8 Episodes

Video Games

1997 Zork: Grand Inquisitor Grand Inquisitor Mir YannickVoice
2014 Destiny Master RahoolVoice
2017 Destiny 2 Master RahoolVoice

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  1. Erick Avari Biography
  2. Denmead, Ken (13 July 2010). "Acting For Geeks: a Chat with Erick Avari". Wired . Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  3. Official Website