Brian George

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Brian George
Brian George CFC (cropped).jpg
George in 2011
Born (1952-07-01) 1 July 1952 (age 66)
Jerusalem
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Israeli, English
Alma mater University of Toronto
Occupation Actor, singer, voice artist, comedian
Years active 1975–present

Brian George (born 1 July 1952) is an Israeli-English actor, singer, voice artist and comedian best known for playing Pakistani restaurateur Babu Bhatt on Seinfeld and the gynaecologist father of Raj Koothrappali on The Big Bang Theory.

Early life[edit]

George was born in Jerusalem on 1 July 1952, to Jewish parents of Iraqi, Lebanese and Indian descent, who had emigrated to Israel. His father was born in Lebanon,[1] his mother, in India. A year after his birth, the family moved from Israel to London and then, in 1966, to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. George is the youngest of four siblings.

He attended an all-boys school in London but made the switch to a public co-ed high school when the family moved to Toronto. He attended the University of Toronto, where he was active in the University's theatre productions. George left before graduation and formed a theatre group; unsuccessful, he moved on to join the Second City, where he trained with John Candy, among others.

Career[edit]

Television, voiceover and film work[edit]

George appeared as a United Nations secretary on Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, as Julian Bashir's father in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?" and on a recurring basis as Raj's father in The Big Bang Theory. In 2006, he landed a recurring role as Sasan's father Omid in So NoTORIous. George also did the voice of Bob Fish in the last two series of Bob and Margaret.

He had appeared on numerous other sitcoms including Seinfeld, where he appeared in three episodes as Babu Bhatt, an immigrant who is deported to Pakistan because of Elaine Benes' failure to give Jerry Seinfeld his mail in time, which contained Babu's visa application. He returned in the series finale to testify against Jerry.[2] He also appeared in two episodes of Ellen as Ranjit, a member of the book club that gathered in Ellen's book shop.

He had a recurring role as newsman "Hugh Persons" on Doctor, Doctor during the series' second season.

He made a one-time guest appearance in Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda in the first season as Wayist religious leader Vikram Singh Khalsa. This was developed by Robert Hewitt Wolfe who worked on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He also appeared in One Tree Hill as Brooke's taxi driver when she went to launch her clothes in New York.

He has also done voiceover work in animated shows such as Batman: The Animated Series (as musician turned gangster Jimmy "The Jazzman" Peake); Handy Manny; Kim Possible playing antagonist Duff Killigan, a Scotsman who uses exploding golf balls when attacking Kim and Ron Stoppable, Kim's sidekick; Avatar: The Last Airbender as Guru Pathik; Batman Beyond; Justice League (voicing Parasite in style similar to the late Brion James, the first voice actor of Parasite; and portraying Morgan Edge and President George W. Bush), MASK, Invader Zim, and Jedi Master Ki-Adi Mundi in Season 2 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He has also appeared in video games like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur's Gate, Ultimate Spider-Man, Mass Effect 3, Everquest II and Final Fantasy XIV. Early in his acting career, he was among the cast of 1985's The Care Bears Movie and made guest appearances in the Canadian television series The Edison Twins, The Littlest Hobo, Comedy Factory and King of Kensington.

He also took over the voice of Bob Fish in the Anglo-Canadian animated comedy series Bob and Margaret and The Inspector in the 1993 revival series of The Pink Panther. He played a guru in the film Inspector Gadget where he is training with Inspector Gadget to control his gadgets and tells him to grab two balls with his expanding arm and Gadget does so, but instead, he accidentally grips the guru's testicles causing him to get a high-pitched voice. He is then hospitalised.

He also made a small guest appearance in the second season of The Mentalist, in episode 16, entitled 'Code Red', he played a professor working at the Northern California Technology Institute. His most recent appearances include the role of Mr. Pashmutt on Desperate Housewives (in the 2005 episode "You Could Drive a Person Crazy"), Ali on American Dad! (in the 2005 episode "Stan of Arabia: Part 2") and Captain Barbossa in Kingdom Hearts II and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. He also appeared on The 4400 in the third-season episode "The Starzl Mutation". Also appeared in the St. Valentine's Day episode of Grey's Anatomy as a carrier waiter in love with another patient, but ends up dying of complications towards the end of the episode.

He also voiced Sahin the Falcon and Stuart Black in Age of Empires III and is also the voice of Fareed "Freddie" Abdul Salaam (a taxi driver and informant) in the game True Crime: New York City. He plays a short tempered convenience store owner in the 2001 film Ghost World. He also plays the role of "Iqbal" in the 2006 film Employee of the Month.

He played "Pushpop", an Indian ice cream vendor, in the 2001 film Bubble Boy. He also played the culturally diverse (Sikh-Catholic-Muslim mix with Jewish in-laws) bartender who counselled the priest played by Edward Norton through a crisis of faith in the 2000 film Keeping the Faith. In the 2008 indie romantic comedy Shades of Ray, he played the overbearing Pakistani father to a half-Pakistani, half-Caucasian (Zachary Levi) in the midst of questioning his prior policy of only dating white women.

He also was the foster father of Ricky in the television series The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

In The Penguins of Madagascar, Brian guest stars as the zoo doctor in "Needle Point", "I Was a Penguin Zombie", "Operation: Cooties", "Love Hurts", and "I Know Why the Caged Bird Goes Insane".

He also appeared on Disney Channel show That's So Raven as Dr. Sleevemore, a "psychic doctor" who treats Raven's vision-related problems. He appeared in 2 episodes. In the season 1 episode "Saving Psychic Raven", Raven starts attending his "Institute for Psychic Research", where she meets other teenage psychics. Raven decides not to go back to there at the end of the episode after an ongoing feud between the psychics and Raven's friends. Dr. Sleevemore is neither seen nor mentioned again until the season 3 episode "Vision Impossible".

He also appeared on the Disney Channel show Phineas and Ferb on the hour long special "Summer Belongs To You" as Uncle Sabu, voiced Mr. Kumar on the Disney Junior show Handy Manny, and voiced a character on the Disney Channel show Mickey Mouse.

He regularly voiced several characters on DC Nation's Green Lantern: The Animated Series, including Appa Ali Apsa, LANOS, and Brother Warth.

He also appeared in the first episode of Beware the Batman, "Hunted", as the villain Professor Pyg, and in Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time as Sly's ancestor, Salim Al-Kupar.

In 2013, George took up a recurring role in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland as an unnamed prisoner who is later revealed to be the Sultan of Agrabah and father of the show's principal antagonist: Jafar.[3]

He guest starred in SpongeBob SquarePants in the episode "Drive Happy" as Coupe.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Care Bears Movie Mr. Fetuccini, additional voices Voice
1987 Roxanne Doctor
1989 Speed Zone Valentino Rosatti
1993 Robin Hood: Men in Tights Dungeon Maitre'D
1994 Pom Poko Kincho Daimyoujin the Sixth / Yashimano Hage 2005 English Dub
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery UN Secretary
1998 Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero Additional Voices Direct-to-video
1999 Inspector Gadget Sore Guru
2000 The Prime Gig Nasser
2000 Keeping the Faith Paulie Chopra
2001 Ghost World Convenience Store Owner
2001 Bubble Boy Push Pop
2006 Crumbs Dry Cleaner
2006 Employee of the Month Iqbal Raji
2008 Batman: Gotham Knight O'Fallon / Arman / Scruffy Man Voice
Direct-to-video
2009 Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Gorilla Grodd Voice
Direct-to-video
2010 Batman: Under the Red Hood Ra's al Ghul Assistant Voice
Direct-to-video
2012 Justice League: Doom Mayor Voice
Direct-to-video
2012 Hotel Transylvania Suit of Armor Voice
2012 Delhi Safari Bat English Dub
2014 Batman: Strange Days Dr. Hugo Strange Voice
Short
Uncredited
2014 Postman Pat: The Movie Ajay Baines Voice
2014 The Boxtrolls Boulanger Voice
2014 Beethoven's Treasure Tail Trentino
2016 Batman: The Killing Joke Alfred Pennyworth Voice

Television[edit]

List of Live-Action Performances in Television Series
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Married... with Children Chef Episode: "Look Who's Barking"
1991–1998 Seinfeld Babu Bhatt 3 episodes
1992 Quantum Leap Ben Episode: "Moments to Live – May 4, 1985"
1992–1993 Super Dave Additional Voices Unknown
1992–1993 Coach Rami 3 episodes
1994 Melrose Place Client Episode: "Love, Mancini Style"
1994 Blossom Shakir Episode: "Oh, Baby"
1994–1996 Weird Science Mr. Palate 6 episodes
1995 Ellen Ranjit 2 episodes
1997 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Misha Episode: "The Family Hour"
1997 Caroline in the City Mr. Tedescu
1997 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Richard Bashir Episode: "Dr. Bashir, I Presume?"
2000 The X-Files Project Doctor Episode: "The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati"
2000 Star Trek: Voyager Ambassador O'Zaal Episode: "Drive"
2000–2001 Bob and Margaret Bob Fish Voice
Season 3 and Season 4 only
2001 The Chris Isaak Show Dr. Ramu Banerjee
2003, 2006 That's So Raven Dr. Sleevemore 2 episodes
2005 Two and a Half Men TV Narrator Episode: "Those Big Pink Things with Coconut"
2006 One Tree Hill Dauod Episode: "All Tomorrow's Parties"
2007 NCIS Dr. Ameen Temani Episode: "Trojan Horse"
2007–present The Big Bang Theory Dr. V.M. Koothrappali 14 episodes
2007 The 4400 Claudio Borghi Episode: "The Starzi Mutation"
2008–2013 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Dr. Shakur 14 episodes
2010 The Mentalist Professor Episode: "Code Red"
2013 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Old Prisoner / Sultan 10 episodes
2013 Dog with a Blog Monty Cathcart Episode: "A New Baby?"
2015 Elementary Santhosh 2 episodes
2016–present The Expanse Arjun Avasarala
2017 The Orville Dr. Aronov Episode: "Old Wounds"
2017 New Girl[4] Uncle Naseer Episode: "The Hike"
2018 The Resident Tejan Prevash Episode: "Family Affair"
2018 Raven's Home Dr. Sleevemore 2 episodes
List of Voice Performances in Television Series
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Jazzman Episode: "I Am the Night"
1993–1995 The Pink Panther Inspector 6 episodes
1995-1996 Freakazoid! Warden Riba / Mr. Snarzetti 2 Episodes
1996 Superman: The Animated Series Kryptonian Councilman, Eugene 2 episodes
1999–2001 Batman Beyond Samir, Police Lieutenant, Jace, Dr. Pandu Banjahri 4 episodes
2001–2004 Lloyd in Space Station 23 Episodes
2001–2004 Justice League Forian, Parasite, Morgan Edge, Justice Lord President 3 episodes
2002–2007 Kim Possible Duff Killigan/Professor Ramesh 14 Episodes
2006-2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender Guru Pathik 4 Episodes
2008–2009 The Spectacular Spider-Man Aaron
Miles Warren
7 Episodes
2008–2014 Star Wars: The Clone Wars King Katuunko, Chi Cho, Ki-Adi-Mundi
2009-2011 The Penguins of Madagascar Zoo Doctor 5 episodes
2010 Phineas and Ferb Uncle Sabu 2 Episodes
2010 Handy Manny Mr. Kumar
2011–2013 Green Lantern: The Animated Series Appa Ali Apsa, Brother Warth, LANOS 13 Episodes
2014 Shazam! Mr. Tawky Tawny / Solomon 2 Episodes
2013–2014 Beware the Batman Professor Pyg, Liam Taylor 4 Episodes
2015 Guardians of the Galaxy Pyko Episode: "We Are Family"
2016 Steven Universe Mr. Frowney Episode: "Future Boy Zoltron"
2016-2017 Pickle and Peanut Pickle's Dad / Additional Voices 4 Episodes
2018 SpongeBob SquarePants Coupe Episode: "Drive Happy"
2018 Big City Greens Doctor Episode: "Cricketsitter"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Baldur's Gate Belt, Coran, Oublek Voice
2000 Diablo II Gheed, Drognan, Alkor Voice
2000 Invictus: In the Shadow of Olympus Voice
2001 Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel Ghoul Merchant Hieronymus, Chief Scientist DuBois, Tesla Robot, Service Robot Voice
2001 Return to Castle Wolfenstein Egyptian No. 2, Prologue German No. 2 (PS2 version) Voice
2001 Tarzan Untamed Professor Porter Voice
2002 Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale II Voice
2002 Superman: Shadow of Apokolips Parasite Voice
2002 Law & Order: Dead on the Money Saheed Singh Voice
2003 Command & Conquer: Generals Voice
2003 Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader Voice
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Master Zhar Lestin, Mysterious Man, Eli Gand, Sith Interrogator, Czerka Officer Voice
2003 Command & Conquer: Generals Zero Hour Voice
2003 The Hobbit Voice
2003 Medal of Honor: Rising Sun Pvt. Battersby, Sgt. Gupta Voice
2003 Armed & Dangerous Rome Voice
2004 Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel Ghoul Merchant, Chief Scientist, Tesla, Service Robot Voice
2004 Ground Control II: Operation Exodus Centurion Cezarus Voice
2004 The Bard's Tale Voice
2004 EverQuest II Garion Dunam, Scribe Varion Smitelin, Armsdealer Barrik Voice
2004 GoldenEye: Rogue Agent Voice
2004 The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth King Théoden Voice
2005 Medal of Honor: European Assault Additional voices Voice
2005 Rainbow Six: Lockdown Voice
2005 Ultimate Spider-Man Shocker, Adrian Toomes Voice
2005 Age of Empires III Sahin
Stuart Black
Voice
2005 True Crime: New York City Fareed 'Freddie the Cabbie' Abdul Salaam Voice
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Captain Hector Barbossa Voice
2006 The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II King Théoden Voice
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow Barbossa, Fort Guard, Captured Pirate No. 5 Voice
2006 Cars Piston Cup Racers Voice
2006 The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king King Théoden Voice
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Captain Hector Barbossa Voice
2007 Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties Colonel George Edwardson Voice
2007 Mass Effect Rear Admiral Kahoku, Chairman Burns, Dr. Saleon, Dr. Wayne, Rogue Al, Samesh Bhatia, businessman, Elcor Diplomat, Refugee, Salarian Soldier, Turian Customer Voice
2007 Cars: Mater-National Fillmore Voice
2008 Tom Clancy's Endwar Voice
2009 The Lord of the Rings: Conquest Théoden, Elven Officer No. 2, Old Male Hobbit Voice
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of Smithsonian Napoleon Bonaparte, Guard No. 2 Voice
2009 Dragon Age: Origins Knight-Commander Greagoir, Ser Otto, Bann Sighard, Blood Mage Leader, Howe Estate Guard, How Estate Craftsman Voice
2010 Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight Additional voices Voice
2010 The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest King Théoden, Barliman Butterbur Voice
2010 Final Fantasy XIV Voice
2011 Dragon Age II Larius – Legacy DLC Voice
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Devotek, Additional voices Voice
2012 Mass Effect 3 General Oleg Petrovsky – Omega DLC Voice
2012 Diablo III Abd al-Hazir Voice
2012 Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Voice
2012 Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect Rush - A Disney Pixar Adventures: Snapshot Mr. Pricklepants Voice
2013 Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Salim Al-Kupar, Panther, Tiger Voice
2013 Disney Infinity Captain Hector Barbossa Voice
2013 DuckTales Remastered Flintheart Glomgold Voice
2014 Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Abd al-Hazir Voice
2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Captain Hector Barbossa Voice
2014 Skylanders: Trap Team Bernie Voice
2014 Far Cry 4 Additional Voices Voice
2014 Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series Ser Royland Degore
Tazal
Voice
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Hector Barbossa Voice[5]
2016 World of Warcraft: Legion Lord Jorach Ravenholdt Voice[6]
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Hector Barbossa Voice

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Did You Know That BABU From Seinfeld Was Born In…". 16 October 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "Brian George talks about 'Seinfeld' and his long career". From the Grapevine. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland 1.07 Review: "Bad Blood". tvovermind.com. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "New Girl" The Hike (TV Episode 2017), retrieved 2018-07-10 
  5. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of. 
  6. ^ BLIZZCON 2016 Voice Actor Stage – World of Warcraft – Your Class, Your Champions. 

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