Ennis Esmer

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Ennis Esmer
Ennis Esmer cropped.jpg
Esmer in 2010
Born (1978-12-29) December 29, 1978 (age 40)
OccupationActor, writer
Years active2003–present

Ennis Esmer (born December 29, 1978) is a Canadian actor and comedian. He is most notable for his role as Rich Dotcom on the American television show Blindspot.

Early life[edit]

Esmer was born in Ankara, Turkey, before moving to Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the age of 3.[1] He is a graduate of the fine arts program at Earl Haig Secondary School,[2] and studied theatre and acting at York University.[2]


Esmer first came to prominence as the host of Toronto 1's short-lived variety series The Toronto Show in 2003.[2] He has had roles in television series such as The Listener,[2] Wipeout Canada,[2] Covert Affairs,[3] Billable Hours,[2] The L.A. Complex,[3] Blindspot[4] and Red Oaks,[4] as well as films such as Young People Fucking.[2]

Currently, Esmer can be seen in season two of Private Eyes as a series regular portraying Detective Kurtis "Maz" Mazhari. Esmer also recently guest starred on Schitt's Creek as a traveling blogger.


Year Film Role Notes
2003 How to Deal Ronnie
2004 Welcome to Mooseport Airport Passenger
2004 Decoys Gibby
2004 All You Got Paul
2006 The Path to 9/11 Mohammed Salameh
2007 Young People Fucking Gord
2007 Your Beautiful Cul de Sac Home Phil Goodfellow
2008 The Rocker Barney
2013 Sex After Kids Ben Nominated - Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Performance in a Feature[5]
2014 Big News from Grand Rock Leonard Crane
2015 How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town Adam Mitchell Won - Canadian Filmmakers' Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast (shared with cast)[6]
2018 Clara Charlie Durant
Year TV Show Role Notes
2003 Veritas: The Quest Egyptian Guard 1 Episode
2003 Queer as Folk Henry 1 Episode
2003 The Cheetah Girls Comedian TV Movie
2005 Tilt College Kid 1 Episode
2005 Kojak Stewart 1 Episode
2006–2008 Billable Hours Zoltan Recurring
Nominated - Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series (shared with cast) (2008)[7]
2007 Snowglobe Jamie DiBiasi TV Movie
2008 ReGenesis Dr. Daniel Peters 1 Episode
2008 Flashpoint Frank 1 Episode
2008 For the Love of Grace Frank Lockwood TV Movie
2009 Unstable Eric TV Movie
2009–2014 The Listener Osman 'Oz' Bey Series Lead (62 episodes)
Nominated - Canadian Comedy Award for Best Performance by a Male – TV (2010)[8]
Nominated - Canadian Comedy Award for Best Performance by a Male – TV (2011)[9]
2010 Murdoch Mysteries Marcus Evans 1 Episode
2010 Covert Affairs CIA Polygrapher Recurring
2011 Wipeout Canada Himself Co-Host
2012 The L.A. Complex Eddie Demir
2013 Transporter: The Series André 1 Episode (12 Hours)
2013 Nikita Guler 1 Episode (High-Value Target)
2014 Republic of Doyle Peete Episode 5X7
2014–2017 Red Oaks Nash Series regular
Nominated - Golden Maple Award for Newcomer of the Year in a TV Series Broadcast in the U.S. (2016)[10]
2015–present Dark Matter Wexler Recurring
2015–present Blindspot Gord Enver / Rich Dotcom Recurring (seasons 1-3)

Series regular (season 4-present)

2016–present Private Eyes Kurtis Mazhari 7 Episodes
2016 Brace for Impact Moe Television film
2016–present You Me Her Dave Amari Recurring
2019 Schitt's Creek Emir Kaplan 3 Episodes


  1. ^ "The Listener : Cast : Ennis Esmer". CTV. May 21, 2014. Archived from the original on February 15, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "On the Cover: The Listener's Ennis Esmer on being best friends with a telepathic crime solver and how he honed his craft at Earl Haig". postcity.com. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Ennis Esmer talks about 'The Listener' (Includes interview)". digitaljournal.com. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Actor Ennis Esmer Talks Gord Enver/Rich Dotcom In 'Blindspot' Episode 18 On NBC! [Interview]". MStarsNews. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  5. ^ "2014 Canadian Comedy Awards nominees announced". www.thecomedynetwork.ca. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Canadian Film Fest". Canadian Film Fest. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  7. ^ "awards database". academy.ca. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  8. ^ "2010 nominees" (PDF). agamdarshi.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 1, 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  9. ^ Mooney, Sam (10 June 2011). "Canadian Comedy Awards Nominees Announced". Mooney on Theatre. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Golden Maple Awards Nominees Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 November 2016.

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