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 66)
Years active1984–present

Erick Avari (born 13 April 1952) is an American television, film and theater actor known primarily for his roles in science-fiction serial productions, including Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996) and The Mummy (1999).[1]

Early life[edit]

Erick Avari was born Nariman Eruch Avari[2] in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, into a Parsi-Zoroastrian family. His father, Eruch Avari, ran two movie theatres, the Capitol 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.

Erick 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 four different productions: Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Independence Day (1996), The Master of Disguise, and Home Alone 4 (2002). 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 will be seen in the U.S conspiracy thriller Project Eden: Vol. I.



Year Title Role Notes
1962 Kanchenjungha Unknown character
1984 Nothing Lasts Forever Toulouse Lautrec
1986 On Wings of Fire Professor
1988 The Beast Samad
1989 She's Back Deli Owner
1992 Final Analysis Moderator Uncredited
1992 Encino Man Raji
1993 The Hit List Pharmaceutical Wholesaler
1993 For Love or Money Benny the Jeweler
1993 Dream Lover Dr. Spatz
1994 Color of Night Cabbie Uncredited
1994 Stargate Kasuf
1996 Independence Day SETI Chief Uncredited
1996 The Undercover Kid Brach
1997 McHale's Navy European Leader Uncredited
1999 The Mummy Dr. Terrence Bey
1999 The 13th Warrior Caravan Leader
2001 Planet of the Apes Tival
2001 The Glass House Ted Ross
2002 Three Days of Rain Alex
2002 Mr. Deeds Cecil Anderson
2002 The Master of Disguise Cigar Maker
2002 Ritual Dr. Peter Winsvold
2002 Home Alone 4 Mr. Prescott
2003 Daredevil Nikolas Natchios
2005 The L.A. Riot Spectacular Matre'd
2005 Dancing in Twilight Matt
2007 Dark Matter Professor R.K. Gazda
2007 Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane Leo Bennett
2007 Choose Connor Arthur Dennison
2007 Postal Habib
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Ari Goldman Uncredited
2008 InAlienable Howard Ellis
2008 AmericanEast Fikry
2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop Vijay
2009 Hachi: A Dog's Tale Jasjeet
2011 Three Veils Mr. Qasim
2011 Where the Road Meets the Sun Dadi
2011 Dispatch Sergeant Pincus
2012 California Winter Douglas Hariri
2013 A Haunting at Silver Falls Dr. Parrish
2013 It's Not You, It's Me Cedrick
2015 Chasing Eagle Rock Cam Avery
2017 Project Eden: Vol. I The Shepherd



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

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