Erik Anthony Audé
April 5, 1980
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, stuntman, poker player|
|Known for||Imprisonment in Pakistan for drug trafficking|
Erik Anthony Audé (born April 5, 1980) is an American actor, stuntman, and professional poker player who was arrested and imprisoned in Pakistan for alleged drug trafficking. Audé maintains that he was duped into carrying opium and believed he was importing leather goods. This story is featured in an episode of National Geographic's Locked Up Abroad wherein he plays his own role.
In 2002, Audé was persuaded to carry leather samples from Islamabad, Pakistan, to the United States by Razmik Minasian (who used the alias Rai Gharizian), an Armenian client at the gymnasium where Audé was employed. Minasian concealed from Audé the fact that the case containing leather skirts and jackets also contained opium. On February 15, 2002, Audé was arrested at Islamabad International Airport after being found, according to Pakistani authorities, with 3.6 kilograms (7.9 pounds) of opium in the process of embarking on his scheduled flight to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Pakistan is not a party to the United States' Prison Transfer Treaty program. The actor, convicted in January 2003, began serving a sentence of seven years at the Adiala Central Jail in nearby Rawalpindi. At the time, a number of articles in the press speculated on the odds of his surviving the full term of his seven-year sentence.
Audé's 2004 release followed an appeal by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson just before Christmas, and followed Minasian's written confession that Audé was innocent of knowing he was being used to smuggle opium. A number of websites were set up to help promote his cause, and to document the struggle to free him. The actor arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on December 26, 2004, after entering the United States at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. As of 2009 Audé lives in the San Fernando Valley.
|1997||The Bold and the Beautiful||Travis Bayer||TV series|
|1997||Hiller and Diller||Barry||TV series|
|1998||One World||Rick||TV series|
|1998||Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal||'Cannibal' Hannibal||TV series|
|1998–1999||Cousin Skeeter||Duke||TV series|
|1999||City Guys||Signing Guy||TV series|
|2000||Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane||Norb Schaffer||TV series|
|2000||7th Heaven||Boy Friend||TV series|
|2000||Dude, Where's My Car?||Musclehead||Film|
|2001||The Andy Dick Show||Intense Guy||TV series|
|2001||Three Sisters||Party Guest||TV series|
|2001||Popular||Frat Guy||TV series|
|2001||So Little Time||TV series|
|2001||That's Life||Pete||TV series|
|2001||The Nightmare Room||Frank||TV series|
|2001||Reba||Football Player||TV series|
|2002||Van Wilder||Martial Arts Freshman||Film|
|2003||That's So Raven||Student #1||TV series|
|2005||Cold Case||Frat Guy||TV series|
|2005||The Rites of Nico||Wayne||Short|
|2006||The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold||Pool Waiter||Video|
|2006||Miles from Home||Landlord||Film|
|2006||Courting Alex||Mark||TV series|
|2006||So Notorious||Bad Date #1||TV series|
|2006||Just for Kicks||Lance||TV series|
|2006||Beyond the Break||Scott Worthington||TV series|
|2006||Just Legal||Boyfriend||TV series|
|2006||CSI: NY||Jewelry Store Manager||TV series|
|2006||Flags of Our Fathers||Officer||Film|
|2006||Shark||Seth Taylor||TV series|
|2006||Numbers||Steroid Highschool Kid||TV series|
|2007||Cory in the House||Sebastian||TV series|
|2007||The Third Nail||Marine Lieutenant||Film|
|2010||Q for Death||Officer Clayton Banks||Video|
|2010||A Mother's Choice||Dr. Desmond||Short|
|2011||The Event||Mark||TV series|
|2011||The Young and the Restless||Passport Forger||TV series|
|2011||Rizzoli & Isles||Devon Bosko||TV series|
|2011||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Ryan Dempsey||TV series|
|2011||Cowboys & Indians||Gentleman James Carter||Film|
|2011||Heroine Legends: Agent Files||Jones||TV series|
|2012||The ABCs of Death||Beat Down Dude||Film|
|2012||A Mother's Choice: The Ultimatum||Dr. Desmond||Short|
|2012||NCIS: Los Angeles||Burly Surfer||TV series|
|2012||Parenthood||Construction Worker #2||TV series|
|2013||Shadow on the Mesa||Thor Welsh||TV movie|
|2013||The Devil's Dozen||Film|
|2013||My Haunted House||Ghost Husband||TV series|
|2013||Nothing Left But Tears||Wrath||Short|
|2013||Mike India Alpha||Jeremy Mitchell||Short|
|2013||Ad Lucem||Biker||Video short|
|2013||To My Future Assistant||Hank||TV movie|
|2013||Three and a Half Songs||Luke||Short|
|2013||The Pain Killers||Roman||Film|
|2013||Halfway to Hell||Roach||Film|
|2014||Legends||Security Captain||TV series|
|2014||Looking for Lions||Jamal||Film|
|2014||Sons of Anarchy||White Guard||TV series|
|2014||The Eric Andre Show||Nascar Driver||TV series|
|2015||Gnome Alone||Officer Kelly||Film|
|2015||Bout to be a Riot||Darren Wilson||Video short|
|2015||Shameless||Drug Cop||TV series|
|2015||NCIS||Man in Blue Suit||TV series|
|2015||Field of Lost Shoes||Hawker||Film|
|2015||All That Matters||Neil||TV series|
|2015||Rendezvous with Victory||Terrorist VO||TV series short|
|2015||Tornado Alley||Dale||TV series|
|2015||Seat of Justice||Officer Clayton Banks||Film|
|2015||A Killer of Men||Cutler||Short|
|2015||The Last Ship||Avocet Worker 2||TV series|
|2015||Hand of God||Cop #1||TV series|
|2015||Being Charlie||Staffer #1||Film|
|2010–2015||Days of Our Lives||Lamar/Thug/Dealer||TV series|
|2015||Luke||Bouncer 1||TV movie|
|2015||Luke||Bouncer 1||TV series|
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- "Witness to the Execution". Crime Library. August 18, 2007. Archived from the original on August 18, 2007. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
The voices reminded him of the crowds back in Lancaster, California, the Poppy Capital of California, when he was playing football for Bethel Christian Academy.
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- Fausset, Richard. "Mom Tries to Get Son Freed From Pakistan." Los Angeles Times. October 27, 2003