Ken Davitian

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Ken Davitian
Ken Davitian 2010.jpg
Davitian attending the "Night of 100 Stars" for the 82nd Academy Awards viewing party at the Beverly Hills Hotel on March 7, 2010
Native name Քեն Դավիթյան
Born Kenneth Davitian
(1953-06-19) June 19, 1953 (age 63)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Actor, comedian, restaurateur
Years active 1991 – present
Spouse(s) Ellen Davitian (1977–present)

Kenneth "Ken" Davitian (Քեն Դավիթյան, born June 19, 1953) is an American character actor, who is best known for his role as Borat's producer Azamat Bagatov in the 2006 comedy film Borat.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Kenneth Davitian was born on June 19, 1953 in an Armenian-American family in Montebello.[2] His father, a Soviet soldier during World War II, was captured by the Nazis. He was placed at a Armenische Legion camp in Stuttgart. After the end of the war, he emigrated to the United States through the efforts of George Mardikian. Davitian worked in his father's waste management company.[3][4] He graduated from Whittier College.[5]

His teenage idol was Burt Reynolds, who greatly influenced his choice of becoming an actor.[6] Davitian would go on to play in a film which also featured Reynolds, titled Pocket Listing.

Davitian is fluent in both Armenian and English.[7]

Restaurant ventures[edit]

Davitian founded a restaurant in 2003 called The Dip, which was located in Los Angeles.[8] His son Robert runs his baseball-themed hot dog restaurant The Infield in Sherman Oaks, which boasts a hot dog, conceived by Charlie Sheen, called the "Charlie Sheen Dog with Tiger Blood".


Year Title Role
1991 Bikini Summer Max
1999 Shandra The Jungle Girl Diego
2000 Our Lips Are Sealed Mobster
Missing Pieces Jorge
2002 The Shield Armenian Mobster
May Foreign Doctor
2003 S.W.A.T. Uncle Martin Gascoigne
Holes Igor Barkov
A Man Apart Ramon Cadena
2006 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Azamat Bagatov
Boston Legal ("Chitty Chitty Bang Bang") Mr. Kahanov
2007 South of Pico Nick
Lucky You Poker Player
2008 Meet the Spartans Xerxes
Get Smart Shtarker
Soul Men Ardesh Kezian
2009 Chuck "Uncle" Bernie
Lonely Street Motel Owner
Not Forgotten Father Salinas
2011 You May Not Kiss The Bride Father Vlatko
The Cape Store Owner
The Artist Pawnbroker
2013 Walk of Shame Cab Driver
2013 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Snyder
2014 Two and a Half Men ("Lotta Delis in Little Armenia") Mr. Mardirosian
2015 Pocket Listing Mr. Mousian
2014 Small Time Wexler
2016 Going Under


  1. ^ Dargis, Manohla (2006-11-03). "Borat". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Abcarian, Robin (February 25, 2007). "Less recognizable with clothes". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ "Ken Davitian Interview" (in Armenian). Shant TV. 5 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Abrams, Tamar (29 November 2011). "Borat Catapulted Him to Fame, but Ken Davitian Is Not Azamat". The Huffington Post. 
  5. ^ "America's Best Colleges #253 Whittier College". Forbes. 8 May 2009. Notable Alumni Ken Davitian, actor, Borat 
  6. ^ Abrams, Tamar (November 29, 2011). "Borat Catapulted Him to Fame, but Ken Davitian Is Not Azamat". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Abcarian, Robin (January 7, 2011). "Ken Davitian is enjoying, very much, his Hollywood high five". The San Francisco Chronicle. 

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