Maulik Pancholy

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Maulik Pancholy
Born (1974-01-18) January 18, 1974 (age 44)
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Ryan Corvaia (m. 2014)

Maulik Navin Pancholy (born January 18, 1974) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Jonathan on 30 Rock, the voice of Baljeet Tjinder in Phineas and Ferb, Sanjay Patel in Weeds, and Neal during the first season of Whitney. He voiced a different character, also named Sanjay Patel, in the Nickelodeon animated series Sanjay and Craig.

Early life[edit]

Pancholy was born in Dayton, Ohio. He moved around while growing up, living in Ohio, Indiana, and Texas before his family settled in Tampa, Florida, where he attended junior high and high school.[1] His family comes from Gujarat, and his grandparents live in Ahmedabad.[2] He is a 1991 graduate of the Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, and went on to major in Theatre at Northwestern University, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1995.[3] He then attended the Yale School of Drama, where he received his Master of Fine Arts in 2003.[4]


Pancholy's television work includes guest roles on Tracey Takes On..., The Sopranos, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and The Comeback.[4]

His stage credits in New York City include the Culture Project's production of Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom in 2004, a workshop of the play Morbidity & Mortality at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre in 2005, and the lead role in India Awaiting at the Samuel Beckett Theatre. In January 2015, he joined the cast of Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play, replacing Rupert Grint when the production's Broadway run was extended.[5] Washington DC stage credits include Katherina in an all male version of the Shakespear's Theatre Company's "The Taming of The Shrew" in 2016. As 'Kevin' in the World premier engagement of Ken Urban's "The Remains" at the Studio Theatre in 2018.

On February 13, 2017 stated that Pancholy will play Nambue, Chief Medical Officer of the USS Shenzhou in the upcoming TV series Star Trek: Discovery. The series' pilot episode is set to air in September 2017, and season one is to air on CBS streaming service in America and Netflix abroad.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Pancholy came out as gay in a November 2013 interview with Out magazine in which he discussed his partner of nine years, chef/caterer Ryan Corvaia.[7] They got engaged at the Taj Mahal in January 2014 and were married in September that year.[8]

Pancholy speaks Gujarati and Spanish. He is also proficient in Hindi, which he speaks in the 30 Rock episode "Khonani".[2][9]

Political activism[edit]

On April 25, 2014, Pancholy was named to President Barack Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as part of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.[10][11][12] On February 25, 2017, Pancholy and nine other members of the commission resigned from their positions, citing administrative actions by President Donald Trump that they claimed went "against the commission's principles".[13][14]

Pancholy is active with several non-profit and social policy organizations including Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the New York City Anti-Violence Project, and OutRight Action International, formerly known as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.[12][11]



Year Film Role Notes
1999 Pokémon Trading Card Game: Trainer Video (1999) Adult Card Trader
2005 Hitch Raoul
2006 Friends with Money Flirtatious Waiter
Quarter Life Crisis Neil Desai
Park Babar
2008 27 Dresses Trent
2009 Love N' Dancing Gunmay
2010 Love Ranch Samir Singh
Good Sharma Samir
Tug Carl
See You in September Roger
Raspberry Magic Amrish Patil
2011 Horrible Bosses [15] Gregory Voice only
2012 Treasure Buddies Babi Voice only
2013 Super Buddies Curly the Pig Voice only


Year Show Role Episodes Notes
1998 USA High Achmed 1 Episode: "Jackson Moves Out"
City Guys Rasheed Episode: "Jamal Got His Gun"
Malibu, CA Haji Episode: "Surf Sale"
Felicity T.A. Episode: "Finally"
1999 Tracey Takes On... Roberto 2
Jack & Jill Barto's Classmate 1
Charmed Treasure Hunter #1
2000 Family Law Clerk Episode: "Metamorphosis"
1999-2000 The Wild Thornberrys Kazi / Tenzin / Construction Wallah 2
2005–09, 2012 Weeds Sanjay Patel 26 Recurring seasons 1–5; 8 - has exactly the same name as his Sanjay and Craig character
2005 The Comeback Kaveen Kahan 2
2006–11, 2012 30 Rock Jonathan 64 Recurring seasons 1–2; Main seasons 3–5; 7
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Aziz Gabriel/Dani Hasni 2
The Sopranos Dr. Ajit Gupte 1
2007–15 Phineas and Ferb Baljeet Tjinder 210+ Voice only
2009 The Replacements Kamil Sattar 1
2010 Running Wilde Himself Playing himself as a fake doctor in "Mental Flaws"
2011 Web Therapy Kamal Prakash 4 Recurring; season 1
2011–12 Whitney Neal 22 Main season 1
2013–16 Sanjay and Craig Sanjay Patel 60 Main role, voice only; has exactly the same name as his Weeds character.
2014 The Good Wife Dev Jain 1 Episode "Parallel Construction, Bitches"
2014 Wander Over Yonder TBA Voice Only
2016 The Muppets Photographer Episode: "Got Silk?"
2017 Star Trek Discovery Dr. Nambue Cast Member
2017 Friends From College Patel 1 Episode: "A Night of Surprises"
2017, 2018 Milo Murphy's Law Neal/Baljeet Tjinder 2 Episodes: "Love Toboggan" and "Phineas and Ferb Crossover"


  1. ^ "Angry Reader of the Week: Maulik Pancholy". Angry Asian Man. October 10, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Dayal, Priyanka. "Rock Star: A Conversation with Maulik Pancholy". ABCD Lady. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Maulik Pancholy - Biography". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Gregory Kirschling (11 May 2007). "Maulik Pancholy: You Might Know Me From...The 33-year-old". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Gordon, David."It's Only a Play's New Stars Martin Short, Katie Finneran, and Maulik Pancholy Meet the Press", January 13, 2015
  6. ^ Schwindt, Oriana (February 13, 2017). "'Star Trek: Discovery' Adds Three More Starfleet Members". Variety. Archived from the original on February 14, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2017
  7. ^ "Out100: Maulik Pancholy". Out Magazine. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Kennedy, Ed (September 28, 2014). "Maulik Pancholy Woke Up a Married Man". The Backlot. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Pancholy, Maulik (4 August 2011). "That Khonani brings it out of me". Twitter. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  10. ^ Garcia, Michelle (27 April 2014). "Out Actor Maulik Pancholy Named to White House Commission". The Advocate. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Withers, James (27 April 2014). "Out actor Maulik Pancholy appointed to White House advisory commission". Gay Star News. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "President Obama Announces his Intent to Appoint Fourteen Individuals to the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders" (Press release). The White House. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  13. ^ Lee, Traci G. (16 February 2017). "10 Resign from President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders". NBC News. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  14. '^ Hughes, William (18 February 2017). "30 Rocks Maulik Pancholy just quit a presidential commission because of Donald Trump". The A.V. Club. Onion, Inc. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  15. ^ Sabrina Siddiqui (11 November 2010). "30 Rock & Weeds Star on Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey and Shattering Stereotypes". Divanee. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 

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