Sendhil Ramamurthy

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Sendhil Ramamurthy
Sendhil Ramamurthy (1).jpg
Ramamurthy in 2008
Born (1974-05-17) May 17, 1974 (age 47)
OccupationActor
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 1999)
Children2

Sendhil Amithab Ramamurthy (born May 17, 1974) is an American actor. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Ramamurthy is best known for his roles as geneticist Mohinder Suresh in the NBC sci-fi drama Heroes, Gabriel "Gabe" Lowan in Beauty and the Beast, and Jai Wilcox in Covert Affairs.

Early life and education[edit]

Ramamurthy was born in Chicago to a Hindu family who had emigrated from India; his father is a Kannadiga[1] and mother is a Tamil from the Pillai community.[2][1] He grew up speaking English and a little Kannada.[1] His parents are physicians.[3][4] He has one sister who is also a physician. He and his sister were raised in San Antonio. There, he went to Keystone School and graduated in 1991.

Ramamurthy attended Tufts University initially as a pre-med major to follow in his parents' footsteps.[5] He was also a member of the Kappa Charge of Theta Delta Chi. He became interested in acting when he took an "Intro to Acting" class during his junior year as part of his graduation requirement. After participating in several plays, including Our Country's Good, he chose to change career goals. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in history and then attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London in 1996, graduating in 1998.[5][6]

Career[edit]

Ramamurthy has appeared in theatrical productions of A Servant of Two Masters in London's West End, Indian Ink at the Soho Repertory Theatre, and East Is East at the Manhattan Theatre Club. His film credits include Love & Debate (originally titled Thanks to Gravity), Orient Express, Blind Dating, Little India, Shor in the City[7] and Gurinder Chadha's comedy film It's a Wonderful Afterlife. In addition, he has appeared on several TV shows, including Ellen, Casualty, Guiding Light, Grey's Anatomy, Ultimate Force, CSI: Miami, Heroes, Covert Affairs and Numb3rs.

He made a conscious decision to not audition for stereotypical Indian roles, although he has been offered such parts.[5] Ramamurthy's role on Heroes was his biggest to date. Although the character of Mohinder Suresh was originally written for a 55-year-old, his audition tape and screen test were convincing enough for writers to rewrite the part for Ramamurthy. Ramamurthy starred in all four seasons of Heroes, although his appearance in the final season was limited; had the series been recommissioned for a fifth season, he would not have returned for it.[8]

In 2000, he appeared in NBC's television biblical miniseries In the Beginning in the role of Adam.

Ramamurthy guest starred in a season four episode of Psych titled "Bollywood Homicide", directed by Jay Chandrasekhar.[9]

Ramamurthy joined the cast of the USA Network show Covert Affairs as Jai Wilcox from the second episode onward, replacing character Conrad Sheehan III, played by Eric Lively in the pilot.[10] The show premiered in July 2010.[11] In the season 3 premiere, his character was killed off.[12]

Ramamurthy appeared in the eighth and ninth season of The Office as Kelly Kapoor's new boyfriend, Ravi.[13]

On December 19, 2012, it was announced that he would appear in the CW show Beauty & the Beast as Gabriel Lowen, an assistant district attorney.[14]

He appeared in his Heroes role in that series's continuation entitled Heroes Reborn, in 2015 and 2016.

He appeared as Dr. Ramsey Rosso/Bloodwork in the sixth season of the television series The Flash.

As of 2020, he is part of the cast of the new Netflix series Never Have I Ever, playing Mohan Vishwakumar, the main character's father.[15] The series is produced by Mindy Kaling, who had first worked with Ramamurthy when she was a writer and actor on The Office.[16]

Personal life[edit]

In 1999, Ramamurthy married actress Olga Sosnovska. They have two children, daughter Halina (b. 2005) and son Alek (b. 2008). He and his family previously lived in London and have since moved to New York.[17]

He is a cousin of comedian and film director Jay Chandrasekhar.[18] He is a sustaining member of WNYC.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes Ref(s)
2000 In the Beginning Adam
2000 Death, Deceit & Destiny Aboard the Orient Express Nikki
2006 Blind Dating Arvind
2009 The Slammin' Salmon Marlon Specter
2010 It's a Wonderful Afterlife DS Raj Murthy
2011 Shor in the City Abhay
2013 The Lifeguard Raj
2016 Lego Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape Simon Masrani (voice)
2022 Untitled film Films that have not yet been released TBA Hindi film Filming[19]

Television[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes Ref(s)
2002 Guiding Light Lloyd
2002 Ultimate Force Corporal Alex Leonard
2005 Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Pilot Episode)
2005 Numb3rs DOE Specialist (episode: "Dirty Bomb")
2006–2010 Heroes (U.S. TV series) Mohinder Suresh Main role
2009 Psych Rajesh (episode: Bollywood Homicide)
2010–2012 Covert Affairs Jai Wilcox
2012–2013 CSI: Miami Raj Andari
2012–2013 The Office (U.S. TV series) Ravi
2013–2014 Beauty & the Beast (2012 TV series) Gabriel Lowen Main role (Season 1–2)
2015 Heroes Reborn (miniseries) Mohinder Suresh Guest
2016 Stan Lee's Lucky Man Nikhail Julian / Golding
2016 Family Guy Unknown (S14E20: "Road to India")
2016 Odd Mom Out Bruce (S02E07: "Hanoi Jill")
2016 Elementary (TV series) Ajit Dalal (S05E06: "Ill Tidings")
2018 Reverie (TV series) Paul Hammond Main role
2018 MacGyver (2016 TV series) Samir (S03E10: "Matty + Ethan + Fidelity")
2018 New Amsterdam (2018 TV series) Dr. Panthaki (S01E9: "As Long As It Takes")
2019–2020 The Flash (2014 TV series) Dr. Ramsey Rosso (Arrowverse) Recurring role
2020–Present Cleopatra in Space (TV series) Khensu Recurring role
2020–Present Never Have I Ever (TV series) Mohan Recurring role
2020 DC Super Hero Girls (TV series) Ra's al Ghul
2022 Good Sam Asher Pyne Recurring role

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sendhil Ramamurthy has exactly 15 Hindi words in Ekta Kapoor's Shor". Bollywood Hungama. 14 December 2012. Archived from the original on 13 June 2021. Retrieved 12 June 2021. Sendhil's second language is Kannada since his father is from Karnataka. "My mother is Tamil. My dad is Kannada. I can barely manage Kannada.
  2. ^ Thomas, Loydean (2 May 2004). "THE DOCTOR IN CHARGE: DR. RAJAM RAMAMURTHY". sawoman.com. SA Woman. Archived from the original on 13 June 2021. Retrieved 12 June 2021. Ramamurthy was born into the Pillay community, a small group of primarily farm families in the state of Kerala on the southern tip of India.
  3. ^ Joshi, Tushar (27 April 2010). "Sendhil wants Deepika to watch his film". Mid-day.com. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  4. ^ "An American Hero comes knocking". Rediff.com. 21 January 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Mangla, Ismat Sarah (25 September 2006). "Holding Out for a Hero". Nirali. Archived from the original on 8 January 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2007.
  6. ^ Etkin-Ives, Sharla (1 January 2007). "Sendhil Ramamurthy". Zap2it. Archived from the original on 18 August 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2007.
  7. ^ "Sendhil Ramamurthy of 'Heroes' fame to make his Bollywood debut with Shor | Bollywood.com : Entertainment news, movie, music and fashion reviews". Bollywood.com. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  8. ^ Allen, Liam (14 April 2010). "Heroes star bemoans British drama". BBC News.
  9. ^ Godwin, Jennifer (15 June 2009). "Exclusive: Heroes Star Sendhil Ramamurthy to Guest on Psych". E! Online – Watch with Kristin. Archived from the original on 17 June 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2009.
  10. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (13 July 2010). "Cold War-Style Spying Is Back (How Quaint)". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (13 October 2010). "'Heroes' actor cast in new USA series". The Hollywood Reporter.
  12. ^ Sandra Gonzalez (11 July 2011). "Covert Affairs season premiere: bosses sound off on shocking death". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  13. ^ Megan Masters (6 February 2012). "Office scoop:Kelly Kapoor's new boy toy is..." TVLine.com. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  14. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (19 December 2012). "Scoop: Sendhil Ramamurthy joins Beauty and the Beast as 'great antagonist' for Vincent/Catherine". TVLine.com. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (30 September 2019). "Sendhil Ramamurthy Joins Mindy Kaling's Coming-Of-Age Series 'Never Have I Ever'". Deadline. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  16. ^ Sittenfeld, Curtis (23 September 2011). "A Long Day at "The Office" with Mindy Kaling". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  17. ^ Jeanne Muchnik (2 February 2015). "New Rochelle Actor Discusses Latest Role at Pelham Picture House". Daily Voice. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  18. ^ @jaychandrasekha (22 April 2013). "My cousin Sendhil joined Twitter. Late, ya bastard. He was the movie star in Slammin' Salmon. So if you want to follow him: @Sendhil_Rama" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 13 June 2021. Retrieved 23 April 2013 – via Twitter.
  19. ^ "Vidya Balan, Pratik Gandhi, Ileana D'Cruz and Sendhil Ramamurthy to star in an upcoming romantic comedy-drama". Bollywood Hungama. 11 November 2021. Retrieved 11 November 2021.

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