Usman Ally

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Usman Ally
Usman Ally, The Jungle Book rehearsal 2013 (cropped).jpg
Ally rehearsing for the musical adaptation of The Jungle Book in 2013
Born (1982-08-27) August 27, 1982 (age 36)
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)Malena Mai

Usman Ally (born August 27, 1982) is a Pakistani-American film, stage and television actor. Marking his acting debut in 2008, Ally won an Obie Award in 2015 for his role in The Invisible Hand.[1]

He has appeared in several stage productions including The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, The Jungle Book and a production of Around the World in 80 Days. He is known for his on screen roles such as Vincent on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Fernald the Hook-Handed Man in A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Early life[edit]

Usman Ally was born in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) to Pakistani parents.[2][3][4] He grew up in Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, and Pakistan.[5][6][7] According to Ally, his father was "involved in trade between African countries — textiles and things of that sort",[8] and hence his parents spent three decades living and moving across southern and eastern Africa.[3] He identifies himself as an "African-American Pakistani."[7][2]

At age 18, he moved to the United States and attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, majoring in theater and cultural anthropology.[9] While there, he was introduced to a group called Prisoners of Politics, and began to take part in slam poetry and hip hop performances. Soon after graduating from Lewis and Clark, he attended the University of Florida, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Fine Arts in acting. He has lived in Portland, Chicago and Los Angeles.[2]

He appeared regularly as Fernald in Netflix's adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, which premiered in 2017.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Group Sunil Short film
2009 Chicago Overcoat Pawnshop Owner
2011 Our Fathers Ahmed Short film
2012 Just Like a Woman Ousman
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness U.S.S. Vengeance Officer
2015 Misled Waseem
2016 Love Meet Hope Andrew

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Chicago Code Abrahm Episode: "St. Valentine's Day Massacre"
2011 Damages Nasim Marwat 4 episodes
2012 Boss Joe Young Episodes: "Mania" and "Redemption"
2013 Blue Bloods Vendor Episode: "No Regrets"
2014 Mind Games Charles Episode: "Pilot"
2014 Person of Interest Jamal Risha Episode: "Allegiance"
2014–15 Madam Secretary Zahed Javani Episodes: "Blame Canada", "The Ninth Circle" and "Tamerlane"
2015 Castle Bilal Jafari Episode: "Sleeper"
2015 The Player Hamid Episode: "Pilot"
2016 Blindspot Hakim Episode: "Cease Forcing Enemy"
2016 Helen & Grace Coach Episodes: "Meet Helen & Grace" and "Stand for Something"
2016 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Vincent Episodes: "Meet the New Boss", "Lockup" and "The Good Samaritan"
2016 The Librarians Security Lt. Becker Episode: "And the Fangs of Death"
2016–17 Veep Ambassador Al Jaffar 6 episodes
2017–19 A Series of Unfortunate Events Fernald the Hook-Handed Man 17 episodes
2017 Just Add Magic Mr. Morris 4 episodes
2017 Nobodies Gavin 5 episodes
2017 Mike Tyson Mysteries Raji (voice) Episode: "Mystery on Wall Street"
2017-19 Suits Andrew Malik Episodes: "Shame", “Donna” and “Rocky 8”
2017 Lifeline Nathan 6 episodes
2017 Curb Your Enthusiasm Morsi Driver Episode: "Never Wait for Seconds!"
2017 Brooklyn Animal Control Lawyer

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Asav Multiplayer only
2017 Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Also motion capture

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015 Obie Awards". Obie Awards. 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Angry Reader of the Week: Usman Ally". Angry Asian Man. 1 June 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b Metz, Nina (14 June 2017). "Like so many others, Usman Ally goes from Chicago to 'Veep'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Usman Ally On His 'Veep' Role As a Turning Point for Muslims on TV". Awards Daily. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Usman Ally: The Pakistani American Actor Who Seems to Be Everywhere". India West. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Five Questions with Usman Ally, Star of 'Nobodies', 'Veep' and 'Series Of Unfortunate Events'". Huffington Post. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  7. ^ a b Soloski, Alexis (27 December 2014). "Usman Ally Discusses his Roles". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Usman Ally on identity politics in ATC's 'Disgraced'". WBEZ. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  9. ^ Waterhouse, Ben (28 September 2015). "Character Builder". Lewis & Clark. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  10. ^ Sean Fitz-Gerald (January 13, 2017). "Every 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' Actor You Need to Know About". Thrillist. Retrieved January 9, 2019.

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