Aasif Mandvi (born 1973 in Mumbai, India) is an Indian American actor. He began appearing as a correspondent on The Daily Show on August 9, 2006.
Originally from Chicago, Mandvi played the title role in Merchant Ivory Productions’ film The Mystic Masseur and is also the recipient of an Obie Award for his critically acclaimed one-man show Sakina’s Restaurant. He also had a memorable role as Mr. Aziz of “Joe’s Pizza” in Spider-Man 2.
On Broadway Mandvi appeared in the 2002 revival of Oklahoma! directed by Trevor Nunn. He also appeared in the play Homebody/Kabul by Tony Kushner at The Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Brooklyn Academy of Music. He recently portrayed the German chemist Fritz Haber in the off-Broadway play Einstein’s Gift. Mandvi played Melchior in On the Razzle by Tom Stoppard at The Williamstown Theatre Festival and appeared in the docudrama Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom at The Culture Project.
He has been in numerous television shows; The Sopranos, Sex and the City, CSI, Oz, The Bedford Diaries, Jericho, Sleeper Cell and various editions of Law & Order, including Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Trial by Jury.
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