Birthday: March 5
Widely known for his work as a correspondent on the Emmy Award-winning “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Mandvi got his start in New York theater. Along with his acting teacher, Wynn Handman, he developed and created his critically acclaimed one-man show, “Sakina’s Restaurant,” for which he won an Obie Award.
Mandvi received rave reviews for originating the role of Amir Kapoor in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Disgraced” at Lincoln Center. Additional stage credits include the Broadway revival of “Oklahoma,” “Suburbia” and “Brigadoon.”
His feature film credits include “Drunk Parents,” “Mother’s Day,” “Million Dollar Arm,” “The Internship,” “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” “The Proposal,” “Ghost Town,” “Music and Lyrics,” “Spider-Man 2,” “Analyze This” and “The Siege,” among many others. Also, he co-wrote and starred in “Today’s Special,” which premiered at the London Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival.
His television credits include a recurring role on BLUE BLOODS, on the Network, “This Way Up,” “Younger,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “Shut Eye,” among others. Also, he was a host on National Geographic’s “Years of Living Dangerously,” which addressed climate change, and he wrote, produced and starred in “The Brink” on HBO.
Online, Mandvi co-created and starred in the Peabody Award-winning web series “Halal in the Family,” which addressed Islamophobia through parody and satire and garnered over 500 million media impressions within days upon launch.
In addition, Mandvi is an author of a collection of personal stories, No Land’s Man, for Chronicle Books.
Mandvi was born in Bombay, Maharashtra, India, and grew up in Bradford, England, and Tampa, Fla. He is a graduate from University of South Florida, where he majored in theater. His birthday is March 5. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @aasif.