Erick Avari

Erick Avari (born 13 April 1952) is an Indian–American actor known primarily for his roles in science-fiction serial productions, including Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996) and The Mummy (1999).[1]

Erick Avari
Avari at the Big Apple Convention in Manhattan, 18 October 2009.
Nariman Eruch Avari

(1952-04-13) 13 April 1952
Years active1984–present

Early life

Erick Avari was born Nariman Eruch Avari[2] in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, into a Parsi Zoroastrian family. His father, Eruch Avari, ran two movie theatres, the Capital and the Rink. His early education was at the prestigious North Point School, which he attended as a day-scholar. He later studied at the College of Charleston.

Erick is a member of the Avari-Madan family of Darjeeling and Calcutta. His great-great-grandfather was Jamshedji Framji Madan, one of the pioneers of Indian cinema.


Avari is known for his roles in such films as The Beast (1988), Encino Man (1992), Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), The Mummy (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001), Home Alone 4 (2002), Mr. Deeds (2002), Daredevil (2003), and Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane (2007). He is one of only two actors, along with Alexis Cruz, to appear in both the original Stargate movie and the spin-off series Stargate SG-1 (three episodes). Before arriving in Los Angeles in 1991, his extensive work onstage garnered him praise from theater critics across America, most notably as Vasquez, in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore with Val Kilmer at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, and as Sir Richard at The Guthrie Theater's memorable production of The Screens.

He has made guest appearances on Castle, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Heroes, Hope & Faith, Law & Order, Burn Notice, Lie to Me, Party Down, Star Trek: The Next Generation, seaQuest DSV, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise, The West Wing, The X-Files, Dharma & Greg, Babylon 5, Alias, The O.C., The Sarah Silverman Program, Leverage, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Covert Affairs, and Human Target. He appeared in cameo roles in JAG; Living People; NYPD Blue; Cheers; Murder, She Wrote; Roseanne; Judging Amy; NCIS; and Everwood. In the video game Zork Grand Inquisitor, he played Grand Inquisitor Mir Yannick, a ruthless dictator who serves as the game's main villain. He also appeared in The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines.

Beginning in the autumn of 2006, a photograph of Avari and a recording of his voice have been used in the role of Chandra Suresh in Heroes. He did not appear onscreen until the episode "Seven Minutes to Midnight", as his character is part of the backstory and had died before the events of the pilot. When his character does appear, it is only in flashbacks until the episode "Six Months Ago", when the story centers on six months before the events of the pilot episode. In this episode, Suresh moves to New York and contacts people on "the list" he generated of those he believes to have special genetic aberrations.

Over the course of his career, Avari has portrayed representatives of more than 24 ethnicities.[3] As of November 2006, he has appeared in 33 feature films and over 70 television episodes. Avari has appeared with Brent Spiner in four different productions: Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Independence Day (1996), The Master of Disguise, and Home Alone 4 (2002). He performed opposite Richard Gere in a drama film based on a true story: Hachi: A Dog's Tale, in which he played Jasjeet, an Indian hot dog vendor.

Avari was scheduled to reprise in his role as Kasuf in the Stargate SG-1 Season Six finale "Full Circle", but was unable to do so due to his commitment to Dragnet (2003).

In January 2009, he played a cell-phone salesman in Paul Blart: Mall Cop, and in October 2009, he was cast as Omar on Days of Our Lives.

In 2014, Avari voiced Master Rahool in the science fiction video game Destiny.

In 2017, Avari was seen in the U.S conspiracy thriller Project Eden: Vol. I.



1962KanchenjunghaCurrently Unknown
1984Nothing Lasts ForeverToulouse Lautrec
1986On Wings of Fire The Professor
1988The Beast of WarSamad
1989She's BackDeli Owner
1992Final AnalysisModeratorUncredited
Encino ManRaji
1993The Hit ListPharmaceutical Wholesaler
For Love or MoneyBenny the Jeweler
Dream LoverDr. Spatz
1994Color of NightCabbieUncredited
1996Independence DaySETI ChiefUncredited
The Undercover KidBrach
1997McHale's NavyEuropean LeaderUncredited
1999The MummyDr. Terrence Bey
The 13th WarriorCaravan LeaderCredited as Eric Avari
2001Planet of the ApesTival
The Glass HouseTed Ross
2002Three Days of RainAlex
Mr. DeedsCecil Anderson
The Master of DisguiseCigar Maker
RitualDr. Peter Winsvold
IncestPaulShort Film
2003DaredevilNikolas Natchios
Searching for HaizmannFather Mark Reeder
2005The L.A. Riot SpectacularMatre'd
Dancing in TwilightMatt
2007Dark MatterProfessor R.K. Gazda
Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a PlaneDr. Leo Bennett
Choose ConnorArthur Dennison
Charlie Wilson's WarAri GoldmanUncredited
InAlienableHoward Ellis
2009Paul Blart: Mall CopVijay
Hachi: A Dog's TaleJasjeet
2010Karma´s a BitchHeather's KarmaShort Film
2011Three VeilsMr. Qasim
Where the Road Meets the SunDadi
DispatchSergeant Pincus
Fall NorthProfessor KatzShort Film
2012Your Are the BloodTomShort Film
California WinterDouglas Hariri
2013A Haunting at Silver FallsDr. Parrish
It's Not You, It's MeCedrick
2015Chasing Eagle RockCam Avery
2017Project Eden: Vol.IThe Shepherd
2019Love & DebtJohnny


1987Leg WorkSamEpisode: "Things That Go Bump in the Night"
1989True BlueHakim HuzanEpisode: "Pilot: Part 1"
1990Law & OrderDr. Ekballa RazaEpisode: "Prescription for Death"
1991General HospitalAhmed HakeemUnknown Episodes
L.A. LawDr. HarrisEpisode: "Splatoon"
Murphy BrownDanEpisode: "Hoarse Play"
The AntagonistsDupreeEpisode: "#1.1"
Good & EvilDr. #2Episode: "Pilot"
Star Trek: The Next GenerationB'iJikEpisode: "Unification I"
1992The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirCedricEpisode: "Ill Will"
Tequila and BonettiVeterinarianEpisode: "Tale of the Dragon"
Civil WarsYale Peck-NaughtonEpisode: "Tape Fear"
Treacherous CrossingDon GallegherTelevision Film
Dream OnDr. DawsonEpisode: "Domestic Bliss"
WingsArtistEpisode: "Mathers of the Heart"
CheersMr. CranstonEpisode: "Feelings... Whoa, Whoa, Whoa"
Great Scott!Briefcase Salesman / Luggage Salesman03 Episodes
1993Casualties of Love: The "Long Island Lolita" StorySurgeonTelevision Film
MartinRashidiEpisode: "Jerome's in the House"
Good AdviceMr. VajneeshEpisode: "Special Session"
SeinfeldCabbieEpisode: "The Pilot"
ScamMr. AyubTelevision Film
seaQuest 2032Lybyan RepresentativeEpisode: "Treasure of the Mind"
1994Mad About YouDr. ArzupianEpisode: "The Last Scampi"
Don't Drink the WaterEmir's AideTelevision Film
1995Chicago HopeDr. GoodmanEpisode: "Cutting Edges"
Star Trek: Deep Space NineVedek YarkaEpisode: "Destiny"
VR.5BoiseEpisode: "Dr. Strangechild"
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanMr. MoonhauerEpisode: "Target: Jimmy Olsen!"
CybillPaoloEpisode: "Since I Lost My Baby"
Aladdin on IceThe Mystic TravelerTelevision Film
NYPD BlueRajeshEpisode: "Curt Russell"
1996Almost PerfectDaveEpisode: "Overly Meditated"
Project: ALFRocket (Voice)Television Film
Murder, She WroteRaul JaffaEpisode: "Mrs. Parker's Revenge"
Babylon 5Rabbi Leo MeyersEpisode: "And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place"
RoseannePrince's AssistantEpisode: "Someday My Prince Will Come"
Bone ChillersDr. Lumbago02 Episodes
To Face Her PastDr. WebsterTelevision Film
The John Larroquette ShowTargEpisode: "Cheeses H. Taste"
Mr. & Mrs. SmithHissene IdrissEpisode: "The Bob Episode"
1997GunThe PropietorEpisode: "The Shot"
Baywatch NightsDr. KasanEpisode: "The Servant"
ProfilerAshok DupreeEpisode: "Ambition in Blood"
The Tom ShowLloydEpisode: "The White Shadow"
1998JAGMinister NassanEpisode: "The Black Jet"
1998 - 2001Stargate SG-1Kasuf03 Episodes
1999Family LawCurrently UnknownEpisode: "Games"
1999 - 2000The Wild ThornberrysVarious (Voices)03 Episodes
2000The West WingPakistani AmbassadorEpisode: "Lord John Marbury"
2001Cousin SkeeterCurrently UnknownEpisode: "Bellboyz in the Hood"
The Education of Max BickfordMcKenney DawesEpisode: "Pilot"
ThievesBenny MustafaEpisode: "Dey Got De Degas"
Star Trek: EnterpriseJaminEpisode: "Terra Nova"
The X-FilesDr. Herb FountainEpisode: "Lord of the Flies"
FelicityDr. Ansari02 Episodes
2002The DistrictOmar KhalidEpisode: "Twist of Hate"
Dharma & GregLalitEpisode: "I Think, Therefore I Am in Trouble"
Home Alone 4: Taking Back the HouseMr. PrescottTelevision Film
2003EverwoodJames GellarEpisode: "Extra Ordinary"
L.A. DragnetSanjay Ramachandran09 Episodes
Law & OrderRavi PatelEpisode: "Floater"
AliasDr. VassonEpisode: "Breaking Point"
NCISAgent William GamalEpisode: "Minimum Security"
2004Judging AmySteven NashteEpisode: "Catching It Early"
2005JAGSheik Shuhaib Al-HassanEpisode: "Bridging the Gulf"
Tru CallingDr. Thomas BurellEpisode: "Grace"
Hope & FaithHassanEpisode: "Christmas Time"
2006The O.C.Dr. OverbeeEpisode: "The College Try"
The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's MinesGeneral SamirTelevision Film
HeroesChandra Suresh04 Episodes
2007Law & Order: Criminal IntentKazi HasniEpisode: "World's Fair"
Dirty Sexy MoneyHarold TempletonEpisode: "The Chiavennasca"
The Rich Inner Life of Penelope CloudDr. Albert HakimTelevision Film
2008The MiddlemanLord Jeremiah PurcellEpisode: "The Obsolescent Cryogenic Meltdown"
Burn NoticeNefzi02 Episodes
The Sarah Silverman ProgramAlex GilbertEpisode: "Patriot Tact"
The Madness of JaneNorman DivitryTelevision Film
2009LeverageDoctor LloydEpisode: "The Second David Job"
LifeEdward ZakariaEpisode: "Hit Me Baby"
MentalDr. Timothy PaulEpisode: "House of Mirrors"
HungTherapistEpisode: "Doris Is Dead or Are We Rich or Are We Poor?"
Days of Our LivesOmar08 Episodes
2010CastleRupert BentleyEpisode: "Wrapped Up in Death"
Human TargetGerardEpisode: "Victoria"
Party DownReverendEpisode: "Constance Carmell Wedding"
Lie to MeDr. KozellEpisode: "Pied Piper"
2011Warehouse 13Caturanga02 Episodes
2012NCIS: Los AngelesHosein KhademEpisode: "Endgame"
ParenthoodLeon DengraffEpisode: "There's Something I Need to Tell You..."
Covert AffairsOmar AnsariEpisode: "Quicksand"
2013The MentalistLance ReinhardtEpisode: "Red Lacquer Nail Polish"
2014Warehouse 13CaturangaEpisode: "Endless"
Major CrimesRavi MadhavanEpisode: "Do Not Disturb"
ScorpionRobert RichterEpisode: "Single Point of Failure"
GrimmJPEpisode: "Highway of Tears"
HieroglyphOdionTelevision Film
2015Madam SecretaryTurkish Foreign Minister Ozan CanogluEpisode: "The Ninth Circle"
The BrinkHasan07 Episodes
2017GravesAhsanEpisode: "They Die Happier"
2019The ChosenNicodemus04 Episodes

Video Games

1997Zork: Grand InquisitorGrand Inquisitor Mir YannickVoice
2014DestinyMaster RahoolVoice
2017Destiny 2Master RahoolVoice


  1. Denmead, Ken (13 July 2010). "Acting For Geeks: a Chat with Erick Avari". Wired. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  2. Erick Avari Biography
  3. Official Website
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