Ari Stidham (born August 22, 1992)[1] is an American actor and musician. He is known for his role of statistical genius Sylvester Dodd in the television series Scorpion.[2]

Ari Stidham
Ari Stidham at Camp Conival 2016.jpg
Stidham at the Camp Conival presentation for the TV show Scorpion at Petco Park during San Diego Comic-Con 2016
Born (1992-08-22) August 22, 1992 (age 29)
NationalityAmerican
Occupation
  • Actor
  • singer
  • composer

Early lifeEdit

Stidham was born on August 22, 1992 in Westlake Village, California, to a Sephardic Jewish father and an Ashkenazi Jewish mother. His maternal grandparents were from Russia, and his paternal grandparents were from Morocco and the United States. He was raised in an observant Reform Jewish home, and he attended the Center for Early Jewish Education in Thousand Oaks. He does not identify as religiously Jewish, but he identifies as culturally Jewish.[3]

Stidham began playing music at four and performed in theater and musical productions throughout elementary and high school. He later performed with and was a member of ComedySportz Los Angeles Improvisational comedy group.[3][4]

CareerEdit

Stidham broke into acting in 2010, with the character Ian in ABC Family television series Huge, based on a novel of the same name which centered around eight teenagers who had been sent to a weight loss camp.[5] He later auditioned for the part of Sylvester Dodd in the CBS series Scorpion, despite the role being written for an African-American actor in his thirties, and was cast in the role after a single audition.[4] From 2014 to 2018, Stidham was a part of the main cast for the all four seasons of the series (93 episodes).

He also releases music under the name DrTelevision, or DRTV. Additionally, through his production company Stidley Inc., he produces "short form alternative comedy" with Zach Green, including a monthly love comedy radio play Dick Duquesne: Tales of a Private Dick.[6]

Stidham founded his company, Sanguinet Films, which was founded in 2016, with Ari at the helm as a producer, writer, and director of the company. He directed their flagship feature, Curse of the Siren, which premiered at Fangoria Fearcon in 2016.[citation needed]

In 2018, he played archvillain Grand Moff Levine in a musical stage spoof titled Solo Must Die: A Musical Parody.[7] In October 2019, Stidham presented a comedy and musical celebration and re-telling of the Edgar Allan Poe's works titled The Edgar Allan Show.[8] Re-enactments and recitals of 'The Raven', 'The Tell-Tale Heart' and 'The Fall of the House of Usher', were directed by and featured original songs by Stidham.[9]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role
2009 Jack's Box Ari
2010 Election Day Ari
2010 The Green Family Elbow Bully
2011 Anyplace Luke
2011 Talon's Rant
2012 Kidnap Party Officer
2016 The Meme Max Bloom

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Huge Ian Schonfeld
The Whole Truth Erik Episode 1x04
2011 Glee A Young Drunk Episode 2x14
2013 Mike and Molly Henry Episode 3x16
The Crazy Ones Ari / Member of the Crowd Episodes 1x11 - 1x02
2014–2018 Scorpion Sylvester Dodd Main cast
2015 Con Man 1st class fan Episodes 1x01-1x03
2016 The Price Is Right Sylvester Dodd Crossover with Scorpion S2 E18 "The Fast and the Nerdiest"[10]
Insecure Cameron Episode 1x07
Obituary: A Grave Beginning Lester Catfield / Coach McKinney (voice) TV short
2017 Growth: VR Jack Filo Episode "Hot yoga"
2020 The Fugitive Head shop owner Episode 1x08 "Hunted Becomes the Hunter"
The Martian Broadcast Orson Welles (voice) 1x01 "Something for Children"
2021 5150 Radio show host (voice) TV short

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 16-22". ABC News. 10 August 2020. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  2. ^ Bill Keveney (23 November 2014). "'Scorpion' actors like to play it smart". USA Today. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  3. ^ a b Miller, Gerri (December 1, 2014). "TV stardom adds up for young genius of 'Scorpion'". Tribe Magazine. Archived from the original on March 24, 2017. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Gomez, Adrian (January 25, 2015). "Ari Stidham finds a perfect fit on team 'Scorpion'". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  5. ^ Aiden Mason. "Five Things You Didn't Know about Ari Stidham". TV Overmind. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  6. ^ "DICK DUQUESNE: TALES OF A PRIVATE DICK Set for Open Space Cafe/Theater, Today". Broadway World. May 23, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  7. ^ F. Kathleen Foley (11 May 2018). "Review: 'Solo Must Die,' and so must this 'Star Wars' musical spoof". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  8. ^ Christine N. Ziemba (24 September 2019). "46 Things To Do This Halloween in Southern California". laist.com. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Cast and Creative of 'The Edgar Allan Show'". edgarallanshow.com. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  10. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: 'Scorpion' Crew Compete on 'The Price Is Right' and It's Adorably Hilarious". Entertainment Times. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2021.

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