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Maulik Navin Pancholy (/mlk nɑːvɪn pænˈli/, born January 18, 1974) is an American actor and author who is best known for his roles as Jonathan on 30 Rock, Baljeet Tjinder in Phineas and Ferb, Neal in the first season of Whitney, and characters named Sanjay Patel in both Weeds and Sanjay and Craig. His debut novel, The Best at It (from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins), is about a gay, Indian American boy coming into his own.[1]

Maulik Pancholy
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Pancholy in 2007
Born (1974-01-18) January 18, 1974 (age 45)
EducationNorthwestern University (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
OccupationActor and Author
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Ryan Corvaia (m. 2014)
Websitemaulikpancholy.com

Early lifeEdit

Pancholy was born in Dayton, Ohio. He moved around while growing up, living in Ohio, Indiana, and Texas before his family settled in Tampa, Florida, where he attended junior high and high school.[2] His family comes from Gujarat, and his grandparents lived in Ahmedabad.[3] He is a 1991 graduate of the Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, and went on to major in Theatre at Northwestern University, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1995.[4] He then attended the Yale School of Drama, where he received his Master of Fine Arts in 2003.[5]

CareerEdit

Pancholy played the character of Jonathan on the award-winning NBC series 30 Rock, Sanjay on Showtime's Weeds, Neal on the first season of NBC's Whitney, and voiced the characters of Baljeet Tjinder on Disney's Phineas & Ferb and Sanjay on Nickelodeon's Sanjay & Craig[6]. Additional television work includes guest roles on The Good Fight, The Good Wife, Elementary, Dynasty, Friends from College, Tracey Takes On..., The Sopranos, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and The Comeback.[5]

On February 13, 2017 StarTrek.com stated that Pancholy will play Nambue, Chief Medical Officer of the USS Shenzhou in the upcoming TV series Star Trek: Discovery. His character appeared in the pilot episode, "The Vulcan Hello", which aired on 24th September 2017, and streamed on CBS's online service in America and Netflix abroad.[7]

His stage credits in New York City include the Culture Project's production of Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom in 2004, a workshop of the play Morbidity & Mortality at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre in 2005, and the lead role in India Awaiting at the Samuel Beckett Theatre. In January 2015, he joined the cast of Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play, replacing Rupert Grint when the production's Broadway run was extended.[8] Washington DC stage credits include Katherina in an all male version of the Shakespeare Theatre Company's "The Taming of The Shrew" in 2016. He starred as 'Kevin' in the world premiere engagement of Ken Urban's The Remains at the Studio Theatre in 2018.

In 2019, Pancholy played 'Tommy' in Bess Wohl's Grand Horizons at theWilliamstown Theatre Festival[9]. It was announced that he will reprise the role in Second Stage's Broadway production of the play at the Helen Hayes Theater.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Pancholy came out as gay in a November 2013 interview with Out magazine in which he discussed his partner of nine years, chef/caterer Ryan Corvaia.[11] They got engaged at the Taj Mahal in January 2014 and were married in September that year.[12]

Pancholy speaks Gujarati and Spanish. He is also proficient in Hindi, which he speaks in the 30 Rock episode "Khonani".[3][13]

Political activismEdit

On April 25, 2014, Pancholy was named to President Barack Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as part of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.[14][15][16] On February 25, 2017, Pancholy and nine other members of the commission resigned from their positions, citing administrative actions by President Donald Trump that they claimed went "against the commission's principles".[17][18]

Pancholy is active with several non-profit and social policy organizations including Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the New York City Anti-Violence Project, and OutRight Action International, formerly known as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.[16][15]

Pancholy is the Chair and Co-Founder of the anti-bullying nonprofit Act To Change. He helped launch the campaign during his time serving on President Obama's Advisory Commission. Act To Change was transitioned outside of the White House after the Trump election. [19]


FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1999 Pokémon Trading Card Game: Trainer Video Adult Card Trader
2005 Hitch Raoul
2006 Friends with Money Flirtatious Waiter
Quarter Life Crisis Neil Desai
Park Babar
2008 27 Dresses Trent
2009 Love N' Dancing Gunmay
2010 Love Ranch Samir Singh
Good Sharma Samir
Tug Carl
See You in September Roger
Raspberry Magic Amrish Patil
2011 Horrible Bosses [20] Gregory Voice only
2012 Treasure Buddies Babi Voice only
2013 Super Buddies Curly the Pig Voice only

TelevisionEdit

Year Show Role Notes
1998 USA High Achmed Episode: "Jackson Moves Out"
City Guys Rasheed Episode: "Jamal Got His Gun"
Malibu, CA Haji Episode: "Surf Sale"
Felicity T.A. Episode: "Finally"
1999 Tracey Takes On... Roberto Episode: "Road Rage"
Jack & Jill Barto's Classmate
Charmed Treasure Hunter #1
2000 Family Law Clerk Episode: "Metamorphosis"
2005–09, 2012 Weeds Sanjay Patel Recurring seasons 1–5; 8
2005 The Comeback Kaveen Kahan 3 episodes
2006–11, 2012 30 Rock Jonathan Recurring seasons 1–2; Main seasons 3–5; 7
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Aziz Gabriel/Dani Hasni Episode: "Stress Position"
"World's Fair"
The Sopranos Dr. Ajit Gupte Episode: "Stage 5"
2007–15 Phineas and Ferb Baljeet Tjinder Voice only
2009 The Replacements Kamil Sattar (voice)
2010 Running Wilde Himself Episode: "Mental Flaws"
2011 Web Therapy Kamal Prakash Recurring; season 1
2011–12 Whitney Neal Main (season 1)
2013–16 Sanjay and Craig Sanjay Patel Main role, voice only
60 episodes
2014 The Good Wife Dev Jain Episode "Parallel Construction, Bitches"
Wander Over Yonder TBA
2016 The Muppets Photographer Episode: "Got Silk?"
2017 Star Trek Discovery Dr. Nambue
Friends From College Patel Episode: "A Night of Surprises"
2017, 2019 Milo Murphy's Law Neal
Baljeet Tjinder
Episodes: "Love Toboggan"
°"The Phineas and Ferb Effect"
2018 Elementary Alfonse Kapoor Episode: "Our Time Is Up"
2019 Dynasty Kenneth Desai Episode: "Filthy Games"
The Good Fight Dev Jain Episode "The One Where Diane Joins the Resistance"
"The One Where Kurt Saves Diane"

StageEdit

Year Title Role Location Category
2003 Aunt Dan and Lemon Marty Acorn Theatre Off-Broadway
2004 Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom Ruhel Ahmed Lynn Redgrave Theater Off-Broadway
2005 Morbidity & Mortality N/A Cherry Lane Theatre Off-Broadway
2014-2015 It's Only a Play Frank Finger Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre and Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Broadway
2016 The Taming of The Shrew Katharina Minola Shakespeare Theatre Company at Sidney Harman Hall Regional
2018 Good for Otto Alex Pershing Square Signature Center Off-Broadway
2018 The Remains Kevin Studio Theatre Regional

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Best at It - Maulik Pancholy - Hardcover". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher. Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  2. ^ "Angry Reader of the Week: Maulik Pancholy". Angry Asian Man. October 10, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Dayal, Priyanka. "Rock Star: A Conversation with Maulik Pancholy". ABCD Lady. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Maulik Pancholy - Biography". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  5. ^ a b Gregory Kirschling (11 May 2007). "Maulik Pancholy: You Might Know Me From...The 33-year-old". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Maulik Pancholy". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  7. ^ Schwindt, Oriana (February 13, 2017). "'Star Trek: Discovery' Adds Three More Starfleet Members". Variety. Archived from the original on February 14, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2017
  8. ^ Gordon, David."It's Only a Play's New Stars Martin Short, Katie Finneran, and Maulik Pancholy Meet the Press" theatermania.com, January 13, 2015
  9. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Williamstown Theatre Festival Announces Additional Casting; Ellen Barkin, Thomas Sadoski, and More". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  10. ^ Evans, Greg; Evans, Greg (2019-08-05). "Michael Urie, Thomas Sadoski, Maulik Pancholy Among Cast Of Broadway-Bound 'Grand Horizons'". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  11. ^ "Out100: Maulik Pancholy". Out Magazine. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  12. ^ Kennedy, Ed (September 28, 2014). "Maulik Pancholy Woke Up a Married Man". The Backlot. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  13. ^ Pancholy, Maulik (4 August 2011). "That Khonani brings it out of me". Twitter. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  14. ^ Garcia, Michelle (27 April 2014). "Out Actor Maulik Pancholy Named to White House Commission". The Advocate. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  15. ^ a b Withers, James (27 April 2014). "Out actor Maulik Pancholy appointed to White House advisory commission". Gay Star News. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  16. ^ a b "President Obama Announces his Intent to Appoint Fourteen Individuals to the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders" (Press release). The White House. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  17. ^ Lee, Traci G. (16 February 2017). "10 Resign from President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders". NBC News. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  18. '^ Hughes, William (18 February 2017). "30 Rocks Maulik Pancholy just quit a presidential commission because of Donald Trump". The A.V. Club. Onion, Inc. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Act to Change". Act to Change. 2018-12-05. Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  20. ^ Sabrina Siddiqui (11 November 2010). "30 Rock & Weeds Star on Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey and Shattering Stereotypes". Divanee. Retrieved 15 March 2012.

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