Utkarsh Ambudkar

Utkarsh Ambudkar (/ˈʊtkɑːrʃ æmˈbʊdkɑːr/ UUT-karsh am-BUUD-kar;[1] born December 8, 1983) is an American actor.

Utkarsh Ambudkar
Utkarsh Ambudkar in White Famous S01 E03.jpg
Utkarsh Ambudkar in White Famous in 2017
Born (1983-12-08) December 8, 1983 (age 36)
OccupationActor, singer, rapper
Years active2006–present

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in the suburbs where his parents were scientists at the National Institutes of Health. He starred in comedy roles at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, Maryland, and he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2004.[2][3][4][5]

CareerEdit

He is a former VJ for MTV Desi. He has appeared in the comedy film Pitch Perfect as the character Donald, and in the television shows The Mindy Project and The Muppets.[6] He was set to star in the Fox series, Eat, Pray, Thug[7] but the show was not picked up.[8] Ambudkar originated the role of Aaron Burr in the developmental readings of Hamilton.[2][9] Utkarsh was also seen in the Dungeons & Dragons campaign Force Grey: Giant Hunters and Force Grey: Lost City of Omu, hosted by Matthew Mercer. In that, he plays the character "Hitch", a rogue with a nefarious past. He currently plays Raj on the sitcom Brockmire.

He was cast in the upcoming Disney live-action remake of Mulan as Skatch, a con-artist.[10] He was also cast in the upcoming film Free Guy,[11] and in Disney's Godmothered.[12]

Since 2005, Ambudkar has been a part of hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme under the name UTK the INC.[2] As part of the group, he participated in the limited television series for Pivot in 2014[13] and made his Broadway debut in the group's self-titled show on October 2, 2019.[14] He played Jern in the 2019 film Brittany Runs a Marathon.

DiscographyEdit

  • The Gold Tusk EP (2006)
  • Members Only EP (2012)[15]
  • Vanity (2019)
  • Petty (2019)

FilmographyEdit

TheaterEdit

  • Freestyle Love Supreme (2019)

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Rocket Science Ram
2008 Last Call Nikash
2012 Pitch Perfect Donald
2015 Freaks of Nature Parminder
2016 Ride Along 2 Amir
2016 Barbershop: The Next Cut Raja
2017 Basmati Blues Rajit
2018 Blindspotting Rin
2018 Game Over, Man! Bae Awadi
2019 Brittany Runs a Marathon Jern
2020 Mulan Skatch
2020 Free Guy Mouser Post-production
TBA The Broken Heart Gallery Post-production
Marry Me Coach Manny
Godmothered Grant Filming

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2006; 2010 The Electric Company UTK; Harry 2 episodes
2011 Danni Lowinski Rasoul Television film
2012 Freestyle Love Supreme UTK Television film
2013 The Mindy Project Rishi Lahiri 10 episodes
2016 The Simpsons Jay (voice) Episode: "Much Apu About Something"
2016 The Muppets Pizza 3 episodes
2017 White Famous Malcolm 10 episodes
2018 Bartlett Sanjay Kahn 4 episodes
2018 Brockmire Raj 5 episodes
2018- Harvey Street Kids Fredo (voice) 17 episodes
2020 Mira, Royal Detective Chikku (voice) Main cast

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Let's Talk About Me, Baby with Utkarsh Ambudkar". Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Caramanica, Jon (2019-09-26). "Utkarsh Ambudkar Finally Gets His Broadway Shot in 'Freestyle Love Supreme'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  3. ^ Marks, Peter (September 26, 2019). "How chill can Broadway get? Lin-Manuel Miranda and company throw down some 'Freestyle Love' to find out". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ Williams, Elizabeth (November 16, 2000). "A Comedy That'll Slay You". The Washington Post.
  5. ^ Wilcher, Joel (March 29, 2001). "An 'Anything' With Everything". The Washington Post.
  6. ^ Peitzman, Louis (8 January 2013). ""Pitch Perfect" Breakout Utkarsh Ambudkar Takes On "The Mindy Project"". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Utkarsh Ambudkar To Star In Fox Comedy 'Eat Pray Thug' Inspired By Rapper Heems". Deadline Hollywood.
  8. ^ "Heems' TV Show Is Not Happening". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  9. ^ Utkarsh Ambudkar and Nisha Ganatra Reveal What Has (and Hasn’t) Changed in Hollywood, retrieved 2019-11-14
  10. ^ "Disney Casts 'Mulan' Love Interest (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  11. ^ "Ryan Reynolds strikes a pose with 'Free Guy' cast as filming ramps up in Boston | Boston.com". www.boston.com. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  12. ^ PRODUCTION HAS BEGUN ON NEW DISNEY+ MOVIE “GODMOTHERED”
  13. ^ "Lin-Manuel Miranda on bringing Freestyle Love Supreme to TV". EW.com. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  14. ^ Peikert, Mark (2019-06-18). "Lin-Manuel Miranda's Freestyle Love Supreme Coming to Broadway". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  15. ^ "Members Only EP by UTK the INC". Bandcamp.

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