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Born: February 12, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor

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Ajay Naidu has avoided stereotyping by playing a variety of characters ranging from Latinos to Arabs to Pakistanis. The son of Indian immigrants, he was born and raised in the Chicago area. Encouraged by a grade school teacher, Naidu auditioned for--and won--the role of Maria Conchita Alonso's son in the feature "Touch and Go" (1985) which led to a handful of TV appearances (including "No Greater Gift", a 1985 "ABC Afterschool Special") and two other film roles in "Where the River Runs Black" (1985) and "Vice Versa" (1988). After appearances in local theater, he spent two years at the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training run by the American Repertory Theatre (ART) at Harvard. Naidu appeared at ART while a student and after completing his degree landing leading roles in "Romeo and Juliet" in Denver and "Everyman" in Chicago. Richard Linklater tapped the actor to portray the Pakistani owner of a convenience store in "subUrbia" (1997), which in turn led to parts in such independent films as "Once We Were Strangers" (1997), Adam Goldberg's "Scotch and Milk" (1998) and Darren Aronofsky's "Pi" (1998), among others. Naidu also made his TV series debut as a regular playing the people-pleasing intern...

Ajay Naidu has avoided stereotyping by playing a variety of characters ranging from Latinos to Arabs to Pakistanis. The son of Indian immigrants, he was born and raised in the Chicago area. Encouraged by a grade school teacher, Naidu auditioned for--and won--the role of Maria Conchita Alonso's son in the feature "Touch and Go" (1985) which led to a handful of TV appearances (including "No Greater Gift", a 1985 "ABC Afterschool Special") and two other film roles in "Where the River Runs Black" (1985) and "Vice Versa" (1988). After appearances in local theater, he spent two years at the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training run by the American Repertory Theatre (ART) at Harvard. Naidu appeared at ART while a student and after completing his degree landing leading roles in "Romeo and Juliet" in Denver and "Everyman" in Chicago. Richard Linklater tapped the actor to portray the Pakistani owner of a convenience store in "subUrbia" (1997), which in turn led to parts in such independent films as "Once We Were Strangers" (1997), Adam Goldberg's "Scotch and Milk" (1998) and Darren Aronofsky's "Pi" (1998), among others. Naidu also made his TV series debut as a regular playing the people-pleasing intern working at a network news show in "Lateline" (NBC, 1998-99).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Hotel for Dogs (2009)
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 Righteous Kill (2008)
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 Wrestler, The (2008)
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 Waterborne (2006)
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 212 (2005)
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 Perception (2005)
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Raised in Evanston, Illinois
1985:
Acting debut in episode of the TV series "Lady Blue" (ABC)
1986:
Film debut in "Touch and Go", as Maria Conchita Alsonso's 11-year old son
1988:
Last film for nearly a decade "Vice Versa"
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Worked in stage productions in Chicago
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Attended the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training in Cambridge, MA
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Starred in a Denver production of "Romeo and Juliet"
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Played title role in the Steppenwolf production of "Everyman" in Chicago
1997:
Had featured role as the Pakistani owner of a convenience store in "subUrbia"
1998:
TV series debut as regular on "Lateline" (NBC)
1999:
Co-starred in Mike Judge's "Office Space"
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Education

Institute for Advanced Theatre Training, American Repertory Theatre: Cambridge , Massachusetts -

Notes

Naidu was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Male for his performance in "subUrbia".

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