22 of the most recognizable Indian/Half Indian Actors

In Hollywood and in no particular order.
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1.
Kal Penn
Kal Penn was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, to Asmita, a fragrance evaluator, and Suresh Modi, an engineer. His parents are Gujarati immigrants to America from India. He attended the Freehold Regional High School District's Performing Arts High School where he participated in the school's theater productions...
“ The most successful? Atleast in terms of number of roles and visibility. ” - n-amritha
 
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“ Oompa Loompa.... ” - n-amritha
 
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“ Is he talented? Is he funny? I don't know, but he does try. ” - n-amritha
 
4.
Navi Rawat
Actress, Numb3rs
“ The OC and Numbers! Variety and spice. ” - n-amritha
 
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“ Nobody can bend it like Nagra! ” - n-amritha
 
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“ A league of his own, except in the league of extraordinary (dull) gentlemen. ” - n-amritha
 
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“ Yum yum yummy recent mummy! ” - n-amritha
 
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Om Puri
Om Puri is an Indian actor who has appeared in both mainstream Indian films and art films. His credits also include appearances in British and American films. He has received an honorary OBE. Puri was born in Ambala, Haryana. His father worked on the railways and served in the Indian Army. Puri graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India...
“ Sprinkled across a few productions. (mostly british) ” - n-amritha
 
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Sendhil Ramamurthy
Actor, Heroes
Sendhil Ramamurthy (born May 17, 1974) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as geneticist Mohinder Suresh in the NBC sci-fi drama Heroes and Jai Wilcox in the action spy series Covert Affairs. He appeared as Abhay in the Indian film Shor in the City. He played Gabriel Lowen in The CW sci-fi romance series Beauty & the Beast...
“ Hero. ” - n-amritha
 
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“ Jewellery Designer and Wes Anderson prop. ” - n-amritha
 
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“ Provider of The Daily Indian/Muslim joke. ” - n-amritha
 
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Rory Cochrane
Actor, Argo
Rory Cochrane was born in New York on February 28, 1972, but spent his childhood in England. He then returned to the United States and was educated in New York City and trained in the drama department of NYC's LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts. His first roles included a part in a docudrama about drugs on Saturday Night with Connie Chung in 1989 and an appearance in an episode of H.E.L.P. in 1990...
“ Indian Mom ” - n-amritha
 
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Dev Patel
Dev Patel was born in Harrow, London, to Anita, a caregiver, and Raj Patel, who works in IT. His parents, originally from Nairobi, Kenya, are both of Gujarati Indian descent. His first role was in the UK TV series Skins. His breakout role was in the Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire. In March 2015...
“ Slumdog with the british accent. ” - n-amritha
 
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Freida Pinto
Freida Selena Pinto was born in Bombai (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, India, to Sylvia, a school principal, and Frederick Pinto, a senior bank branch manager. She is from a Mangalorean family. Pinto traversed the modeling circuit in Mumbai [represented by Elite Model Management India] for two years before...
“ The one movie wonder (as of now) ” - n-amritha
 
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Naveen Andrews
Actor, Lost
Born Naveen William Sidney Andrews in London on January 17, 1969. His parents were both Indian immigrants from Kerala, India. In high school, he auditioned for drama school and was accepted at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Two of his classmates were Ewan McGregor and David Thewlis ...
“ Exposed to a global audience, especially in Kamasutra, teeehee. ” - n-amritha
 
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Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley is an English actor. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He is known for his starring role as Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film Gandhi, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also known for his performances in the films Schindler's List (1993)...
“ Indian Dad, Gujju features :) ” - n-amritha
 
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Kunal Nayyar
Kunal Nayyar is an Indian actor. He moved from India to the US in 1999. He first moved to Portland, Oregon, to study business. He started acting in plays as a way of making new friends. He took acting classes, but he went on to graduate from the University of Portland with a degree in business, as something to fall back on...
“ Cute, Mute and funny! ” - n-amritha
 
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Rhona Mitra
Actress, Shooter
Mitra was born in Paddington, London, England, the daughter of Nora Downey and Anthony Mitra, a cosmetic surgeon. She has an older and a younger brother. Her father is of Bengali Indian and English descent, and her mother is Irish. In 1984, when Mitra was eight, her parents divorced, and she was sent to boarding school...
“ There is some Indian in there somewhere. All that hotness couldn't just have come out of nowhere! ” - n-amritha
 
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“ Half Indian, half hair gel. ” - n-amritha
 
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“ a glimpse in star wars, another in ............(will check her page and get back) ” - n-amritha
 
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Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Fatima, a medical office worker, and Shoukath, a gastroenterologist. His family is from Tamil Nadu, India. He graduated from NYU as a business major in 2004. He studied at the South Carolina governors school of science and mathematics. He previously attended the Bennetsville Academy which was in his home town...
“ Funny Person (courtesy dclover66) ” - n-amritha
 
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Erick Avari
Actor, Mr. Deeds
Erick Avari was born on April 13, 1952 in Darjeeling, India. His credits include leading roles in films from Kevin Reynolds' cult classic The Beast of War to commercial megahits such as Stargate, Independence Day, The Mummy and Planet of the Apes. His comedic skills have landed him starring roles in the Adam Sandler remake Mr. Deeds...
“ sci fi/ fantasy maestro. (courtesy cschoenberger1973) ” - n-amritha