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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 13 March 1975Farmville, Virginia, USA
Birth NameChristopher Michael Ashworth
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Chris Ashworth, best known for his work as the character of Sergei Malatov, aka 'The Russian' on HBO's critically acclaimed television program "The Wire", was born and raised in the Virginia countryside. Growing up, he enjoyed doing impersonations and accents, and making people laugh. While he thought about becoming an actor, he also thought of going into law enforcement, or becoming a pastor or baseball player.

Upon finishing college, where he earned associate degrees in Administration of Justice and General Studies and a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, he made the decision to pursue the entertainment business. He began his career in New York City. While trying to figure out exactly how to get into the entertainment business, he dabbled in modeling, which led to commercial work.

After landing several roles in indie films and driving everywhere he could think of to audition and/or work, he received a call from Baltimore, Maryland casting director Pat Moran. She was doing local casting for HBO's "The Wire". NYC and Los Angeles casting were having a hard time finding someone to play the volatile Ukrainian thug Sergei Malatov, aka 'The Russian'. Pat asked Chris if he could do a Russian accent and he replied "I'm sure I can". Pat then said, "Good, I told HBO that you're from the Ukraine and that you've been here for two weeks." Chris responded, "I don't want to lie to them." Pat told him it was his job as an actor to convince them. So he did. Having no training, nor ever having been to Russia or the Ukraine, Chris used his God-given accent and dialect ability to convince HBO that he was actually Ukrainian. He quickly became a fan favorite. He appeared in eleven episodes, ten of which were in season two.

He's also appeared in many other television shows and films and currently as of July 2014, he has two of his own feature film scripts in development. Chris spends most of his time in Los Angeles; however, he travels back to Virginia often.

Some of his passions are MMA, the UFC, salt-water fishing, hiking, the outdoors, baseball, and college football. His charity work ranges from helping the homeless and less fortunate to fighting sex-trafficking.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (17)

Earned two Associates' Degrees, Criminal Justice & General Studies, and one Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.
Has trained in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) especially Muay-thai & Brazilian Jiu-jitsu since 1993.
He grew up in the beautiful country landscape of south-west Virginia where his father taught him how to hunt and fish.
Although he plays the Ukrainian thug Sergei Malatov on "The Wire", he is American and speaks with a Southern accent.
He has a great ear and natural talent for accents and dialects.
His father trained him in the use of all types of firearms.
Convinced casting HBO and casting for "The Wire", that he was Russian. He did this without ever having acting or dialect classes.
Loves the outdoors.
Spike TV asked him if he was interested in being on "The Ultimate Fighter".
He played baseball and football in high school. He planned on trying out for the Atlanta Braves minor league team, the Danville Braves, after college, but decided to pursue acting instead.
While filming season two of HBO's "The Wire", he auditioned for the role of Vince on "Entourage".
As the characters of both Gan and Marcus in "Aquarius", he did two months of green screen work, much of which was fight scenes, but the film was not released.
Has always done his own stunts and really enjoys the physical roles.
Did an abundance of wire work for his role of Yuri in the film Space Warriors.
Makes an appearance for Team Sonnen on season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter" as a guest of Chael Sonnen.
His close friend Craig 'Sawman' Sawyer, a former Navy SEAL (DEVGRU), is training Chris for a film in which Chris plays a Navy SEAL. Sawman is also the film's tech advisor.
Resides in Los Angeles, but travels back to Virginia quite often. [February 2008]

Personal Quotes (13)

Love is never lost; sometimes people just forget where they put it.
Of all the television shows that I could've been a part of, I was blessed to start my career with and be part of one of the greatest shows of all time, "The Wire".
It's such a blessing to see soldiers thanked in airports, etc. Take a moment to thank them. They took more than a moment for us.
Whether a dream, a job, a relationship or other, go forward with your whole heart. Be honest. Be open. Be present. No matter the outcome, if you don't give everything you have, holding nothing back, you'll never truly know what could've been.
I never meet a stranger.
I love the city and I enjoy all it has to offer, but I'll always be a country boy. I need a little of both.
We're all just passing through. We're here for a season, but here for a reason.
I want to leave the world a little better than I found it.
The male population needs more gentlemen and the female population needs more ladies. Want that amazing person? Become that amazing person.
Take time to talk with elderly folks around you. Most simply want an ear to listen and it usually turns out to be a mutual blessing.
A humble heart is greater than a beautiful exterior.
If we're not blessing others with our gifts, talents, abilities, and resources, then we're misusing them.
You can't buy integrity or character but you will pay dearly from a lack of them.

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