Dileep Rao was born on July 29, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Dileep A. Rao. He is an actor and producer, known for Inception (2010), Avatar (2009) and Drag Me to Hell (2009).
Holds an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater.
He competed on Jeopardy! on June 7, 2002, and won $34,400. On June 8, 2008, Rao was randomly selected from over 1600 entrants to play the NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle on air with Will Shortz. Rao claimed that he had been playing the puzzle at home for "infinity years".
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts at the University of California, San Diego in 1995.
He graduated from Claremont High School (in California) in 1991.
His father is an engineer, his mother is a physicist, and his sister is a professor at New York University.
Although he was born in Los Angeles, California, he grew up in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia and Denver, Colorado before his family settled in Claremont, California.