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Overview (3)

Born in India
Birth NameKahlil Iohann Joseph
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kahlil Joseph is originally from New Delhi, India, though he has traveled and lived in many countries from an early age - Australia, England, the United States, Canada, and more. He was introduced to the stage at five by his father, playing Noah in a production of "Noah's Ark" in Sydney, Australia. From a young age, he constantly displayed a genuine delight in entertaining audiences with various types of performances. Never one to be satisfied with learning one thing, he always tried to learn as many new things as he could. Kahlil had an extremely keen ear for sound since childhood, and would continually mimic everyone and everything he could. This was the humble beginning of his career as an actor with a specialty in voice and speech.

Kahlil was constantly encouraged to read books that were advanced for his age. His mother was an English Literature professor and author introducing him to varied writing, and his father was an eloquent public speaker - an architect by trade, and a theatre practitioner at heart. By the age of 9, trained extensively in voice and diction by his father, Kahlil was consistently winning inter-school declamation and debate championships, which continued till the time he was 17.

Simultaneously, at the age of 7, Kahlil began a life-long practice of another discipline that has had a profound effect on his work and person to this day - the martial arts. When Kahlil watched the legendary Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon (1973), he was inspired immediately by the way Mr. Lee so thoroughly and honestly expressed himself through his physicality and movement. Starting with Shotokan Karate, Kahlil branched into Tae Kwon Do, Hung Gar Kung Fu, and boxing. He then started fighting competitively on a full-contact amateur level. Today, Kahlil trains in and teaches multiple-system self-defense, consisting of Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Savate, all based on the philosophy of Jeet Kune Do, created by none other than Bruce Lee. From fighting in the ring to practicing, Kahlil found a huge similarity between martial arts and acting - one has to be totally truthful, vulnerable and committed to one's actions in order to wholly achieve one's objective.

Kahlil earned his first B.A. in English Literature from the University of Delhi, India. During his degree, he was the lead singer for various heavy metal/hard rock bands in New Delhi. He learned and developed a strong respect during this time for such a type of singer, whom he believes needs even more vocal and physical strength and resilience than a speaker or singer of another genre. Following college, Kahlil was immediately cast as Jean Valjean in a Delhi production of the acclaimed Broadway musical "Les Miserables", which turned out to be his biggest musical theater success in New Delhi. Training to sing in this show was a huge learning experience for him, as he now needed to sing a completely different style from his usual gigs - classical operatic. This also improved his speaking voice remarkably.

Following the success of "Les Miserables", Kahlil was noticed and then cast in a steady recurring role as the antagonistic fashion designer Ronaldo on an Indian prime-time TV drama, Khwahish (1999), which he continued to play until he left India. He also played Zach the director in A Chorus Line (1985).

Kahlil had always wanted to work as an actor in the United States. So, in spite of Bollywood on the horizon, he packed his bags and headed to Concord University in Athens, West Virginia as a student. By this time, he wanted to learn more about the American acting industry and pursued his second B.A., this time in Communication Arts (Theater & Broadcasting). From the time he set foot down in the U.S., Kahlil managed to consistently break ethnic and racial bounds as an actor through his quick ability with multiple accents, and was cast in many roles that were not originally written for an Indian actor. By the time he graduated Summa Cum Laude, Kahlil had worked professionally in the vocally demanding arena of outdoor drama and film, learned to ride horses, choreograph fights for the stage and film, and gotten accepted into a competitive graduate class of 10 actors at the prestigious UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Acting.

Since his move to Los Angeles, Kahlil steadily continues to find good work as an actor on film, television, commercials, voice overs and stage. He has avoided being "typed" by the entertainment industry into anything specific, which allows him to continuously play an enormous range of roles. A consummate professional, he is highly respected and loved by many in the performing arts community.

Kahlil Joseph is whom you picture when you think of the new age multicultural actor. With his non-traditional looks, strong versatility in multiple dialects, physical prowess, emotional truthfulness and world experience, he remains truly unique and interesting. As a result, he brings a very large and knowledgeable dynamic to his work to life through a vast variety of different characters, both on screen and stage.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Publicist

Trade Mark (1)

Wears a gold cross and chain and a silver bracelet in everyday life

Trivia (8)

His performance as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at the India Habitat Center in 1998 was his biggest musical theater success in New Delhi.
Named after the world famous poet and philosopher Kahlil Gibran.
Holds a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Acting from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); B.A. in Communication Arts from Concord University, WV; B.A. in English Literature from the University of Delhi, India.
Was a long-haired heavy metal singer for bands Saga, Exhibit A and Phase Shift in New Delhi till 1999. Loves bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, AC/DC, hair/glam bands. Immensely respects a singer who can scream well.
At age 7, he was inspired by Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon (1973) (which his father introduced him to) to start studying and practicing martial arts to this day.
Has studied acting and other aspects of performance with the following great teachers/actors/directors/producers: Mel Shapiro, Salome Jens, Ellen Geer, Judith Moreland, Paul Wagar, Gilbert Cates, Jean-Louis Rodrigue, Gordon Hunt, Tom Orth, Ed Monaghan, Joselito 'Amen' Santo, Nicholas Gunn, Francene Selkirk, Susan Peretz, Lauren Adams, James & Ann Lile, Tom Gambill.
Trained in Jeet Kune Do, the martial arts philosophy created by the legendary Bruce Lee, under Sifu Ed Monaghan who was trained by Sifu Jerry Poteet, who was one of Bruce Lee's first private students. As a result, Kahlil is a 3rd generation student of a very strong martial arts lineage. Additionally, he trains in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Savate and boxing.
Faculty member (Visiting Assistant Professor) at UCLA's prestigious School of Theater, Film & Television teaching the Senior Acting and Musical Theater students Voice & Speech (accents and dialects, classical and contemporary text, vocal techniques) applied to acting from October 2007 till June 2008.

Personal Quotes (17)

I like to think of myself as a citizen of the world, though I will always be incredibly proud of the fact that I am Indian.
My goal is to smash Hollywood's stereotype of Indians.
If I wasn't an actor, I would have become a professional fighter.
I like to be multi-talented, and pursue as many things as I can.
"I muttered a 'yes' - then belted out screams of joy after hanging up the phone!" (On being accepted by Tony award-winning acting teacher Mel Shapiro into the UCLA graduate acting program, a class of 10 students)
It allowed me to show an enormous amount of range as an actor, from going from a guy who is all about partying and girls, to someone who actually cares about life, about God and spreading the message of God. - On his role as Talvin in Far from India (2003)
The adrenaline (on the set) was crazy. - On his experience on 24 (2001 TV series)
It was a very long time for what was supposed to be a guest star role. They just kept writing me in; it was very flattering. - On his experience on Days of Our Lives (1965 TV series)
It was superb. I worked with all the stars of the show. They're all very nice people. - On his experience on Days of Our Lives (1965 TV series)
[on playing Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde The Musical] I absolutely love it. I think it's always a dream for an actor to play a bad guy. I feel there's so much more fun to playing someone twisted and trying to still find the humanity in the character. It's such a well-written role - it's witty, it's sharp... [and] the songs he has are excellent and the arch of his character, what he ends up to doing to Elle, is something the audience, I think, doesn't see coming.
[on preparing for his role of Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde The Musical] The conclusion I came to was, I'm definitely very cold, like a shark. I'm very calm and sometimes emotionless, like a shark. And yet, at the same time, there are times where I use "the wolf in sheep's clothing" as an analogy. What I felt is that when I smile I'm at my most dangerous, actually.
[on the benefits of actors watching their own work and true humility]: ...fake humility. It's very detrimental to an actor. You should appreciate yourself, so long as you know how to appreciate yourself to your advantage. Some actors pretend that it's abhorrent to see themselves on film: 'Oh, no, that's too much.' (But not wanting to see yourself work is) equally as bad as someone who's fawning all over himself. We're all so concerned with appearances. I don't like actors who act as if they want other people's pity.
[on his love for playing dark characters and those who play them convincingly]: Bad guys think that what they're doing is right - to the point of delusion. Look at Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds (2009) - guys like that are convinced that what they are doing is right, like in that opening speech of his when he compares Jews to rats.
[on the factors that make his portrayal of Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde The Musical different from previous actors]: It's like I'm out to prove myself. I'm the youngest actor to have played this role so far, and I want to make him compelling and charismatic, like he's got that young fire - in effect, saying, "Look at me: I run a billion-dollar law firm. And look at you - you're just getting started. I am God, and this is my show."
[About being away from loved ones while on the road]: I didn't even have a laptop before this tour. But I am so thankful for technology now. Skype is my mantra.
[on his life on the road, being on a 10-month tour]: We perfected the art of sleeping on the bus. It's fun to see new cities, new states - but it's challenging physically, emotionally, mentally. Usually, I'm a guy who goes to bed at a normal hour. But if you think of a typical worker who works 9 to 6, gets home 6:30 - they're going to sleep around 11 o'clock, with several hours to unwind ... well, if you did that on a tour ... and even as it is, I'm often up until 1:00 or 2:00 am.
[on the subject of the types of journalists that he enjoys talking to]: I expect them to know as much about me as I know about them.

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