Ajay Naidu has played 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 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), Darren Aronofsky's œ (1998), and Mike Judge's Office Space (1999) among others.
Currently, Ajay can be seen in K-Pax and Dinner Rush. He also appeared in the recent special episode of NBC's The West Wing.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.
Ajay Naidu Facts
|Birthday||February 12, 1972 (45)|
|Birthplace||Evanston, Illinois, USA|
|Height||5' 4" (1m63) How tall is Ajay Naidu compared to you?|