A rising star, Maulik Pancholy is among a handful of Indian-American actors changing the character, and the face, of Hollywood. Taking on smart, select roles in hits like Weeds and 30 Rock, he is helping, in his own way, to broaden the cultural and racial diversity on film and in television.
Maulik Pancholy has starred in not one, but two of TV’s most critically-acclaimed shows: the cable smash Weeds and the Emmy-winning 30 Rock. On 30 Rock, he played Jonathan, Alec Baldwin’s scene-stealing personal assistant. Pancholy is currently co-starring in acclaimed new animated series Sanjay and Craig. He is a classically trained actor with an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and has carved out a career that spans the stage, the small screen and the big screen.
Pancholy invests whatever project he’s working on—from popcorn movies like Hitch to plays like Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom—with a dignified charm. He has a great sense, too, for the subtle physical aspects of comedy. These traits haven’t gone unnoticed: he has received a Screen Actors Guild award for 30 Rock, along with two additional SAG nominations, one each for 30 Rock and Weeds. He played the lead role in India Awakening, at the Samuel Beckett Theater, for which The New York Times praised his “charismatic … sexy and funny” performance. He also voices the characters Baljeet on the top-rated Disney show Phineas and Ferb and Sanjay on Nickelodeon’s new series, Sanjay and Craig. His other credits include guest spots on Law and Order: Criminal Intent and The Sopranos. In 2013, OUT magazine named Maulik Pancholy to the OUT 100, an annual list of the year’s most compelling LGBT people.