Erick Avari is an Indian American retired actor who began his career on stage before earning roles in films and television series. At the moment, he has over 150 acting credits to his name and is known for his roles in Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), The Mummy (1999), and The Chosen (2019).
Even though Erick’s career in the entertainment industry saw him become one of the versatile and celebrated actors, he managed to keep his personal life from the public which has become a subject of interest. Here’s all we know about him.
Did You Know These 10 Interesting Facts about Erick Avari?
1. He is a Native of Darjeeling, India
Erick Avari was born Narman Eruch Avari on April 13, 1952, and he’s 71 years old at the moment. From the records, he was raised in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India into a Parsi Zoroastrian family which has roots linked to Persia and Xerxes and Darius and Cyrus.
He had his elementary education at the North Point School and later proceeded to the College of Charleston which actors such as Matt Czuchry, Jennifer Ferrin, Thomas Gibson, and Orlando Jones also attended.
2. Erick Avari’s Father Ran Two Movie Theatres
Even though Erick hasn’t disclosed so much about his family background, we garnered that his father ran two movie theatres in India, – the Capital and the Rink which greatly contributed to his early start in acting.
Asides from this, Erick’s great-great-grandfather, Jamshedji Framji Madan was one of the pioneers of Indian cinema.
3. He Began his Career as a Stage Actor
As hinted already, Erick Avari started off as a theatre actor and has been active since his teenage years. He appeared in a number of plays across the United States and some of his notable theatre performances include Tis Pity She’s a Whore, and The Screens.
He noted that theatre is easier than TV and even film as it gives him the opportunity to express his role in different lights, unlike TV and film where you just have a day to execute, and that will have to be your best shot.
4. Erick Avari has Earned a number of roles in Small and Big Screen
Even though Erick is more famed as a theatre actor, he has also made appearances in films and TV shows. He has over 150 screen acting credits to his name and some of them include Mr. Deeds, The Mummy, Stargate, Independence Day, and most recently The Chosen.
5. He is One of Two Actors to Appear in the Original and Spin-off Series of Stargate
Erick Avari is well known for his role as Kasuf in the original Stargate (1994) and the television series Stargate: SGI (1997). Following this, he became one of the two actors to have reprised their roles. The other actor is Alexis Cruz who starred as Skaara in both productions.
6. He Turns Down Terrorist Roles
Erick is unarguably one of the most versatile actors in the industry who would easily interpret any role. However, he once hinted during an interview that he avoids terrorist roles. He noted that he has been offered many generic Middle Eastern terrorist roles but turned down most of them including the action drama television series, 24.
For this reason, he also had to switch agents four times to find representation that understands what roles he was willing to take.
7. Is Erick Avari Married?
Though a celebrity, Erick has managed to keep his personal life away from the public. Nonetheless, we garnered that he is a married man and has been with his wife Margaret Lambert Walker for over 3 decades. Information on how they crossed paths is not known to the public. What is known however is that they got married on January 11, 1980, and have been together since then.
It’s also not known what his wife does for a living. Her nationality, ethnicity, and family background are also vague.
8. Does Erick Have children?
Following the actor’s penchant for privacy, it’s difficult to assert if the couple has birthed any children. He has never spoken about his children nor have they been spotted together.
Rather, he mostly talks about his dog which appears to have a special place in his heart.
9. What is His Net Worth?
Erick has been in the entertainment industry for several decades and earns from being an actor. While he hasn’t disclosed how much he earns from his career, Loveohlust estimates him at $2 million which s only a rare guess from his acting credit and lifestyle.
10. Has Erick Avari Retired?
According to an interview with the actress and SAG-AFTRA Missouri Valley Local President Shelley Waggener, Erick disclosed that before his role as Nicodemus in The Chosen came along, he was on the verge of retiring. He revealed that a lot of things were not going on well at the time and he needed time to just relax and travel.
However, when he was offered the script and read through, he confirmed that it was the best-written role that had been offered to him on screen. He also noted that the timing was just perfect as it would take his mind off his troubles.
Erick has not made any appearance since then and has also stayed out of the spotlight. It is reported in many quarters that he s retired and may not be available for roles except perhaps the script captures his attention.