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5.21.14

How lucky am I?!?! I'm knocking on wood as I write but I have been blessed to have had a run of such wonderful experiences. I just completed shooting an episode of "Major Crimes," the spin off of the show I've wanted to be on since its very first season, "The Closer." Although I had technically worked with the very lovely and charming Mary McDonnell on "Independence Day," our paths had never crossed and I had never worked with any of the other cast either. What a pleasure to work with such seasoned veterans. We struck mutual bonds and and shared old war stories of days gone by and it was a marvelous experience. I was received with a spirit of generosity that only comes with class and these are without exception, a classy and talented bunch of actors.
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4.10.14

Yes indeed although it has been 4 months since my last rant about health issues, I do have uplifting news and lots of it! It has been a busy couple of months between fittings for the upcoming Fox show, "Hieroglyph", medical for insurance, cast and crew screenings for, "The Brink" and the table read throughs for the studio and network execs I found myself in Albuquerque New Mexico, playing for ancient Egypt surrounded by a predominantly young British cast, having a ball! There was much excitement in the air and the expectations for the show were almost palpable. I could go on and on about how charged everyone, from the crew to the Execs were and it made for a great shoot and friendships were forged that hopefully will continue as long as the memories. Look for it this fall season! It will be a fun ride.
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2.27.14

Strange that over the course of my career I have played perhaps more doctors than any other profession while having very little first hand experience with them but over the past year I believe I've done more than enough research in the field to finally bring some nuance to future roles. Enough said on that topic however. Hopefully will have something more exciting and uplifting to talk about in the next post or two.
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1.11. 14

Life has been rushing at me on several fronts including my beautiful wife's birthday, our 34th, anniversary, and topped off with a dream shoot on The Brink! At the risk of sounding Hollywood clawing (but it must be said), if I wasn't already a huge Jack Black fan I adored working with this man! Apart from everything one sees up on the screen Jack is a consummate professional to boot.

Long story, for another time as it would involve a spoiler to a bit of hilarity! Will have to remember to tell the story once the show airs, so remind me if I forget! For now, sufficeth to say, he’s a mench and a highly gifted actor. Add to that, two days on set with Aasif Mandvi to entertain us with stories of working on the Daily show and I was in heaven! After a truly disappointing (and painful) 2013 I can’t help feeling this is a very nice pay back. I feel blessed!
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1.1.14

It feels so good to have 13 behind me. Being born on the 13th of the month I've always considered it a lucky number. I'm starting to realize, including the number in any and all lottery tickets is the reason I've never won the lottery. But I am twice as thrilled to be stepping into the New Year with the newest feature on the website! I must give a huge huge shout out to Dan Fields and Allan Gowen who have worked tirelessly over their holiday season to bring you these live blog updates and many more surprises to follow. Thanks guys, it's working like a charm and thanks for creativity, willingness to push the envelope and your straight up support through thick and thin!! Happy New Year to all!
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12.20.13

I'm sitting at a table read through of the much sought after script written by Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim with all the leads, including Asif Mandvi, who is being regaled with queries on his association with Jon Stewart. Leading the HBO executives present is Jerry Weintraub, once Elvis Presley's manager, now a legendary producer. There is more hardware in the way of awards won by the people sitting at that table than it would take to sink the Titanic. Tim Robbins kicks off the reading with his uncanny deft touch and charm and Jack Black picks up the ball and runs with it to the finish line, ending with genuine applause. Heartwarming. After a few words with one of the nicest and highly skilled directors of mega million comedy blockbusters (Meet the Parents, etc.), Jay Roach about my character, Uncle Hassan, I am back to reality of picking up after my dog Tootsie and champing at the bit to begin shooting early in January.
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12.18.13

I'm at my wardrobe fitting for, "The Brink"! . So thrilled to get the call. Can't wait to meet Jack Black. Wondering if I have the nerve to gush over his incredible work as, "Bernie". Hate to come across as a gusher. I once assaulted George Clooney (back in the early 90's) with a barrage of gushiness that put the fear of God into him and since have been reticent to lavish praise on those (few) that inspire awe in me. I could go on about Bernie but if you haven't seen it, you will laugh you will cry! Get it!
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12 11. 13.

It's already my late father's birthday in India and here I am at the HBO studios in West LA waiting to read for David Rubin, one of the most significant casting directors for feature films in Hollywood, for a half hour single camera pilot with Tim Robbins and Jack Black in the leads. There is "class" written all over this project and I'm feeling lucky...
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PLTLV - Chasing Eagle Rock Interview

TTN-HD Reporter KATIE UHLMANN interviews DIRECTOR/WRITER/ACTOR/ ERICK AVARI about the feature film "Chasing Eagle Rock" at the NEWFILMMAKERS Film Screening in LA, 02/11
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Blast from the past

Here's a photo I just found from Gatecon 2001. My first ever Gatecon.
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I added a new video to YouTube

There's a great new video on YouTube with some behind the scenes footage shot during the making of Chasing Eagle Rock, but you can see it above.
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Here's some trivia you might not know...

Along with Alexis Cruz, I am one of only two actors to appear in both Stargate (1994) and its spin-off series "Stargate SG-1" (1997). I played Kasuf, the father-in-law of Daniel Jackson, in both productions.
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Started Filming "Chasing Eagle Rock"

Just started filming my new independent film. An offbeat examination of Internet crime, shady partnerships and well-deserved revenge. Chasing Eagle Rock asks the question: if they steal your identity, do you still know who you are?
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