One of Hollywood's standbys for playing Indian and Indian-American characters during the 2000s, Amir Talai divided his time between bit roles in features (Legally Blonde 2, The Pursuit of Happyness), and guest spots on television series including Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Gilmore Girls, and Family Guy. In 2007, Talai signed for the role of Raza opposite John Cho and Kal Penn in the stoner comedy Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008).
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Trained at the Hollywood improvisational theater the Groundlings.
- Made TV debut in a 2001 episode of Nash Bridges; other guest spots include Navy NCIS, Nip/Tuck, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Cold Case and Hannah Montana.
- Was a regular on Oxygen's Campus Ladies; had recurring roles on The Winner, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Love, Inc. and The Gilmore Girls.
- Starred in the 2004 comedy short Jihad (he played a terrorist who discovered that he had won a lottery on the day he was to undertake a suicide mission).
- Was nominated for a 2007 L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award (Featured Actor in a Musical) for his performance in a Pasadena Playhouse revival of Can-Can.