Erick Avari was born on April 13, 1952 in Darjeeling, India. His credits include leading roles in films fromￂﾠKevin Reynolds' cult classicￂﾠThe Beast of Warￂﾠ(1988) to commercial megahits such asￂﾠStargateￂﾠ(1994),ￂﾠIndependence Dayￂﾠ(1996),ￂﾠThe Mummyￂﾠ(1999) andPlanet of the Apesￂﾠ(2001). His comedic skills have landed him starring roles in theￂﾠAdam SandlerￂﾠremakeￂﾠMr. Deedsￂﾠ(2002),ￂﾠThe Conciergeￂﾠ(1993) andￂﾠWoody Allen's only television filmￂﾠDon't Drink the Waterￂﾠ(1994) (TV). He is also featured inￂﾠRevelationￂﾠ(2002),The Glass Houseￂﾠ(2001) and has a starring role inￂﾠMichael Meredith'sￂﾠThree Days of Rain(2002) andￂﾠDancing in Twilightￂﾠ(2005). His long theatrical background has garnered him critical acclaim for several roles at theￂﾠJoseph PappPublic Theatre in New York City, including his portrayal of Vasquez in "'Tis Pity She's a Whore" and theￂﾠBroadwayￂﾠhit, "The King and I". Avari has had the pleasure of performing in some of the most prestigious regional theatres in the country, including The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Chicago's Goodman Theater and The Cleveland Playhouse, playing roles such as the King in "King Lear" and Joseph Smith in the Mabou Mines production of "The Morman Project". On television, in addition to his recurring role as Kasuf onￂﾠ"Stargate SG-1"ￂﾠ(1997), he has played notable roles onￂﾠ"Heroes"ￂﾠ(2006/II),ￂﾠ"Cybill"ￂﾠ(1995),ￂﾠ"Cheers"ￂﾠ(1982),ￂﾠ"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"ￂﾠ(1993),ￂﾠ"Murder, She Wrote"ￂﾠ(1984),"NYPD Blue"ￂﾠ(1993) and several made-for-television films.