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Roger Narayan is a Hollywood and International Actor who works regularly in Indian Films (Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Sanskrit). Roger is regularly seen on American TV Shows, working in a broad range of genre and mediums.
Roger has completed several Films slated for release in 2019, and is attached to numerous Feature Film Projects in Hollywood and in India in Hindi, Tamil, Kannada. Roger played the Male Lead in the Blockbuster Film U-Turn (Netflix) which had its World Premiere at the New York Indian Film Festival. His Lead Role in Humble Politician Nograj (Amazon Prime) was lauded by critics and fans alike. His Lead Role in 417 Miles, a Mumblecore Feature directed by former Prakash Jha Assistant Mainak Dhar was nominated for Best Feature Film at the Long Beach Indie Film Festival and was an Official Selection at the prestigious Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI). Roger voiced the role of Kaalinga in Punyakoti, alongside Veteran Actress Revathy. It is the first Animated Sanskrit Feature Film and was successfully funded through WishBerry with Music by Maestro Illaiyaraja. His Lead Antagonist Role/Villain in Chambal, directed by 2 time National Award winning Director Jacob Verghese. Roger’s Hindi-English-Spanish Feature Film Hola Venky!, garnered a cult fan base and had a fabulously successful 6-week Theatrical Run in the US and over a 100 Screenings in numerous cities in India, the US and Singapore.
Roger represented India as a Cultural Ambassador at Asian Trend in China where he was nominated as Emerging Top Star of Asia. He has also served as an informal Cultural Ambassador to the Australian Film Delegation hosted by the Government of Karnataka. Roger’s Feature Film credits include The Man Who Knew Infinity (World Premiere Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, IFFI Goa Opening Film, Zurich Film Festival, New York Indian Film Festival, Singapore Film Festival, Dubai Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival et al), Clay (Cannes Film Festival), Happy Feet 2, The Test, Points of Origin, Flawless, Quest of Alchemy, Caught on Tape (with rapper Sticky Fingaz), A-List, and Touchwood. Roger has also voiced for Eat Pray Love, Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol.
Roger worked in HBO’s The Leftovers opposite Carrie Coon (Gone Girl) and was seen as a Top of Show Guest Star on NCIS:Los Angeles opposite Chris O’Donnell and LLCoolJ. He was seen in Guest Starring roles on Weeds (SHOWTIME) opposite Kevin Nealon and in Castle (ABC) opposite Stana Katic (James Bond: Quantum of Solace). He has worked opposite Betty White (7 time Emmy Winner, 4 time Golden Globe nominee) in The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) and opposite Neil Patrick Harris in How I Met your Mother (CBS). He was also seen in Recurring roles on the new Nickelodeon show Victorious and The Young & the Restless (CBS). His Jerry Bruckheimer Pilot Miami Trauma (CBS) directed by Kenneth Fink (CSI) was picked up and aired as Miami Medical (CBS). His extensive Credits include House MD (FOX), Better off Ted (ABC), Outsourced (NBC), the Jay Leno Show (NBC), American Bodyshop (Comedy Central), iCarly (Nickelodeon), Mystery ER (Discovery) and he has worked on several Pilots with Emmy Winning Producers of Amazing Race and Comedy Central. Web Series Credits include Kevin Sullitt (with Phil LaMarr and Jordan Black) and Keeping up with the Guptas.
The History of Hindu India a Documentary Series that Roger Narrated and Produced has had over 5 Million hits on YouTube and is an educational resource in schools in California and Worldwide. Guru Chronicles an Audiobook that Roger narrated has been received internationally with great acclaim.
Roger has been the face of several International and National Commercial Campaigns for McDonalds, Dell, HP Dreamworks, Microsoft, Blue Cross, DirecTV, Amway, Las Vegas, Cisco, Polycom, Comcast, Discovery Travel and Jack in the Box and was a face of the Microsoft Cloud Technology Campaign in India and is now an International Face of the SAP International Campaign. He is also a face of the new Dell International Campaign that he shot with Steven Spielberg’s DP Janusz Kaminski. He has performed several Voices for Video Games like Olympic, Age of Empires and 24. He has performed regularly for KSCO Radio in Santa Cruz, and Improv all over Los Angeles with the group Consenting Adults. He won a title Mr.India California, was invited to fly to India where he was a Regional Finalist in the Bollywood Starsearch Grasim Mr.India. Roger has modeled for top International Designers including Reebok, Steve Madden, Paul Mitchell, at San Francisco Fashion Week and for Bollywood Designers Satya Paul and Rohit Bal.
Roger received his classical acting training from the reputed American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T), the American Film Institute (AFI) SAG Conservatory, The Groundlings, Footsbarn Theater Company (France), Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), San Jose Repertory Theater and Ranga Shankara (India). In addition, he holds advanced Engineering Degrees from BITS Pilani and the University of Maryland at College Park. Roger is an avid Aircraft Pilot and enjoys flying Single Engine aircraft, his favorite being the Cessna 172. He is also an avid Motorbiker and loves riding Suzuki GSX-R's, Royal Enfields and Harleys. Roger is trained as a Martial Artist in Tae Kwon Do and Muay Thai with Grand Master Ernie Reyes Sr. (of Red Sonja, Surf Ninjas fame).
Roger has been a TEDx Speaker, taught Master Classes at the prestigious NSD (National School of Drama), Tent Cinema, Self-Development and Acting Workshops at Ravindra Kalakshetra, with Foreign Film Delegations at Dr.Nagathihalli Chandrashekar’s Tent Cinema Acting School and in Los Angeles and New York. Roger donates his time to support, promote and host events for Children’s and Education charities and is on the Advisory Board of Induz, a Children’s Education Non-Profit/NGO, is the GoodWill Amabassador of SevaChild, an NGO/Non-Profit that provides Nutritional Supplements to underprivileged children in India, Goodwill Ambassador of Ashvamrith, which provides Equine Therapy to developmentally disabled kids and adults, and Brand Ambassador of LifeLine a rare Blood Group Donor Organization based in India.
He has been an MC, Host and Celebrity Guest at a variety of mainstream, diaspora and cultural events in the US. Roger lives in Los Angeles in the US and Bombay, Chennai and Bangalore in India. He is fluent in Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Kannada and Sanskrit and comfortable with Telugu and Malayalam.