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Indian-American Actors & Actresses

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Updated June 14, 2019 224.1k views 35 items

These are the famous Indian-American actors and actresses in Hollywood. Indian American actresses and actors on this list are involved in film, TV and other types of entertainment. Indian American actors are known for their versatility and good looks. While Bollywood is a thriving industry in India, there are many Indian actors who have made a name for themselves in the USA. Americans on this list all have roots in India and many still maintain a residence there. Because of their shared heritage, many of the people on this list have a strong following in the rapidly growing Indian-American community.

For a more general list, check out this list of famous Indian American celebs, that also includes actors, but expands to all types of famous Indians in America. 
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Kal Penn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Indian-American Actors & Actresses
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Kalpen Suresh Modi (born April 23, 1977), known professionally as Kal Penn, is an American actor, comedian, producer, and former civil servant. As an actor, he is known for his role portraying Lawrence Kutner on the television program House, as well as the character Kumar Patel in the Harold & Kumar film series. He is also recognized for his performance in the film The Namesake. Penn has taught at the University of Pennsylvania in the Cinema Studies Program as a visiting lecturer. In April 2009, Penn joined the Obama administration as an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. This necessitated that his TV character, Lawrence Kutner, be written out of House. Penn ...more on Wikipedia

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Aziz Ansari is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Indian-American Actors & Actresses
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Aziz Ismail Ansari (born February 23, 1983) is an American actor, writer, producer, director, and comedian. He is known for his role as Tom Haverford on the NBC series Parks and Recreation (2009–2015), and as creator and star of the Netflix series Master of None (2015–2017) for which he won several acting and writing awards, including two Emmys and a Golden Globe for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy. With his Golden Globe win, Ansari became the first actor of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe for acting in television.Ansari began his career performing stand-up comedy in New York City in mid-2000 while attending New York University. In 2007, he created and starred in the MTV ...more on Wikipedia

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Padma Lakshmi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Indian-American Actors & Actresses
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Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidynathan (born September 1, 1970), known professionally as Padma Lakshmi (Tamil: பத்மா லட்சுமி, pronounced [ˈpəd̪maː ˈləkʃmiː]), is an American author, actress, model, television host, and executive producer. She is the host of the US cooking competition program Top Chef. She has hosted the show continuously since season 2 (2006), with season 16 (2018) being the latest. For her work, she received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Reality Host in 2009. She has published three cookbooks and one memoir. She has also ventured into acting in film and television, and hosted several cooking programs before Top Chef. She also launched her own kitchenware line. ...more on Wikipedia

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Noureen DeWulf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Indian-American Actors & Actresses
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Noureen Ahmed, known professionally as Noureen DeWulf (born February 28, 1984), is an American actress who starred as Lacey in television sitcom Anger Management. She is best known for her roles in films such as West Bank Story (2005), Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) and The Back-up Plan (2010). In March 2015, DeWulf joined the cast of reality show Hockey Wives, chronicling her life with husband Ryan Miller, a goaltender in the NHL. ...more on Wikipedia