Aziz Ansari is a hard-working American actor who is admired for his versatility and multiple talents. Apart from being an actor, he is also a writer, director, and producer. The actor has won many people over with his creativity over the years. Often described as a ‘rib-cracker’ by his many fans, Ansari is also a comedian who has performed in several stand-up comedy shows, leaving his audience holding their sides for laughter.
As an actor, Aziz Ansari is now best known for his performance as Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation, an American political satire TV sitcom. He has won awards for his works, a demonstration of his awesomeness in front and behind the camera. Although he was accused of sexual misconduct in 2018, his career has continued to blossom in recent years.
Aziz Ansari’s Alleged Sexual Misconduct
In January 2018, the award-winning comedian was accused of sexual misconduct by an anonymous lady who used the pseudonym “Grace” to narrate her ordeal on Babe website, which is now inactive. According to her report, Grace who was then 23 years old worked as a photographer at the Emmy Awards after-party held in September 2017. She then met the Funny People actor while taking photos as Ansari was equally taking photos with his own camera at the time.
The two eventually exchanged phone numbers and afterward, the comedian asked her out on a date on September 25th, 2017. On that particular night, Grace first met with Aziz at his home situated in Tribeca before they walked over to an oyster bar called Grand Bank, where he bought her drinks. Soon after, the pair returned to Ansari’s apartment, and there, he started kissing her and touching her body inappropriately.
While the actor tried to initiate a sexual activity between them, Grace stated that she indicated her disinterest, but even at that, Ansari pressured her for sexual relations until she emphatically said no. She subsequently left his apartment and cried on her way home, as the actor called her a car. She later sent Aziz Ansari a message expressing her anger on how he treated her at his home without noticing that she wasn’t comfortable with his advances. Aziz replied and apologized, citing that he clearly misread the situation.
After Grace’s story went viral, Aziz Ansari was heavily criticized by many, whereas some people disagreed on whether the reported scenario should be considered sexual misconduct, with Ansari stating that what happened between them on the date night was completely consensual. Although he addressed the allegation in his Netflix special released in 2019 by stating that he felt very embarrassed and humiliated that his date felt that way, he didn’t make any public apology to the lady.
Take a Look at His Past and Present Relationships
The Master of None star has been in a few romantic relationships in the past. He previously had an affair with Courtney McBroom, a pastry chef. According to sources, the couple began dating in 2013. However, Aziz and Courtney broke up and went their separate ways after just two years together.
Soon after separating from Courtney, Ansari was romantically connected to Hollywood star, Jennifer Lawrence after the two reportedly spent the 2016 Valentine’s Day together. Eventually, nothing serious happened between the two actors.
Aziz Ansari does not have a wife yet. However, he has been dating Dr. Serena Skov Campbell for quite some time. The duo got acquainted in 2018 when the actor was accused of sexual misconduct, but that didn’t stop Serena from falling in love with the Emmy Award-winning comedian. Ansari’s girlfriend hails from Denmark and achieved a Ph.D. in Physics from London’s King College.
The couple has been spotted together at diverse events including US Open tennis championships. They have equally been on vacations in countries such as Morroco, Italy and Sri Lanka. They even visited Ansari’s grandmother in India in December 2018 and also spent some time with Serena’s family during such time. They are still together and maybe, will tie the knot in the near future.
Meet The Comedian’s Family Members
Aziz Ansari’s father has been identified as Shoukath Ansari and his mother’s name has been revealed to be Fatima Ansari. Aziz’s father, Shoukath, is a gastroenterologist. He is a graduate of Tirunelveli Medical College in India and has worked as the medical director of the Sandhills Endoscopy Center for over three decades. His mother, on the other hand, works as an obstetrician and gynecologist. Interestingly, his parents scored regular roles in Master of None.
Ansari has a brother called Aniz Adam Ansari who is also into entertainment. Based in Los Angeles, California, Aniz is a visual artist, writer, and editor. He appeared in one episode of Forever as Aaron and equally penned down one episode of the aforementioned series, as well as two episodes of Master of None. Also, Aniz served as the executive producer of his brother’s Netflix special, Aziz Ansari: Right Now. He gained Writers Guild of America Award nomination in 2019 for his scriptwriting work in Forever.
It is noteworthy that although Aziz Ansari is an American man, he also has Indian roots. His parents are Tamil Muslims who are originally from Tamil Nadu, a South Indian state. The family is a close-knitted one and the members are very fond of each other.
Overview of Aziz Ansari’s Background
The actor was born on the 23rd of February, 1983. He was born in Columbia, a popular city in South Carolina, USA. He was born into a Muslim family and remains very religious. The actor did not grow up in the city of his birth; instead, he grew up in Bennettsville, another city in South Carolina as his family moved there shortly after he was born.
Growing up, Aziz Ansari was a funny and lively kid. While in Bennettsville, he attended the Marlboro Academy, one of South Carolina’s popular schools. He also attended the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics located in Hartsville. Following his graduation, he went on to attend the New York University Stern School of Business from where he graduated with a degree in marketing.
Since his graduation, he has gone on to make a career in entertainment by taking the acting and comedy scenes by storm.
Making a Name for Himself in the Film Industry
Aziz Ansari’s acting career took off in 2004 when he was cast as MC Bricklayer in Uncle Morty’s Dub Shack, a TV series. Years later, he scored another small role in School for Scoundrels, a comedy feature film. In 2007, he appeared as Sinjay in Flight of the Conchords, a TV comedy series. He then scored roles in two movies in 2008 namely: The Rocker and Funny People.
After landing several small roles on TV, Aziz Ansari made his big break in 2009 when he was cast as Tom Haverford in Parks and Recreation. He joined the main cast and acted in the show for 7 seasons. His role in Parks and Recreation as Tom Haverford shot Aziz into unprecedented fame and cast even more eyes on him. He subsequently attained superstardom for starring in the Netflix series, Master of None which he also created, from 2015-17.
Following his performance, he claimed a Golden Globe Award and two Primetime Emmy Awards. Over the years, he has appeared in many entertaining movies and TV shows such as Get Him to the Greek in 2010, 30 Minutes or Less in 2011, Bob’s Burgers in 2012, This Is the End in 2013, Adventure Time in 2015, Animals in 2016, and The Problem with Apu in 2017.
His Exploits As a Comedian
Aside from acting, Aziz has made serious strides as a comedian. He has appeared in many comedy shows including the popular Saturday Night Live where he impressed many with his absolute hilarity. He has even produced and acted in his own comedy sketch comedy show called Human Giants which thrilled fans for two seasons from 2007 to 2008.
Since releasing his first comedy special Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening in January 2010, the multi-talented actor has gone on to release four more comedy specials, with his recent release titled Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) gaining a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
How Much is He Worth?
Having been in the entertainment industry for quite a while, Aziz Ansari has, without a doubt, made quite a fortune for himself over the years. The actor has starred in many movies and TV shows which have launched him to international fame. He is also a successful comedian. These ventures are expected to have fetched him lots of money over time. At the moment, Aziz Ansari’s net worth has been revealed to be around $18 million. This figure is bound to keep rising as he keeps working and making more strides as an actor and comedian.