Sendhil Ramamurthy

Sendhil Ramamurthy


5/17/1976, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Birth Name

Sendhil Amithab Ramamurthy



Also Known As

Sendhil Amithab Ramamurthy
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He was born in Chicago, Illinois, but raised in Texas. His parents, who are both from Tamil Nadu in Southern India, are both physicians. His father is an anesthesiologist, and his mother is a neonatologist. With two educated professionals raising him and his sister, they were both expected…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • If Sendhil could have chosen a power for his character in Heroes it would have been the ability to fly. Now, he simply wishes people would stop asking him that question.

    • When Sendhil was a child, he used to read Archie comics and was a fan of the Popeye cartoons.

    • In 2007, Sendhil was ranked #11 in AOL's Fall TV: 12 Sexiest Primetime TV Stars.

    • He appeared on the cover page of TV Guide magazine dated 29th Jan 2007.

    • He graduated from the Keystone High School in San Antonio, Texas in 1991.

    • As of 2008, Sendhil resides in Los Angeles with his wife and their daughter.

    • Sendhil has an action figure of his character Mohinder Suresh from Heroes by Mezco Toyz.

    • Sendhil was ready to quit acting and go to business school because of the stereotypical roles he was always offered, until he was offered the part of "Mohinder" on Heroes.

    • In 1999, Sendhil graduated from Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

    • He had originally wanted to go to business school, but returned to acting when he had begun landing roles in stage plays, including Our Country's Good.

    • Sendhil's best friend from childhood is a girl named Farah.

    • The character of Mohinder Suresh was originally written for a 55-year old, but his audition tape and screen test were convincing enough for writers to rewrite the part for Sendhil.

    • He enjoys playing soccer and tennis in his free time.

    • Sendhil was a member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity.

    • Sendhil was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in May 2007.

    • Sendhil starred in the play A Servant to Two Masters, written by "Italian Shakespeare" Carlo Goldoni.

    • Sendhil ranks Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet among his favorite actresses.

    • At Tufts University, he originally planned on being a pre-med major to follow his parent's footsteps. He later became interested in acting after taking an "Intro to Acting" class his junior as per requirement for graduation.

    • In 2006, Sendhil was declared by People Magazine as one of the "Sexiest Men Alive" along with the other men in the Heroes cast. They were listed in "The Newcomers" section.

    • Sendhil graduated from Tufts University in 1996. His major was history.

  • Quotes

    • Sendhil Ramamurthy: (when asked how he has handled the female adoration that came with being on Heroes) I think you just made a brown man blush.

    • Sendhil Ramamurthy: My parents have always supported all of my interests and ambitions. I think they were surprised at first, because I had never told them about my interest in acting. But once they saw that I really wanted to do it, they supported my decision and even paid for my drama training in London!

    • Sendhil Ramamurthy: The first time somebody asked me about manga, I thought he said "mango". I honestly had never even heard that term before. I was like, "Why are you asking me about fruit?" That didn't work out so well for me.

    • Sendhil Ramamurthy: The producers wanted a very specific accent. I did an Indian accent, and I listened to tapes to develop it. Then they came back and said the guy was educated in English, so it should be a British accent, with a lilt of Indian. My accent changes throughout the pilot a bit, because then they wanted it to be predominantly English. It's kind of been a work in progress. So now, it's very English with Indian hints.

    • Sendhil Ramamurthy: (in describing his feelings when he received the role of a British officer in the play, "Our Country's Good") I didn't really want to do it, and the guy said, I can recast it, but this is college-why don't you just try it? So I did, and I loved it.

    • Sendhil Ramamurthy: (As he describes the sudden attention from women due to his newfound fame) The whole heartthrob thing is news to me. I'm very flattered. Actually, I've never been in this situation before.

    • Sendhil Ramamurthy: (describing his feelings about his daughter and cross-cultural marriage) She gets exposed to everything-Polish culture and Indian culture. Religion-wise, as well. My wife is Catholic, and I'm Hindu, and our daughter will get to decide for herself when she's older.

    • Sendhil Ramamurthy: (discussing his cross-cultural marriage) It literally was never a question at all. My parents were really laid back about the whole thing.

    • Sendhil Ramamurthy: ( discussing "Heroes") It is less X-Men and more Unbreakable. It's pretty dark at times. There's the supernatural aspect, but how they deal with it is all rooted in reality, which is why we hope the show catches on. We don't want it to be just sci-fi.

    • Sendhil Ramamurthy: (discussing how his family is handling his newfound fame) They're just really happy that I kinda got somewhere. My dad keeps sending me all these Google things about me.

    • Sendhil Ramamurthy: (Discussing why he refuses to audition for stereotypical roles) I've made a very conscious decision that I'm not going to go in on stereotypical stuff. I'm just not into it. I've turned down auditions for lots of roles like that. I won't do it and my agents won't ask me to do it. I don't fault other actors for doing that. Sometimes you just need to work. But for me personally, I would rather just go and do something else.

    • Sendhil Ramamurthy: NBC has been trotting us out lately and every single interviewer has asked all of us what superpower we'd want. My superpower would be the power to stop anyone from asking that question.

    • Sendhil Ramamurthy: (Discussing his choice to become an actor rather than a doctor) I just came out and told my parents straight: I don't want to be a doctor, I want to go to drama school. My parents weren't thrilled when I first told them, because it came out of nowhere. Looking back on it, they were as cool as they could have been, especially because I'd never shown any inclination toward acting. Later, they were totally supportive. They paid for drama school while I was living in London, and they flew out to see all my productions.

    • Sendhil Ramamurthy: I have to take my hat off to Tim Kring for writing a part like this. I've never auditioned for a part this fleshed out, this well-rounded. Every facet of his life is touched on in the series. I feel so lucky.

    • Sendhil Ramamurthy: (discussing Mohinder's lack of powers) In the beginning, I was totally bummed. I won't lie to you. I was like "This sucks! All of my friends are gonna make fun of me. I'm the only one that doesn't have a power!" But now I like the fact that the audience sees these things through my eyes. I think if everybody had a power on the show, it would become The Justice League or something like that.

    • Sendhil Ramamurthy: I don't think that Mohinder necessarily sees himself in the Professor X position, though in terms of the story he is. I don't think Mohinder sees himself as "only human." I think he is glad he is not one of the people with powers, because Sylar keeps killing them!

    • Sendhil Ramamurthy: Most of my uncles and aunts are doctors. I've got every specialty covered. I don't need health insurance...

  • sizzzling Hot

    Hotter than a teapot, cauldron over an open fire. This dude has style and fineness that shows in each character he plays whether sinister or the boy nest door he has it all. Sendhil Ramamurthy knows who he is which is rare in a unseasoned person of his skill and trade.
  • Bad Haircut

    I'm not sure it's because of the new haircut, but I was not sure it was Sendhil in "Covert Affairs". He was more handsome in "Heroes".