Aziz Ansari

by ethnic on May 15, 2009

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Birth Name: Aziz Ismail Ansari

Place of Birth: Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 23, 1983

Ethnicity: Indian (Tamil)

Aziz Ansari is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is known for starring in the series Parks and Recreation and Master of None.

Aziz was born in Columbia, South Carolina, the son of Fatima and Shoukath Ansari. His parents are Muslim emigrants, from Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, India.

He stated in an interview in Vanity Fair that he can speak “enough Tamil to get by.” He has also mentioned that he went through some prejudice growing up in South Carolina.

Aziz’s paternal grandfather is named Ismail (the son of Syed Mohideen and Nafeesa). Ismail was born in Vasudevanallur, Madras.

Aziz’s grandmother is Ameenal Beevi (the daughter of Mohamed Abubacker Lebbai and Mariam B.). Mohamed was the son of Khader Mohideen Lebbai and Jan. Bee.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2017) stated that Aziz’s genetic ancestry is:

*98.9% South Asian

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me December 11, 2011 at 9:09 pm

sometimes he looks black(afram)

andrew August 10, 2016 at 7:42 pm

he looks clearly South Asian.

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