M. Night Shyamalan

2011 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Gala - Inside Arrivals

Shyamalan in 2011, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Manoj Shyamalan

Place of Birth: Mahé, Puducherry, India

Date of Birth: 6 August, 1970

Ethnicity: Malayali and Tamil Indian

M. Night Shyamalan is an American director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is the son of Jayalakshmi and Nelliate C. Shyamalan.

His father is of Malayali origin, from Mahé, India. His mother is of Tamil origin. His parents moved to the United States in the late 1960s, but his mother went back to India to give birth to him there, in Mahé, Puducherry. He spent a few weeks in Puducherry, India, before moving to the U.S. and growing up in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania. He was raised Hindu.

He added Night to his name in the early/mid 1990s.

M. Night is married to doctor, Bhavna Vaswani, with whom he has three children, including singer Saleka Shyamalan.


Curious about ethnicity

3 Responses

  1. Friedrik533 says:

    looks fine for his age.

  2. Akwaba says:

    His daughter is the singer Saleka Shyamalan

  3. cwm85 says:

    Cool Indian mixture. They really are diverse over there, lot of tribes and different ethnic groups.

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