Naren Weiss

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Naren Weiss
Weiss during a photoshoot in New York City in 2016
Born March 15, 1991
Houston, TX
Actor, playwright, model
Years active 2010–present
Known for Vishwaroopam Maya from Madurai
Height 6'3"

Naren Weiss is an actor, playwright, and former model. He played Osama bin Laden in Kamal Haasan's film on terrorism Vishwaroopam, Dekker in the ABC series Deception, and is known for his work in theatre in India and the United States. He has been called "the greatest actor you've never heard of."[1][2][3]

Early life

Naren Weiss attended Madras Christian College and Brooklyn College. He is of mixed ethnicity and worked as a model during college, appearing in campaigns for Sprite, Bank of India, The Chennai Silks and on magazine covers like India Today.[4] He was discovered by VJ Paloma Rao while performing onstage, leading to his becoming a VJ for Channel UFX. He comes from an athletic background and often talks about acting like a sport.[5][6]


Naren Weiss began his career onstage in Chennai (India), acting and writing in plays for The Little Theatre, the Stray Factory, and The Hindu Metroplus Theater Fest. He found success as a young stage actor and received visibility from the Indian media, being called "enchantingly scraggly and gloriously flamboyant" (The Hindu) and "annoying perfection" (The New Indian Express).[7][8]

He had a small role in Good Night Good Morning, notably played Osama bin Laden in Vishwaroopam, and had an unsuccessful audition run for the title role in Life of Pi. He played a separate character named Pi years later in the Chinese film Love is a Broadway Hit directed by Peter Lee, a long-time friend and associate of Life of Pi director Ang Lee.[9]

He acted in the United States in 2014 in New York City. His performance as an Israeli immigrant in Meron Langsner's Over Here was successful, and he had other roles at the Geffen Playhouse, Kennedy Center, Off-Broadway, and guest roles on American television shows such as Elementary, The Brave, Broad City and others.[10] For his work on The Brave, NBC submitted him for consideration in the Outstanding Guest Actor category for the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards, although he did not receive a nomination.[11]

Personal life

Naren Weiss speaks multiple languages, and was a translator on Madam Secretary.


  1. ^ "The Greatest Actor You've Never Heard Of". September 8, 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "Naren Weiss has Captured a Lot of Hearts". October 23, 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "IMDb trivia". December 1, 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "Cooper Company 2". Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Acting like a Sport". Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Acting May Be The Greatest Sport of All". Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Musketeers in the city". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
  8. ^ "The Great Indian Blogologues". Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Shuttling between worlds". 20 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Tina Howe's Singing Beach". July 30, 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "South Asian Talent Eligible for the 2018 Emmy Nominations". June 13, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
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