Raised in Northern California, Ali Afshar grew up in the green Sonoma Mountains of Petaluma. His passion for speed and entertaining was evident at a very early age as his family could often find him racing motorcycles and horses at the age of 5 on their 200—acre ranch. After high school, Ali turned his attention to his dream of acting and relocated to Los Angeles. While fulfilling his parents wishes of studying medicine at California State University Northridge, he began to pursue a career in acting for movies and television. Ali immediately started learning from some of the most talented teachers available in Los Angeles and started auditioning. He quickly landed his first job as a skateboarder in a Pepsi/Mirinda soft drink commercial and was then cast as the principle actor in a commercial for the Southern California family water park “Raging Waters”. Ali paired his acting and racing income to pay for his tuition for college which ultimately led to his graduation from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology. However, his true desires soon led him away from medicine and toward Hollywood. Ali landed his first major television acting role, as (a very fitting) mechanic-racer named “Grease” on the NBC show “Saved By The Bell”. He then started working on a string of feature films such as “Three Kings”, “Godzilla”, HBO’s “Guardian” and “The Siege”. Ali got his first taste of working with great talent on these projects that included award winning directors and actors!
While most of his feature film projects were dramatic roles, Ali started showing his comedic funny bone on the small screen and landed the recurring role of “Sanjib” on the CBS hit show “The King Of Queens”. He kept the smiles going as he worked on another CBS sitcom “City Guys”, had a blast as the singing foreign exchange student “Bjorgy” on the FOX children show “The Masked Rider” and kept everyone on their toes with the very funny “Jamie Kennedy Experiment”. While he was doing all of this “On Camera” work, Ali also enjoyed a voice over gig that spanned over 3 years as the voice of the “Phantom Ranger” on the hit FOX/Saban children TV show “Power Rangers”.
Ali soon returned to his dramatic strengths and landed a 4 episode arc on the CBS show “JAG”. He continued in his serious ways and worked on two more CBS shows, “NCIS” and “The Agency”. He also booked guest spots on the PAX Network show “It’s A Miracle” as well the FOX show “Americas Most Wanted.” This led him right back to CBS where he landed his first leading role opposite Chuck Norris in the CBS Movie of the Week “The Presidents Man: A Line in the Sand”. He quickly followed his leading role and booked another dramatic supporting role on an NBC Movie of the Week titled “Homeland Security”.
Ali took a hiatus from his acting career while his race car driving talents had him traveling across the nation for Subaru of America and ESX Motorsports. After years of full time racing, setting world records and winning national championships were scribed into the history books, Ali turned his full attention back to his acting career in 2009.
Ali started studying with acting coach, author and award winner “Scott Sedita” of “Scott Sedita Acting Studios”, in Los Angeles, CA.
al events, BFGoodrich Tires, Glendale Mitsubishi and a music video for “American Idol” finalist “Katelyn Epperly”.
In June 2012, Ali booked roles in the highly anticipated “USA” network TV show “Political Animals” starring “Sigourney Weaver” and in the Oscar award winning “Ben Affleck”