Maulik Pancholy

Maulik Pancholy

Pancholy in 2007
Born Dayton, Ohio, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Partner(s) Ryan Corvaia

Maulik Navin Pancholy (born January 18, 1974) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Jonathan on 30 Rock, the voice of Baljeet Tjinder in Phineas and Ferb, Sanjay Patel in Weeds, and Neal during the first season of Whitney. He voiced a different character, also named Sanjay Patel in the Nickelodeon animated series Sanjay and Craig.

Early life

Pancholy was born in Dayton, Ohio. He moved around while growing up. His family comes from Gujarat, and his grandparents live in Ahmedabad.[1] He is a 1991 graduate of the Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida, and went on to major in Theatre at Northwestern University, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1995.[2] He then attended the Yale School of Drama, where he received his Master of Fine Arts in 2003.[3]


Pancholy's television work includes guest roles on Tracey Takes On..., The Sopranos, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and The Comeback.[3]

His stage credits in New York City include the Culture Project's production of Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom in 2004, a workshop of the play Morbidity & Mortality at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre in 2005, and the lead role in India Awaiting at the Samuel Beckett Theatre. In January 2015, he joined the cast of Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play, replacing Rupert Grint when the production's Broadway run was extended.[4]

Personal life

Pancholy came out as gay in a November 2013 interview with Out magazine in which he discussed his partner of nine years, chef/caterer Ryan Corvaia.[5] They became engaged at the Taj Mahal in January 2014 and were married in September that year.[6]

Pancholy speaks Gujarati and Spanish. He is also proficient in Hindi, which he speaks in the 30 Rock episode "Khonani".[1][7]



Year Film Role Notes
2005 Hitch Raoul
2006 Friends with Money Flirtatious Waiter
Quarter Life Crisis Neil Desai
Park Babar
2008 27 Dresses Trent
2009 Love N' Dancing Gunmay
2010 Love Ranch Samir Singh
Good Sharma Samir
Tug Carl
See You in September Roger
Raspberry Magic Amrish Patil
2011 Horrible Bosses[8] Gregory Voice only


Year Show Role Episodes Notes
1999 Tracey Takes On... Roberto 2
Jack & Jill Barto's Classmate 1
Charmed Treasure Hunter #1
2005–09, 2012 Weeds Sanjay Patel 26 Recurring seasons 1–5; 8 - has exactly the same name as his Sanjay and Craig character
2005 The Comeback Kaveen Kahan 2
2006–11, 2012 30 Rock Jonathan 64 Recurring seasons 1–2; Main seasons 3–5; 7
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Aziz Gabriel/Dani Hasni 2
The Sopranos Dr. Ajit Gupte 1
2007–15 Phineas and Ferb Baljeet Tjinder 210+ Voice only
2009 The Replacements Kamil Sattar 1
2010 Running Wilde Himself Playing himself as a fake doctor in "Mental Flaws"
2011 Web Therapy Kamal Prakash 4 Recurring; season 1
2011–12 Whitney Neal 22 Main season 1
2013–16 Sanjay and Craig Sanjay Patel 60 Main role, voice only; has exactly the same name as his Weeds character.
2014 The Good Wife Dev Jain 1 Episode "Parallel Construction, Bitches"
2014 Wander Over Yonder TBA Voice Only
2016 The Muppets Photographer Episode: "Got Silk?"


  1. 1 2 Dayal, Priyanka. "Rock Star: A Conversation with Maulik Pancholy". ABCD Lady. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  2. "Maulik Pancholy - Biography". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  3. 1 2 Gregory Kirschling (11 May 2007). "Maulik Pancholy: You Might Know Me From...The 33-year-old". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  4. Gordon, David."It's Only a Play's New Stars Martin Short, Katie Finneran, and Maulik Pancholy Meet the Press", January 13, 2015
  5. "Out100: Maulik Pancholy". Out Magazine. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  6. Kennedy, Ed (September 28, 2014). "Maulik Pancholy Woke Up a Married Man". The Backlot. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  7. Pancholy, Maulik (4 August 2011). "That Khonani brings it out of me". Twitter. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  8. Sabrina Siddiqui (11 November 2010). "30 Rock & Weeds Star on Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey and Shattering Stereotypes". Divanee. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
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