Ravi Patel is an American actor, writer and director of Indian ancestry who is best known for his roles in Transformers (2007), Meet the Patels (2014) and Master of None (2015), among others.
Patel began acting after appearing in a number of nationwide commercials. He was also an emcee, who was famed for his improvised stand-up acts during emcee-gigs. The Illinois-native, however, rose to prominence after making his first television appearance in CW network’s Easy Money as George Patil.
Read on to find out more about Ravi Patel’s life, wife and other facts you need to know.
Ravi Patel was born Ravi Vasant Patel on the 18th of December 1978, in Freeport, the county seat and largest city of Stephenson County, Illinois. He is the second of the two children of Vasant and Champa Patel.
The Patel family was a modest middle-class family with Ravi’s father, Vasant, working as a financial consultant while his mother, Champa, worked as a real estate agent.
Despite being born in Illinois, Ravi Patel grew up in North Carolina’s most populous city, Charlotte. He attended Myers Park High School before he went to study Economics and International Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001.
Upon graduation, Patel moved to Los Angeles where he became an investment banker. While there, he co-founded This Bar Saves Lives, a nutrition company that produces gluten-free, non-genetically modified organism snack bars. The company, as indicated in its name, is also a charitable organization as it donates a meal packet to a child in need with every snack bar sold. Patel also co-founded the poker magazine All In.
While he ran his company, Patel had been getting work as an emcee. His improvised stand-up comedy act at one gig led to him being invited to an audition and getting signed to a bigtime Hollywood agency. That particular gig led to him becoming something of a star in the commercials/advertisement industry as he appeared in more than two dozen commercials in a year.
Patel transitioned from making commercials to acting in television series and movies by first appearing in the film Boys & Girls Guide To Getting Down and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia both in 2006.
Between 2008 and 2009, Patel appeared on the CW Television Network show titled Easy Money as George Patil. This was around the same time he featured in the 2007 Sci-fi Transformers and the medical comedy Scrubs. By 2010, he landed the main role in the FOX Network show Past Life.
In 2014, Ravi Patel collaborated with his sister to make an autobiographical documentary titled Meet the Patels. The film, which won the Audience Award at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival, documented Ravi’s journey of trying to find an Indian wife.
Since Meet the Patels, which is going to have a narrative remake, Patel has worked with Aziz Ansari in Master of None and John Stamos in Grandfathered.
Family – Sister
Ravi Patel has a sister named Geeta Patel. Geeta, who now works as a film writer and director, is a graduate of Duke University where she studied Comparative Area Studies. She began her career as an associate screenwriter, working for studios like Disney and Twentieth Century Fox.
Along with her brother, Geeta co-wrote and directed ‘Meet the Patels’. Other projects which she has directed include episodes of Survivor’s Remorse, The Mindy Project, Superstore, Fresh Off the Boat, and Speechless.
Is Ravi Patel Married, Who is his Wife?
Ravi Patel is indeed married. He married actress Mahaley Hessam, who is best known for her roles in the films Easy A, The DUFF, and others. The ceremony took place on the 7th of May, 2016. Hessam who now goes by the name Mahaley Patel was born in Atlanta, Georgia to immigrant parents from Afghanistan.
She attended Emory University in Atlanta before heading out to Los Angeles, California where she enrolled in UCLA. It was during her time at the University of California, Los Angeles that she got her big break in the movie Easy A.
Other Facts You Need to Know
Birth Name: Ravi Vasant Patel
Date of Birth: December 18, 1978
Place of Birth: Freeport, Illinois U.S.
Occupation(s): Actor, Director
Height: 1.7 m
Birth Sign: Sagittarius