Raised in Northern California, Ali Afshar
grew up in the green Sonoma Mountains of Petaluma.
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.
In addition to his
parents guiding influence, Ali
experienced a vast variety of life experiences following in the footsteps of his
two older brothers, Pasha and John.
grew up competing in Break-Dancing & Bicycle Freestyle events all over Northern California.
tasted freedom with his
drivers license at age 16, Ali
first High School Challenge for drag racing at Sears Point International Raceway, representing Casa Grande High School
Through high school, Ali
could be found almost every week at the Sears Point Raceway competing in the Wednesday Night Drags, racing his
classic 1967 Chevrolet Camaro.
wasn't racing he
was in wrestling practice honing his
was an outstanding wrestler and set numerous school records.
diligence paid off and made him a California State Finalist in 1991.
After high school, Ali
attention to his
dream of acting and relocated to Los Angeles.
While fulfilling his
parents wishes of studying medicine at California State University Northridge
began to pursue a career in acting for movies and television.
immediately started learning from some of the most talented teachers available in Los Angeles and started auditioning.
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".
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.
true desires soon led him away from medicine and toward Hollywood.
While pursuing his acting career, Ali also founded Easy Street Motorsports (also known as ESX), an automotive performance and race facility that eventually lead him to race for Subaru of America for over 7 years and achieve a certain celebrity racing status.
became a 2 Time NHRA National & World Champion Team, 18 Time NHRA event champion, 2005 Rally America Champion (with Rocket Rally) and a world record holder!
also created the exclusive and highly anticipated "Ali Afshar Signature Series" line of Aston Martin and Subaru vehicles that are sold directly through Subaru and Aston Martin dealerships across the nation.
also built the one of a kind, carbon fiber, full tube chassis, 1400HP, all wheel drive Subaru.
This Subaru set the record for the Worlds Quickest and Fastest All Wheel Drive car and the Worlds Fastest Subaru!
This Subaru thunders down the 1/4 mile in 7 seconds at over 175 MPH!
Ali landed his first major television acting role, as (a very fitting) mechanic-racer named "Grease" on the NBC show "Saved By The Bell".
then started working on a string of feature films such as "Three Kings", "Godzilla", HBO's "Guardian" and "The Siege
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".
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".
soon returned to his
dramatic strengths and landed a 4 episode arc on the CBS show "JAG".
continued in his
serious ways and worked on two more CBS
shows, "NCIS" and "The Agency".
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
first leading role opposite Chuck Norris in the CBS Movie of the Week "The Presidents Man: A Line in the Sand".
quickly followed his
leading role and booked another dramatic supporting role on an NBC Movie of the Week titled "Homeland Security".
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
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.
also put on his
producing hat and produced and starred in his
first pilot presentation titled "Rebel Yell/The California's" under the newly formed company "ESX Productions
A story that can be best described as "The Transporter" meets "Mad Max" with a touch of "Fast and the Furious"!
first role back from his
racing "hiatus", Ali
landed a supporting role in the feature film "He's
Just Not That Into You", based on the best selling book.
plays the character of "Skip" along side a star studded cast including Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connolly, Ben Affleck, Justin Long, Kevin Connolly & more!
was then cast as the judgmental "Tribunal Head" in the hilarious political series "Fun With War Crimes" directed by Tim Bartell.
Ali was also cast in a new web pilot/series titled "Marisa Rules/Girls Gone College" directed by "Ellen Sandler" (Writer/Producer of Everybody Loves Raymond).
also shot a national Mercedes-Benz commercial for the new 2008 "C-Class" titled "Projections" directed by Adam Berg and a "Blue Shield of California" insurance commercial.
In early 2009, Ali
was cast as "Jonathan" in the funny web series "Peas In A Pod".
In June 2009, Ali
played the character of "Cyrus" along side Academy Award winner Holly Hunter on the hit "TNT" television show, "Saving Grace".
In November 2009, Ali
filmed and worked alongside "The Most Interesting Man The World" in one of the extremely popular "Dos Equis" national beer commercials.
2010 brought Ali back his
producing hat and created his
first full length feature titled "Born To Race".
A teen action film best described as "Fast and Furious meets Friday Night Lights"!
tapped into his
rich auto racing history and brought dozens of sponsors to support him in this film including, Subaru of America, NHRA, Pep Boys
, Injen and more!
also had a supporting role in this film and played a character very close to home.. himself!
Born to Race was released in foreign markets in 2011 and in the spring of 2012 in North America.
"Born to Race" surprised audiences and exceeded sales around the world thus, the second producing endeavor in Ali's auto based films titled "Born to Race FAST TRACK" was scripted and started filming in the fall of 2012 for a Summer 2014 release.
has a larger part in this film and acted along side a great group of young talents including Diogo Morgado and Beau Mirchoff.
producing endeavors, Ali's
" created commercials for his
special edition "Ali Afshar Signature Series Subaru and Aston Martin" vehicles, Subaru and Aston Martin promotional events, BFGoodrich Tires, Glendale Mitsubishi and a music video for "American Idol" finalist "Katelyn Epperly".
In June 2012, Ali
booked a guest acting role on the highly anticipated "USA" network TV show "Political Animals" starring "Sigourney Weaver".
also booked a role in the award winning "Ben Affleck" directed and starred film titled "Argo".
Unfortunately a scheduling conflict didn't allow Ali
to travel to the Middle East for filming and he
had to pass on the great opportunity.
Also in 2012, Ali
created an auto based reality show titled "My First Love" as an alternative to all the current auto based reality shows on air.
This "Auto Show with Heart" reunites deserving people, who had to get rid of the cars they loved due to a hardship, in a surprising way.
A car show with heart.
is 2014 IDRC West Coast National Winners
currently has numerous TV and Film projects in the development.