Danish Farooqui

"There’s an effortless charm to what he does." - Allen Adams, The Maine Edge

Danish Farooqui was born in Texas. He began school in Karachi, Pakistan at the age of 3 where he learned reading and writing in Urdu. His mother tongue is Punjabi. On the Karachi beaches, he rode fast horses, tall camels, and gigantic elephants. In his childhood, he went back and forth between Houston and Karachi.

After school, he would go to Tae Kwon Do class and later practiced Vovinam. He received his Black Belt at the age of 10 and got 1st place in forms and sparring at both schools. His first acting experience was playing a ghost in first grade. He was on the high school track team. He would freestyle rap with the other runners. He also began performing on the high school stage finding the balance between shows and matches. He took classical singing lessons after school and performed in local theatres in Houston. He got to share the stage with his teacher Wesley Landry and with the famous soprano Nina Stemme at the Houston Grand Opera.

Then he trained as an actor in NYC and since graduation, has performed professionally in regional theatres, films, voiceovers, and commercials.

He speaks Spanish, Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindi. He enjoys running, drawing cartoons, playing harmonica and cooking Chinese food.

Some of his artistic influences include Aamir Khan, Tennesee Williams, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Tara Strong, Eminem, August Wilson, Luciano Pavarotti, Will Smith, Bruce Lee and Donnie Yen.