Ari Zagaris (Ari Nicholas Zagaris)
BiographySan Francisco, California, USA
Ari Zagaris is a recent transplant to Los Angeles from his hometown neighborhood of the Haight/Ashbury in San Francisco. The son of model Kristin Sundbom and sports/ rock'n'roll photographer Michael Zagaris, Ari spent most of his childhood following his father around from the clubhouse of the Oakland A's to the backstage dressing room of The Clash. As a result, his life was a wash of sports and the arts and Ari spent most of his childhood trying to decide whether his life would be spent on the stage or on the playing field. Read more... and the arts. Thanks to a heavy sinker and a nasty forkball, baseball won out and the arts were put on hold until a later date. Despite being unable to perform in any school productions, Ari managed to squeeze in classes at A.C.T. before leaving for college on a baseball scholarship. Even while attending The George Washington University, Ari continued to indulge his passion for film, spending most of his free time in the drama department and writing screenplays. Directly after graduating from GW with a BA in Communication, Ari was signed by the Boston Red Sox. While theater and film still ruled his heart, he spent the next few months pitching for the Sox in the minor leagues. After being released by the club, Ari was determined to focus the rest of his life to the craft he had juggled since birth.Ari is a truly versatile actor who's working his way to becoming one of Hollywood's busiest new talents. Tall, with thick eyebrows and an ever-present hangdog countenance, Ari has always remained interested in pursuing offbeat, even eccentric projects. In his lighter performances, the quirky, lanky actor combines relaxed, naturalistic dialogue delivery with impeccable comic timing. In his darker roles Ari is often seen as a rugged, sullen looking leading man with cynical fatalistic outlooks and anti-hero charisma. In the brief moments when he's not in front of the camera, Ari can be found at the nearest baseball diamond reliving his dreams of sports stardom.