Some Joe You Don't Know: An American Biographical Guide to 100 British Television Personalities

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ART MALIK

With his appearance as Hari Kumar on The Jewel in the Crown, Art Malik became an instant television star in the United States. His performance was described by Vanity Fair as "mesmerizing." Scriptwriter Jay Presson Allen described Malik as "just simply shot in the ass with charm"-- those American scriptwriters certainly have a way with words--and brought the actor over to star, as Dr. Ved Lahari, in Hothouse, a drama series set in a New England psychiatric clinic. Unfortunately, American audiences preferred Art Malik in more native surroundings, and ABC aired only seven shows of the series, between June 30 and August 25, 1988. As Art Malik explained, "Americans don't know what to do with me."

Athar Ul-Haque Malik was born in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, on November 13, 1952, the son of an eye surgeon. He came to England at the age of three, but he was sent back to Pakistan for some basic education in his own land, a not entirely successful experiment. Malik attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1974 to 1977. He joined the Old Vic Company in 1979, and the Royal Shakespeare Company the following year. Malik's stage appearances, outside of work with those two companies, have generally been limited to the provinces, although in 1995 he did costar in Tom Stoppard Indian Ink; he has not appeared on stage in the United States.

As soon as he graduated from the Guildhall School, Malik (under the name of Athar Malik) was cast as a monk in Peter Brook's film, Meetings with Remarkable Men. Also as Athar Malik, he appeared as Mahmoud in An Arabian Adventure ( 1979). Since his performance in The Jewel in the Crown, Art Malik has had featured roles on screen in A Passage to India ( 1984), The Far Pavilions ( 1984, which was also presented on television by HBO), Underworld ( 1986), The Living Daylights ( 1987), Turtle Beach

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • A 1
  • B 13
  • C 39
  • D 55
  • E 59
  • F 67
  • G 75
  • H 85
  • Bibliography 117
  • I 121
  • J 123
  • K 141
  • L 147
  • M 161
  • Bibliography 181
  • O 191
  • P 193
  • R 203
  • Bibliography 232
  • T 235
  • W 243
  • General Bibliography 257
  • Index 259
  • About the Author 273
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