Jay Harik

Biography: Jay Harik was born in Beirut, Lebanon, as (Jihad Harik) on May 17, 1960 where he lived until the age of sixteen. He was raised in a traditional Lebanese Christian household, with parents who influenced him to take on a high professional career (such as becoming a lawyer or doctor) From an early age he showed his charismatic charm by being the family "goofball." As a teenager he left his war-torn country in hopes of returning someday.
His first journey was to Oxford, England, where he spent six months studying English at the Oxford Language Center before deciding to complete his education in the United States. He spent his last two years of High School as a Foreign Exchange Student living with an American family. Upon graduating, Jay got accepted at Kalamazoo College (a small liberal arts college) where he concentrated his studies on Sculpture and Physics. He completed his education at University of Wisconsin, where he received his BS and MS degrees in Architecture. In
Jay Harik was born in Beirut, Lebanon, as (Jihad Harik) on May 17, 1960 where he lived until the age of sixteen. He was raised in a traditional Lebanese Christian household, with parents who influenced him to take on a high professional career (such as becoming a lawyer or doctor) From an early age he showed his charismatic charm by being the family "goofball." As a teenager he left his war-torn country in hopes of returning someday.
His first journey was to Oxford, England, where he spent six months studying English at the Oxford Language Center before deciding to complete his education in the United States. He spent his last two years of High School as a Foreign Exchange Student living with an American family. Upon graduating, Jay got accepted at Kalamazoo College (a small liberal arts college) where he concentrated his studies on Sculpture and Physics. He completed his education at University of Wisconsin, where he received his BS and MS degrees in Architecture. In 1985 he moved to Chicago to start working for SOM (Skidmore, Owens and Merrill, the worlds largest architectural firm). His family was disappointed in his career choice, hoping he would have chosen something more intellectual by their standards. Little did they know at the time that he would drastically alter his career path and eventually end up in Tinseltown.
While working as an architect, Jay's interest in acting began to flourish. Chicago was an ideal place for him to launch his stage career, rich with theatrical culture. Shortly after getting involved with the Improve scene, his friends encouraged him to audition for the Second City Training Center where he was eventually accepted after a grueling process. The minute he stepped on stage he knew his acting was no longer a hobby but a profession in the works. He spent the next two years building his career, moving on from Second City to train at the Steven Ivcich Studio, The Center Theater, The Actor Center, Improve Olympia and The Annoyance Theater. His theater credits include; "Away," "The Conduct of Life," "Joined at the Head," "Lapin Lapin," "Moon Under Miami" and many others. He eventually dissolved his architectural practice and got a job as a waiter to supplement his income and allow him to focus fully on acting. He booked two small television spots before heading to Los Angeles, on ABC's "Missing Persons," and CBS's "Early Edition."
When Jay set his sights West, Hollywood proved to be fertile ground. Early in 1997, a friend introduced Jay to his personal manager, Betty McCormick Aggas, who was very encouraging and supportive; in their first correspondence she said "yes, you need to move to Los Angeles." Upon his second day in LA he had already booked two national commercials. He has since booked three more, as well as several TV spots. He has appeared on TV as Sal on "Frasier," Moe on "Stark Raving Mad," Rajiv on "Boy Meets World," Mr. Halstrom on "Silk Stalkings" and the presenter on "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" and others. He has also appeared in 8 films.
Jay's secret of success is his ability to acknowledge the entertainment industry as a business where one must utilize a set of marketing tools in order to succeed. Always a well-rounded and resourceful artist, he taps into roles that encompass his cultural and intellectual background. He has a recurring role that was developed for him on "Nash Bridges" where he plays Dov, a foreign ex masade agent with a personality similar to Seinfeld's "soup nazi." His background in architecture also helped him land the role. "Although I do not believe that ethnic stereotypes should compensate for one's acting ability, I am in fact Lebanese, and my culture is the best asset I have. It's a huge part of my identity." Jays relationship with the stage still remains strong. He currently stars in "Caprice," a play put on by the Sacred Fools Theater where he is a member. He is also a member of SAG and AFFRA Unions. From the world of religious war to the palm tree framed landscape of LA, his travels have posed many tests of identity but Jay is grounded and very adamant in continuing to develop his comedic gift. He sees himself as a sitcom in the making.
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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd The Young and the Restless: Season 34 Mar 27, 2006 Abjhit Nair tbd
tbd Nash Bridges: Season 6 Oct 6, 2000 Dov tbd