Kumail Nanjiani broke the internet with his ripped-to-the-gills body revelation on Instagram. With the one post, he went on from being a comedy goof to an absolute beefcake.
The body transformation had much to do with his obligation in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, Eternals. Set to be one of the biggest theatrical releases of 2020, Nanjiani is set to play a Marvel superhero, and half of it is looking the part.
But don't mistake Kumail for a one-hit-wonder: he is a celebrated stand-up comedian, actor, and writer extraordinaire. Here are seven facts about the 41-year-old actor who is on one hell of a hot streak. Here are seven facts about Kumail Nanjiani:
Eternals is the twenty-fifth movie that collectively makes up the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The superhero movie is one of the most anticipated movies of 2020 and stars such talents as Kumail Nanjiani, Richard Madden, Kit Harrington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie.
In the movie, Kumail plays the cosmic-powered Eternal, Kingo Sunen.
Kumail has been married to author, producer, and family therapist, Emily V. Gordon, since 2007.
Gordon had a terrible health scare when her organs began shutting down, and she went into a coma. She thankfully recovered, but the traumatic events inspired Kumail's and Emily's co-written 2017 movie, The Big Sick.
As of February 2020, Kumail Nanjiani is currently at 648k Instagram Followers under the handle @kumailn. While that number is none too shabby, it is a far cry from where his following used to be.
His Instagram blew up when he posted a picture of his shredded body, which became an instant Internet sensation.
Kumail is a comedian at heart and has been a mainstay of the genre since the beginning of his career in 2008.
He has credits in such comedy movies as Se* Tape, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Central Intelligence, and Men in Black: International, to name a few.
He has an even more prolific résumé of TV series appearances that include Veep, Silicon Valley, Key and Peele, and Community, among others.
Kumail's comedic flair has been immortalized in the sketch-comedy show Saturday Night Live.
He hosted a 2017 episode after his uncredited 2008 appearance.
He also hosts the stand-up comedy show The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail with co-host Jonah Ray. The show will end after its third season after two successful seasons.
Kumail Nanjiani was born Kumail Ali Nanjiani, the elder of two boys to father Aijaz and mother Shabana Nanjiani. Born on February 21, 1978, in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan, he was brought up in a religious Sindhi Shia Muslim household.
He moved to the USA when he turned 18 and joined Grinnell College and graduated in 2001 with a double major in computer science and philosophy.
As of February 2020, Kumail's net worth stands at a whopping $8 million. A force in the comedy scenes since 2008, he is recognized as a comedic genius, not only in front of the camera but behind the scenes as well.
He is set to star in the upcoming 2020 Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, Eternals. If the movie can even gross a percentage of what other Marvel movies typically gross, Kumail's net worth is sure to be bolstered beyond his current worth.