Ari Stidham is an American actor best known for his starring role as Sylvester Dodd, a genius mathematician and statistician who also is a highly sensitive person and struggles with OCD and anxiety, in the television drama series Scorpion.
Stidham began a love of performing at an early age, naturally influenced by his parents' love of music. While they encouraged Stidham to play sports and other non-theatrical extracurricular activities, he was most exhilarated by singing and theatre.
Stidham began playing the piano at age 4, which lead to singing and acting in elementary school productions, and later assorted youth productions in Northern Los Angeles County throughout middle school and high school, including the Santa Susana Reparatory productions of Hamlet, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
He also participated in the prestigious American Conservatory Theater (ACT) program in San Francisco. His additional theatre credits include the Off-Broadway production of Fat Camp.
Stidham's big break came when the creator of the television series Huge discovered him doing improvisation and cast him in the drama. This role lead Stidham to a guest spot in the series The Whole Truth.
Stidham continues to play piano, as well as guitar and trumpet. He was born and raised in Westlake Village, California.