Born and raised in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, a small town near
Pittsburgh. He is the middle son of Petro and Despina Maropis and is
very close to his brothers, Sam and Chris.
Being an exceptional
all-around athlete in high school (Burgettstown High-school in southwest
Pennsylvania), it appeared Adoni would pursue a professional career in
some sport. Turning down various athletic scholarships, he enrolled at
West Virginia University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor's
Degree in Business Administration.
But, from years of being
entertained by Adoni's impromptu comedic performances and impersonations
which began when he was a small child, his father, Petro, told him that
the suit and tie of the business world would probably choke him to
death and encouraged Adoni to give acting a shot. Surprised, yet
intrigued at this suggestion, Adoni enrolled at a performing arts
school, Point Park College (now a University) in Pittsburgh, and studied
acting, dialects, singing, and a bit of dance.
His first stage
role was as a freshman, even though freshman weren't allowed to perform
at the time, where they needed him as an "Arabian Carrier" in The
Nutcracker Sweet. Not only did Adoni get to flex his muscles in that
role, but he also played the "Jack-in-the-Box" in the same production.
Some of his other memorable plays and musicals were: Working, Evita,
Getting Out, You Can't Take it With You, and Little Shop of Horrors
where he played the man-eating plant, "Audrey II." After three years of
theatre at Point Park, with the help of his younger brother Chris, he
headed for Hollywood.
Although Adoni is truly blessed with a more
than usual dose of athletic ability and creative talent, what truly
makes Adoni stand out is that he is a Type 1 Diabetic, and has been
since he was 18 months old. His parents were told he would be weak and
sickly, and in and out of hospitals his whole life. Ultimately, a
renowned diabetic specialist told his father that most likely Adoni
would be dead by the age of 25. As Adoni puts it, "I get a kick out of
someone saying I can't do it." This has been proven by his numerous
and championships throughout high-school and college which involved
everything - strength, speed, quickness and finesse. The list includes:
tennis, basketball, baseball, football, weightlifting, arm-wrestling,
fitness, and his favorite pastime, which is table tennis (ping-pong).
Adoni loves being creative with his workouts which involve only 30-45
minutes per day of either running, biking, aerobics, some martial arts,
or what he calls his "unique, unnatural, yet truly natural Cirque du
Some of Adoni's diverse and memorable roles include: the flamboyant evil sorcerer, Quan Chi, in the TV show "Mortal Kombat: Conquest" (1998), the sarcastic undercover agent in The Gristle (2001), "Abu-Fayed," in Season 6 of the Fox hit series "24" (2001) and the regal falcon-man in Hidalgo (2004), starring Viggo Mortensen. An
inspiration to the world, Adoni will tell you that the most important
ingredients to success and happiness are - love, laughter, and fitness!
He credits his family and a few good friends with supplying all three.
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