Yuri Sardarov plays Chicago Fire’s Brian “Otis” Zvonecek
Yuri Sardarov plays brand new firefigher Brian “Otis” Zvonecek on Chicago Fire. He is just finishing up his candidacy when the pilot opens. He speaks to his Chicago Fire lieutenant, Matthew Casey about no longer having to be the “Otis” since new a new candidate, Peter Mills has joined the firehouse. His job up til then had been to check the elevators in burning buildings. (Otis Worldwide is the most well known manufacturer of elevators, hence the nickname.) Casey tells him he still Otis for now. What he really wants to do is drive the truck, but that doesn’t seem likely as the new candidate very early on expresses a desire to move from working on the fire truck to being on the rescue squad which, if approved, would leave Brian still at the bottom of the firefighter totem pole.
Otis is of Russian descent and speaks a little Russian, but not enough to know the difference between the words “monkey” and “trophy”, which turns out to be quite important at the grand opening of Molly’s, the bar that he and Herrmann and Dawson own together. His non-english speaking cousin tells him that she will be bringing something special for the grand opening of Molly’s and he tells his friends that his cousin is bringing a monkey. Everyone seems a bit skeptical about this being a good idea, but he assures everyone that it will be okay. Turns out when the cousin shows up, it is not with a monkey, but something much, much better.
Otis Tells the story of Chicago Fire through his podasts.
Otis has his own podcast about life as a firefighter. The podcasts include such topics as where he would like to retire, the psychological effects of firefighting, mom’s borscht, and living with other firefighters. The podcasts are an interesting look into the mind of the character, and it is a cool way for us to get a little extra sense of what it’s like to be a real firefighter.
Yuri Sardarov has been seen in several movies including The Ides of March, The Double, and Argo.
Chicago Fire’s second season premieres Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10p/9c on NBC.