Rami Malek

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Rami Malek
Rami Malek.jpg
Malek in August 2007
Born Rami Said Malek
(1981-05-12) May 12, 1981 (age 34)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present

Rami Said Malek (Arabic: رامي مالك‎‎, born May 12, 1981)[1] is an American actor. He is known for his role as the gay teenage next-door-neighbor, "Kenny" on the FOX comedy series The War at Home; for his role as Merriell "Snafu" Shelton in the HBO miniseries The Pacific; and for his role as the pharaoh Ahkmenrah in the feature films Night at the Museum, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. He also played Benjamin in the final installment of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

Early life[edit]

Malek was born in Los Angeles, California, of Arab Egyptian descent,[1][2][3] and has an identical twin brother named Sami who is four minutes younger than he is.[1][4][5] Malek attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.[6]


In 2004, Malek began his acting career with guest-starring roles on several notable television series including Gilmore Girls, Over There, and Medium, as well as voicing "additional characters" for the video game Halo 2 (for which he was uncredited).[6] In 2005, he was cast as the prominent recurring role of "Kenny", the gay teenage next-door-neighbor on the FOX comedy series The War at Home.[2][7]

In 2006, Malek made his feature film debut as Pharaoh Ahkmenrah in the comedy Night at the Museum and reprised his role in the sequels Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014).[6] In the spring of 2007 he appeared onstage as "Jamie" in the Vitality Productions theatrical presentation of Keith Bunin's The Credeaux Canvas at the Elephant Theatre in Los Angeles.[2][8]

In 2010 Malek returned to television in a recurring role as the Egyptian American suicide bomber Marcos Al-Zacar on the 8th season of the Fox series 24.[6] Later that same year, he received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Corporal Merriell "Snafu" Shelton on the Emmy Award-winning HBO World War II mini-series The Pacific.[3][4][9][10][11]

During filming of The Pacific, Malek met executive producer Tom Hanks, who was impressed with his performance and would later cast him as college student Steve Dibiasi in the feature film Larry Crowne, released in July 2011.[3][4][10] In August 2010 it was announced that Malek had been cast as the Egyptian vampire, "Benjamin", in the final installment of the popular Twilight franchise, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.[12][13][14]

Malek has been cast in the lead role in the upcoming USA Network hacker drama Mr. Robot. The show will be executive produced Sam Esmail (Comet) and Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin (True Detective) and Chad Hamilton (Breakup at a Wedding).[15] It is set to premiere on June 24, 2015.



Year Film Role Notes
2006 Night at the Museum King Ahkmenrah
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian King Ahkmenrah
2011 Larry Crowne Steve Dibiasi
2012 Battleship Lt. Hill
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Benjamin
2012 The Master Clark
2013 Ain't Them Bodies Saints Will
2013 Short Term 12 Nate
2013 Oldboy Browning
2014 Need for Speed Finn
2014 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb King Ahkmenrah
2014 Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Seneschal Higginbottom


Year Show Role Notes
2004 Gilmore Girls Andy One episode
2005 Over There Hassan Two episodes
Medium Timothy Kercher One episode
2005–2007 The War at Home Kenny 21 episodes
2010 24 Marcos Al-Zacar Three episodes
The Pacific Merriell "Snafu" Shelton Six episodes
2012 Alcatraz Webb Porter One episode
2012 The Legend of Korra Tahno (voice only) Three episodes
2014 Believe Doctor Adam Terry
2015 Mr. Robot Elliot Main role

Video Games[edit]

Year Game Role Notes
2004 Halo 2 Additional voices Uncredited
2015 Until Dawn[16] Josh


  1. ^ a b c "California Births, 1905–1995". Family Tree Legends. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Interview with Rami Malek of "The War At Home"". AfterElton.com. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Rami Malek Matures With War Role". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "The Verge: Rami Malek". Movie Line. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Rami & Sami Malek.jpg". Robin Platzer/Twin Images. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d "IMDb – Rami Malek". IMDb.com. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Interview with Rami Malek of "The War At Home"". Starry Constellation Magazine. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Credeaux Canvas". Backstage. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Interview: Rami Malek – The Pacific". Entertainment Focus. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "'The Pacific' star Rami Malek has friends in high places". Cineplex.com. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Q&A With Actor Rami Malek – 'The Pacific'". Criticize This!. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ "'Breaking Dawn' Casting News: Rami Malek To Play Benjamin". MTV.com: Hollywood Crush. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Rami Malek Joins Summit's 'Twilight' Sequel 'Breaking Dawn'". The Wrap. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Rami Malek joins 'Breaking Dawn'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  15. ^ "USA Picks Up Computer Hacking Drama Pilot ‘Mr. Robot'". variety.com. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  16. ^ http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2014/08/12/dawn-unveiled-ps4-gamescom-2014/

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