Malek in August 2007
|Born||Rami Said Malek
May 12, 1981
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Education||Bachelor of Fine Arts|
|Alma mater||University of Evansville|
Rami Said Malek (Arabic: رامي مالك, born May 12, 1981) is an American actor. Malek studied acting at the University of Evansville and began his Hollywood career in guest-roles on several television shows before making his feature film debut in Night at the Museum (2006). He was a regular on the FOX comedy series The War at Home (2005-2007) and on the HBO miniseries The Pacific (2010). Malek appeared in Larry Crowne (2011) and had integral parts in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and in the final installment of The Twilight Saga (2012). In 2013, he appeared in the independent films Ain't Them Bodies Saints, the remake of Oldboy and starred in critically praised Short Term 12. The following year, he starred in the Need for Speed, The Night at the Museum sequel and Spike Lee's Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.
Malek was born in Los Angeles, California, of Arab Egyptian descent, and has an identical twin brother named Sami who is four minutes younger than he is. 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 in 2003.
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). 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.
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). 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
Malek plays the lead role in the USA Network computer-hacker drama, Mr. Robot, along with Christian Slater. The show is executive produced by Sam Esmail (Comet) and Anonymous Content's Steve Golin (True Detective) and Chad Hamilton (Breakup at a Wedding). Mr. Robot premiered on June 24, 2015, while the pilot aired in May 2015.
|2006||Night at the Museum||King Ahkmenrah|
|2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||King Ahkmenrah|
|2011||Larry Crowne||Steve Dibiasi|
|2012||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2||Benjamin|
|2013||Ain't Them Bodies Saints||Will|
|2013||Short Term 12||Nate|
|2014||Need for Speed||Finn|
|2014||Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb||King Ahkmenrah|
|2014||Da Sweet Blood of Jesus||Seneschal Higginbottom|
|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|
|2004||Halo 2||Additional voices||Uncredited|
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