Rami Malek

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Rami Malek
Rami Malek in Hollywood, California.jpg
Rami Malek at the premiere of Larry Crowne in 2011
Born Rami Said Malek
(1981-05-12) May 12, 1981 (age 34)[1]
Los Angeles, California, United States
Education Bachelor of Fine Arts
Alma mater University of Evansville
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present

Rami Said Malek (born May 12, 1981) is an American actor.[2] 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 (2005–07) 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 (2012) 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 the critically praised Short Term 12. The following year, he appeared in Need for Speed, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Spike Lee's Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.

In 2015, Malek began to play the lead role of Elliot Alderson in the USA Network's television series Mr. Robot with season 2 premiering in 2016. In the same year, he provided the voice and his likeness for the character Josh Washington in the survival horror video game Until Dawn.

Early life and education[edit]

Malek was born in Los Angeles, California, to Egyptian parents. He is also of one-eighth Greek descent.[2] His father was a tour guide in Cairo.[3] Malek has an identical twin brother named Sami; Rami is the older twin by four minutes. He also has an older sister. Malek attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2003 from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.[4]


Rami Malek speaking at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California.

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).[5] In 2005, he was cast as the prominent recurring role of Kenny, on the Fox comedy series The War at Home.[6][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).[5] In the spring of 2007 he appeared on-stage as "Jamie" in the Vitality Productions theatrical presentation of Keith Bunin's The Credeaux Canvas at the Elephant Theatre in Los Angeles.[6][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.[5] 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.[9][10][11][12][13]

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.[9][10][12] In August 2010 it was announced that Malek had been cast as the Egyptian vampire Benjamin in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.[14][15][16]

Malek plays the lead role in the USA Network computer-hacker psychological drama, Mr. Robot, which premiered on June 24, 2015.

He appears as one of the main characters (Josh) in Until Dawn, 2015 horror game released for PS4 on August 25. He lent his voice and was fully motion captured for the game.



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


Year Show Role Notes
2004 Gilmore Girls Andy Episode: "In the Clamor and the Clangor"
2005 Over There Hassan 2 episodes
Medium Timothy Kercher Episode: "Time Out of Mind"
2005–2007 The War at Home Kenny 21 episodes
2010 24 Marcos Al-Zacar 3 episodes
The Pacific Merriell "Snafu" Shelton 6 episodes
2012 Alcatraz Webb Porter Episode: "Webb Porter"
The Legend of Korra Tahno (voice) 3 episodes
2014 Believe Dr. Adam Terry Episode: "Pilot"
2015–present Mr. Robot Elliot Alderson Lead role

Video games[edit]

Year Game Role Notes
2004 Halo 2 Additional voices Uncredited
2015 Until Dawn[17] Joshua "Josh" Washington


  1. ^ "Person Details for Rami Said Malek, "California Birth Index, 1905-1995"". familysearch.org. 
  2. ^ a b Willmore, Alison (August 26, 2015). "The Hacker Heartthrob From Mr. Robot Who Owned Summer TV". BuzzFeed. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ Drumming, Neil (August 28, 2015). "Looking Back on Mr. Robot and a Season of Hacker Drama". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Local Stars: Film and TV stars who lived and breathed Evansville at some point in their lives". Evansville Living. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c Rami Malek at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Interview with Rami Malek of The War at Home". AfterElton.com. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Interview with Rami Malek of The War at Home". Starry Constellation. Retrieved January 6, 2011. [dead link]
  8. ^ "The Credeaux Canvas". Backstage. Retrieved January 6, 2011. [dead link]
  9. ^ a b "Rami Malek Matures With War Role". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "The Verge: Rami Malek". Movie Line. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Interview: Rami Malek – The Pacific". Entertainment Focus. Retrieved January 6, 2011. [dead link]
  12. ^ a b "The Pacific star Rami Malek has friends in high places". Cineplex.com. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Q&A With Actor Rami Malek – The Pacific". Criticize This!. Retrieved January 6, 2011. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Breaking Dawn Casting News: Rami Malek To Play Benjamin". Hollywood Crush. MTV.com. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Rami Malek Joins Summit's Twilight Sequel Breaking Dawn". The Wrap. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Rami Malek joins Breaking Dawn". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  17. ^ Pete Samuels (12 August 2014). "Until Dawn unveiled for PS4 at Gamescom 2014". PlayStation.Blog.Europe. 

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