Malek at the premiere of Larry Crowne (2011)
|Born||Rami Said Malek
May 12, 1981 
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Education||Bachelor of Fine Arts|
|Alma mater||University of Evansville|
Rami Malek (English: /rɒmiː mælɛk/; born May 12, 1981) is an American actor of Egyptian descent. He is best known for playing the lead role of Elliot Alderson in the critically acclaimed USA Network television series Mr. Robot, for which he won a Critics' Choice Award and received nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a TCA Award.
Malek has also portrayed notable characters in film and television such as King Ahkmenrah in Night at the Museum trilogy, Fox comedy series The War at Home (2005–07), HBO miniseries The Pacific (2010), Larry Crowne (2011), Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master (2012), independent film Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) and the critically praised dramatic film Short Term 12 (2013).
Malek was born in Los Angeles, California, to Coptic Christian Egyptian parents. His father, now deceased, was a tour guide in Cairo, and later, sold insurance. His mother is an accountant. Malek has an identical twin brother named Sami; Rami is the older twin by four minutes. He also has an older sister who is a doctor. Malek attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California where he graduated in 1999 along with fellow actress Rachel Bilson. Malek also attended high school with Kirsten Dunst, who was in the grade below him. Dunst and Malek, while at Notre Dame High School, had a musical theatre class together. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2003 from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.
In 2004, Malek began his acting career with a guest-starring role on the TV series Gilmore Girls. That same year he worked voicing "additional characters" for the video game Halo 2, for which he was uncredited. In 2005, he got his Screen Actors Guild card for his work on the Steven Bochco war drama Over There, in which he appeared in two episodes. That same year, he appeared in an episode of Medium, and was cast as the prominent recurring role of Kenny, 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 on-stage 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 suicide bomber Marcos Al-Zacar on the eighth 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 coven" vampire Benjamin in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.
Malek plays the lead role in the critically acclaimed USA Network computer-hacker psychological drama, Mr. Robot, which premiered on June 24, 2015. His performance garnered him Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, Satellite Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and two Dorian Awards and a Critic's Choice Television Award.
He appears as one of the main characters (Josh) in Until Dawn, a 2015 horror game released on the Playstation 4 on August 25, 2015. He lent his voice and was fully motion captured for the game.
|2006||Night at the Museum||King Ahkmenrah|
|2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian|
|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|
|2017||Buster's Mal Heart||TBA||Post-production, leading role|
|2004||Gilmore Girls||Andy||Episode: "In the Clamor and the Clangor"|
|2005||Over There||Hassan||2 episodes|
|2005||Medium||Timothy Kercher||Episode: "Time Out of Mind"|
|2005–2007||The War at Home||Kenny||21 episodes|
|2010||24||Marcos Al-Zacar||Guest star, 3 episodes of season 8|
|2010||The Pacific||Merriell "Snafu" Shelton||6 episodes|
|2012||Alcatraz||Webb Porter||Episode: "Webb Porter"|
|2012||The Legend of Korra||Tahno (voice)||3 episodes|
|2014||Believe||Dr. Adam Terry||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2015–present||Mr. Robot||Elliot Alderson||Lead role, 22 episodes|
|2004||Halo 2||Additional voices||Uncredited|
|2014||The Legend of Korra||Tahno|
|2015||Until Dawn||Joshua "Josh" Washington||Also likeness|
Awards and nominations
|2016||Satellite Award||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Mr. Robot||Nominated|||
|Golden Globe Award||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Nominated|||
|Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Actor in a Drama Series||Won|||
|Dorian Awards||TV Performance of the Year – Actor||Nominated|||
|"We're Wilde About You!" Rising Star Award||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|||
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Pending|||
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