Rami Malek

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Rami Malek
Rami Malek in Hollywood, California.jpg
Malek at the premiere of Larry Crowne in 2011
Born Rami Said Malek
(1981-05-12) May 12, 1981 (age 35)[1]
Los Angeles, California, United States
Education Bachelor of Fine Arts
Alma mater University of Evansville
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present

Rami Malek (/ˈrɒmi ˈmælɛk/;[2] born May 12, 1981) is an American actor.[3] He is best known for 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, The Fox comedy series The War at Home (2005–07), The HBO miniseries The Pacific (2010), Larry Crowne (2011), Paul Thomas Anderson's film The Master (2012), the independent film Ain't Them Bodies Saints and the critically praised dramatic film Short Term 12 (both 2013).

Early life[edit]

Malek was born in Los Angeles, California, to Egyptian parents.[4] His late father was a tour guide in Cairo,[5] and later sold insurance. His mother is an accountant.[6] Malek has an identical twin brother named Sami; Rami is older 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 actor Rachel Bilson.[7] Malek attended high school with Kirsten Dunst, who was a grade below and shared a musical theatre class with him. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2003 from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.[8]


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.[citation needed] 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.[9] 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.[10][11]

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.[10][12]

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.[13][14][15][16][17]

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.[13][14][16] 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.[18][19][20]

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 as 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.



Year Title 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
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
2016 Buster's Mal Heart TBA Post-production, leading role
2017 Papillon Louis Dega Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
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 Recurring role, 21 episodes
2010 24 Marcos Al-Zacar 3 episodes
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 Leading role, 22 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2004 Halo 2 Additional voices Uncredited
2014 The Legend of Korra Tahno
2015 Until Dawn[21] Joshua "Josh" Washington Also likeness

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2016 Satellite Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama Mr. Robot Nominated [22]
Golden Globe Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated [23]
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Drama Series Won [24]
Dorian Awards TV Performance of the Year – Actor Nominated [25][26]
"We're Wilde About You!" Rising Star Award Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [27][28]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Pending [29]


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  2. ^ http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/no-one-pronounces-mr-robots-rami-maleks-name-right/3067282
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  4. ^ Willmore, Alison (August 26, 2015). "The Hacker Heartthrob From Mr. Robot Who Owned Summer TV". BuzzFeed. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ Drumming, Neil (August 28, 2015). "Looking Back on Mr. Robot and a Season of Hacker Drama". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Hughes, Sarah (2016-07-14). "Mr Robot's Rami Malek: 'The world is in chaos – and all we do is hyperconsume'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  7. ^ "Notre Dame High School 1999 Activ Alumns". ndhs.org. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Local Stars: Film and TV stars who lived and breathed Evansville at some point in their lives". Evansville Living. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Moynihan, Rob (January 18, 2016). "How I Got My SAG-AFTRA Card", TV Guide. p. 12.
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  11. ^ "Interview with Rami Malek of The War at Home". Starry Constellation. Retrieved January 6, 2011. [dead link]
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  13. ^ a b "Rami Malek Matures With War Role". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
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  15. ^ "Interview: Rami Malek – The Pacific". Entertainment Focus. Archived from the original on December 15, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
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  17. ^ "Q&A With Actor Rami Malek – The Pacific". Criticize This!. Archived from the original on November 14, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Breaking Dawn Casting News: Rami Malek To Play Benjamin". Hollywood Crush. MTV.com. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Rami Malek Joins Summit's Twilight Sequel Breaking Dawn". The Wrap. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Rami Malek joins Breaking Dawn". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  21. ^ Pete Samuels (12 August 2014). "Until Dawn unveiled for PS4 at Gamescom 2014". PlayStation.Blog.Europe. 
  22. ^ "Satellite Awards (2015)". International Press Academy. December 1, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  23. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (January 10, 2016). "Golden Globes: Mr. Robot and Mozart win big; Taraji P. Henson, Lady Gaga, Jon Hamm, Rachel Bloom grab gold". TVLine. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  24. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (January 17, 2016). "Critics' Choice Awards: TV winners include Fargo, Mr. Robot, Master of None, Rachel Bloom and Carrie Coon". TVLine. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  25. ^ Kilday, Gregg (January 12, 2016). "Carol earns multiple mentions as Dorian Award nominees are unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Carol among winners of Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association Dorian Awards". Broadway World. January 19, 2016. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  27. '^ Ausiello, Michael (December 9, 2015). "SAG Awards: Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards lead noms; Empire, Inside Amy Schumer shut out; Mr. Robots Rami Malek sneaks in". TVLine. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  28. ^ Harrison, Lily (January 21, 2016). "SAG Awards 2016 Winners: The Complete List". E! Online. 
  29. ^ Lewis, Dave (July 14, 2016). "Complete list of 2016 Emmy nominees". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 

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