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Rami Malek
Rami Malek in Hollywood, California.jpg
Malek at the premiere of Larry Crowne (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. 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 a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Malek also played the role of King Ahkmenrah in Night at the Museum trilogy. 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, and starred in the critically praised Short Term 12.

Early life

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, California. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2003 from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.[4]


In 2004, Malek began his acting career with a guest-starring role on the TV series Gilmore Girls. That same year as well as 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.[5] 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.[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). 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 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.[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 critically acclaimed USA Network computer-hacker psychological drama, Mr. Robot, which premiered on June 24, 2015. He has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, a Satellite Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and two Dorian Awards. He has won 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. 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


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 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 Lead role, 10 episodes

Voice acting

Year Title Voice role Notes
2004 Halo 2 Additional voices Uncredited
2014 The Legend of Korra Tahno
2015 Until Dawn[17] Joshua "Josh" Washington

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
2016 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Drama Series Mr. Robot Won [18]
Golden Globe Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated [19]
Satellite Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama Pending [20]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [21]
Dorian Awards TV Performance of the Year - Actor Nominated [22]
"We're Wilde About You!" Rising Star Award Nominated


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  2. ^ 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. ^ Moynihan, Rob (January 18, 2016). "How I Got My SAG-AFTRA Card", TV Guide. p. 12.
  6. ^ a b "Interview with Rami Malek of The War at Home". 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". Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Q&A With Actor Rami Malek – The Pacific". Criticize This!. Archived from the original on November 14, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Breaking Dawn Casting News: Rami Malek To Play Benjamin". Hollywood Crush. 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. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ Ausiello, Michael (December 9, 2015). "SAG Awards: Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards Lead Noms; Empire, Inside Amy Schumer Shut Out; Mr. Robot's Rami Malek Sneaks In". TVLine. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Satellite Awards (2015)". International Press Academy. December 1, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
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