Rami Malek

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Rami Malek
Rami Malek attended the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10th, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.jpg
Malek in 2016
Born Rami Said Malek
(1981-05-12) May 12, 1981 (age 35)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education Notre Dame High School
Alma mater University of Evansville (BFA)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present

Rami Said Malek (/ˈrɒmi sɒid mælɛk/;[1][2] born May 12, 1981)[3] is an American-Egyptian Coptic actor.[4] He became 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 the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He also received Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and TCA Award nominations.

Malek has portrayed notable characters in film and television such as King Ahkmenrah in the Night at the Museum trilogy, Fox comedy series The War at Home (2005–2007), HBO miniseries The Pacific (2010), Larry Crowne (2011), Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master (2012), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012), the independent film Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) and the critically praised dramatic film Short Term 12 (2013).

Early life[edit]

Malek was born in Los Angeles, to Egyptian Coptic parents.[5] His late father was a tour guide in Cairo,[6] and later sold insurance. His mother is an accountant.[7] Malek was raised in the Coptic Orthodox faith.[8] Malek has an identical twin brother named Sami, younger by four minutes, who is a teacher. He has an older sister who is a medical doctor. Malek attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, where he graduated in 1999 along with actress Rachel Bilson.[9] Malek attended high school with Kirsten Dunst, who was a grade below and shared a musical theater class with him. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2003 from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.[10]


2004–09: Early Work[edit]

In 2004, Malek began his acting career with a guest-starring role on the TV series Gilmore Girls. That same year he voiced "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.[11] That same year, he appeared in an episode of Medium and was cast in the prominent recurring role of Kenny, on the Fox comedy series The War at Home.[12][13]

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.[12][14]

2010–15: Breakthrough[edit]

While shooting the Night at the Museum films, Malek returned to television in 2010 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.[15][16][17][18][19]

During the 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.[15][16][18]

After this period, Malek acted in supporting roles in many major films. 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.[20][21][22] In 2013, he played Nate, a new employee of a group home for youths, in the indie darling Short Term 12, opposite Brie Larson. He appeared in two Spike Lee films during this time, the 2012 remake of the South Korean film Oldboy in a part that was cut and later in the crowdfunded Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. He also had minor roles in Battleship, Oscar-nominated The Master, and Aint Them Bodies Saints.

He appeared as Josh, one of the main characters, 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.

2015–present: Mr. Robot and critical success[edit]

Malek at SXSW 2016

Malek currently plays the lead role in the critically acclaimed USA Network computer-hacker, psychological drama Mr. Robot, which premiered on June 24, 2015. His performance earned him nominations for the Dorian Award, Satellite Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as winning the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

In September 2016, Buster's Mal Heart, the first movie in which Malek plays a starring role, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to positive reviews. In it, Malek plays one man with two lives, Jonah and Buster.[23]

In August 2016, it was announced that Malek will co-star with Charlie Hunnam as Louis Dega in a contemporary remake of the 1973 film Papillon.[24] In November 2016, it was announced that Malek will star as Freddie Mercury in the upcoming Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.[25]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Night at the Museum Pharaoh Akhmenrah
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 Pharaoh Ahkmenrah
2014 Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Seneschal Higginbottom
2016 Project X[26] Co-narrator Short film
2016 Buster's Mal Heart Jonah/Buster
2017 Papillon Louis Dega In production
2017 Bohemian Rhapsody Freddie Mercury 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 Series regular, 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 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[27] 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 [28]
Golden Globe Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated [29]
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Drama Series Won [30]
Dorian Awards TV Performance of the Year – Actor Nominated [31][32]
"We're Wilde About You!" Rising Star Award Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [33][34]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Won [35]
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [36]
2017 Satellite Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama or Genre Nominated [37]
Golden Globe Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated [38]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [39]


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