Sam Esmail at SXSW 2016
|Born||September 17, 1977|
Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Tisch School of the Arts|
|Occupation||Director, producer, writer|
Emmy Rossum (m. 2017)
Sam Esmail (Egyptian Arabic: سام إسماعيل, born September 17, 1977) is an American screenwriter, film and television director and producer. He is best known as the writer and director of the television series Mr. Robot (2015–2019), starring Rami Malek. He directed the psychological thriller Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts, which premiered on Amazon Video in November 2018.
Esmail was born in 1977 to an Egyptian family in Hoboken, New Jersey. His family is Muslim. His family later moved to South Carolina, where, he said, "I used to hold Stanley Kubrick film festivals at my house in high school. These are not cool things. Back in my day, those are things that you would get beaten up for," adding, "When you're a funny-looking Egyptian growing up in Jersey and South Carolina, it kind of gets rough."  The family eventually moved back to Sewell, New Jersey, in Gloucester County's Washington Township.
Esmail acquired his first computer when he was nine and began writing his own code a few years later. While attending New York University, he worked in its computer lab before being put on academic probation for an incident there. After graduating from that college's Tisch School of the Arts, Esmail pursued a Master of Fine Arts degree from the AFI Conservatory.
In 2008, Esmail's first feature film screenplay, Sequels, Remakes & Adaptations, landed on the Black List, a yearly survey of over 600 production companies and film executives of the "most liked" motion picture screenplays not yet produced. In 2014, his feature-length directorial debut, Comet was released by IFC Films.
He is the creator, executive producer and head writer of the technological thriller television series Mr. Robot, which premiered on USA Network on June 24, 2015. Esmail originally envisioned the project as a feature film. His lead character was played by Rami Malek, also born in the US to Egyptian immigrants and raised here, who won an Emmy for Best Actor in 2015.
In a 2015 interview, Esmail explained the influence of his experiences as a first-generation American on his work, saying, "I tend to write about alienated figures who can't connect with others and who are kind of distant from American culture. It's not something I am consciously doing but it's something that happens to be infused inside me because of my experience growing up in America."
In August 2015, Esmail became engaged to actress Emmy Rossum after dating for two years. He had directed her in his directorial debut, Comet. She is Jewish and they were married on May 28, 2017, at a Reform synagogue in New York City.
|2002||The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special||Yes||Short film|
|2004||Deep Down in Florida||Yes||Short film|
|2008–2009||HBO First Look||Post-production coordinator (3 episodes)|
|2010||The Battle for Late Night||Post-production supervisor (Documentary)|
|2015–2019||Mr. Robot||Yes||Yes||Yes||Creator; writer (17 episodes), director (25 episodes)|
|2018–present||Homecoming||Yes||Yes||Executive producer; director (10 episodes)|
|2014||Los Angeles Film Festival||Best Narrative Feature||Comet||Nominated|
|2015||2015 SXSW Film Audience Award||Audience Award for Best Episodic||Mr. Robot||Won|
|25th Gotham Independent Film Awards||Breakthrough Series – Long Form||Won|
|2015 American Film Institute Awards||Television Programs of the Year||Won|
|2016||20th Satellite Awards||Best Drama Series||Nominated|
|2016 Writers Guild Awards||Best Drama Series||Nominated|
|Best New Series||Won|
|73rd Golden Globe Awards||Best Television Series – Drama||Won|
|6th Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Drama Series||Won|
|68th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Drama Series||Nominated|
|Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series||Nominated|
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I'm Egyptian, and my parents stupidly decided to move us down to South Carolina when I was five, which was pretty brutal. I got called 'sand nigger' all the time — to the point I didn't even know it was a slur. I just thought, 'That's who I am.'
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