Rami Malek is an American actor known for his role in the ‘Night at the Museum’ film trilogy and also his role in the TV series ‘Mr. Robot’. Born in Los Angeles, he attended the University of Evansville in Indiana, from where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. His first important work on TV was a recurring role in the American sitcom ‘The War at Home’. He made his film debut playing the role of Pharaoh Ahkmenrah in the fantasy comedy film ‘Night at the Museum’. He reprised his role in the sequels ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian’ as well as ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’. Developing a penchant for acting in fantasy movies, he went on to appear in ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 2’, the last film of the famed Twilight Saga movie series. Also active on TV, he became best known for his lead role in the drama thriller series ‘Mr. Robot’, which has earned much critical acclaim. He played the role of Elliot Alderson, a cybersecurity engineer and hacker, which earned him an Emmy Award for his performance in the ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Recently, he was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2018, Malek portrayed Freddie Mercury in 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' for which he won several awards, including the 'Academy Award' for best actor.
Childhood & Early Life
Rami Malek was born in Los Angeles in the US on May 12, 1981. His parents were Egyptian immigrants. His father was a tour guide in Cairo, who later became an insurance agent. His mother is an accountant. He has a twin brother named Sami who is younger by four minutes. He has an older sister named Yasmine who is a medical doctor.
He studied at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. Future actresses Kirsten Dunst and Rachel Bilson also studied at the same school. Later, he studied at University of Evansville, in Evansville, Indiana. He graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
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Rami Malek began his acting career playing guest roles in the TV series ‘Gilmore Girls’, ‘Over There’ and ‘Medium’. His important role was in the American sitcom ‘The War at Home’ (2005–07). It ran for two seasons, earning mostly mixed reviews.
He made his film debut in 2006 with a supporting role in the comedy fantasy film ‘Night at the Museum’. He played the role of Pharaoh Ahkmenrah and reprised his role in the movie’s sequel ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian’ in 2009. Both the films were commercially successful.
In 2010, he appeared in a few episodes of the famed TV series ‘24’ and also in some episodes of the TV series ‘The Pacific’. In 2011, he played a supporting role in the comedy film ‘Larry Crowne’. It was a commercial success and was met with mixed reviews. He next appeared in the 2012 sci-fi ‘Battleship’. It received mostly mixed reviews and was a commercial success.
In 2012, he was seen in ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 2’. The film, which was the final installment of the Twilight Saga film series, was a huge success commercially. Critical response was mostly mixed. He was then seen in the drama film ‘The Master’. It earned positive reviews, though it was a financial failure.
Malek had two film releases in 2013, which were ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ and ‘Short Term 12’. In 2014, he was seen in the action thriller film ‘Need for Speed’. It was based on the video game series of the same name. It was met with mixed reviews and was a commercial success.
He reprised his role of Pharaoh Ahkmenrah in ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,’ the third installment of the ‘Night at the Museum’ film series, in 2014. The film was a commercial success and reviews were mostly mixed. The same year, he was also seen in the film ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’.
In 2015, he began playing the lead role in the drama thriller TV series ‘Mr. Robot’. He portrayed Elliot Alderson, an engineer and hacker, who gets recruited by Mr. Robot, an insurrectionary anarchist. Malek’s role was appreciated and it won him an Emmy Award.
In 2016, he was seen in the lead role in the mystery film ‘Buster's Mal Heart.’ The film was appreciated by critics. His most recent work is the 2017 biographical drama film ‘Papillon’. The film is about the prison escape of a French convict named Henri Charriere.
In 2018, Malek portrayed singer Freddie Mercury in 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' for which he won several awards, including the 'Academy Award' for best actor.
His ‘The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’ is slated to release in 2019.
One of the most important works in Rami Malek’s career is the drama film ‘The Master’. It was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Other actors in the film include Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. The film proved to be a commercial failure, earning less than $30 million on a $32 million budget. However, the film was praised by critics and was nominated for three Oscars. It also appeared in several ‘Top 10’ movies list.
Malek is best known for his lead role in the drama thriller series ‘Mr. Robot’. He portrays the role of Elliot Alderson, a cybersecurity engineer and hacker, who is hired by Mr. Robot, an insurrectionary anarchist, to join a group of hacktivists.
The series, ‘Mr. Robot,’ which has aired for three seasons since 2015, has earned critical acclaim. It has won the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for Best TV drama series. Malek himself won the Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series’.
Family & Personal Life
Rami Malek once dated Portia Doubleday, who starred alongside him in ‘Mr. Robot’. He has also been linked with actress Lucy Boyton, who he first met while filming ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’