After landing his first on-screen role with his very first audition, Rami Malek went onto play the first openly gay teenager in a network family sitcom, receive critical acclaim for his performances i...
Los Angeles, California, USA
|The War at Home||2006 2004 - 2006||Actor||Kenny||20067|
|Medium||2010 2003 - 2010||Actor||n/a||20107|
|Short Term 12||2013||Actor||Nate||20137|
|Need for Speed||2014||Actor||Finn||20147|
|24||2009 2000 - 2009||Actor||Marcos Al-Zacar||20097|
|Night At the Museum||2006||Actor||Ahkmenrah||20067|
|Larry Crowne||2011||Actor||Steve Dibiasi||20117|
|Gilmore Girls||2006 1999 - 2006||Actor||Andy||20067|
|Ain't Them Bodies Saints||2013||Actor||Will||20137|
|Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||2009||Actor||Ahkmenrah||20097|
|The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two||2012||Actor||Benjamin||20127|
|Plays alpha-vampire Benjamin in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"|
|Cast as Kenny, the first gay teenager in a family sitcom, in "The War At Home" (Fox, 2005-07)|
|Lands first role in "Gilmore Girls" (WB, 2000-07) with first audition|
|Gains critical acclaim for performance as Corporal Merriell Shelton in "The Pacific" (HBO, 2010)|
After landing his first on-screen role with his very first audition, Rami Malek went onto play the first openly gay teenager in a network family sitcom, receive critical acclaim for his performances in "The Pacific" (HBO 2010) and "Short Term 12" (2013) and appear in several of the biggest film franchises of the 21st century. Born in Los Angeles in 1981, Malek graduated from the University of Evansville, IN, with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 2003 and initially focused on theatre work before making his television debut as Andy in "Gilmore Girls" (The WB 2000-07). Malek then guested on supernatural crime drama "Medium" (NBC 2005-2011) and appeared as Iraqi insurgent Hassan in controversial war drama "Over There" (FX 2005) before taking on the more notable role of Kenny, the gay best friend of the Gold family's oldest son Larry in the much-maligned sitcom "The War At Home" (Fox 2005-07). Malek then adopted an English accent to play pharaoh Ahkmenrah in the family adventure hit "Night At The Museum" (2006), a character he would also reprise in the sequel "Battle Of The Smithsonian" (2009), before returning to the stage in Keith Bunin's "The Credeaux Canvas." Following a three-episode stint as Egyptian-American suicide bomber Marcos Al-Zacar in the eighth series of "24" (Fox 2001-2010), Malek was praised for his performance as morally ambiguous corporal Merriell Shelton in the Emmy Award-winning miniseries "The Pacific" (HBO 2010), where he caught the eye of executive producer Tom Hanks, who then cast him as pot-stirring college student Steve Dibiasi in his second directorial effort, "Larry Crowne" (2011). After guesting as serial killer Webb Porter in an episode of "Alcatraz" (Fox 2012), Malek added to his filmography by playing a watch officer in "Battleship" (2012) and cult leader Lancaster Dodd's son-in-law Clark in "The Master" (2011). Malek then gained a new fan base after he was cast as alpha vampire Benjamin in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" (2012) and played newly-recruited foster care worker Nate in critically-acclaimed indie drama "Short Term 12" (2013). Malek next appeared as Joe Douchett's abductor Doo Doo Brown in Spike Lee's remake of Korean hit "Oldboy" (2013).
|Malek has an identical twin brother named Sami who is four minutes younger than him.|
|"I've never played the boy next door. I like being able to inhabit someone who's got some type of irregular mental state. I like all those kinds of deviant characters who are not the regular Joe." Malek quoted in Nylon, November 2012.|
|"I spend a lot of hours in dark rooms by myself, listening to music and just thinking, creating, letting my mind run wild. I'd like to add up all the hours I've spent just sitting in the dark, preparing for auditions or films. It's a bit nutty I know, but it works for me." Malek quoted on PaperMag, June 24, 2013.|
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