Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek was born on May 12, 1981 in Los Angeles. After starring in supporting roles in shows like HBO's The Pacific and films such as the Night at the Museum series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012), and The Master (2012), Malek took leading man status as hacker Elliot Alderson in USA Network's critically acclaimed drama Mr. Robot, for which he won an Emmy in 2016.
Early Life and Career
Rami Said Malek was born on May 12, 1981 in Los Angeles to Egyptian parents. (He has an identical twin brother four minutes younger than him.) After graduating from the University of Evansville in Indiana in 2003, Malek returned to Los Angeles and took on small roles in television in shows like Gilmore Girls and Medium. He landed a more prominent role in Fox's comedy The War at Home (2005), before the series ended after two seasons.
In 2006 Malek made his feature film debut in Night at the Museum, playing Pharaoh Ahkmenrah, a role which he reprised in the film's next two sequels. In 2010 he received praise for his work in HBO's World War II drama The Pacific, and the following year, appeared in the film Larry Crowne. Malek kept busy in the supporting role arena, appearing in big films like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012), Oldboy (2012), and The Master (2012).
But 2015 would promise to be Malek's big break. He won the starring role as morphine-addicted hacker Elliot Alderson in USA Network's critically acclaimed psychological drama Mr. Robot, starring opposite Christian Slater.
Besides winning a Golden Globe, a Critics Choice Award, and a SAG Award, among others, for his work on Mr. Robot, Malek took home an Emmy in 2016, distinguishing him as the first Egyptian-American ever to win an Emmy for acting. In December 2016 Mr. Robot continued to be a boon for Malek when he was nominated again for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series.
The actor made headlines after describing what his accomplishments meant:
"We live in a world right now where so many of us feel voiceless. We're not being heard by the government, we're not being heard by our society," he said. "I grew up in a family that immigrated here. My dad worked door to door to sell insurance, and my mom was pregnant with my brother and I, taking three buses going to work, so that they would give their children the opportunity to be special. My sister's an ER doctor, my brother's a teacher, and I'm standing here today. I think a lot of people can relate to wanting an opportunity. I wanted an opportunity and now I have it. I just want everyone, no matter how you grew up, the socio-economic standard you were born into, to have an opportunity regardless, to not be stifled in this time in the work. To be given a chance, like I've been given a chance."
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