Rami Malek

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Rami Malek
Rami Malek.jpg
Malek in August 2007
BornRami Said Malek
(1981-05-12) May 12, 1981 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active2004–present
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Rami Malek
Rami Malek.jpg
Malek in August 2007
BornRami Said Malek
(1981-05-12) May 12, 1981 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active2004–present

Rami Said Malek (born May 12, 1981)[1] is an American actor. He is best known for his role as the gay teenage next-door-neighbor, "Kenny" on the FOX comedy series The War at Home; for his role as Merriell "Snafu" Shelton in the HBO miniseries The Pacific; and for his role as the pharaoh Ahkmenrah in the feature films Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. In August 2010, it was announced that Malek had been cast as Benjamin in the final installment of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.


In 2004, Malek began his acting career with guest-starring roles on several notable television series including Gilmore Girls, Over There, and Medium, as well as voicing "additional characters" for the video game Halo 2 (for which he was uncredited).[2] The War at Home.[3][4]

In 2006, Malek made his feature film debut as Pharaoh Ahkmenrah in the comedy Night at the Museum and reprised his role in the 2009 sequel Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.[2] In the spring of 2007 he appeared onstage as "Jamie" in the Vitality Productions theatrical presentation of Keith Bunin's The Credeaux Canvas at the Elephant Theatre in Los Angeles.[3][5]

In 2010 Malek returned to television in a recurring role as the Egyptian American suicide bomber Marcos Al-Zacar on the 8th season of the Fox series 24.[2] 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.[6][7][8][9][10]

During 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.[6][7][9] In August 2010 it was announced that Malek had been cast as the Egyptian vampire, "Benjamin", in the final installment of the popular Twilight franchise, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.[11][12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Malek was born May 12, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, of Egyptian descent,[1][3][6] and has an identical twin brother named Sami who is four minutes younger than he is.[1][7][14] Malek attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.[2] He currently lives in Los Angeles.



2006Night at the MuseumKing Ahkmenrah
2009Night at the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianKing Ahkmenrah
2011Larry CrowneSteve Dibiasi
2012BattleshipLt. Hill
2012The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2Benjamin
2012The MasterClark
2013Ain't Them Bodies SaintsWill
2013Short Term 12Nate
2014Need for SpeedFinn
2014Night At the Museum 3King Ahkmenrahfilming


2004Gilmore GirlsAndyOne episode
2005Over ThereHassanTwo episodes
MediumTimothy KercherOne episode
2005–2007The War At HomeKenny21 episodes
201024Marcos Al-ZacarThree episodes
The PacificMerriell "Snafu" SheltonSix episodes
2012AlcatrazWebb PorterOne episode
2012The Legend of KorraTahno (voice only)Three episodes
2014BelieveDoctor at the hospitalOne episode


  1. ^ a b c "California Births, 1905–1995". Family Tree Legends. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "IMDb – Rami Malek". IMDb.com. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Interview with Rami Malek of "The War At Home"". AfterElton.com. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Interview with Rami Malek of "The War At Home"". Starry Constellation Magazine. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Credeaux Canvas". Backstage. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c "Rami Malek Matures With War Role". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c "The Verge: Rami Malek". Movie Line. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Interview: Rami Malek – The Pacific". Entertainment Focus. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "'The Pacific' star Rami Malek has friends in high places". Cineplex.com. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Q&A With Actor Rami Malek – 'The Pacific'". Criticize This!. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ "'Breaking Dawn' Casting News: Rami Malek To Play Benjamin". MTV.com: Hollywood Crush. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Rami Malek Joins Summit's 'Twilight' Sequel 'Breaking Dawn'". The Wrap. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Rami Malek joins 'Breaking Dawn'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Rami & Sami Malek.jpg". Robin Platzer/Twin Images. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 

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