Rami Said Malek, born May 12, 1981, is an American actor. He won a Critics’ Choice Award and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his lead role as Elliot Alderson in the USA Network television series Mr. Robot. He also received Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and TCA Award nominations. Take a look below for 25 more interesting and fun facts about Rami Malek.
1. Malek is set to portray musician Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biographical drama Bohemian Rhapsody.
2. Malek was born in Los Angeles, California, to a family of Egyptian Coptic and Greek-Egyptian descent.
3. His later father was a tour guide in Cairo who later sold insurance.
4. His mother is an accountant.
5. Malek was raised in the Coptic Orthodox faith.
6. Malek has an identical twin brother named Sami, who is younger by four minutes, and who works as a teacher.
7. He has an older sister, Yasmine, who is a medical doctor.
8. Malek attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, where he graduated in 1999 along with actress Rachel Bilson.
9. He attended high school with Kirsten Dunst, who was a grade below him and shared a musical theater class with him.
10. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2003 from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.
11. He went to high school with and once dated his Mr. Robot co-star Christian Slater’s step-sister Emily.
12. In 2004, Malek began his acting career with a guest-starring role on the television series Gilmore Girls.
13. He voiced “additional characters” for the video game Halo 2, for which he was uncredited.
14. In 2005, Malek got his Screen Actors Guild card for his work on the Steven Bochco war drama Over There, in which he appeared in two episodes.
15. He appeared in an episode of Medium and was cast in the prominent recurring role of Kenny, on the Fox comedy series The War at Home.
16. In the spring of 2007, he appeared on-stage as Jamie in the Vitality Productions theatrical presentation of Keith Bunin’s The Credeaux Canvas at the Elephant Theater in Los Angeles.
17. While shooting the Night at the Museum movies, Malek returned to television in 2010 in a recurring role as the suicide bomber Marcos Al-Zacar on the eighth season of the Fox series 24.
18. He received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Corporal Marriell “Snafu” Shelton on the Emmy Award winning HBO World War II mini-series The Pacific.
19. After the intensity of filming The Pacific, Malek chose to leave Hollywood and live in Argentina for a brief period of time.
20. During the 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.
21. He appeared as Josh, one of the main characters, in Until Dawn, a 2015 horror game released on the PlayStation 4 on August 25, 2015. He lent his voice and likeness to the character and was fully motion captured for the game.
22. He appeared in two Spike Lee movies, the 2012 remake of the South Korean film Oldboy in a part that was cut and later in the crowdfunded Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.
23. In September 2016, Buster’s Mal Heart, the first movie in which Malek plays a starring role, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to positive reviews. In it, Malek plays one man with two lives, Jonah and Buster.
24. In August 2016, it was announced that Malek will co-star with Charlie Hunnam as Louis Dega in a contemporary remake of the 1973 movie Papillon. Papillon premiered September 2017 at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
25. In February 2017, Malek won the Young Alumnus Award for his alma mater, the University of Evansville.