Rami Malek Oscar 2019 Best actor
Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek was born on May 12, 1981, in Los Angeles.His breakthrough role was as a computer hacker in the USA Network television series Mr. Robot (2015–present), for which he received several accolades, including the 2016 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.He has said he is also of one-eighth Greek heritage. His parents left Cairo in 1978 after his father, a tour guide, became intrigued with Western visitors.They settled in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, mostly staying in the San Fernando Valley and rarely venturing into Hollywood. His father sold insurance; his mother is an accountant.Malek was raised in his family’s Coptic Orthodox Christian faith, and grew up speaking colloquial Egyptian Arabic at home until the age of four.
After 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 Mr. Robot, for which he won an Emmy in 2016. He later starred as rocker Freddy Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), for which he won a Golden Globe and earned an Oscar nomination.
He biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has been nominated for 7 categories in BAFTA, including ‘Best British Film’. Rami Malek is hogging international limelight with his magnificent performance as Freddie Mercury. It will be interesting to see how he will be adjudged at BAFTA because two weeks later, it will be the Oscars – the dream which every actor aspires to win at least once in life.It is interesting to note how Rami Malek worked so hard and dedicatedly to get into Freddie Mercury’s skin. He moved to London to prepare for the role. He was trained to perfect Mercury’s dialect, body language, style and various traits by multiple expert Coaches. Malek took piano and singing lessons. Each day, he used to watch Freddie Mercury’s video for 4 long hours to learn how the rockstar moved on the stage. He watched the 1985 Live Aid Concert for more than 1,500 times.
The journey to success
Rami Malek moved to New York after his graduation. He connected well with writers and directors and became friends with many. The young blood used to perform their own-written plays around New York City. As destiny would take shape, Rami met Casting Director Mali Finn during one of his visits with family in Los Angeles. He moved back with his parents in LA on Mali’s advice.
During his early struggle to make end meets, Rami worked as a pizza delivery boy making falafel and shawarma sandwiches in a Hollywood restaurant. He struggled to get the much-needed break. He was even contemplating to quit his acting career, which was yet to take off.
In 2004, Casting Director Mara Casey was the first to get Rami Malek his first break in ‘Gilmore Girls’. In 2005, he was seen in two episodes of ‘Over There’, Steven Bochco’s war drama. He did an episode of ‘Medium’ and played Kenny in the comedy series ‘The War at Home’.
In 2006, Malek got the big break as Pharaoh Ahkmenrah in the comedy movie ‘Night at the Museum’. He was also seen in the sequels ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian’ in 2009 and ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ in 2014. Malek was also seen on the stage in Keith Bunin’s ‘The Credeaux Canvas’ in Los Angeles.
In 2010, he was back on the television in the Fox Series ‘24’ as the suicide bomber Marcos Al-Zacar. The character became popular. However, he was fed up of offers, which were coming his way to play similar roles. Malek instructed his agent to reject all such roles. Rami Malek’s performance received critical acclaim portraying Corporal Merriell “Snafu’ Shelton in ‘The Pacific’, the Emmy Award-winning HBO World War II mini-series.
During the shooting, Malek met Producer Tom Hanks, who was impressed with his performance. He repeated him in ‘Larry Crowne’ in 2011. Malek played a college student in the film. These roles got him supporting roles in various major films. He was seen in ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’, ‘Short Term 12’, South Korean film ‘Oldboy’ and ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’. Malek was seen in minor roles in ‘Battleship’, ‘The Master’ and ‘Ain’t them Bodies Saints’.
In 2015, Malek was seen in TV writer Sam Esmail’s psychological drama ‘Mr. Robot’. His portrayal of a mentally unstable computer hacker named Elliot Alderson became a breakthrough performance. Rami Malek was critically acclaimed for his magnetic performance, which brought immense popularity among filmmakers. Malek was chosen among 100 plus actors were auditioned for the role. It was his big moment to relish.
After his huge success ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Malek is currently working on his favorite project, which he is writing, producing and directing. He will be also producing and starring in an eight-episode thriller podcast ‘Blackout’.
In one his earlier interviews, Rami Malek revealed, “There’s no first-generation, or second-generation removed. I am Egyptian. I grew up listening to Egyptian music. I loved Umm Kulthum. I loved Omar Sharif. These are my people. I feel so gorgeously tied to the culture and the human beings that exist there. I acknowledge that I have a different experience, but I am so enamored and intertwined with Egyptian culture. It is the fabric of who I am.”