Recent Emmy winner Rami Malek became a household name last year after delivering a jaw-dropping performance as the lead role in one of TV’s most talked about shows: Mr. Robot. Now the young star, whose previous roles include everything from Night at the Museum to Need for Speed, has solidified himself as young and soon-to-be highly sought after Hollywood talent. Despite what little buzz the actor generated prior to his time on the USA Network series, this 35-year-old Egyptian-American actor’s claim to fame didn’t happen overnight. Malek paid his dues like so many others, and now he’s reaping the rewards. So between the video game voice roles and movie royalties here’s how much is this Los Angeles-born small screen star is worth.
Rami Malek Net worth as of 2018: $7 million
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Malek’s net worth is so low. Despite having earned himself both a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his portrayal as Elliot Alderson in Sam Esmail’s cyber drama hit Mr. Robot, the actor’s career has been relatively low-key until now. While many are projecting that in the coming years we’ll be seeing a lot more of Malek, here’s a breakdown of what he’s done so far.
2004 – 2005
After graduating from Notre Dame High School in California, where his classmates were The O.C.‘s Rachel Bilson and leading lady Kirsten Dunst, Malek went on to earn his Bachelor’s at University of Evansville. Soon after, the young star started his big screen career like so many others… with guest spots, spending his first couple of years making small appearances on popular series like Gilmore Girls and Medium. He would also lend his voice to the second installment of the popular video game franchise Halo.
2006 – 2009
Malek didn’t spend too long in the guest spot grind, as 2006 saw him break out in a major way, starting with his portrayal of ancient Pharaoh Ahkmenrah in the Robin Williams and Ben Stiller family comedy Night at the Museum. Outside of Malek’s charming performance his casting bucked a long-running Hollywood trend of whitewashing Egyptian characters, a clear sign that the actor was ready to break through some glass ceilings early on. Three years later he would reprise that role for the Night at the Museum sequel, Battle of the Smithsonian. Between those big screen appearances, Malek also scored his first major recurring role in a TV series as Kenny in FOX’s sitcom The War At Home.
2010 – 2013
Despite his sitcom series getting canceled after two seasons, it helped pave the way for two even bigger TV roles. Malek earned a multi-episode arc as an agent in a splinter cell on FOX’s political thriller 24 followed by his role as a marine slowly losing his humanity in the TV mini-series The Pacific. This would also be the year that Malek would lend his vocal talents to a TV series, voicing Tahno in the Nickelodeon hit animated series The Legend of Korra. Perhaps the actors greatest success during this period though was nabbing smallish but still note-worthy roles in the record setting The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and the Josh Brolin starring action mystery Oldboy, among several other movie roles.
2014 – 2016
At this point, it’s probably clear that Malek’s rise has been steady, but each step of the way has seen the up-and-comer make substantial steps towards wider notoriety. 2014 saw his return, once again, to the role of the beloved Pharaoh Ahkmenrah for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the final installment in the movie franchise. Not to mention, Malek returned to video game voice work for both The Legend of Korra and Until Dawn games. But it would be 2015 that scored Malek his life-changing role as mentally ill hacker Elliot in Sam Esmail’s award-winning and critically loved drama Mr. Robot.
In 2016, Malek was set to be cast as Freddie Mercury in the upcoming Queen movie, Bohemian Rhapsody. In what is my favorite Queen song, this movie is planned to be a biographical-drama and focuses on Mercury’s life as he leads Queen to fame. Although production has been rocky, with many actors and directors withdrawing over the years, the film is hopefully aiming for a 2017 or 2018 release.
He is also cast in Michael Noer’s movie remake of Papillon as Louis Dega.
Rami Malek’s new film Bohemian Rhapsody where he is playing Freddie Mercury is due out in December 2018.