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Rami Said Malek (Arabic: رامي سعيد ملك‎)[1] is an American actor and voice actor who is best known for his role as the teenaged, gay next-door-neighbor Kenny on the Fox comedy series The War at Home. He also played Merriell "Snafu" Shelton in the HBO miniseries The Pacific, Ahkmenrah in the feature films Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, and Benjamin in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2. He provided the voice of Tahno in three episodes of The Legend of Korra, as well as in the video game based on the series.

The Legend of Korra credits


Character information: Tahno

Selected other credits



Biographical information

Early life

Malek was raised in a Coptic Orthodox family and 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.


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, though he was not credited for these roles. In 2005, he was cast as the prominent recurring role of "Kenny", the gay teenage next-door-neighbor on the Fox comedy series The War at Home.

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. 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.

In 2010, Malek returned to television in a recurring role as the Egyptian-American suicide bomber Marcos Al-Zacar on the eighth season of the Fox series, 24. 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.

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.


  • Malek has an identical twin brother named Sami, who was born four minutes after him.
  • Benjamin, Malek's character in part two of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, is a vampire with the rare ability to physically manipulate the four elements (earth, wind, water, and fire), similar to the Avatar. In addition, Tahno was turned into a nonbender by Amon, while Benjamin was turned into a vampire by Amun.


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