Rami Malek

by Check7t on September 5, 2014

"The Rover" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

Birth Name: Rami Said Malek

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: May 12, 1981

Ethnicity:
*87.5% Egyptian
*12.5% Greek

Rami Malek is an American actor. His parents, Nelly and Said Malek, are Egyptian immigrants. He has said that he is also of one eighth Greek ancestry.

His family are Coptic Christians.

Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com

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madman April 23, 2017 at 4:15 am

He is the son of Nelly and Said Malek.

MadBadDog October 13, 2016 at 5:07 am

He plays a character named Elliot Alderson in Mr. Robot. Even when he has evident arab features, they chose an anglo-saxon surname instead of one that reflects his ethnic background. Isn’t this whitewashing?The main character always has to be ‘a white guy’ no matter what.

neiltennant September 23, 2017 at 2:19 am

why he has arab features ?
he has brown hair and clear blue eyes
he could pass for a brit

Peanut September 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm

i know copts have less black admixture then the average egyptian cause they didnt take part in the arab slave trade and never mixed with west africans but i wouldve never guessed he’s egyptian, maybe palestinian or iraqi.

fuzzybear44 September 21, 2016 at 1:41 am

Copts were the biggest traitors to Egypt. Also like this guy said,Modern Copts are no more a representation of the ancient Egyptians than a white American mixed with indian, is a representation of the original indian inhabitants of the North American continent. Egyptians being mixed with black, has nothing to do with the arab slave trade. Black people were in Egypt from the beginning . The pale mutation didn’t take holed until about 5.5 to 7 000yrs ago, and that was outside of Africa going towards Europe. There are tribes living in Kenya today, that anthropologists say are the direct descendants of pre-dynasty Egyptians

bablah September 22, 2016 at 12:13 pm

>Copts were the biggest traitors to Egypt

How so? They’re the only ones that have preserved the Egyptian language, even if it’s only for religious purposes. Other Egyptians have been Arabized. Neither preserved their religion, so that actually puts Copts as lesser ”traitors” of Egyptian culture. Ethiopians are Christian too, are they also traitors?

>There are tribes living in Kenya today, that anthropologists say are the direct descendants of pre-dynasty Egyptians

In what way are they related? Do they speak a similar language or do they have other cultural aspects that conect them to Egyptians?

fuzzybear44 September 25, 2016 at 1:26 am

@bablah

1. Quote( They’re the only ones that have preserved the Egyptian language)

Using the Greek alphabet? Egyptians didn’t use letters , nor do we know how they really talked

2. Quote(Other Egyptians have been Arabized. Neither preserved their religion, so that actually puts Copts as lesser ”traitors” of Egyptian culture.)

Those Arabized Egyptians were Copts that converted(they converted and intermarried,by the boat load). The Coptic Church at first actually praised Muslims for coming to Egypt . They saw them as saviors for getting rid of the oppressors. You had Coptic monks telling the Muslims where the church kept the good stuff. You had monks becoming Taxes collectors on their own people. You Had Those converted Muslim reconverting to being Copts, then flipping back to Muslims

3. Quote( Ethiopians are Christian too, are they also traitors?)

There are almost 100 different groups there, Ethiopians were never one group. Some are jewish, while some are Muslim, and others are Christians. Also there are those that follow no fixed faith known world wide. The Ethiopian Copts were very loyal to the Egyptian Copts ,So no they weren’t traitors to anyone.

4. Quote(In what way are they related? Do they speak a similar language or do they have other cultural aspects that conect them to Egyptians?

Well first pre-dynasty Egyptians weren’t one group, they were multiple tribes. Next I don’t know what cultural aspects connect them. The Documentaries on those tribes in Kenya say they are pre-dynasty Egyptians(and they were very clear on that). It stated they lived in Kemet and migrated about 2000yrs ago to Kenya.Also there are ancient practices known to be Egyptian, that didn’t start in Egypt(like mummification),That started in the wet Sahara and moved to Egypt. So there’s no telling what practices later Egyptians might have adopted from these people. Modern day Egyptians don’t practice everything the ancient ones did. I’m sure the modern ones , don’t look anything like the ancient ones

bablah September 26, 2016 at 4:55 pm

Does it matter what alphabet? That’s some serious nitpicking. Should English be written in Runes?

>Arabized Egyptians were Copts that converted

No, duh…

>They saw them as saviors for getting rid of the oppressors

So did the Jews, and look at Israel now.

>There are almost 100 different groups there, Ethiopians were never one group.

I know, but I’m talking specifically about the Christian ones that addopted Christianity way before lot of others did.

>The Ethiopian Copts were very loyal to the Egyptian Copts ,So no they weren’t traitors to anyone.

Hmm, so why are Copts traitors of Egypt for being Christian, but Ethiopians aren’t?

>Documentaries on those tribes in Kenya say they are pre-dynasty Egyptians

That’s a bit anachronistic, but I guess what you’re trying to say is that they’re DESCENDANTS of pre-dynasty Egyptians.

>I’m sure the modern ones , don’t look anything like the ancient ones

Does it matter what they look like? If I remmember correctly, you’re African American. If only people who looked like Comanches could claim to be American, then you wouldn’t be American. That would suck, right? Or if you told a Turk that he isn’t a Turk because he doesn’t look Central Asian, would he take it well? I doubt it. They feel Egyptian, and sure as heck have at least some descendence from ancient Egypt (it would be impossible to not have any, heck even the racist apartheid Afrikaners turn out to have some South African blood, what would stop Egyptians mixing with Arabs, Berbers and Greeks), and in some cases even speak Egyptian language (it’s not the same as Ancient Egyptian, but neither is Greek same as Ancient Greek, because languages evolve at high speeds). I’m failing to see why are they traitors.

fuzzybear44 September 27, 2016 at 12:40 am

@bablah

1. Quote(Does it matter what alphabet? That’s some serious nitpicking.)

It’s not nitpicking, it’s being truthful. You said they preserved the Egyptian language, but they didn’t. What they preserved, was a new hybrid language that they put together

2.Quote(Hmm, so why are Copts traitors of Egypt for being Christian, but Ethiopians aren’t?)

I never stated that, that’s something extra you added

3. Quote(That’s a bit anachronistic, but I guess what you’re trying to say is that they’re DESCENDANTS of pre-dynasty Egyptians.

That is what I stated. However I also stated that this information comes from documentaries that I have seen on those tribes
Turkana – Vampires of the Desert
(the first 30seconds of the documentary , the narrator says this tribe comes from Egypt, and the Sudan over 2000yrs ago)

Pokot tribe- Their documentary the narrator also mention the possibility of them coming from pre-dynasty Egyptian

Teso tribe- Also

Are they from ancient Egypt , I don’t know. What I do know is that African people moved around a lot in the past for different reasons, so who knows

4. Quote(Does it matter what they look like?)

Well it definitely does to them. Seeing how they go out their way to say that the ancient Egyptians looked like them. Yet anyone with 20/20 can see that’s not true. Yet they’re on their t.v. shows yelling to the point of almost having a heart attack, that they were always like they are today. I’ve seen documentaries where they made all the people black, but the pharaoh and his family were all white. Also if you’re going to teach history , tell the truth

5. Quote(If I remmember correctly, you’re African American. If only people who looked like Comanches could claim to be American, then you wouldn’t be American.

Yes I answer to African American. Now while I do have verified native ancestry from 3 great grandparents, Which I think gives me some entitlement to this land, I’m fine with being called a black man( so no it wouldn’t suck to me).

6, Quote(They feel Egyptian, and sure as heck have at least some descendence from ancient Egypt (it would be impossible to not have any, heck even the racist apartheid Afrikaners turn out to have some South African blood)

I didn’t say they weren’t related to the ancient Egyptians, I simply said they didn’t look anything like them. I have often stated, that you can be related to someone, and not look like them

7. Quote( I’m failing to see why are they traitors.)

I call them that, because every time someone came through, they bent over. I ‘m not asking you to agree with me, I’m just making a statement

Peanut September 30, 2016 at 1:28 am

– it has a lot to do with the arab slave trade, 30% of the sub-saharan dna in north africans is west african/bantu dna
from the 11 million slaves who were brought to north africa, starting 1,400 years ago. copts only have native east african admixture, north african and middle eastern arabs have dna from both groups cause they had slaves and mixed with them and/or their descendants.

– copts dont cluster with arabic egyptians, the coptic genetic component comprises of berber dna, which has been in north africa for for at least 12,000 years and dna from ancient middle eastern farmers, who migrated to east africa 3,000 years ago. all non-bantu east africans, from horners to ari to the maasai have at least 20% admixture from that one migration. copts never really mixed with arabs.

– alleles for light skin didnt exist in europe until 7,800 years ago, but they did in the middle east. the light skinned dark haired early european farmers migrated from the middle east to europe and mixed with the native dark skinned blue eyed western european hunter-gatherers (and later with ancient north eurasians) and became modern europeans with alleles for light skin.

– there are no autosomal dna studies on any ancient egyptians, all the mummies were too dried out to extract autosomal dna, and ancient-dna studies on skeletons are still in early stages of development. some nilotics in kenya might share haplogroups or some genetic markers with ancient egyptians, but so do modern egyptians. unless we have a full autosomal dna study nobody can say who the direct descendants are, or if they even still exist.

neiltennant September 23, 2017 at 2:45 am

YOU IDIOT

he has not black admixture
he looks more pale than the average cypriot greek

Adamina September 9, 2016 at 11:10 pm

He is unconventionally handsome

phaedra May 14, 2016 at 7:15 pm

His eyes are too big. But then again, Egyptians and Greeks have the most largest eyes.

undashing December 2, 2015 at 12:19 am

Looks quadroon.

slowdive February 2, 2016 at 7:47 pm

He looks white, no SSA admixture visible in his phenotype. Here’s an Egyptian who looks “quadroon”.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/hiphopdx-production/2013/08/Gliffics.304-300×300.jpg

Gurrl September 30, 2015 at 4:24 pm
follers September 30, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Thank you.

sparkles180 August 8, 2015 at 2:10 pm

He has huge bags under his eyes.

sarahle February 16, 2015 at 12:49 pm

https://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=3S4TcPyWBtI

here is a conversation about rami and his twin brother by former high school students who took english lessons where his brother used to be a teacher (or still?). they say they are christian.

tinasheeeee October 13, 2014 at 5:52 pm

I thought he was white at first, but his name sounds Egyptian or Muslim

sarahle October 14, 2014 at 2:21 pm

you can be white,egyptian and muslim at the same time…

andrew October 14, 2014 at 2:26 pm

he’s not Muslim, I bet

Girll December 2, 2014 at 8:00 am

He’s Middle Eastern. They can have blue eyes etc.

nina February 15, 2015 at 8:04 am

Egypt is part of north africa not the middle east and ofcourse they can have blue eyes it’s just less common than for example norway

Girll February 15, 2015 at 11:55 am

Most North Africans/Berbers look Middle Eastern to me and most Egyptians are mixed with Middle Easterners.

WTF September 15, 2014 at 2:23 am

He reminds me of Bruno Mars…..

andrew September 13, 2014 at 4:13 pm

I just know his surname is similar to Lebanese Christian surname “Malick”

andrew September 13, 2014 at 4:15 pm

there are high chances his family isnt Muslim

follers September 13, 2014 at 8:57 pm

His middle name “Said” is usually given to people believed to be descendants of Muhammad. I don’t think he would have it if he wasn’t Muslim.

sarahle September 15, 2014 at 8:56 am

its actually very common in the middle east wether you are muslim or christian.

TorresStrait November 13, 2014 at 12:27 am

The writer Edward Said was Christian (Egyptian/Greek Orthodox, I think).

andrew August 13, 2016 at 10:11 am

Rami’s family is Coptic Christian.

Anja Hex September 13, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I never really expected him to be Egyptian while watching Night at the Museum :D
This is kinda random but he seems like a happy person that I feel happy looking at him lol

Check7t September 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm

White Egyptian!

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