Shelley Malil life and biography

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Shelley Malil biography

Date of birth : 1964-12-23
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Kerala, India
Nationality : Hindi
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2010-09-17
Credited as : Actor, role in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Collateral Damage, Boys from Madrid

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Shelley Mathew Malil (born December 23, 1964) is an Indian actor who has appeared in a number of films and TV shows. Malil was born in Kerala, India, and immigrated to the United States in 1974.

Acting career


Shelley began pursuing his dream of entertaining people on the high school stage, often earning awards in district competitions in Texas, where his family immigrated in 1974. As a child, he had dreams of becoming a comedic actor like Bob Hope, whom he first saw on a neighbor’s TV set, the only one in the fishing village on the southern tip of India.

Shelley first came to Hollywood in 1995, after a two-year stint at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He had a supporting role in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Holes (2003), Collateral Damage, Getting There (2002), Boys From Madrid (2000), My Favorite Martian (1999), Columbus Day and Just Can't Get Enough: the Chippendales Story and appeared in shows like Scrubs, Reba, NYPD Blue, The West Wing, and ER.

He was selected as one of the ”Top 10 Overlooked Performances of 2005” by the Associated Press for his performance in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. He is the recipient of a Clio Award (for the Budweiser commercials) and a Los Angeles Ovation Award as Best Featured Actor for his performance as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and he was nominated for the Los Angeles Ovation Award for his performance in subUrbia.

Attempted murder allegations


On August 11, 2008, Malil was arrested for attempted murder after his ex-girlfriend, Kendra Beebe, was stabbed at least 20 times the previous night in San Marcos, California. Beebe, a mother of two, resides in Carlsbad, California. Malil, who lives in Sherman Oaks, a suburb of Los Angeles, was arrested for attempted murder, mayhem, and burglary and booked into the county's Vista Detention Center, a statement said. He is currently in custody at San Diego's Central Jail. Malil, then 43, was arrested at an Amtrak station in San Diego as he got off a train in Oceanside. He was originally held at $2 million bail, which was then increased to $10 million because he was deemed a flight risk. The bail was later reduced to $3 million, as Malil is no longer considered a flight risk. On August 13, 2008 Malil pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges.

Malil could face the maximum sentence of life in prison for the charge of attempted murder, including premeditation, causing great bodily injury, residential burglary, and using a deadly weapon.
He was convicted September 16, 2010.

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