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Shelley Mathew Malil (/məˈlɪl/; born December 23, 1964) is an American criminal and former actor. Malil emigrated to the United States in 1974. He appeared in a number of television shows and films, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005).

Shelley Malil
BornShelley Mathew Malil
(1964-12-23) December 23, 1964 (age 53)
Kerala, India
Years active1994–2009
Shelley Malil
Criminal statusParoled January 2018
Criminal chargeAttempted murder
Assault with a deadly weapon

In 2010, Malil was convicted of attempted premeditated murder and assault with a deadly weapon on a former girlfriend, and served a 14 year to life term at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison in southern California.


Early lifeEdit

Malil was born in Kerala, India. He emigrated with his family in 1974 to the United States at the age of 10. He started acting in high school, often earning awards in district competitions in Texas.[citation needed] As a child, he had hoped to become a comedic actor like Bob Hope, whom he had first seen on a neighbor’s TV set, the only one in his fishing village in Kerala at the time.[1]

Acting careerEdit

Malil came to Hollywood in 1995, after a two-year stint at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[citation needed] He had supporting roles in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Holes (2003), Collateral Damage (2002), Getting There (2002), Boys From Madrid (2000), My Favorite Martian (1999), Columbus Day (2008), and Just Can't Get Enough (2002). Malil had roles on television shows such as Scrubs, Reba, NYPD Blue, The West Wing, The Jamie Foxx Show, 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.[citation needed] He is the recipient of a Clio Award (for the Budweiser beer 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.[2]

"In his testimony, he stated that it was the knife that did it, and he stated this repeatedly. In fact it wasn't the knife that stabbed me 25 times. It was Shelley Malil." —Kendra Beebe[3]

Attempted murder convictionEdit

On August 11, 2008, Malil was arrested for attempted murder after stabbing his ex-girlfriend, Kendra Beebe, 25 times the preceding night in San Marcos, California.[3] Malil, who lived in Sherman Oaks, a Los Angeles neighborhood, was arrested at an Amtrak station as he got off a train in Oceanside, California.[4] Beebe had survived the attack despite a severe cut to her chin, the collapse of both lungs, and the loss of about half the blood in her body.[3]

Malil was tried for attempted murder with premeditation, causing great bodily injury; residential burglary; and use of a deadly weapon. On August 13, 2008, Malil pleaded 'not guilty' to attempted murder charges. On September 16, 2010, he was convicted of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, but was found not guilty of burglary.[3] On December 16, 2010, in San Diego County Superior Court, he was sentenced to life imprisonment (with the possibility of parole after 14 years).[citation needed] He was incarcerated at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison in Riverside County, California.[5] He was found to be eligible for parole in January 2018.[6] He was released mid-September 2018.[7]

Dramatizations of the eventEdit

In 2012, the events of the attack were chronicled on the Lifetime Movie Network show I Survived.... In 2013, the Investigation Discovery channel aired an episode of Dates From Hell entitled "Blood Red Carpet", chronicled the attack.[citation needed] Another dramatization appeared on an Investigation Discovery show, Who The (Bleep) Did I Marry, titled "Scarred By Love."[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Asian American Heritage Month "What Are You Doing?"". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
  2. ^ "Shelley Malil". Archived from the original on 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-05.
  3. ^ a b c d "Victim Slams '40-Year-Old Virgin' Actor Who Repeatedly Stabbed Her". CNN. December 17, 2010.
  4. ^ US Actor Attack; article; Huffington Post; accessed September 2014.
  5. ^ "'40-year-old Virgin' Actor Convicted of Pre-meditated Attempted Murder". NBC News. Retrieved 2010-09-16.
  6. ^ "'40-Year-Old Virgin' Actor Released on Parole After Stabbing Ex". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  7. ^ "'40-Year-Old Virgin' actor Shelley Malil, convicted of attempted murder, to be released on parole," Yahoo News (Aug. 29, 2018)

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