Shelley Malil

Shelley Mathew Malil (/məˈlɪl/; born December 23, 1964) is a 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
Shelley Mathew Malil

(1964-12-23) December 23, 1964 (age 56)
Years active1994–2009
Criminal statusSupervised parole
Criminal chargeAttempted murder
Assault with a deadly weapon
PenaltyLife sentence, eligible for parole after 12 years
Imprisoned atChuckawalla Valley State Prison (released)

In 2010, Malil was convicted of attempted premeditated murder and assault with a deadly weapon on a former girlfriend, and served 8 years of a 12 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 TV.[1] In summer 1983, he performed on stage as part of the summer stock company at the Granbury Opera House in Granbury, Texas, headed at that time by singer JoAnn Miller.

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]

Attempted murder convictionEdit

On August 10, 2008, Malil stabbed his ex-girlfriend, Kendra Beebe, 25 times in San Marcos, California.[3] He was arrested the next day 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]

In September 2010, he was convicted of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.[3] and sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after 12 years.[5] He was paroled four years early in September 2018.[6]


  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 "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. ^ "". Shelley Malil, '40-Year-Old Virgin' actor, granted parole after serving 8 years for stabbing ex-girlfriend.
  6. ^ "'40-Year-Old Virgin' actor Shelley Malil, convicted of attempted murder, to be released on parole". 29 August 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2020.

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