Who is Sam Esmail?

American movie writer, producer and director Sam Esmail, was born in Hoboken, New Jersey USA, under the zodiac sign of Virgo on 17 September 1977. He’s written 10, produced 13 and directed nine movies and TV series, while he’s probably best known for producing the crime thriller series “Mr. Robot”, which starred Carly Chaikin, Christian Slater and Rami Malek, and follows a hacker and his allies as they’re trying to destroy a corrupt corporation; the series aired from 2015 to 2019 and won 24 of its 109 award nominations.

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Education and early life

Sam’s Egyptian immigrant parents raised him alongside his two younger brothers and an older sister in Hoboken; not a lot about Sam’s family is known, because he respects their privacy, while it’s known that his sister’s also involved in the film industry, and that she worked on his series “Mr. Robot” as a post-production co-ordinator.

Sam was five when he and his family moved to South Carolina, prior to settling in Charlotte, North Carolina. He grew up being interested in technology, and was nine when he was gifted his first computer. Sam began learning programming when he was 11, and his family later moved to Sewell, New Jersey; he studied at Washington Township High School, and matriculated in 1995.

Sam continued his education at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and film in 1998.

Initial career

Upon graduation, Sam began working for an internet start-up company, and after a year founded his own Portal Vision software company. He earned $6 million through venture capital funding, and then moved to Los Angeles, California to study directing at American Film Institute Conservatory, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2004.

Career in the film industry

Sam’s producing debut was the 2002 short action comedy movie “The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special”, and he then directed the 2004 romantic mystery movie “Deep Down in Florida”.

He spent the following 10 years working various jobs to financially support himself, prior to succeeding in the film industry. Sam gained recognition when he wrote and directed the 2014 romantic comedy drama “Comet”, which starred Justin Long, Kayla Servi and Emmy Rossum, and follows the six-year relationship of a ‘perfect couple’; the movie was nominated for two awards. Also in 2014, Sam wrote the horror thriller movie “Mockingbird”.

He wrote and directed the 2016 short crime movie “Mr. Robot Virtual Reality Experience”, and then produced two movies in the same year: the documentary “Risk” and the short horror “The Careful Massacre of the Bourgeoisie”.

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Between 2018 and 2020, Sam wrote, produced and directed the mystery thriller series “Homecoming”; it starred Stephan James, Bobby Cannavale and Hong Chau, follows the wellness company Geist Group and their program The Homecoming Initiative, and the series won four of its 46 award nominations.

Most recently, in 2022, Sam wrote and produced the popular mystery thriller comedy series “The Resort”, which starred Cristin Milioti, William Jackson Harper and Luis Gerardo Mendez, and follows two people who are ready to do whatever it takes for love.

Other credits

Sam’s received five special thanks, including for the 2009 short documentary films “The Fast and the Furious: Quarter Mile at a Time” and “Making the ‘Fast’ Franchise”, and the 2016 short drama film “The Fare”.

He also has two acting credits: Sam played Man on Bench in the 2016 movie “Mr. Robot Virtual Reality Experience”, and various characters in six episodes of the series “Mr. Robot” between 2015 and 2019.

He’s made a guest appearance in the talk-shows “Made in Hollywood”, “Celebrity Page” and “Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter”, amongst others.

Awards and nominations

Sam’s won four of his 14 award nominations. He won a 2015 Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Series – Long Form, a 2015 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award for Episodic and a 2016 Writers Guild of America Award for News Series, all for “Mr. Robot”; Sam also won a 2019 International Online Cinema Award for Best Directing for a Drama Series, for “Homecoming”.

He was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for “Mr. Robot” in 2016, for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

Marriage with Emmy Rossum

Sam met famous American actress, singer and film director Emmanuelle Grey ‘Emmy’ Rossum in 2013, when she was cast to star in his movie “Comet”; the two were together for two years prior to becoming engaged in August 2015, and they married at New York City’s Reform synagogue on 28 May 2017, as Emmy’s Jewish. Emmy gave birth to their daughter Samantha Esmail on 24 May 2021.

Sam’s quite secretive when it comes to speaking about his wife and their marriage, but has revealed that he’s suffering from social anxiety disorder, and that Emmy’s been able to help him cope with it.

Sam’s married to Emmy Rossum as of September 2022, and has a daughter with her.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Sam was a huge fan of American film writer, producer and director Stanley Kubrick while he was growing up, and has revealed that he held ‘Stanley Kubrick film festivals’ at his home when he was a child.

He enjoys being active on Instagram, and is followed by over 100,000 people on the social media network, while he’s posted more than 150 pictures and videos.

Both Sam and his wife enjoy being close to the sea, and they occasionally vacation in Italy and Croatia because of this.

Sam’s favorite actors are Al Pacino and Russell Crowe, and his favorite movies include “Gladiator”, “A Good Year” and “Scarface”.

Height, eyes and net worth

Sam’s age is 45. His hair and eyes are brown, his height’s 6ft 4ins (1.93m) and his weight is about 195lbs (88kgs).

Sam’s net worth’s been estimated at over $10 million as of September 2022.

Who is his wife Emmy Rossum?

Emmy was born in New York City, USA on 12 September 1986, under the zodiac sign of Virgo. She’s appeared in close to 50 movies and TV series, and is perhaps still best known for her playing of Christine in the 2004 romantic musical movie “The Phantom of the Opera”, directed by Joel Schumacher, and in which she starred alongside Gerard Butler and Patrick Wilson. It follows a delusional musical genius who’s fallen in love with a young soprano – the movie won seven of its 52 award nominations, including three Oscar nominations for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song, Best Achievement in Art Direction and Best Achievement in Cinematography.

Emmy was raised in New York City as an only child, by her single mother Cheryl who was a corporate photographer; Emmy’s parents split before she was born, and she had only seen her father twice by the time she turned 20.

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She was seven when she became a member of the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus, after having amazed chorus’ director Elena Doria by singing the song “Happy Birthday” in all the 12 keys; in five years, Emmy performed in 20 operas, singing in six languages, and earning up to $10 per night. She studied at Spence School, but as she had already launched her acting career, Emmy chose to drop out to pursue it; she would eventually complete her GED tests, and would spend two years studying art history, French language and philosophy at Columbia University.

Emmy was 10 when she made her debut TV series appearance, playing Alison Martin in the 1997 episode “Ritual” of the mystery crime drama “Law & Order”, and the remainder of the ‘90s saw her appear in the 1998 romantic movie “Only Love”, a 1998 episode of the mini-series “A Will of Their Own” and the 1999 romantic family comedy movie “Genius”.

The year 2001 saw Emmy play Sheila in the drama movie “An American Rhapsody”, written and directed by Eva Gardos, and which starred Nastassia Kinski, Scarlett Johansson and Raffaella Bansagi. It follows a Hungarian girl who’s come to the US and has been reunited with her parents; the movie won five of its 10 award nominations. Some of Emmy’s following notable performances were in the 2002 romantic comedy movie “Passionada”, the 2004 action science fiction adventure film “The Day After Tomorrow”, and the 2009 action fantasy adventure movie “Dragonball Evolution”.

The year 2014 saw her play Kathryn Walker in the drama “You’re Not You”, directed by George C. Wolfe, and in which she starred alongside Hilary Swank and Josh Duhamel. It follows a classical pianist who’s just been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and the film was nominated for a Jupiter Award for Best International Actress, for Hilary Swank.

Emmy’s three most recent roles have been in the 2019 episode “401 Unauthorized” of the crime thriller series “Mr. Robot”, the 2021 episode “Fiona: Go Fiona On Them” of the comedy series “Shameless Hall of Shame”, and all the five episodes of the 2022 biographical mini-series “Angelyne”.

Emmy’s won eight of her 29 award nominations; some of her wins include a 2004 National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance by an Actress, a 2005 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor, and a 2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Actress, all for “The Phantom of the Opera”. Also, Emmy was nominated for a 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, for “The Phantom of the Opera”.

She launched her music career on 23 October 2007, with the release of her debut album “Inside Out”, and her first (and so far only) extended play (EP) followed on 27 November 2007, entitled “Carol of the Bells”. Emmy’s since released only a single album: “Sentimental Journey” on 29 January 2013.

Prior to meeting Sam, Emmy was married to Justin Siegel, from 17 February 2008 to 28 December 2010.

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