Actor Shelley Malil may be a year-and-a-half into his life sentence for attempted murder at a California prison, but he still has a hold on fame.
Malil, an Indian American actor best known for his role in the hit film “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” received a life sentence for the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend, Kendra Beebe, in San Diego County Superior Court Dec. 17, 2010, and is currently incarcerated at Ironwood State Penitentiary. He will be eligible for parole nine years into the sentence.
But his story is now fodder for a show on the Investigation Discovery cable channel called “Who the [Bleep] Did I Marry?” premiering July 11. According to a show press release, viewers will follow Beebe's story “from the start of a flower-filled Hollywood romance all the way to a hospital bed where she fights for her life after her attempted murder.” Another “love story” on the pilot episode includes Amber Frey's account of her relationship with convicted murderer Scott Peterson.
Malil was arrested for attempted murder in August of 2008 after he stabbed his ex-girlfriend, Beebe, 20 times. Malil was charged with attempted murder, including premeditation, causing great bodily injury, residential burglary, and using a deadly weapon. Malil pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges. He was convicted Sept.16, 2010 of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon and was found not guilty of burglary.
The Kerala native 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 a Budweiser commercial, and earned a Los Angeles Ovation Award as Best Featured Actor for his performance as Bottom in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
“Who the [Bleep] Did I Marry” airs Wednesday nights on Investigation Discovery. Visit http://investigation.discovery.com for more information.