Who is Black Adam and why should you care? A spoiler-free guide to his character’s origins, personality and career.
A decade after he passed away in 1992, the British actor Malcolm ‘Mal’ Wehbe, better known as Black Adam, died at the age of 74.
He was best known for his role as Riff Raff in the iconic sitcom Happy Families, a role he began at the age of 16.
Since moving into acting, he has appeared in films such as St Trinian’s, I Know Why The Caged Bird Told Me and The Other Man, alongside the likes of Michael Caine, Mariah Carey and Michael Ball.
As a young actor, Wehbe landed his first part after a schoolboy friend spotted him in The Muppet Show, and when he was 17, he was cast in his first professional film.
He went on to work in a number of different parts including the role of a policeman, and had recurring roles on the drama series Dangerfield (1990) and The Professionals (1996).
Wehbe has won awards for his performances in the films The Muppet Movie, How I Met Your Mother, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, as well as the TV series Prime Suspect and The Bill.
He was also nominated for his role as the villain Mr Smith in the Doctor Who episode “The Sontarans.”
However, he is perhaps best known for his role as Riff Raff, the lovable bad guy of the Happy Families family.
And in a recent episode of Entertainment Tonight, Wehbe spoke about his iconic role and why he is best known for it.