John Malkovich
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John Malkovich
Christopher, Illinois
Birth date
December 9, 1953

John Gavin Malkovich, born December 9, 1953, is an American actor, producer, and director. His film credits are quite extensive, having appeared in more than 70 motion pictures over the last 25 years. He has received Academy Award nominations for his roles in "Places in the Heart" and "In the Line of Fire." In addition to these notable roles, he has appeared in such critically acclaimed films such as "The Killing Fields," "Dangerous Liaisons," "Being John Malkovich" and "Changeling." For the movie "Jonah Hex", Malkovich steps into the role of Quentin Turnbull - the main antagonist of the film, and the villainous counterpart of Josh Brolin's Jonah Hex


In 1976, Malkovich became a charter member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago along with Joan Allen, Gary Sinise, and Glenne Headly. In 1980 he moved to New York City to appear in a Steppenwolf production of the Sam Shepard play True West, subsequently winning an Obie Award for his performance. Malkovich then directed a Steppenwolf co-production, the 1984 revival of Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead, for which he received a second Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award. His role that year as Biff in "Death of a Salesman" was his broadway debut alongside Dustin Hoffman as Willy. Malkovich won an Emmy Award in 1985 for this role when the play was adapted for television by CBS.

One of his first forays into film was in 1978 alongside Joan Allen, Terry Kinney, George Wendt, and Laurie Metcalf as an extra in Robert Altman's film "A Wedding." In 1984 he made his feature film debut as Sally Field's blind boarder, Mr. Will, in "Places in the Heart." Malkovich received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Mr. Will. He also portrayed Al Rockoff in the critically acclaimed "The Killing Fields." He continued working steadily in films the likes of Steven Spielberg's 1984 success "Empire of the Sun," and 1987's "The Glass Menagerie," with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Malkovich became a true star when he portrayed the sinister and sensual Valmont in the film "Dangerous Liaisons" in 1988. (He reprised this role for the music video of "Walking on Broken" Glass by Annie Lennox.)

Malkovich starred in the film adaptation of John Steinbeck's award-winning novella "Of Mice and Men" in 1992 as Lennie alongside fellow Steppenwolf Theatre veteran Gary Sinise as George. He was nominated for an Oscar once again in 1994, in the same category he had been for "Places in the Heart," this time for "In the Line of Fire." He played the title role in the Charlie Kaufman-penned "Being John Malkovich," though this was a slight variation of himself, as indicated by the character's differing middle name of "Horatio." Malkovich has a cameo in the movie "Adaptation.," which was also written by Kaufman, appearing as himself during the filming of "Being John Malkovich." He then played Abimael Guzman in his own directorial film debut, "The Dancer Upstairs," which was released in 2002. Recent film roles include Humma Kavula in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," Unferth in "Beowulf," Osborne Cox in "Burn After Reading," and Reverend Briegleb in "Changeling."

Malkovich was originally named to play The Vulture in "Spider-Man 4," but the project was canceled in January 2010. His current active projects include roles as Lucien Laurin in "Secretariat," Marvin Boggs in "Red," Adam Zeller in "Hotel Syracuse," and Quentin Turnbull in the soon to be released film "Jonah Hex."

Malkovich is also slated to play an as yet unnamed role in the third "Transformers" film, set for release sometime in 2011.

Movie ListingEdit

Year Movie Character
1984 Places in the Heart Mr. Will
The Killing Fields Al Rockoff
1985 Death of a Salesman (TV) Biff Loman
Eleni Nick Gage
1986 Rocket to the Moon (TV) Ben Stark
1987 The Glass Menagerie Tom Wingfield
Making Mr. Right Dr. Jeff Peters/Ulysses
Empire of the Sun Basie
Santabear's High Flying Adventure (TV) Santa Claus (voice)
1988 Miles from Home Barry Maxwell
Dangerous Liaisons Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont
1990 The Sheltering Sky Port Moresby
1991 Old Times (TV) Deeley
The Object of Beauty Jake
Queens Logic Elliot
1992 Shadows and Fog Clown
Of Mice and Men Lennie Small
Jennifer Eight Agent St. Anne
1993 In the Line of Fire Mitch Leary
Alive Old Carlitos
1994 Heart of Darkness (TV) Kurtz
1995 O Convento Michael
Beyond the Clouds The director
1996 Mary Reilly Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Edward Hyde
The Portrait of a Lady Gilbert Osmond
The Ogre Abel Tiffauges
1997 Con Air Cyrus Grissom
1998 The Man in the Iron Mask Athos
Rounders Teddy KGB
1999 Being John Malkovich John Horatio Malkovich
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Charles VII
Le Temps Retrouvé Le Baron de Charlus
2000 Shadow of the Vampire F.W. Murnau
Les Misérables (TV miniseries) Javert
2001 Knockaround Guys Teddy Deserve
I'm Going Home John Crawford
Les âmes fortes Monsieur Numance
2002 The Dancer Upstairs Abimael Guzman
Napoleon (TV miniseries) Charles Talleyrand
Ripley's Game Tom Ripley
2003 Johnny English Pascal Sauvage
Um Filme Falado Captain John Walesa
Adaptation. Himself
2004 The Libertine Charles II
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Humma Kavula
Colour Me Kubrick Alan Conway
2006 Art School Confidential Professor Sandiford
Eragon Galbatorix
Klimt Gustav Klimt
The Call Priest
2007 Drunkboat Mort
In Transit Pavlov
Beowulf Unferth
Polis is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place Himself
2008 The Mutant Chronicles Constantine
Gardens of the Night Michael
Burn After Reading Osborne Cox
Changeling Reverend Briegleb
The Great Buck Howard Buck Howard
Disgrace David Lurie
Afterwards Dr. Joseph Kay
2010 Jonah Hex Quentin Turnbull
Secretariat Lucien Laurin
Red Marvin Boggs
Hotel Syracuse Adam Zeller
2011 Transformers 3