John Malkovich

Biography

Date of Birth 9 December 1953, Christopher, Illinois, USA Birth Name John Gavin Malkovich Height 6' 1" (1.85 m) Shortly after dropping out of college, Malkovich took on a series of odd jobs to make ends meet: school bus driver, house painter, office supply store employee, and landscaping. In 1976, Malkovich became a charter member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois. He moved to New York City in 1983 and appeared in the play True West. He appeared on Broadway in Death of a Salesman with Dustin Hoffman, Arms and the Man and The Caretaker, both of which he also directed, and Burn This. Malkovich won an Emmy Award for the television adaptation of Death of a Salesman. One of his first forays into film was as an extra alongside Terry Kinney, George Wendt, Joan Allen, and Laurie Metcalf in Robert Altman's A Wedding (1978). He made his film debut in The Killing Fields in 1984, playing cameraman Al Rockoff, whose character traveled throughout Cambodia with Sam Waterston. That same year, his major role debut in Places in the Heart garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He got fame in 1988 playing the leading part of Valmont in Stephen Frears' adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' Dangerous Liaisons. In 1994, he was nominated for an Oscar in the same category for In the Line of Fire (1993). Malkovich also plays the main villain Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom in the movie Con Air. Though he played the title role in the Charlie Kaufman-penned Being John Malkovich, he is playing a slight variation of himself, as indicated by the character's middle name of "Horatio". Malkovich has a cameo in the movie Adaptation.—also written by Kaufman—appearing as himself during the filming of Being John Malkovich. The Dancer Upstairs, Malkovich's directorial debut, was released in 2002. He recently appeared in Art School Confidential (2006) as a pompous art professor. He will next appear with Tom Hanks and Colin Hanks in the drama The Great Buck Howard as a fading magician who takes a protege (Colin Hanks) under his wing, much to his father's (Tom Hanks) consternation. Of the many people he has worked with, Malkovich is often associated with Gary Sinise, a fellow Steppenwolf alum. Also, Joan Allen was a fellow drama student at Eastern Illinois University whom Malkovich brought into Steppenwolf. He met actor John Mahoney in a Chicago acting class years later, and advised him to join Steppenwolf. John Malkovich also has an interest in clothing design and sales, and is proprietor of UncleKimono.com, his website regarding fashion.

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Birth Name

John Gavin Malkovich

Birth Place

Christopher, Illinois, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

12/9/1953
Known For
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RED 2

Marvin

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In the Line of Fire

Mitch Leary

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Jonah Hex

Quentin Turnbull

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Con Air

Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom

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The Man in the Iron Mask

Athos

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Secretariat

Lucien Laurin

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Warm Bodies

Grigio

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Shadow of the Vampire

Murnau

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The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

Charles VII

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The Killing Fields

Alan 'Al' Rockoff, Photographer

Starring In
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Well Done!

Andrew Blake

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Seneca - On the Creation of Earthquakes

Seneca

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Savage Salvation

Peter

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Shattered

Ronald

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Mindcage

Arnaud 'The Artist' Lefeuvre

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Chariot

Dr. Karn

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Rogue Hostage

Sam Nelson

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Last Call

Dr. Felton

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Ava

Duke

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Arkansas

Bright

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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile

Judge Edward D. Cowart

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Velvet Buzzsaw

Piers

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Valley of the Gods

Wes Tauros

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Bird Box (Netflix)

Douglas

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Mile 22

Bishop

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Supercon

Sid Newberry

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Bullet Head

Walker

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I Love You Daddy

Leslie Goodwin

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The Wilde Wedding

Laurence

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Unlocked

Bob Hunter

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Deepwater Horizon

Vidrine

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Zoolander 2

Chazz Spencer

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Cut Bank

Sheriff Vogel

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Penguins of Madagascar

Dave (voice)

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Cesar Chavez

Bogdanovich Senior

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Casanova Variations

Giacomo

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RED 2

Marvin

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Siberian Education

Grandfather Kuzya

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Warm Bodies

Grigio

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Lines of Wellington

General Wellington

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Chefe de Sam

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RED

Marvin Boggs

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Secretariat

Lucien Laurin

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Jonah Hex

Quentin Turnbull

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The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer

Jack Unterweger

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Drunkboat

Mort

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Afterwards

Doctor Kay

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The Great Buck Howard

Buck Howard

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Disgrace

Professor David Lurie

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Burn After Reading

Osborne Cox

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Mutant Chronicles

Constantine

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Changeling

Rev. Gustav Briegleb

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Gardens of the Night

Michael

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Beowulf

Unferth

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In Tranzit

Pavlov

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Eragon

Galbatorix

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Art School Confidential

Professor Sandiford

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Klimt

Klimt

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Humma Kavula

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Colour Me Kubrick

Alan Conway

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Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jon Lovitz

Lord Edmund (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Libertine

Charles II

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Johnny English

Pascal Sauvage, the Greedy Frenchman

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Napoleon

Charles Talleyrand

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Adaptation.

Himself (uncredited)

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Ripley's Game

Tom Ripley

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Dancer Upstairs

Abimael Guzman (uncredited)

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Knockaround Guys

Teddy Deserve

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I'm Going Home

John Crawford, Film Director

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Shadow of the Vampire

Murnau

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Hotel

Omar Jonnson

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Being John Malkovich

John Horatio Malkovich

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RKO 281

Herman Mankiewicz

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The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

Charles VII

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Time Regained

Le Baron de Charlus

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Ladies Room

Roberto

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Rounders

Teddy KGB

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The Man in the Iron Mask

Athos

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Con Air

Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom

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Con Man (aka Cannes Man)

Himself

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The Portrait of a Lady

Gilbert Osmond

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Mulholland Falls

General Thomas Timms

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Mary Reilly

Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde

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The Ogre

Abel Tiffauges

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The Convent

Michael

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Beyond The Clouds

The Director

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In the Line of Fire

Mitch Leary

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Alive

Old Carlitos / Narrator

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Heart of Darkness

Kurtz

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Jennifer Eight

FBI Special Agent St. Anne

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Of Mice and Men

Lennie Small

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Shadows and Fog

Clown

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Queens Logic

Eliot

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The Object of Beauty

Jake

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The Sheltering Sky

Port Moresby

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Miles from Home

Barry Maxwell

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Dangerous Liaisons

Vicomte de Valmont

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Empire of the Sun

Basie

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Making Mr. Right

Jeff Peters / Ulysses

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Die Glasmenagerie

Tom Wingfield

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Death of a Salesman

Biff Loman

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Eleni

Nick

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The Killing Fields

Alan 'Al' Rockoff, Photographer

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Places in the Heart

Mr. Will

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A Wedding

Wedding Guest (uncredited)

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