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John Malkovich
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Malkovich in 2009.
Born John Gavin Malkovich
December 9, 1953 (age 58)
Christopher, Illinois, US
Occupation Actor, producer, fashion designer
Years active 1984–present
Worked in Being John Malkovich
Adaptation. (as himself)
Characters portrayed John Horatio Malkovich
Other works Dangerous Liaisons
Burn After Reading
In the Line of Fire
Places in the Heart

John Gavin Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) is an American actor, producer, director and fashion designer with his label Technobohemian. Over the last 25 years of his career, Malkovich has appeared in more than 70 motion pictures. For his roles in Places in the Heart and In the Line of Fire, he received Academy Award nominations. He has also appeared in critically acclaimed films such as Empire of the Sun, The Killing Fields, Dangerous Liaisons, Of Mice and Men, Con Air, Being John Malkovich, and Red, and has produced numerous films, including Juno and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

BiographyEdit

In 1976, John Malkovich joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, newly founded by his friend Gary Sinise. After that, it would take seven years before Malkovich would show up in New York and win an Obie in Sam Shepard's play "True West". In 1984, Malkovich would appear with Dustin Hoffman in the Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman", which would earn him an Emmy when it was made into a made-for-TV movie the next year. His big-screen debut would be as the blind lodger in Places in the Heart, which earned him an Academy Award Nomination for best supporting actor. Other films would follow, including The Killing Fields and The Glass Menagerie, but he would be well remembered as Vicomte de Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons. Playing against Michelle Pfeiffer and Glenn Close in a costume picture helped raise his standing in the industry. He would be cast as the psychotic political assassin in Clint Eastwood's In the Line of Fire, for which he would be nominated for both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe. In 1994, Malkovich would portray the sinister Kurtz in the made-for-TV movie Heart of Darkness, taking the story to Africa as it was originally written. Malkovich has periodically returned to Chicago to both act and direct.[1]

Personal life and political viewsEdit

Malkovich was married to actress Glenne Headly from 1982 to 1988. They divorced after Malkovich became involved with Michelle Pfeiffer, his co-star in Dangerous Liaisons. He later met his long-term partner Nicoletta Peyran on the set of The Sheltering Sky where she was the second assistant director, in 1989. They have two children; Amandine (born 1990) and Loewy (born March 18, 1992).

Malkovich is fluent in French, and for nearly 10 years lived and worked in a theater in Southern France. He and his family left France in a dispute over taxes in 2003,[2] and since then he has lived in? Cambridge, Massachusetts.[3] In a 2008 interview on the Late Show with David Letterman, Malkovich said he had just spent five weeks that summer living in France.

Malkovich lost millions[4] to Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme when it collapsed in 2008.[5]

Malkovich stated in a 2011 interview that "I'm not a political person actually, and I don’t have an ideology." He also said that he had not voted since George McGovern lost his presidential run in 1972.[6]

When asked in an interview by the Toronto Star whether it was necessary to have spiritual beliefs to portray a spiritual character, he said "No, I'd say not... I'm an atheist. I wouldn't say I'm without spiritual belief particularly, or rather, specifically. Maybe I'm agnostic, but I'm not quite sure there's some great creator somehow controlling everything and giving us free will. I don't know; it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to me."[7]

In a 2002 appearance at the Cambridge Union Society, when asked whom he would most like to "fight to the death", Malkovich replied that he would "rather just shoot" journalist Robert Fisk and British MP George Galloway.[8] Both Fisk and Galloway reacted with outrage.[9][10]

FilmographyEdit

ActorEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1983 Say Goodnight, Gracie
1984 Places in the Heart Mr. Will The Killing Fields)
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (Also for The Killing Fields)
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
The Killing Fields Al Rockoff Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (Also for Places in the Heart)
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (Also for Places in the Heart)
True West Lee
1985 Death of a Salesman Biff Loman (Made for Television)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor (Mejor Actor Extranjero) (Also for Dangerous Liaisons and The Glass Menagerie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Eleni Nick Gage
1986 Rocket to the Moon Ben Stark (Made for Television)
1987 The Glass Menagerie Tom WingfieldSant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor (Mejor Actor Extranjero) (Also for Death of a Salesman and Dangerous Liaisons)
Making Mr. Right Dr. Jeff Peters/Ulysses
Empire of the Sun Basie
Santabear's High Flying Adventure Santa Claus (voice) (Made for Television) His wife Glenne Headly voiced Mrs. Santa Claus.
1988 Miles from Home Barry Maxwell
Dangerous Liaisons Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor (Mejor Actor Extranjero) (Also for Death of a Salesman and The Glass Menagerie)
1990 The Sheltering Sky Port Moresby
1991 Old Times Deeley (Made for Television)
The Object of Beauty Jake
Queens Logic Elliot Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
1992 Shadows and Fog Clown
Of Mice and Men Lennie Small
Jennifer Eight Agent St. Anne Jury "Coup de Chapeau" (For the acting performance)
1993 In the Line of Fire Mitch Leary Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Alive Carlitos Paez Uncredited
1994 Heart of Darkness Kurtz (Made for Television)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
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 Not released in US or UK
1997 Con Air Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom
1998 The Man in the Iron Mask Athos
Rounders Teddy KGB
1999 Being John Malkovich John Horatio Malkovich American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Charles VII
Le Temps Retrouvé Le Baron de Charlus
RKO 281 Herman Mankiewicz Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2000 Shadow of the Vampire F.W. Murnau
Les Misérables (miniseries) Javert
2001 Knockaround Guys Teddy Deserve
I'm Going Home John Crawford, film director
Les âmes fortes Monsieur Numance
2002 The Dancer Upstairs Abimael Guzman Also director
Hideous Man Narrator Also narrator, director and writer
Napoléon (miniseries) Charles Talleyrand Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
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
Flipping Uncle Kimono Himself Documentary
2006 Art School Confidential Professor Sandiford
Eragon Galbatorix
Klimt Gustav Klimt
The Call Priest short film
2007 Drunkboat Mort
In Transit Pavlov
Beowulf Unferth
Polis is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place Himself Documentary
2008 Burn After Reading Osborne Cox Nominated — St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
The Great Buck Howard Buck Howard
Changeling Reverend Briegleb
Gardens of the Night Michael
Mutant Chronicles Constantine
2009 Afterwards Joseph Kay
2010 Jonah Hex Quentin Turnbull
Secretariat Lucien Laurin
Red Marvin Boggs Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Disgrace David Lurie
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Bruce (Sam's boss)
2012 Lines of Wellington General Wellington Raúl Ruiz's last film; completed by Valeria Sarmiento
2013 Chavez TBA [11]
Warm Bodies General Grigio [12]

ProducerEdit

  • The Accidental Tourist (1988) (executive producer)
  • Ghost World (2001)
  • The Dancer Upstairs (2002)
  • The Libertine (2004)
  • Kill the Poor (2006)
  • Art School Confidential (2006)
  • Juno (2007)
  • Young Adult (2011)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
  • Chavez (2013)[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Biography for John Malkovich at IMDb.
  2. Barber, Lynn (September 7, 2006). "Life and taxes". The Guardian (London). http://film.guardian.co.uk/features/featurepages/0,,1816049,00.html. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  3. Kahn, Joseph P. (September 12, 2005). "Seeking John Malkovich". Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/ae/celebrity/articles/2005/09/12/seeking_john_malkovich/. Retrieved December 28, 2008.
  4. "Actor John Malkovich complains over Madoff fraud award". BBC News. 2010-04-03. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/arts_and_culture/8601690.stm. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
  5. Zambito, Thomas; Larry McShane (February 5, 2009). "Sandy Koufax, John Malkovich among Bernie Madoff victims as court filings are released". New York Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2009/02/04/2009-02-04_sandy_koufax_john_malkovich_among_bernie.html. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
  6. John Malkovich: 'I've read more books on the Middle East than any British journalist'. The Guardian. June 17, 2011. Event occurs at 5:40. http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/video/2011/jun/17/john-malkovich-middle-east-barbican. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  7. Howell, Peter (2008-09-11). "A Kinder, Gentler Malkovich". Toronto Star. http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/FilmFest/article/497033. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  8. "MP stunned at actor's outburst". BBC Online. May 4, 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/1967317.stm. Retrieved December 28, 2008.
  9. Fisk, Robert (May 14, 2002). "Why Does Malkovich Want to Kill Me?". The Independent (London). http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-why-does-john-malkovich-want-to-kill-me-605849.html. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  10. Fisk, Robert (10 March 2012). "Robert Fisk: Condemn me, but get your facts right first". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-condemn-me-but-get-your-facts-right-first-7547335.html?origin=internalSearch. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Wilkinson, Tracy. "Diego Luna's Cesar Chavez Movie Marches in Mexico." Los Angeles Times. July 1, 2012. Accessed 2012-10-14.
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