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John Malkovich
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John Malkovich, August 2009
BornJohn Gavin Malkovich
(1953-12-09) December 9, 1953 (age 60)
Christopher, Illinois, U.S.
ResidenceCambridge, Massachusetts
NationalityAmerican/Croatian
EducationBenton Consolidated H.S.
Alma materIllinois State University
OccupationActor, film producer/director, fashion designer
Years active1976–present
Home townBenton, Illinois
Spouse(s)Glenne Headly (1982–1988)
Partner(s)Nicoletta Peyran (1989–present)
ChildrenAmandine
Loewy
AwardsNational Board of Review Award, Emmy Award, Drama Desk Award
 
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John Malkovich
John Malkovich KVIFF 2.jpg
John Malkovich, August 2009
BornJohn Gavin Malkovich
(1953-12-09) December 9, 1953 (age 60)
Christopher, Illinois, U.S.
ResidenceCambridge, Massachusetts
NationalityAmerican/Croatian
EducationBenton Consolidated H.S.
Alma materIllinois State University
OccupationActor, film producer/director, fashion designer
Years active1976–present
Home townBenton, Illinois
Spouse(s)Glenne Headly (1982–1988)
Partner(s)Nicoletta Peyran (1989–present)
ChildrenAmandine
Loewy
AwardsNational Board of Review Award, Emmy Award, Drama Desk Award

John Gavin Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) is an American actor, producer, director, and fashion designer. Over the last 30 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 well-received films such as Empire of the Sun, The Killing Fields, Dangerous Liaisons, Of Mice and Men, Being John Malkovich, Burn After Reading, RED, and Warm Bodies, as well as producing numerous films, including Juno and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Early life[edit]

Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois. His paternal grandparents were Croatian, natives of Ozalj.[1][2][3][4] His mother had French, German, Scottish, and English ancestry.[5][6] He grew up in Benton, Illinois, in a large house on South Main Street. His father, Daniel Leon Malkovich, was a state conservation director and publisher of Outdoor Illinois, a conservation magazine. His mother, Joe Anne (née Choisser), owned the Benton Evening News, as well as Outdoor Illinois.[7][8][9] Malkovich has three younger sisters and an older brother.[10]

Malkovich attended Logan Grade School, Webster Junior High School, and Benton Consolidated High School. During his high school years, he appeared in various plays and the musical, Carousel. He was also a member of a folk rock musical trio, and was a member of a local summer theater/comedy project where he co-starred in Jean-Claude van Itallie's America Hurrah in 1972. Upon graduating high school, he entered Eastern Illinois University, and then transferred to Illinois State University, where he majored in theatre.[11]

Career[edit]

In 1976, Malkovich, along with Joan Allen, Gary Sinise, and Glenne Headly, became a charter member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.[7] He moved to New York City in 1980 to appear in a Steppenwolf production of the Sam Shepard play True West for which he won an Obie Award.[12] In early 1982, he appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire with Chicago's Wisdom Bridge Theatre. 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.[12] His Broadway debut that year was as Biff in Death of a Salesman alongside Dustin Hoffman as Willy. Malkovich won an Emmy Award[13] for this role when the play was adapted for television by CBS in 1985.

One of the actor's first film roles was as an extra alongside Allen, Terry Kinney, George Wendt and Laurie Metcalf in Robert Altman's 1978 film A Wedding. He made his feature film debut in 1984 as Sally Field's blind boarder Mr. Will in Places in the Heart. For his portrayal of Mr. Will, Malkovich received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also portrayed Al Rockoff in The Killing Fields. He continued to have steady work in films such as Empire of the Sun, directed by Steven Spielberg, and the 1987 film adaptation of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. A few years later, Malkovich became a star when he portrayed the sinister and sensual Valmont in the 1988 film Dangerous Liaisons, a film adaptation of the stage play Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton, who in turn had adapted it from the 1782 novel of the same title by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. He later reprised this role for the music video of "Walking on Broken Glass" by Annie Lennox.

In 1990, he recited, in Croatian, verses of the Croatian national anthem Lijepa naša domovino (Our Beautiful Homeland) in Nenad Bach's song "Can We Go Higher?".[14] Morten Faldaas

Malkovich starred in the 1992 film adaptation of John Steinbeck's award-winning novella Of Mice and Men as Lennie alongside Gary Sinise as George. In 1994, he was nominated for another Oscar, in the same category, for In the Line of Fire. Though he played the title role in the Charlie Kaufman-penned Being John Malkovich, he played 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 film debut, was released in 2002. Recent film roles include The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Beowulf, Burn After Reading, Changeling, RED and Secretariat.

Malkovich has hosted three episodes of the NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live. The first occasion was in January 1989 with musical guest Anita Baker; the second in October 1993 with musical guest Billy Joel (and special appearance by former cast member Jan Hooks); and the third was in December 2008 with musical guest T.I. with Swizz Beatz (and special appearances by Justin Timberlake, Molly Sims and Jamie-Lynn Sigler).

In keeping with his renaissance-man image, he created his own fashion company, Mrs. Mudd, in 2002. The company released its John Malkovich menswear collection, "Uncle Kimono," in 2003,[15] which was subsequently covered in international press,[16] and its second clothing line, "Technobohemian," in 2010.[17] Malkovich designed the outfits himself.[18]

In a 2008 interview on College Hour, Malkovich revealed that he has been discussing making a motion picture adaptation of the Arnon Grunberg novel The Story of My Baldness.[19]

In 2008, Malkovich portrayed the story of Jack Unterweger in a performance for one actor, two sopranos, and period orchestra entitled Seduction and Despair, which premiered at Barnum Hall in Santa Monica, CA.[20] A fully staged version of the production, entitled The Infernal Comedy premiered in Vienna in July 2009. The show has since been performed in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 throughout Europe, North America and South America.[21]

In November 2009, Malkovich appeared in an advertisement for Nespresso with fellow actor George Clooney. He portrayed Quentin Turnbull in the film adaption of Jonah Hex.[22]

In 2011, Malkovich directed Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter in the Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.[23][24]

In 2012 he directed a production of a newly-adapted French-language version of Les Liaisons Dangereuses for the Théâtre de l'Atelier in Paris.[25] The production has a limited engagement in July 2013 at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.[26]

Malkovich is known for his distinctive voice which The Guardian describes as "a reedy, faintly orgasmic drawl".[27]

Personal life[edit]

Interview at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, July 9, 2009

Malkovich was married to actress Glenne Headly from 1982 to 1988. They divorced after Malkovich became involved with Michelle Pfeiffer.[citation needed] 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 and Loewy.[27]

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,[28] and since then he has lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[29] 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[30] to Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme when it collapsed in 2008.[31]

Malkovich has raised funds for the Steppenwolf Theater Company, his sole charity.[32]

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.[33] However, according to actor William Hootkins, who worked with Malkovich in BBC Television's Rocket to the Moon, Malkovich is "so right-wing you have to wonder if he's kidding."[34]

When asked in an interview with 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."[35]

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.[36] Both Fisk and Galloway reacted with outrage.[37][38]

On June 6, 2013 Malkovich saved a 79 year old man's life, after the man tripped in the streets of Toronto, falling and slashing his throat on scaffolding. Malkovich appeared and applied pressure to the man's neck, before the man was rushed to a hospital, where he received stitches.[39][40][41]

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1983Say Goodnight, Gracie
1984Places in the HeartMr. WillBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
The Killing FieldsAl RockoffBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
True WestLee
1985Death of a SalesmanBiff 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)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
EleniNick Gage
1986Rocket to the MoonBen Stark(Made for Television)
1987The Glass MenagerieTom WingfieldSant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor (Mejor Actor Extranjero)
Making Mr. RightDr. Jeff Peters/Ulysses
Empire of the SunBasie
Santabear's High Flying AdventureSanta Claus (voice)(Made for Television) His wife Glenne Headly voiced Mrs. Santa Claus.
1988Miles from HomeBarry Maxwell
Dangerous LiaisonsVicomte Sébastien de ValmontSant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor (Mejor Actor Extranjero)
1990The Sheltering SkyPort Moresby
1991Old TimesDeeley(Made for Television)
The Object of BeautyJake
Queens LogicElliotNominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
1992Shadows and FogClown
Of Mice and MenLennie Small
Jennifer EightAgent St. AnneJury "Coup de Chapeau" (For the acting performance)
1993In the Line of FireMitch LearyNominated — 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
AliveOlder Carlitos PaezUncredited
1994Heart of DarknessKurtz(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
1995O ConventoMichael
Beyond the CloudsThe director
1996Mary ReillyDr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Edward Hyde
The Portrait of a LadyGilbert Osmond
The OgreAbel TiffaugesNot released in US or UK
Mulholland FallsGeneral Timms
1997Con AirCyrus 'The Virus' Grissom
1998The Man in the Iron MaskAthos
RoundersTeddy KGB
1999Being John MalkovichJohn Horatio MalkovichAmerican 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 ArcCharles VII
Le Temps RetrouvéLe Baron de Charlus
RKO 281Herman MankiewiczNominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2000Shadow of the VampireF.W. Murnau
Les MisérablesJavert
2001Knockaround GuysTeddy Deserve
I'm Going HomeJohn Crawford, film director
Les âmes fortesMonsieur Numance
2002The Dancer UpstairsAbimael GuzmanAlso director
Hideous ManNarratorAlso narrator, director and writer
NapoléonCharles TalleyrandNominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Ripley's GameTom Ripley
2003Johnny EnglishPascal Sauvage
Um Filme FaladoCaptain John Walesa
Adaptation.Himself
2004The LibertineCharles II
2005The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyHumma Kavula
Colour Me KubrickAlan Conway
Flipping Uncle KimonoHimselfDocumentary
2006Art School ConfidentialProfessor Sandiford
EragonGalbatorix
KlimtGustav Klimt
The CallPriestshort film
2007DrunkboatMort
In TransitPavlov
BeowulfUnferth
Polis is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of PlaceHimselfDocumentary
2008Burn After ReadingOsborne CoxNominated — St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
The Great Buck HowardBuck Howard
ChangelingReverend Briegleb
Gardens of the NightMichael
Mutant ChroniclesConstantine
2009AfterwardsJoseph Kay
2010Jonah HexQuentin Turnbull
SecretariatLucien Laurin
REDMarvin BoggsNominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
DisgraceDavid Lurie
2011Transformers: Dark of the MoonBruce Brazos
2012Lines of WellingtonGeneral WellingtonRaúl Ruiz's last film; completed by Valeria Sarmiento
2013ChavezTBA[42]
Warm BodiesGeneral Grigio[43]
Siberian EducationGrandfather Kuzya
RED 2Marvin Boggs
2014Cut BankFilming
The Giacomo VariationsGiacomo CasanovaPost-production
2015The Penguins of MadagascarvoiceFilming

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