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Also Known As: John Gavin Malkovich Died:
Born: December 9, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Benton, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, director, sound designer, producer, dishwasher, department store clerk, school bus driver

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Equally adept on stage and on screen, acclaimed actor and occasional director John Malkovich long remained an enigma to audiences, while establishing himself as one of the most distinguished and accomplished performers of his generation. After proving himself a venerable thespian with the famed Steppenwolf Theatre company, Malkovich made an immediate impact when he transitioned to the big screen, delivering memorable award-worthy performances in "The Killing Fields" (1984) and "Places in the Heart" (1984). He achieved sex symbol status - an unlikely distinction for the gangly actor - with his performance in the decadent drama "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988), but then he languished for a spell in rather insubstantial films that added nothing to his previous acclaim. All that changed with his Oscar-nominated performance as a would-be presidential assassin in "In the Line of Fire" (1993), which opened the door for Malkovich to play charming, but psychotic killers - for good or ill. Malkovich reached certain notoriety playing a somewhat fictional take on himself in the wildly absurd "Being John Malkovich" (1999), which once again displayed the actor's unique ability to keep audiences guessing while churning...

Equally adept on stage and on screen, acclaimed actor and occasional director John Malkovich long remained an enigma to audiences, while establishing himself as one of the most distinguished and accomplished performers of his generation. After proving himself a venerable thespian with the famed Steppenwolf Theatre company, Malkovich made an immediate impact when he transitioned to the big screen, delivering memorable award-worthy performances in "The Killing Fields" (1984) and "Places in the Heart" (1984). He achieved sex symbol status - an unlikely distinction for the gangly actor - with his performance in the decadent drama "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988), but then he languished for a spell in rather insubstantial films that added nothing to his previous acclaim. All that changed with his Oscar-nominated performance as a would-be presidential assassin in "In the Line of Fire" (1993), which opened the door for Malkovich to play charming, but psychotic killers - for good or ill. Malkovich reached certain notoriety playing a somewhat fictional take on himself in the wildly absurd "Being John Malkovich" (1999), which once again displayed the actor's unique ability to keep audiences guessing while churning out one fine performance after another.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Dancer Upstairs, The (2002) Director
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  Terrorist, The (1998) Director

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 Cut Bank (2014)
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 Dominion (2014)
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 Warm Bodies (2013)
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 Red 2 (2013)
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Milestones close milestones

1976:
Joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre (founded 1974 by Gary Sinise), working on more than 50 productions during the years
1978:
Appeared in production of Sam Shepard's "Curse of the Starving Class" at Chicago's Goodman Theatre
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Stage directing debut, "The Rear Column," at the North Light Repertory Theatre, Evanston, IL
1981:
TV-movie debut, "Word of Honor" (CBS)
1982:
Made off-Broadway debut in Steppenwolf production of "True West," directed by Sinise (who also co-starred)
1984:
Broadway debut, "Death of a Salesman," playing Biff to Dustin Hoffman's Willy Loman
1984:
Starred in TV adaptation of "True West" (aired on PBS' "American Playhouse")
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Directed and designed sound for the revival of Lanford Wilson's "Balm in Gilead" at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and subsequently off-Broadway
1984:
Made film debut as photojournalist in "The Killing Fields"
1984:
Earned Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his turn as a misanthropic blind man in Robert Benton's "Places in the Heart"
1985:
Reprised stage role of Biff in CBS TV adaptation of "Death of a Salesman," starring Hoffman; received Emmy Award
1985:
First starring role in a feature, as journalist Nicholas Gage in Peter Yates' "Eleni"
1985:
Broadway directing debut, "Arms and the Man"; later assumed leading role, replacing Kevin Kline; production also featured then-wife Glenne Headly
1987:
Starred opposite Joan Allen in Broadway production "Burn This"
1987:
Played dual roles of a nerdy scientist and a lookalike android in Susan Seidelman's "Making Mr. Right"
1988:
Debuted as executive producer with "The Accidental Tourist"; did not act in film
1988:
Offered an intriguing turn as the treacherous French aristocrat Valmont in "Dangerous Liaisons," helmed by Stephen Frears; on-set romance with co-star Michelle Pfieffer led to end of his marriage to Glenne Headly
1990:
Teamed with director Bernardo Bertolucci for vividly atmospheric but torturously slow "The Sheltering Sky"
1991:
Returned to New York stage as the bombastic war veteran of Shepard's "States of Shock"
1992:
Played Lennie to Sinise's George in remake of "Of Mice and Men," directed by Sinise; had first essayed role in a Steppenwolf stage production many years earlier
1993:
Formed Smith-Malkovich Productions with Russell Smith
1993:
Received second Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination as demented assassin Mitch Leary in "In the Line of Fire"
1994:
Appeared as sinister Kurtz in TNT movie presentation "Heart of Darkness," directed by Nicolas Roeg
1994:
Adapted and directed the Steppenwolf production of Don DeLillo's "Libra," starring Laurie Metcalf and Alexis Arquette
1996:
Portrayed profligate seducer Gilbert Osmond in "The Portrait of a Lady," adapted from novel by Henry James
1997:
Reveled in scene-chewing role of Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom in "Con Air"
1998:
Formed Mr. Mudd production company with producers Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith
1998:
Offered over-the-top performance as a Russian mobster in "Rounders," scripted by David Levien and Brian Koppelman
1999:
Played John Malkovich, a fictionalized version of himself, in Spike Jonze's witty and picaresque "Being John Malkovich"
1999:
Played Herman J. Mankiewicz in HBO's "RKO 281," detailing the clash between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over production and release of "Citizen Kane"
1999:
Staged "Hysteria" at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater Company
2000:
Portrayed film director F. W. Murnau in "Shadow of the Vampire," a fictionalized account of Murnau's filming of "Nosferatu," based on Bram Stoker's "Dracula"; screened at Cannes
2000:
Acted opposite Gerard Depardieu in French television adaptation of "Les Misérables"; English language version aired in U.S. 2001 on Fox Family Channel
2001:
Served as one of producers of "Ghost World"
2002:
Made feature directorial debut with "Dancer Upstairs," a police thriller based on a novel by Nicholas Shakespeare
2003:
Featured in A&E miniseries "Napoleon"; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2003:
Co-starred in spy comedy feature "Johnny English"
2004:
Starred as Comandante John Walesa in Manoel de Oliveira's "Um Filme Falado/A Talking Picture"
2006:
Cast in Terry Zwigoff's adaptation of Daniel Clowes' comic story "Art School Confidential"
2006:
Cast as King Galbatorix, a powerful Dragon Rider in "Eragon" a fantasy/adventure movie based on novel of same name
2007:
Portrayed Alan Conway in "Colour Me Kubrick," the true story of a man who posed as director Stanley Kubrick
2007:
Portrayed Austrian artist Gustav Klimt in Raoul Ruiz's "Klimt"
2007:
Portrayed Unferth in Robert Zemeckis' big-budget film version of "Beowulf"
2008:
Joined ensemble cast for Coen brothers' "Burn After Reading"
2008:
Cast as Reverend Briegleb in Clint Eastwood's "Changeling"
2010:
Co-starred with Josh Brolin and Megan Fox in "Jonah Hex"
2010:
Portrayed trainer Lucien Laurin in "Secretariat," based on horse that won U.S. Triple Crown in 1973
2010:
Joined Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman in action comedy "Red"
2011:
Appeared in Michael Bay's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
2013:
Appeared in zombie romance "Warm Bodies," starring Nicholas Hoult
2013:
Featured in "Red 2"
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Education

Eastern Illinois University: Charleston , Illinois -
Illinois State University: Normal , Illinois -

Notes

"The hardest thing about this part was all the running I had to do--I hate running and don't intend to do it again for a long time. I didn't train for the running scenes either--I just put down my cigarettes for a minute and ran." --Malkovich, remarking on his role in "In the Line of Fire" to Los Angeles Times Calendar, July 4, 1993.

"With Steppenwolf, our approach was to try to make a theater where a bunch of strangers could go into a dark room and forget what they're thinking about for awhile and become immersed in some other view of the world ... It wasn't anything more than that. And we didn't do it using any method. We never felt you had to become helium in order to fly a hot air balloon.

"So how do you do it? How do you get a room full of strangers who don't know you or care about you, people who are pissed off that they had to pay twenty or thirty dollars for a ticket, people who have seen hundreds of plays already and want something different, people leading average, everyday, boring lives who are looking to you to fill that void in their soul--how do you get through to them? There is no answer really, except that you have to work as hard as you can to burst through all that. And if you fail, so what? That's part of it. You have to be thick-skinned about it and go on." --quoted in Buzz, October 1994.

Responding to a question about the impact of violence on children: "I actually think it's up to the parents. I went accidentally with my grandmother to see 'Psycho' when I was 6 years old and I still haven't killed any women in a shower.

"So I understand people's concern and it's a right concern. And I do very few violent films. Certainly would not want to do them as a steady diet. But I think parents should do a lot better job raising their children and teaching them the difference between reality and fantasy. And giving them some idea of what it means to cause pain to others in a real sense.

"Hollywood's at fault, sure, there's no question about that. But it's a business. If people don't go to these films, they won't be made ... But I don't mind a certain amount of violence because the world is violent ... Why not have an acquaintance with it so that when you encounter it in life you have some familiarity with it?" --quoted in Los Angeles Times, June 4, 1997.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Glenne Headly. Actor. Married on August 2, 1982; divorced in 1988; acted together in "Eleni" and "Making Mr. Right"; also a member of Steppenwolf stage ensemble; directed by Malkovich in Broadway production of "Arms and the Man".
companion:
Michelle Pfeiffer. Actor. Met on the set of "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988).
companion:
Nicoletta Peyran. Asian culture scholar. Met during the filming of "The Sheltering Sky" (1990), on which she was 2nd assistant director; Italian; mother of Malkovich's two children.

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mother:
Joe Anne Malkovich. Newspaper owner. Owned the <i>Benton Evening News</i>; known to her children as 'Frog' because of her deep voice.
father:
Daniel Malkovich. Environmentalist. Born on December 20, 1926; died suddenly of a heart attack in March 1980 at the age of 53; served as state conservation director; published a conservation magazine.
brother:
Danny Malkovich. Newspaper editor. Elder brother.
sister:
Melissa Malkovich. Journalist. Lived in NYC c. 1985.
sister:
Amanda Malkovich.
sister:
Rebecca Malkovich.
daughter:
Amandine Malkovich. Born c. 1990; mother, Nicoletta Peyran.
son:
Lowey Malkovich. Born c. 1992; mother, Nicoletta Peyran.
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