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Also Known As: Paul Franklin Dano Died:
Born: June 19, 1984 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Having started his career on stage and screen as a child actor, Paul Dano quickly rose to stardom channeling the frustrations of adolescent awkwardness in a number of supporting turns before later graduating to more eclectic adult roles. Following attention-grabbing turns in films like "L.I.E." (2001) and "The Girl Next Door" (2004), Dano stole the show as an unhappy teenager taking a vow of silence while dealing with his dysfunctional family on a road trip in the indie darling "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006). His performance as the good-hearted, but withdrawn Dwayne was singled out by critics, allowing him to expand his horizons. He did just that when he delivered an excellent supporting performance as a fire-and-brimstone preacher opposite Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis in "There Will Be Blood" (2007). Dano went on to voice Alexander in "Where the Wild Things Are" (2009), before playing a variety of off-beat characters in a string of indies like "Gigantic" (2008), "Taking Woodstock" (2009), "The Good Heart" (2009) and "The Extra Man" (2010). Not one to be pigeonholed, Dano entered the blockbuster arena with supporting roles in "Knight and Day" (2010) and "Cowboys & Aliens" (2011). He returned to the...

Having started his career on stage and screen as a child actor, Paul Dano quickly rose to stardom channeling the frustrations of adolescent awkwardness in a number of supporting turns before later graduating to more eclectic adult roles. Following attention-grabbing turns in films like "L.I.E." (2001) and "The Girl Next Door" (2004), Dano stole the show as an unhappy teenager taking a vow of silence while dealing with his dysfunctional family on a road trip in the indie darling "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006). His performance as the good-hearted, but withdrawn Dwayne was singled out by critics, allowing him to expand his horizons. He did just that when he delivered an excellent supporting performance as a fire-and-brimstone preacher opposite Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis in "There Will Be Blood" (2007). Dano went on to voice Alexander in "Where the Wild Things Are" (2009), before playing a variety of off-beat characters in a string of indies like "Gigantic" (2008), "Taking Woodstock" (2009), "The Good Heart" (2009) and "The Extra Man" (2010). Not one to be pigeonholed, Dano entered the blockbuster arena with supporting roles in "Knight and Day" (2010) and "Cowboys & Aliens" (2011). He returned to the indie fold as the star of co-star, writer and girlfriend Zoe Kazan's much-buzzed about romantic comedy "Ruby Sparks" (2012), which further demonstrated Dano's ability to continually surprise critics and fans with his diversity of choices.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 In the Future (2015)
3.
 Prisoners (2013)
4.
 12 Years a Slave (2013)
5.
 Ruby Sparks (2012)
6.
 Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
7.
 Extra Man, The (2010)
8.
 Meek's Cutoff (2010)
9.
 Knight and Day (2010)
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Milestones close milestones

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Appeared as Scrooge at age 12 opposite Roddy McDowall and Hal Linden in the Broadway production of Charles Dickens¿ "A Christmas Carol"
2001:
Played a troubled kid with family issues in "L.I.E."
2002:
Appeared opposite Kevin Kline and Emile Hirsch in "The Emperor's Club"
2004:
Cast as Klitz, Hirsch¿s best friend in the coming-of-age comedy "The Girl Next Door"
2005:
Played William Hurt¿s Bible-thumping son in "The King"
2005:
Played Catherine Keener¿s son in "The Ballad of Jack and Rose," helmed by Rebecca Miller
2006:
Played Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette's son in the independent film hit "Little Miss Sunshine"; nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
2006:
Cast as an alienated teenager in Richard Linklater's "Fast Food Nation"
2007:
Received rave reviews for his portrayal of Eli Sunday in Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood"
2009:
Co-starred as a mattress salesman opposite Zooey Deschanel in the independent comedy "Gigantic"
2009:
Co-starred in Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock"
2009:
Voiced Alexander in Spike Jonze's live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book "Where the Wild Things Are"
2010:
Played a supporting role opposite Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in the action/comedy "Knight and Day"
2011:
Featured in the sci-fi Western "Cowboys & Aliens"
2012:
Played the title character in "Being Flynn," based on Nick Flynn's book <i>Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir</i>
2012:
Cast opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis in sci-fi action "Looper"
2013:
Featured in the intense drama "Prisoners"
2013:
Appeared in the period drama "12 Years a Slave"
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Education

Eugene Lang College, New School for Social Research: New York , New York -
Browning School: New York , New York -
Wilton High School: Wilton , Connecticut - 2002

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