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John Malkovich

John Gavin Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois, to Joe Anne (Choisser), who owned a local newspaper, and Daniel Leon Malkovich, a state conservation director. His paternal grandparents were Croatian. In 1976, Malkovich joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, newly founded by his friend Gary Sinise. After that, it would take seven years ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 24 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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 2017 Supercon (post-production)
Sid Newberry
 2017 Valley of the Gods (post-production)
Wes Tauros
 2017 Wilde Wedding (post-production)
  Humboldt (TV Movie) (announced)
 2115 100 Years
 2016/I Dominion
Dr. Felton
 2016 Deepwater Horizon
 2016 Zoolander 2
Chazz Spencer
 2015 Eminem: Phenomenal (Video short)
Mysterious Man
 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Exo Zombies (Video Game)
Oz (voice)
 2014 Penguins of Madagascar
Dave (voice)
 2014 Cesar Chavez
Bogdanovich Senior
 2013 RED 2
 2013/I Ecstasy (Short)
 2011/I Butterflies (Short)
 2010 Drunkboat
 2010 Cubed (TV Series)
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- Episode #2.6 (2010) ... John Malkovich
 2010 RED
Marvin Boggs
 2008 Afterwards
 2008 Gardens of the Night
 2007 Beowulf
 2006 Pilots (Short)
Hotel Clerk
 2006/I The Call (Short)
Exorcist - The Priest
 2006 Klimt
 2003 A Talking Picture
Comandante John Walesa
 2002 Hideous Man (Short)
 2002 The Dancer Upstairs
Abimael Guzman (uncredited)
 2001 Savage Souls
Monsieur Numance
 2001 I'm Going Home
John Crawford, Film Director
 2000 Les Misérables (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (2000) ... Javert
- Episode #1.1 (2000) ... Javert
 1999/II Ladies Room
 1999 RKO 281 (TV Movie)
Herman Mankiewicz
 1995 Beyond the Clouds
The Director
 1995 The Convent
 1993 Heart of Darkness (TV Movie)
 1993 Alive
Old Carlitos / Narrator (uncredited)
 1992 Jennifer 8
St. Anne
 1991 Shadows and Fog
 1991 Performance (TV Series)
- Old Times (1991) ... Deeley
 1991 The Object of Beauty
 1991 Queens Logic
 1990 The Sheltering Sky
Port Moresby
 1988 Miles from Home
Barry Maxwell
 1987 Making Mr. Right
Dr. Jeff Peters / Ulysses
 1984-1986 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Ben Stark / Lee
- Rocket to the Moon (1986) ... Ben Stark
- True West (1984) ... Lee
 1985 Eleni
 1985 Death of a Salesman (TV Movie)
Biff Loman
 1984 The Killing Fields
Al Rockoff
 1983 Say Goodnight, Gracie (TV Movie)
 1981 American Dream (TV Series)
- American Dream (1981)
 1981 Word of Honor (TV Movie)
 1978 A Wedding
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(January 11 to February 15, 1987) He acted in Lanford Wilson's play, "Burn This," in a world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California with Joan Allen and Lou Liberatore in the cast. Marshall W. Mason was director. John Lee Beatty was scenic designer. Dennis Parichy was lighting designer. Laura Crow ... See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Portrayal | 12 Interviews | 11 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 9 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Personal Quote:

"I'm drawn to a character with a lack of humanity. People give reasons for being cruel or sadistic but I think it is just a lack of humanity and concern for others. I think I'm good at them because I don't like them. Audiences are attracted to them but I hate them. It's strange." - On why he enjoys playing evil characters. See more »


Education: Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University. See more »


Often plays menacing, sadistic villains See more »

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