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Paul Dano

Paul Dano was born on June 19, 1984 in New York City, New York, USA as Paul Franklin Dano. He is an actor, known for Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Looper (2012) and Prisoners (2013). See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 21 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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Little Miss Sunshine
Looper Seth
Prisoners Alex Jones
Ruby Sparks
Ruby Sparks Calvin Weir-Fields


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 2015 Off Camera with Sam Jones (TV Series)
- Paul Dano (2015)
 2015/I Youth
Jimmy Tree
 2012 Looper
 2012 Flatscreen (Video short)
 2012 For Ellen
Joby Taylor
 2010 The Extra Man
Louis Ives
 2009 The Good Heart
 2007 Light and the Sufferer
Don (AKA: Light)
 2007 Weapons
 2006 Fast Food Nation
 2005 The King
Paul Sandow
 2005 The Ballad of Jack and Rose
 2002-2004 The Sopranos (TV Series)
Patrick Whaley / Patrick Whalen
- All Due Respect (2004) ... Patrick Whaley (as Paul Franklin Dano)
- Everybody Hurts (2002) ... Patrick Whalen (as Paul Franklin Dano)
 2002 Too Young to Be a Dad (TV Movie)
Matt Freeman (as Paul Franklin Dano)
 2001 L.I.E.
Howie Blitzer (as Paul Franklin Dano)
 2000 The Newcomers
 1998 Smart Guy (TV Series)
- She Got Game (1998) ... Nicholas (as Paul Franklin Dano)
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Other Works:

Played Howard in "Inherit The Wind" by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee - Royale Theater, NYC (1996). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Paul Franklin Dano


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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[on working with Steve Carell] "I knew Steve from The Daily Show (1996) and that funny scene he had in Bruce Almighty (2003). I didn't maybe know him by name at that point, but I was just like, "That dude is hilarious!". He's genuinely a very down-to-earth, sweet guy. I have a lot of respect for him. We became good friends. Nobody was really on a pedestal or anything. When you're working with ... See more »


Daniel Day-Lewis was so impressed by his work in the film, The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005), that he suggested him to Paul Thomas Anderson for the role of "Paul Sunday" in the film, There Will Be Blood (2007). See more »


Often plays characters who receive beatings

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