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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 There Will Be Blood (2007), Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and Prisoners (2013). See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 21 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

There Will Be Blood
There Will Be Blood Paul Sunday / Eli Sunday
Little Miss Sunshine
Prisoners Alex Jones
Love & Mercy
Love & Mercy Brian - Past


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 2018 Escape at Dannemora (TV Mini-Series)
David Sweat
- Episode #1.3 (2018) ... David Sweat
- Episode #1.2 (2018) ... David Sweat
- Episode #1.5 (2018) ... David Sweat
- Episode #1.8 (2018) ... David Sweat
- Episode #1.1 (2018) ... David Sweat
 2017 Okja
 2016 War & Peace (TV Mini-Series)
Pierre Bezukhov
- Episode #1.6 (2016) ... Pierre Bezukhov
- Episode #1.5 (2016) ... Pierre Bezukhov
- Episode #1.4 (2016) ... Pierre Bezukhov
- Episode #1.3 (2016) ... Pierre Bezukhov
- Episode #1.2 (2016) ... Pierre Bezukhov
 2016 Swiss Army Man
 2015/I Youth
Jimmy Tree
 2014 Love & Mercy
Brian - Past
 2013 12 Years a Slave
 2013 Prisoners
Alex Jones
 2012 Looper
 2012 Ruby Sparks
Calvin Weir-Fields
 2012 Being Flynn
Nick Flynn
 2012 Flatscreen (Video short)
 2012 For Ellen
Joby Taylor
 2011 Cowboys & Aliens
Percy Dolarhyde
 2010 Meek's Cutoff
Thomas Gately
 2010 Knight and Day
Simon Feck
 2010 The Extra Man
Louis Ives
 2009 Where the Wild Things Are
Alexander (voice)
 2009 The Good Heart
 2009 Taking Woodstock
VW Guy
 2008 Gigantic
Brian Weathersby
 2008 Explicit Ills
 2007 Light and the Sufferer
Don (AKA: Light)
 2007 There Will Be Blood
Paul Sunday / Eli Sunday
 2007 Weapons
 2006 Fast Food Nation
 2006 Little Miss Sunshine
 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)
 2004 Taking Lives
Young Asher
 2004 The Girl Next Door
 2002 The Emperor's Club
Martin Blythe
 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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Personal Quote:

[on preparing for his role in Little Miss Sunshine (2006)] "In my house, I tried not talking for a couple days and it was almost impossible to be at a dinner table with my parents and not point out to them what I thought was silly that they were saying. You just want to rebel! It was so difficult". 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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