Paul Dano


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An actor for all seasons and all kinds of roles (from dark, difficult characters to more loving ones) Paul Dano has an extensive body work that includes working with directors such as Paul Thomas Anderson, Steve McQueen, Dayton & Ferris, Ang Lee, Denis Villenueve and Paolo Sorrentino; acting with heavyweights such as Harrison Ford, Daniel ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 24 wins & 50 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

There Will Be Blood Paul Sunday / Eli Sunday
(2007)
(2006)
Love & Mercy Brian - Past
(2014)
(2013)

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 2018 Escape at Dannemora (TV Mini-Series)
David Sweat
- Part 7 (2018) ... David Sweat
- Part 6 (2018) ... David Sweat
- Part 5 (2018) ... David Sweat
- Part 4 (2018) ... David Sweat
- Part 3 (2018) ... David Sweat
 2017 Okja
Jay
 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
Hank
 2015/I Youth
Jimmy Tree
 2014 Love & Mercy
Brian - Past
 2013 12 Years a Slave
Tibeats
 2013 Prisoners
Alex Jones
 2012 Looper
Seth
 2012 Ruby Sparks
Calvin Weir-Fields
 2012 Being Flynn
Nick Flynn
 2012 Flatscreen (Video short)
Paul
 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
Lucas
 2009 Taking Woodstock
VW Guy
 2008 Gigantic
Brian Weathersby
 2008 Explicit Ills
Rocco
 2007 Light and the Sufferer
Don (AKA: Light)
 2007 There Will Be Blood
Paul Sunday / Eli Sunday
 2007 Weapons
Chris
 2006 Fast Food Nation
Brian
 2006 Little Miss Sunshine
Dwayne
 2005 The King
Paul Sandow
 2005 The Ballad of Jack and Rose
Thaddius
 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
Klitz
 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
Joel
 1998 Smart Guy (TV Series)
Nicholas
- She Got Game (1998) ... Nicholas (as Paul Franklin Dano)
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Other Works:

Appeared in "A Thousand Clowns" by Herb Gardner - Criterion Center (1996). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Paul Franklin Dano

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

When you play a part like that, so far from yourself, it's a turn-on. There's this mystery to be solved. That's my biggest challenge as an actor, figuring out what brought this person to where we meet them. See more »

Trivia:

Packed on 20 lbs of muscle to play real-life convicted murderer and escapee David Sweat in the TV series Escape at Dannemora (2018). See more »

Trademark:

Often plays characters who receive beatings

Star Sign:

Gemini

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