John Malkovich

John Malkovich

Highest Rated: 100% Which Way Home (2009)

Lowest Rated: 12% Jonah Hex (2010)

Birthday: Dec 09, 1953

Birthplace: Christopher, Illinois, USA

John Malkovich was an American actor, director, producer, and fashion designer who always walked to the beat of his own highly idiosyncratic artistic drum. With his low, sonorous whisper of a voice juxtaposed with his towering frame, he first rose to prominence in the world of theatre, before becoming one of the most prolific and acclaimed film actors of the modern era, seamlessly moving between art house faire and splashy blockbusters, playing everything from a lecherous French count to a Depression-era simpleton, to, well, himself. Born on December 9, 1953 in Christoper, IL, Malkovich was the second child born to Daniel Leon Malkovich, a state conservation director and publisher of Outdoor Illinois (a conservation-themed magazine), and Joe Anne Choisser, a media magnate who owned Outdoor Illinois and the Benton Evening News. Malkovich first became interested in acting while attending Benton Consolidated High School, where he acted and sang in school plays. He was also well-known in his community as a member of the local folk gospel group, and would often sing at church services and community events. After a brief stint at Eastern Illinois University, Malkovich transferred to Illinois State University, where he studied theater. After graduating in 1976, Malkovich was selected to become a charter member of Chicago's illustrious Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Fellow members that year included Joan Allen, Gary Sinise, and Malkovich's future wife, Glenne Headly. Malkovich made his film debut in 1978 with a brief appearance as an extra in Robert Altman's ensemble comedy "A Wedding" (1978). In 1980, Steppenwolf began staging a production of Sam Shepard's legendary play "True West" in New York City, with Malkovich and Gary Sinise (who also served as director) in the lead roles. When the production debuted in 1982, it was a smash hit, and Malkovich won an Obie Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play. The show ended up running for two years, but by then, Malkovich had moved on to his next project, directing the Steppenwolf production of Lanford Wilson's "Balm of Gilead." This time, Malkovich won both an Obie AND a Drama Desk Award for his efforts. That same year, Malkovich made his Broadway debut playing Biff alongside Dustin Hoffman's Willy Lomax in a revival of "Death of a Salesman." He also somehow found time to co-star in both the Cambodian war drama "The Killing Fields" (1984), and the Depression-era drama "Places of the Heart" (1984), in which he played a blind boarder named Mr. Will. For the latter performance, Malkovich was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. The following year, CBS decided to turn the Broadway production of "Death of a Salesman" (CBS, 1985) into a made-for-TV movie. Malkovich reprised the role of Biff for the film, and won an Emmy for his performance. Having been recognized as a force to be reckoned with in the acting arena, Malkovich next worked with Steven Spielberg on the WWII drama "Empire of the Sun" (1987), was directed by Paul Newman in a film version of Tennessee Williams' classic play "The Glass Menagerie" (1987), and starred in Susan Seidelman's bizarre sci-fi romantic comedy "Making Mr. Right" (1987). For his next role, Malkovich wowed critics and audiences by embodying Valmont, the erotically charged and deeply conniving French lord in Stephen Frears's Oscar nominated period piece "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988). Though the film was a success, sadly life ended up imitating art: when Malkovich's wife, Glenne Headly, found out that he was having an affair with his co-star, Michelle Pfeiffer, she filed for divorce. As it turns out, the romance between Malkovich and Pfeiffer was also short-lived. While filming Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Sheltering Sky" (1990), Malkovich ended up falling for the assistant director, Nicoletta Peyran. Though they never officially married, the two ended up having two children together, and remain a couple to this day. After working with Woody Allen on the stylish drama "Shadows and Fog" (1990), Malkovich reunited with his old Steppenwolf buddy Gary Sinise for a film adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic novel "Of Mice and Men" (1992), with Malkovich playing the simpleton Lenny to Sinise's world-weary George. He followed this up with a deliciously villainous turn as a madman trying to assassinate the president in the action thriller "In the Line of Fire" (1994), a scenery chewing role which earned him his second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. After reuniting with Stephen Frears for the flop Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde adaptation "Mary Reilly" (1996), Malkovich enjoyed another villainous, scenery-chewing performance, this time as Cyrus the Virus, a super villain who hijacks a plane full of convicts, with only heroic southerner Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) prepared to stop him, in the silly yet enjoyable summer tentpole "Con Air" (1997). For his next part, Malkovich took on perhaps one of the strangest roles of his career: himself. In "Being John Malkovich" (1999), a fictionalized version of the titular actor finds himself in an existential quandary when an aspiring puppeteer (John Cusack) working a corporate drone job uncovers a porthole into Malkovich's head in his office, setting off a bizarre love triangle between the puppeteer, his hippie granola wife (Cameron Diaz), and his fiendishly sexy coworker (Catherine Keener). Written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by music video auteur Spike Jonze, the film was an indie smash, nominated for multiple Oscars, and ensured that passerby on the street would be screaming "Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich!" at our subject for the rest of time. On a creative roll, Malkovich next played legendary silent filmmaker F.W. Murnau to Willem Dafoe's bloodsucking Max Shreck in "Shadow of the Vampire" (2000), a fictionalized look at the making of "Nosferatu" (1922), before taking on his directorial debut, the dark thriller "The Dancer Upstairs" (2002), starring Javier Bardem. Malkovich then took a hard turn into sci-fi, playing Humma Kavula in the long-awaited film adaptation of Douglas Adams' classic novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005), and then veering over to dark comedy, playing a pompous, often drunk CIA analyst who finds himself entangled in a hare-brained extortion scheme in the Coen Brothers highly divisive "Burn After Reading" (2008). He clearly had a good time playing a senile former spy in the action comedy "RED" (2010), so much so that he returned for the sequel, "RED 2" (2013), but not before playing around with some giant robots in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (2011). After taking a supporting role as a mild-mannered man trying to survive a very convoluted apocalyptic event in the surprise Netflix horror hit "Bird Box" (2018), Malkovich could most recently be seen playing legendary detective Hercule Poirot in a miniseries adaptation of Agatha Christie's "The A.B.C. Murders" (BBC, 2019), as well as in another Netflix horror offering, "Velvet Buzzsaw" (2019), this time set in the art world of Los Angeles.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
19% No Score Yet Ava Duke (Character) $464.2K 2020
47% 54% Arkansas Bright (Character) - 2020
62% 35% Velvet Buzzsaw Unknown (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Valley of the Gods Wes Tauros (Character) - 2019
54% 57% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Judge Edward D. Cowart (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet 30% Velvet Buzzsaw Piers (Character) - 2019
23% 33% Supercon Sid Newberry (Character) - 2018
63% 57% Bird Box Douglas (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Casanova Gene Unknown (Character) - 2018
23% 44% Mile 22 Bishop (Character) $36.1M 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pro lyubov'. Tol'ko dlya vzroslykh Lecturer (Character) - 2017
37% 52% I Love You, Daddy Leslie (Character) - 2017
59% 31% Bullet Head Walker (Character) - 2017
27% 14% The Wilde Wedding Laurence (Character) - 2017
26% 42% Unlocked Bob Hunter (Character) - 2017
83% 82% Deepwater Horizon Donald Vidrine (Character) $61.4M 2016
53% 54% Demolition Executive Producer $1.8M 2015
73% 63% Penguins of Madagascar Dr. Octavius Brine/Dave (Voice) $83.3M 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Paradox of John Malkovich Unknown (Character) - 2014
37% 29% Cut Bank Sheriff Vogel (Character) - 2014
38% 60% Cesar Chavez Bogdanovitch (Character),
Executive Producer
$5.6M 2014
40% 40% Casanova Variations Giacomo (Character) - 2014
81% 73% Warm Bodies Gen. Grigio (Character) $66.4M 2013
44% 63% Red 2 Marvin (Character) $53.2M 2013
No Score Yet 37% A Gangster's Tale Grandfather Kuzya (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 42% Lines of Wellington General Wellington (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Noseland Himself (Character) - 2012
86% 89% The Perks of Being a Wallflower Producer $17.7M 2012
35% 55% Transformers: Dark of the Moon Bruce Brazos (Character) $352.4M 2011
80% 49% Young Adult Executive Producer $16.3M 2011
12% 20% Jonah Hex Quentin Turnbull (Character) $10.5M 2010
23% 23% Drunkboat Mort (Character) - 2010
72% 72% Red Marvin Boggs (Character) $90.4M 2010
63% 76% Secretariat Lucien Laurin (Character) $59.7M 2010
No Score Yet 84% Saturday Night Unknown (Character) - 2010
100% 92% Which Way Home Executive Producer - 2009
71% 49% The Great Buck Howard Buck Howard (Character) $748.4K 2008
No Score Yet 38% Afterwards Garrett Goodrich (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 37% In Tranzit Pavlov (Character) - 2008
83% 62% Disgrace David Lurie (Character) $66.6K 2008
18% 24% Mutant Chronicles Constantine (Character) $4.7K 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bloody Mondays & Strawberry Pies Narrator - 2008
78% 65% Burn After Reading Osborne Cox (Character) $60.3M 2008
62% 82% Changeling Rev. Gustav Briegleb (Character) $35.7M 2008
94% 88% Juno Producer $143.5M 2007
57% 66% Gardens of the Night Michael (Character) - 2007
71% 50% Beowulf Unferth (Voice) $82.2M 2007
36% 48% Art School Confidential Professor Sandford (Character),
Producer
$3.3M 2006
16% 47% Eragon King Galbatorix (Character) $75M 2006
32% 28% Klimt Unknown (Character) - 2006
60% 65% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Humma Kavula (Character) $51M 2005
51% 42% Color Me Kubrick Alan Conway (Character) $70.7K 2005
33% 58% The Libertine King Charles II (Character),
Producer
$4.8M 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Savage Soul Unknown (Character) - 2004
76% 51% A Talking Picture Comandante John Walesa (Character) $13K 2003
33% 50% Johnny English Pascal Sauvage (Character) $28M 2003
25% 33% Kill the Poor Producer - 2003
64% 76% The Dancer Upstairs Director,
Producer
$2.4M 2002
92% 67% Ripley's Game Tom Ripley (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Napoleon Unknown (Character) - 2002
96% 68% I'm Going Home John Crawford (Character) - 2001
21% 51% Knockaround Guys Teddy Deserve (Character) $11.6M 2001
93% 84% Ghost World Producer $6.2M 2001
No Score Yet 27% Savage Souls Monsieur Numance (Character) - 2001
82% 74% Shadow of the Vampire F.W. Murnau (Character) $8.3M 2000
30% 58% The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Charles VII (Character) $14.3M 1999
93% 87% Being John Malkovich John Horatio Malkovich (Character) $22.9M 1999
70% 72% Time Regained Le Baron de Charlus (Character) $467.2K 1999
93% 76% RKO 281 Herman Mankiewicz (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 46% Ladies Room Roberto (Character) - 1999
65% 87% Rounders Teddy KGB (Character) $22.9M 1998
32% 55% The Man in the Iron Mask Athos (Character) $57M 1998
56% 75% Con Air Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom (Character) $101.1M 1997
26% 40% Mary Reilly Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde (Character) $5.5M 1996
45% 52% The Portrait of a Lady Gilbert Osmond (Character) $3.7M 1996
31% 39% Mulholland Falls General Thomas Timms (Character) $11.5M 1996
89% 72% The Ogre Abel Tiffauges (Character) $49.2K 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Le Couvent Michael (Character) - 1995
67% 67% Beyond the Clouds The Director (Character) $30.9K 1995
38% 32% The Convent Michael (Character) $6.5K 1995
40% 37% Heart of Darkness Kurtz (Character) - 1994
96% 79% In the Line of Fire Mitch Leary (Character) $102.2M 1993
97% 82% Of Mice and Men Lennie Small (Character) $5M 1992
37% 36% Jennifer Eight St. Anne (Character) $11M 1992
52% 55% Shadows and Fog Clown (Character) $2.4M 1992
38% 36% Queens Logic Eliot (Character) $301.6K 1991
77% 38% The Object of Beauty Jake (Character) $201.6K 1991
50% 79% The Sheltering Sky Port Moresby (Character) $1.4M 1990
93% 83% Dangerous Liaisons Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont (Character) $32.7M 1988
60% 58% Miles From Home Barry Maxwell (Character) - 1988
50% 35% Making Mr. Right Dr.Jeff Peters/Ulysses (Character) $444.8K 1987
75% 90% Empire of the Sun Basie (Character) $22M 1987
73% 61% The Glass Menagerie Tom Wingfield (Character) $332.9K 1987
86% 75% Eleni Nicholas `'Nick'` Gage (Character) - 1985
100% 75% Death of a Salesman Biff (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Private Conversations Unknown (Character) - 1985
89% 83% Places in the Heart Mr. Will (Character) - 1984
93% 92% The Killing Fields Alan "Al" Rockoff (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Word of Honor Gary (Character) - 1980

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kickin' It: With Byron Allen Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Hoda & Jenna Guest 2020
38% 75% Space Force Dr. Adrian Mallory (Character) 2020
No Score Yet 80% The New Pope Giovanni Paolo III (Character) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matchday Narrator 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Agatha Christie's The ABC Murders Hercule Poirot (Character) 2018
No Score Yet 26% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Unknown (Guest Star),
Guest
2016 2013 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2014
59% 53% Crossbones Edward "Blackbeard" Teach (Character) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Q With Jian Ghomeshi Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Rose Guest 2010-2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet ES.TV Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Made in Hollywood Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Host 2008 1993 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2006 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet FREE HBO: The New Pope Giovanni Paolo III (Character)

QUOTES FROM John Malkovich CHARACTERS

Dr. Octavius Brine says: Halle bury them!

Dr. Octavius Brine says: Drew! Barry! More Power!

Dr. Octavius Brine says: Nicolas, cage them!

Marvin Boggs says: Kids, what happens in the Kremlin stays in the Kremlin.

Frank Moses says: You gave her a gun?

Marvin Boggs says: It is America, Frank!

Tom Ripley says: "Turn over and I'll tell you."

Marvin Boggs says: "If there's one thing I know, it's women and covert ops."

Frank Moses says: "That's two things."

Han Cho Bai says: "No, Grasshopper, it is not."

Jake says: What do these people want, my spleen?

Marvin Boggs says: Frank, I never thought I'd say this again. I'm gettin' the pig!

Marvin Boggs says: Do you know what's wrong with this country?

Sarah Ross says: They're all tryin' to kill us?

Marvin Boggs says: Exactly!

Marvin Boggs says: You haven't killed anybody in months !

Marvin Boggs says: You haven't killed anybody in months!

Frank Moses says: That's a positive thing !

Frank Moses says: That's a positive thing!

Marvin Boggs says: What happens in the Kremlin stays in the Kremlin!

Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom says: I am not plausible as a tough guy because I have an effeminate voice.

Vince Larkin says: When are you going with my plane, Cyrus?

Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom says: We're going to Disney Land.

Vince Larkin says: You're lying, Cyrus.

Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom says: So are you, Vince.

Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom says: Ohh.. Nothing makes me sadder than the agent lost his bladder in the.. aaiirrplane!!

Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom says: Oh. Nothing makes me sadder than the agent lost his bladder in the airplane!

Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom says: Do you fly, Johnny?

Johnny 23 says: No.

Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom says: You keep that in mind when you look at her, because if your dick jumps out of your pants, you jump off this plane.

Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom says: I despise rapists. For me, you're somewhere between a Cockroach and that white stuff that accumulates at the corner of your mouth when you're really thirsty. But, in your case, I'll make an exception.

Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom says: I despise rapists. For me, you're somewhere between a cockroach and that white stuff that accumulates at the corner of your mouth when you're really thirsty. But, in your case, I'll make an exception.

Jim Graham says: (About Japanese boy) He was my friend!

Jim Graham says: He was my friend!

Basie says: He's a jap!

Teddy KGB says: Just like a young man coming in for a quickie...i feel so unsatisfied.

Teddy KGB says: Just like a young man coming in for a quickie... I feel so unsatisfied.

Lennie says: Tell me about the rabbits...

Marvin Boggs says: Old man, my ass!

King Charles II says: Anyone can oppose, it's fun to be against things, but there comes a time when you have to start being for things as well.

Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom says: Make a move and the bunny gets it

Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom says: Make a move and the bunny gets it.

Frank Moses says: It's not that bad, people get shot all the time.

Sarah Ross says: No they don't, they get paper cuts.

Marvin Boggs says: I mostly get shot.

Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom says: To me you're somewhere between a cockroach and the white stuff that accumulates at the corners of your mouth when you're thirsty.

Bruce says: Why is Shantel using what appears to be a red cup from the red floor when we are on the yellow floor? It is a visual and therefore a viseral betrayal...Stop it!

Marvin Boggs says: Do you what's wrong with this country?

Sarah Ross says: They're all trying to kill us?

Marvin Boggs says: Exactly!

Marvin Boggs says: (While running from modolva people) modolva sucks.

Marvin Boggs says: [while running from modolva people] Modolva sucks.

Frank Moses says: (Turns around) MODOLVA SUCKS!!!!!

Frank Moses says: [turns around] MODOLVA SUCKS!

Jonathan Trevanny says: Oh, hi. You're here, then. Excellent. We were hoping you'd come.

Tom Ripley says: Why?

Jonathan Trevanny says: Well, to... to add spice to the evening.

Tom Ripley says: Meaning?

Jonathan Trevanny says: You're a bit of a local personality

Jonathan Trevanny says: People have heard about you.

Jonathan Trevanny says: Meaning?

Jonathan Trevanny says: Nothing. Just... nothing.

FW. Murnau says: Go ahead! Eat the writer! That will leave you explaining how your character gets to Bremen!

FW. Murnau says: If it's not in frame, it doesn't exist!

FW. Murnau says: Why him, you monster? Why not the... script girl?

Max Schreck says: Oh. The script girl. I'll eat her later.

King Galbatorix says: I suffer without my stone. DO NOT... PROLONG... MY SUFFERING.

Vicomte De Valmont says: But it is always the best swimmers who drown.

Vicomte De Valmont says: You are a genuinely wicked woman.

Marvin Boggs says: Old man my ass!!

Marvin Boggs says: Old man my ass!

Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom says: The last thing your daughter will see is my stinky breath!

Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom says: Hey he's right If your dick jumps out your pants you're jumping out of this plane.

John Malkovich says: It's my head, Schwartz! It's my head!

Tom Ripley says: It never used to be so crowded in First Class.

Tom Ripley says: It never used to be so crowded in first class.

Adelman Lusk says: Sure hope you succeed. I would surely hang if you didn't. And that's something I'd like to avoid.

Quentin Turnbull says: (shoots Lusk in the head) Consider it avoided

Quentin Turnbull says: (shoots Lusk in the head) Consider it avoided.

Quentin Turnbull says: [shoots Lusk in the head] Consider it avoided.

Frank Moses says: Feel better now?

Marvin Boggs says: Yes. Let's get pancakes.

King Galbatorix says: When the Varden learn that the legend is real, they will be encouraged to challenge me. And I am not interested in being challenged.

King Galbatorix says: I suffer without my stone. Do not prolong my suffering.

Athos says: [to Phillipe] Once I, once all of us, believed in serving something greater than ourselves. Aramis had his faith, Porthos his lust for life, D'Artagnan his devotion and I had Raoul. But we all had a common dream. That one day we would finally be able to serve a king who was worthy of the throne. It is what we dreamt, what we bled for, and what we have waited a lifetime to see. I taught Raoul to believe in that dream, and now my son is dead. And now I want to know if my son's life was in vain, and the only person who can answer that is you.

Athos says: D'Artagnan, I have never known a finer man than you nor cared more for a friend, but if this king harms my son merely to take a lover, then this king will become my enemy. And so will any man who stands between that enemy and me.

Osborne Cox says: No. No, I'm sorry, I don't know the number to, uh, my savings account because believe it or not I don't spend my entire day sitting around trying to memorize the fucking numbers to my fucking bank accounts! Moron!

Lucien Laurin says: He's slower than a fat man encased in concrete being drug backwards.

Frank Moses says: We could go to Eagle's Nest.

Marvin Boggs says: Then we all get shot.

Marvin Boggs says: Frank, I never thought I'd say this again. I'm getting the pig!

Marvin Boggs says: Can I kill her *now*?

Marvin Boggs says: "She has a camra! We have to kill her!"

Marvin Boggs says: She has a camara! We have to kill her!