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John Malkovich



One of the leading actors of his generation and an important figure in world cinema, John Malkovich made the term "icy calm" his trademark. After winning acclaim for his characterization of the scheming Vicomte de Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons, he became associated with a series of roles that, to put it plainly, essentially required him to be an evil bastard.



The product of a large, highly intellectual family, Malkovich was born December 9, 1953, in Christopher, IL. Initially a portly youth, he underwent a self-imposed physical transformation, emerging as a star high school athlete. He went on to attend Eastern Illinois University, where he originally aspired to be a professional environmentalist. With his friend Gary Sinise, Malkovich helped co-found Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in 1976. Seven years later, he won an Obie award when the Steppenwolf production of Sam Shepard's True West was brought to New York. He next appeared on Broadway with Dustin Hoffman in the 1984 revival of Death of a Salesman; when it was transformed into a television movie a year later, Malkovich won an Emmy for his efforts. While he was working on Broadway, he made his film debut, playing a blind transient in Places in the Heart (1984), which earned him an Oscar nomination. He also had a starring role in The Killing Fields the same year.



Although certainly capable of projecting warmth and pathos, Malkovich became best-known for his ice-water-in-the-veins roles. In addition to praise for his performance in Dangerous Liaisons, Malkovich won recognition -- and Oscar and Golden Globe nominations -- for his portrayal of the chameleon-like political assassin in Wolfgang Peterson's In the Line of Fire (1993). Other sinister Malkovich characterizations include Kurtz in the 1994 TV-movie version of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, the secretive Dr. Jekyll in Mary Reilly (1996), and Isabel Archer's dastardly husband in The Portrait of a Lady (1996). In 1999, Malkovich played what was undoubtedly his most unusual role -- himself -- in Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich. Both the subject of the film and one of its stars, he had the surreal duty of letting the film's other characters into his mind, something many audience members had no doubt been dreaming of doing for years. The film provided Malkovich's career with a sort of popular resurgence, and the following year found him essaying the role of a wild eyed F.W. Murnau in the dark horror comedy Shadow of the Vampire. The second feature by experimental filmmaker E. ELias Mehrige, Shadow of the Vampire took a magic realism approach to documenting the production of Murnau's legendary 1922 classic Nosferatu.



In the years that followed Malkovich continued his trend of alternating roles in high-profile Hollywood fare with more artistically gratifying foreign films, and after turning up in the German miniseries Les Miserables (2000) and Je rentre a la maison Malkovich turned up opposite Vin Diesel in the box office flash Knockaround Guys (2001). In 2002 Malkovich picked up where Matt Damon left off in the thriller Ripley's Game before traveling back in time for the historical adventure drama Napoleon. After cracking up international audiences in Johnny English (2003), fans got to see Malkovich take on the role of a Stanley Kubrick imposter in the fact based Colour Me Kubrick.



After a string of decidedly small films, Malkovich surfaced in 2005 in the sci-fi comedy blockbuster The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Based on the cult novel by Douglas Adams, the picture cast Malkovich as an alien guru and gave him a chance to flex some of his sillier chops. Subsequent roles in Art School Confidential, the Coen Brother's Burn After Reading, and Jonah Hex offered a bit of levity between performances in more serious-minded dramas like Disgrace and Secretariat, and on the heels of a memorable comic performance as an unhinged former assassin in the big budget action

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
83% Deepwater Horizon
  • Vidrine
2016
52% Demolition
  • Executive Producer
2016
31% Cut Bank
  • Sheriff Vogel
2015
72% Penguins Of Madagascar
  • Dr. Octavius Brine
2014
39% Cesar Chavez
  • Executive Producer
  • Bogdanovich Senior
2014
No Score Yet Casanova Variations
  • Actor
2014
43% Red 2
  • Marvin Boggs
2013
80% Warm Bodies
  • Grigio
2013
93% Abel
  • Executive Producer
2013
No Score Yet Lines of Wellington
  • Wellington
2013
No Score Yet Deadly Code
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Educazione siberiana
  • Nonno Kuzja
2013
No Score Yet Deadly Code
  • Actor
2013
86% The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Producer
2012
92% Side by Side
  • John Malkovich
2012
25% Drunkboat
  • Mort Gleason
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet Noseland
  • Actor
2012
80% Young Adult
  • Executive Producer
2011
35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Bruce
2011
No Score Yet Saturday Night
  • Actor
2010
71% Red
  • Marvin Boggs
2010
63% Secretariat
  • Lucien Laurin
2010
12% Jonah Hex
  • Quentin Turnbull
2010
No Score Yet Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer
  • Actor
2010
72% The Great Buck Howard
  • Buck Howard
2009
100% Which Way Home
  • Executive Producer
2009
No Score Yet Bloody Mondays & Strawberry Pies
  • Narrator
2009
54% Gardens of the Night
  • Michael
2008
62% Changeling
  • Rev. Gustav Briegleb
2008
No Score Yet Afterwards (Et après)
  • Doctor Kay
2008
83% Disgrace
  • Professor David Lurie
2008
78% Burn After Reading
  • Osbourne Cox
2008
18% Mutant Chronicles
  • Constantine
2008
94% Juno
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2007
71% Beowulf
  • Unferth
2007
50% Color Me Kubrick
  • Alan Conway
2007
16% Eragon
  • King Galbatorix
2006
36% Art School Confidential
  • Producer
  • Professor Sandiford
2006
33% The Libertine
  • King Charles II
  • Producer
2006
No Score Yet FLY: Words Remembered
  • Actor
2006
25% Kill the Poor
  • Producer
2006
No Score Yet In Tranzit
  • Pavlov
2006
60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Humma Kavula
2005
32% Klimt
  • Gustav Klimt
2005
No Score Yet Fly - The Zero Issue: Conscious Dreams, Fashion Films
  • Actor
2005
76% Um Filme Falado
  • Comandante John Walesa
2004
81% How to Draw a Bunny
  • Executive Producer
2004
No Score Yet Savage Soul
  • Actor
2004
38% Hotel
  • Omar Johnson
2003
33% Johnny English
  • Pascal Sauvage
2003
96% Ripley's Game
  • Tom Ripley
2003
91% Adaptation
  • Himself (uncredited)
2002
20% Knockaround Guys
  • Teddy Deserve
2002
64% The Dancer Upstairs
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Abimael Guzman
2002
No Score Yet Âmes fortes, Les, (Savage Souls)
  • M. Numance
2002
No Score Yet Napoleon
  • Talleyrand
2002
92% Ghost World
  • Producer
2001
96% I'm Going Home
  • John Crawford
2001
No Score Yet Les Miserables
  • Actor
2001
81% Shadow of the Vampire
  • F.W. Murnau
2000
92% RKO 281
  • Herman Mankiewicz
1999
30% The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
  • Charles VII
1999
93% Being John Malkovich
  • Himself
1999
89% Der Unhold (The Ogre)
  • Abel Tiffauges
1999
No Score Yet Ladies Room
  • Roberto
1999
68% Time Regained
  • Baron de Charlus
1999
65% Rounders
  • KGB
1998
33% The Man in the Iron Mask
  • Athos
1998
54% Con Air
  • Cyrus Grissom
1997
No Score Yet Filmmaker's Journey, A: The Making of Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Great Performances
  • Actor
1997
43% The Portrait of a Lady
  • Gilbert Osmond
1996
31% Mulholland Falls
  • Timms
1996
26% Mary Reilly
  • Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde
1996
38% The Convent (O Convento)
  • Michael Padovic
1995
65% Beyond the Clouds
  • The Director
1995
50% Cannes Man
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet To Make a Film is To Be Alive
  • Actor
1995
40% Heart of Darkness
  • Kurtz
1994
95% In the Line of Fire
  • Mitch Leary
1993
70% Alive
  • older Carlitos Páez Nando 20 Yrs. Later
1993
38% We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
  • Actor
1993
39% Jennifer 8
  • St. Anne
1992
96% Of Mice and Men
  • Lenny
1992
50% Shadows and Fog
  • Clown
1992
77% The Object of Beauty
  • Jake
1991
38% Queens Logic
  • Eliot
1991
50% The Sheltering Sky
  • Port Moresby
1990
79% The Accidental Tourist
  • Producer
1988
No Score Yet Miles from Home
  • Barry Maxwell
1988
93% Dangerous Liaisons
  • Vicomte De Valmont
1988
70% Empire of the Sun
  • Basie
1987
70% The Glass Menagerie
  • Tom Wingfield
1987
46% Making Mr. Right
  • Dr. Jeff Peters/Ulysses
1987
No Score Yet Santabear's Highflying Adventure
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet American Playhouse
  • Lee
1986
No Score Yet Rocket to the Moon
  • Ben Stark
1986
No Score Yet Private Conversations: On the Set of 'Death of a Salesman'
  • Actor
1985
100% Death of a Salesman
  • Biff Loman
1985
100% Eleni
  • Nicholas Gage
1985
93% The Killing Fields
  • Al Rockoff
1984
96% Places in the Heart
  • Mr. Will
1984
No Score Yet Word of Honor
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet American Dream
  • Actor
1981
78% A Wedding
  • Wedding Guest
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Actor
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • Host
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
61% Crossbones
2014
  • Edward "Blackbeard" Teach

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