John Malkovich

Actor, Director, Producer
Equally adept on stage and on screen, acclaimed actor and occasional director John Malkovich long remained an enigma to audiences, while establishing himself as one of the most distinguished and accomplished performers ... Read more »
Born: 12/09/1953 in Benton, Illinois, USA


Actor (98)

Cut Bank 2015 (Movie)

Sheriff Vogel (Actor)

Cesar Chavez 2014 (Movie)

Bogdanovich (Actor)

Crossbones 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)


Dominion 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Felton (Actor)

In Transit 2014 (Movie)


Penguins of Madagascar 2014 (Movie)

Dave (Voice)

Casanova Variations 2013 (Movie)

Giacomo (Actor)

Conan 2013 (Tv Show)


Deadly Code 2013 (Movie)


Love and Virtue 2013 (Movie)

Rodomonte (Actor)

Red 2 2013 (Movie)

Marvin (Actor)

Siberian Education 2013 (Movie)

Kuzja (Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)


The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)


Warm Bodies 2013 (Movie)

Grigio (Actor)

Drunkboat 2012 (Movie)

Mort (Actor)

Lines of Wellington 2012 (Movie)

Wellington (Actor)

Noseland 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 (Movie)

Bruce Brazos (Actor)

Jonah Hex 2010 (Movie)

Quentin Turnbull (Actor)

Red 2010 (Movie)

Marvin Boggs (Actor)

Secretariat 2010 (Movie)

Lucien Lauren (Actor)

Disgrace 2009 (Movie)

Professor David Lurie (Actor)

Mutant Chronicles 2009 (Movie)

Constantine (Actor)

The Great Buck Howard 2009 (Movie)

Buck Howard (Actor)

Afterwards 2008 (Movie)

Garrett Goodrich (Actor)

Burn After Reading 2008 (Movie)

Osborne Cox (Actor)

Changeling 2008 (Movie)

Reverend Gustav Briegleb (Actor)

Gardens of the Night 2008 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)


Beowulf 2007 (Movie)

Unferth (Actor)

Color Me Kubrick 2007 (Movie)

Alan Conway (Actor)

Klimt 2007 (Movie)

Klimt (Actor)

Art School Confidential 2006 (Movie)

Professor Sandiford (Actor)

Eragon 2006 (Movie)

King Galbatorix (Actor)

The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy 2005 (Movie)

Humma Kavula (Actor)

The Libertine 2005 (Movie)

King Charles II (Actor)

A Talking Picture 2004 (Movie)

Comandante John Walesa (Actor)

Introducing Graham Norton 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


Hotel 2003 (Movie)

Omar Jonsson (Actor)

Johnny English 2003 (Movie)

Pascal Sauvage (Actor)

Napoleon 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


I'm Going Home 2002 (Movie)

John Crawford--The Director (Actor)

Knockaround Guys 2002 (Movie)

Teddy Deserve (Actor)

Ripley's Game 2002 (Movie)

Tom Ripley (Actor)

Savage Souls 2002 (Movie)

Monsieur Numance (Actor)

Les Miserables 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Speak Truth to Power 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Shadow of the Vampire 2000 (Movie)

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (Actor)

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Time Regained 2000 (Movie)

Baron de Charlus (Actor)

Being John Malkovich 1999 (Movie)

John Horatio Malkovich (Actor)

Beyond the Clouds 1999 (Movie)

The Director (Actor)

Ladies Room 1999 (Movie)

Roberto (Actor)

RKO 281 1999 (Movie)

Herman "Mank" Mankiewicz (Actor)

The Messenger: the Story of Joan of Arc 1999 (Movie)

Charles VII (Actor)

Rounders 1998 (Movie)

Teddy KGB (Actor)

The Man in the Iron Mask 1998 (Movie)

Athos (Actor)

The Ogre 1998 (Movie)

Abel Tiffauges (Actor)

Cannes Man 1997 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Con Air 1997 (Movie)

Cyrus the Virus (Actor)

Chicago on Stage 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Mary Reilly 1996 (Movie)

Dr Henry Jekyll/Mr Jack Hyde (Actor)

Mulholland Falls 1996 (Movie)

Timms (Actor)

The Portrait of A Lady 1996 (Movie)

Gilbert Osmond (Actor)

The Convent 1995 (Movie)

Professor Michael Padovic (Actor)

In the Line of Fire 1993 (Movie)

Mitch Leary (Actor)

Old Times 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 1993 (Movie)


Jennifer Eight 1992 (Movie)

St Anne (Actor)

Of Mice and Men 1992 (Movie)

Lennie (Actor)

Shadows and Fog 1992 (Movie)

Clown (Actor)

Living in America 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Queens Logic 1991 (Movie)

Eliot (Actor)

Red, Hot & Blue 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The Object of Beauty 1991 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Decade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


The Sheltering Sky 1990 (Movie)

Port Moresby (Actor)

China Odyssey: Empire of the Sun 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Dangerous Liaisons 1988 (Movie)

Vicomte De Valmont (Actor)

Miles From Home 1988 (Movie)

Barry Maxwell (Actor)

Santabear's Highflying Adventure 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Empire of the Sun 1987 (Movie)

Basie (Actor)

Making Mr. Right 1987 (Movie)

Jeff Peters (Actor)

The Glass Menagerie 1987 (Movie)

Tom Wingfield (Actor)

Eleni 1985 (Movie)

Nicholas Gage (Actor)

Places in the Heart 1984 (Movie)

Mr. Will (Actor)

Sam Shepard's "True West" 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


The Killing Fields 1984 (Movie)

Al Rockoff (Actor)

American Dream 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)


Death of a Salesman (TV Show)


Heart of Darkness (TV Show)


Riddle of the Desert Mummies (TV Show)


Rocket to the Moon (TV Show)


Word of Honor (TV Show)

Producer (18)

Demolition 2016 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cesar Chavez 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 2012 (Movie)


Cinespañol 2011 (Movie)


Young Adult 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Abel 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Juno 2007 (Movie)


Art School Confidential 2006 (Movie)


Kill the Poor 2006 (Movie)


The Libertine 2005 (Movie)


How to Draw a Bunny 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The First Amendment Project 2004 (Tv Show)


The Dancer Upstairs 2003 (Movie)


IPO 2002 (Movie)


Ghost World 2001 (Movie)


The Terrorist 2000 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

The Accidental Tourist 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Which Way Home (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (2)

The Dancer Upstairs 2003 (Movie)


The Terrorist 2000 (Movie)



Equally adept on stage and on screen, acclaimed actor and occasional director John Malkovich long remained an enigma to audiences, while establishing himself as one of the most distinguished and accomplished performers of his generation. After proving himself a venerable thespian with the famed Steppenwolf Theatre company, Malkovich made an immediate impact when he transitioned to the big screen, delivering memorable award-worthy performances in "The Killing Fields" (1984) and "Places in the Heart" (1984). He achieved sex symbol status - an unlikely distinction for the gangly actor - with his performance in the decadent drama "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988), but then he languished for a spell in rather insubstantial films that added nothing to his previous acclaim. All that changed with his Oscar-nominated performance as a would-be presidential assassin in "In the Line of Fire" (1993), which opened the door for Malkovich to play charming, but psychotic killers - for good or ill. Malkovich reached certain notoriety playing a somewhat fictional take on himself in the wildly absurd "Being John Malkovich" (1999), which once again displayed the actor's unique ability to keep audiences guessing while churning out one fine performance after another.


Glenne Headly Actor

Married Aug. 2, 1982 Appeared together in "Eleni" (1985) and "Making Mr. Right" (1987); also a member of Steppenwolf stage ensemble; Malkovich directed Headly in the Broadway production of "Arms and the Man" Divorced Jan. 1, 1988

Daniel Malkovich

Born on Dec. 20, 1926; served as state conservation director; published a conservation magazine Died suddenly of a heart attack in March 1980 at the age of 53

Joe Malkovich

Owned the Benton Evening News; known to her children as 'Frog' because of her deep voice

Amandine Malkovich

Born c. 1990; mother, Nicoletta Peyran

Lowey Malkovich

Born c. 1992; mother, Nicoletta Peyran

Danny Malkovich


Amanda Malkovich


Melissa Malkovich


Rebecca Malkovich


Nicoletta Peyran Actor

Met during the filming of "The Sheltering Sky" (1990), on which she was 2nd assistant director Married Sept. 20, 1989

Michelle Pfeiffer Actor

Met on the set of "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988); Malkovich's on-set romance with co-star Pfieffer led to end of his marriage to Glenne Headly No longer together


Illinois State University

Normal , Illinois
Transferred from Eastern Illinois University; left in 1976

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston , Illinois



Appeared in zombie romance "Warm Bodies," starring Nicholas Hoult


Featured in "Red 2"


Appeared in Michael Bay's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"


Co-starred with Josh Brolin and Megan Fox in "Jonah Hex"


Portrayed trainer Lucien Laurin in "Secretariat," based on horse that won U.S. Triple Crown in 1973


Joined Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman in action comedy "Red"


Joined ensemble cast for Coen brothers' "Burn After Reading"


Cast as Reverend Briegleb in Clint Eastwood's "Changeling"


Portrayed Unferth in Robert Zemeckis' big-budget film version of "Beowulf"


Portrayed Austrian artist Gustav Klimt in Raoul Ruiz's "Klimt"


Portrayed Alan Conway in "Colour Me Kubrick," the true story of a man who posed as director Stanley Kubrick


Cast as King Galbatorix, a powerful Dragon Rider in "Eragon" a fantasy/adventure movie based on novel of same name


Cast in Terry Zwigoff's adaptation of Daniel Clowes' comic story "Art School Confidential"


Starred as Comandante John Walesa in Manoel de Oliveira's "Um Filme Falado/A Talking Picture"


Co-starred in spy comedy feature "Johnny English"


Featured in A&E miniseries "Napoleon"; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie


Made feature directorial debut with "Dancer Upstairs," a police thriller based on a novel by Nicholas Shakespeare


Served as one of producers of "Ghost World"


Portrayed film director F. W. Murnau in "Shadow of the Vampire," a fictionalized account of Murnau's filming of "Nosferatu," based on Bram Stoker's "Dracula"; screened at Cannes


Acted opposite Gerard Depardieu in French television adaptation of "Les Misérables"; English language version aired in U.S. 2001 on Fox Family Channel


Played Herman J. Mankiewicz in HBO's "RKO 281," detailing the clash between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over production and release of "Citizen Kane"


Staged "Hysteria" at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater Company


Played John Malkovich, a fictionalized version of himself, in Spike Jonze's witty and picaresque "Being John Malkovich"


Offered over-the-top performance as a Russian mobster in "Rounders," scripted by David Levien and Brian Koppelman


Formed Mr. Mudd production company with producers Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith


Reveled in scene-chewing role of Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom in "Con Air"


Portrayed profligate seducer Gilbert Osmond in "The Portrait of a Lady," adapted from novel by Henry James


Appeared as sinister Kurtz in TNT movie presentation "Heart of Darkness," directed by Nicolas Roeg


Adapted and directed the Steppenwolf production of Don DeLillo's "Libra," starring Laurie Metcalf and Alexis Arquette


Received second Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination as demented assassin Mitch Leary in "In the Line of Fire"


Formed Smith-Malkovich Productions with Russell Smith


Played Lennie to Sinise's George in remake of "Of Mice and Men," directed by Sinise; had first essayed role in a Steppenwolf stage production many years earlier


Returned to New York stage as the bombastic war veteran of Shepard's "States of Shock"


Teamed with director Bernardo Bertolucci for vividly atmospheric but torturously slow "The Sheltering Sky"


Offered an intriguing turn as the treacherous French aristocrat Valmont in "Dangerous Liaisons," helmed by Stephen Frears; on-set romance with co-star Michelle Pfieffer led to end of his marriage to Glenne Headly


Debuted as executive producer with "The Accidental Tourist"; did not act in film


Starred opposite Joan Allen in Broadway production "Burn This"


Played dual roles of a nerdy scientist and a lookalike android in Susan Seidelman's "Making Mr. Right"


First starring role in a feature, as journalist Nicholas Gage in Peter Yates' "Eleni"


Broadway directing debut, "Arms and the Man"; later assumed leading role, replacing Kevin Kline; production also featured then-wife Glenne Headly


Reprised stage role of Biff in CBS TV adaptation of "Death of a Salesman," starring Hoffman; received Emmy Award


Earned Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his turn as a misanthropic blind man in Robert Benton's "Places in the Heart"


Broadway debut, "Death of a Salesman," playing Biff to Dustin Hoffman's Willy Loman


Made film debut as photojournalist in "The Killing Fields"


Starred in TV adaptation of "True West" (aired on PBS' "American Playhouse")


Made off-Broadway debut in Steppenwolf production of "True West," directed by Sinise (who also co-starred)


TV-movie debut, "Word of Honor" (CBS)


Appeared in production of Sam Shepard's "Curse of the Starving Class" at Chicago's Goodman Theatre


Joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre (founded 1974 by Gary Sinise), working on more than 50 productions during the years

Directed and designed sound for the revival of Lanford Wilson's "Balm in Gilead" at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and subsequently off-Broadway

Stage directing debut, "The Rear Column," at the North Light Repertory Theatre, Evanston, IL

Bonus Trivia


"The hardest thing about this part was all the running I had to do, I hate running and don't intend to do it again for a long time. I didn't train for the running scenes either, I just put down my cigarettes for a minute and ran." – Malkovich, remarking on his role in "In the Line of Fire" to The Los Angeles Times, July 4, 1993


"So how do you do it? How do you get a room full of strangers who don't know you or care about you, people who are pissed off that they had to pay twenty or thirty dollars for a ticket, people who have seen hundreds of plays already and want something different, people leading average, everyday, boring lives who are looking to you to fill that void in their soul – how do you get through to them? There is no answer really, except that you have to work as hard as you can to burst through all that. And if you fail, so what? That's part of it. You have to be thick-skinned about it and go on." – Malkovich quoted in Buzz magazine, October 1994


"So I understand people's concern and it's a right concern. And I do very few violent films. Certainly would not want to do them as a steady diet. But I think parents should do a lot better job raising their children and teaching them the difference between reality and fantasy. And giving them some idea of what it means to cause pain to others in a real sense."Hollywood's at fault, sure, there's no question about that. But it's a business. If people don't go to these films, they won't be made...But I don't mind a certain amount of violence because the world is violent...Why not have an acquaintance with it so that when you encounter it in life you have some familiarity with it?" – Malkovich quoted in The Los Angeles Times, June 4, 1997


Malkovich designed a menswear line in 2001 called Uncle Kimono. He stopped in 2006. He launched a new line called Technobohemian in 2008.