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

Filmography

Actor (95)

Cut Bank 2015 (Movie)

Sheriff Vogel (Actor)

Cesar Chavez 2014 (Movie)

Bogdanovich (Actor)

Crossbones 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Dominion 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Felton (Actor)

In Transit 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Penguins of Madagascar 2014 (Movie)

Dave (Voice)

Casanova Variations 2013 (Movie)

Giacomo (Actor)

Deadly Code 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

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)

Actor

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)

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)

Actor

Hotel 2003 (Movie)

Omar Jonsson (Actor)

Johnny English 2003 (Movie)

Pascal Sauvage (Actor)

Napoleon 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

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)

Actor

Speak Truth to Power 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow of the Vampire 2000 (Movie)

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (Actor)

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

Actor

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)

Actor

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)

Actor

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

(Voice)

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)

Actor

Queens Logic 1991 (Movie)

Eliot (Actor)

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

Actor

The Object of Beauty 1991 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Decade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sheltering Sky 1990 (Movie)

Port Moresby (Actor)

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

Actor

Dangerous Liaisons 1988 (Movie)

Vicomte De Valmont (Actor)

Miles From Home 1988 (Movie)

Barry Maxwell (Actor)

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

Voice

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)

Actor

The Killing Fields 1984 (Movie)

Al Rockoff (Actor)

American Dream 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Death of a Salesman (TV Show)

Actor

Heart of Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

Riddle of the Desert Mummies (TV Show)

Narrator

Rocket to the Moon (TV Show)

Actor

Word of Honor (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (17)

Demolition 2016 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cesar Chavez 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cinespañol 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Young Adult 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Abel 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Juno 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Art School Confidential 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kill the Poor 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Libertine 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

How to Draw a Bunny 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Dancer Upstairs 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

IPO 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ghost World 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

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)

(Director)

The Terrorist 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Glenne Headly Actor

Wife
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

Father
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

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

Amandine Malkovich

Daughter
Born c. 1990; mother, Nicoletta Peyran

Lowey Malkovich

Son
Born c. 1992; mother, Nicoletta Peyran

Danny Malkovich

Brother
Older

Amanda Malkovich

Sister

Melissa Malkovich

Sister

Rebecca Malkovich

Sister

Nicoletta Peyran Assistant Director

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

Michelle Pfeiffer Actor

Companion
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

EDUCATION

Illinois State University

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

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston , Illinois

Milestones

2013

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

2013

Featured in "Red 2"

2011

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

2010

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

2010

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

2010

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

2008

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

2008

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

2007

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

2007

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

2007

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

2006

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

2006

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

2004

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

2003

Co-starred in spy comedy feature "Johnny English"

2003

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

2002

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

2001

Served as one of producers of "Ghost World"

2000

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

2000

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

1999

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"

1999

Staged "Hysteria" at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater Company

1999

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

1998

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

1998

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

1997

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

1996

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

1994

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

1994

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

1993

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

1993

Formed Smith-Malkovich Productions with Russell Smith

1992

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

1991

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

1990

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

1988

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

1988

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

1987

Starred opposite Joan Allen in Broadway production "Burn This"

1987

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

1985

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

1985

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

1985

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

1984

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

1984

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

1984

Made film debut as photojournalist in "The Killing Fields"

1984

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

1982

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

1981

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

1978

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

1976

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

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

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