Paul Dano

Actor
Having started his career on stage and screen as a child actor, Paul Dano quickly rose to stardom channeling the frustrations of adolescent awkwardness in a number of supporting turns before later graduating to more ... Read more »
Born: 06/19/1984 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (33)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Youth 2015 (Movie)

Jimmy Tree (Actor)

Light and the Sufferer 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

12 Years a Slave 2013 (Movie)

Tibeats (Actor)

Prisoners 2013 (Movie)

Alex Jones (Actor)

Being Flynn 2012 (Movie)

Nick Flynn (Actor)

For Ellen 2012 (Movie)

Joby Taylor (Actor)

Looper 2012 (Movie)

Seth (Actor)

Ruby Sparks 2012 (Movie)

Calvin Weir-Fields (Actor)

Cowboys & Aliens 2011 (Movie)

Percy Dolarhyde (Actor)

Meek's Cutoff 2011 (Movie)

Thomas Gately (Actor)

Knight and Day 2010 (Movie)

Simon Feck (Actor)

The Extra Man 2010 (Movie)

Louis Ives (Actor)

The Good Heart 2010 (Movie)

Lucas (Actor)

Explicit Ills 2009 (Movie)

Rocco (Actor)

Gigantic 2009 (Movie)

Brian Weathersby (Actor)

Taking Woodstock 2009 (Movie)

VW Guy (Actor)

Where the Wild Things Are 2009 (Movie)

Alexander (Actor)

There Will Be Blood 2007 (Movie)

Eli Sunday/Paul Sunday (Actor)

Fast Food Nation 2006 (Movie)

Brian (Actor)

Little Miss Sunshine 2006 (Movie)

Dwayne (Actor)

The King 2006 (Movie)

Paul Sandow (Actor)

Weapons 2006 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

The Ballad of Jack and Rose 2005 (Movie)

Thaddius (Actor)

Taking Lives 2004 (Movie)

Young Asher (Actor)

The Girl Next Door 2004 (Movie)

Klitz (Actor)

The Emperor's Club 2002 (Movie)

Martin Blythe (Actor)

The Newcomers 2002 (Movie)

Joel (Actor)

L.I.E. 2001 (Movie)

Howie Blitzer (Actor)

Too Young To Be a Dad (TV Show)

Actor

War and Peace (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

For Ellen 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Gigantic 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Having started his career on stage and screen as a child actor, Paul Dano quickly rose to stardom channeling the frustrations of adolescent awkwardness in a number of supporting turns before later graduating to more eclectic adult roles. Following attention-grabbing turns in films like "L.I.E." (2001) and "The Girl Next Door" (2004), Dano stole the show as an unhappy teenager taking a vow of silence while dealing with his dysfunctional family on a road trip in the indie darling "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006). His performance as the good-hearted, but withdrawn Dwayne was singled out by critics, allowing him to expand his horizons. He did just that when he delivered an excellent supporting performance as a fire-and-brimstone preacher opposite Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis in "There Will Be Blood" (2007). Dano went on to voice Alexander in "Where the Wild Things Are" (2009), before playing a variety of off-beat characters in a string of indies like "Gigantic" (2008), "Taking Woodstock" (2009), "The Good Heart" (2009) and "The Extra Man" (2010). Not one to be pigeonholed, Dano entered the blockbuster arena with supporting roles in "Knight and Day" (2010) and "Cowboys & Aliens" (2011). He returned to the indie fold as the star of co-star, writer and girlfriend Zoe Kazan's much-buzzed about romantic comedy "Ruby Sparks" (2012), which further demonstrated Dano's ability to continually surprise critics and fans with his diversity of choices.

Relationships

Paul Dano

Father

Sarah Dano

Sister
Younger

Zoe Kazan Actor

Companion
Reportedly dating as of March 2009 Acted together in "Meek's Cutoff" (2010) and "Ruby Sparks" (2012)

Gladys Pipp

Mother

EDUCATION

Browning School

New York , New York

Eugene Lang College, New School for Social Research

New York , New York

Wilton High School

Wilton , Connecticut 2002

Milestones

2013

Appeared in the period drama "12 Years a Slave"

2013

Featured in the intense drama "Prisoners"

2012

Cast opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis in sci-fi action "Looper"

2012

Played the title character in "Being Flynn," based on Nick Flynn's book Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir

2011

Featured in the sci-fi Western "Cowboys & Aliens"

2010

Played a supporting role opposite Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in the action/comedy "Knight and Day"

2009

Co-starred as a mattress salesman opposite Zooey Deschanel in the independent comedy "Gigantic"

2009

Voiced Alexander in Spike Jonze's live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book "Where the Wild Things Are"

2009

Co-starred in Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock"

2007

Received rave reviews for his portrayal of Eli Sunday in Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood"

2006

Played Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette's son in the independent film hit "Little Miss Sunshine"; nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male

2006

Cast as an alienated teenager in Richard Linklater's "Fast Food Nation"

2005

Played William Hurt’s Bible-thumping son in "The King"

2005

Played Catherine Keener’s son in "The Ballad of Jack and Rose," helmed by Rebecca Miller

2004

Cast as Klitz, Hirsch’s best friend in the coming-of-age comedy "The Girl Next Door"

2002

Appeared opposite Kevin Kline and Emile Hirsch in "The Emperor's Club"

2001

Played a troubled kid with family issues in "L.I.E."

Appeared as Scrooge at age 12 opposite Roddy McDowall and Hal Linden in the Broadway production of Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol"

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