John Malkovich Biography

Being John Malkovich

Being John Malkovich

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Released: November 5, 1999
Director: Spike Jonze
Producer: Steve Golin
Studio: Gramercy
Cast: Catherine Keener, Cameron Diaz, John Malkovich, John Cusack, W. Earl Brown, Charlie Sheen, Octavia Spencer
Genre: Comedy
Length: 112 minutes
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John Malkovich Biography


Date of Birth: December 9, 1953

While John Malkovich has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative screen stars of his generation, he doesn't take compliments well. When asked about his critical accolades following the release of Of Mice and Men, his response was, "I don't think talent is anything to be flattered about. I have a facility for what I do, but so what? It's only because I don't have to make a living in car repairs that I seem like a cool guy. If I had to make a living doing car repairs, I wouldn't seem like a cool guy at all. I'd seem like a jerk."

At the age of seven, the Illinois-born actor attended a production of Our Town, and was profoundly affected. But it wasn't until he hung around the drama department with his girlfriend at Eastern Illinois University, that he decided upon theater. He then transferred to Illinois State in search of a more sound drama program.

There, Malkovich landed the lead in a student production of The Lover. When he eventually left Illinois State without a degree in 1976, he ran into old pal Gary Sinise, who had founded a local theater in the basement of a church building. It eventually became the Steppenwolf Theater Company. Malkovich appeared in over 50 Steppenwolf productions staged within a span of six years.

In 1982, he scored his first New York-theater triumph alongside Sinise in an off-Broadway revival of True West. By 1984, Malkovich had made his big-screen debut in The Killing Fields and Places in the Heart, released later that same year. His portrayal in the latter earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. Though he remained heavily involved in theater, both with Steppenwolf and in other venues, Malkovich's movie career burgeoned steadily with seven roles over the next four years. In 1988's Dangerous Liaisons, opposite Glenn Close, Malkovich proved himself a thoroughly competent leading man.

However, his career faltered slightly afterwards, losing steam through a string of little-seen character roles. A year later, Malkovich was back with a vengeance in In the Line of Fire's for which he garnered a second Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. With four movies in 1996 and with a lead role in Con Air following in 1997, Malkovich restored his cinematic profile to its pre-Liaisons glory. He resurfaced again in 1998's The Man in the Iron Mask, followed by the classic historic flick The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1998), and Being John Malkovich (1999), which fits into a category all its own.

Other credits include Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Lines of Wellington (2012), RED 2 (2013), Cut Bank (2015), Deepwater Horizon (2016) and most recently, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile (2019).

Malkovich lives with his second wife, Nicoletta Peyran, and their two children, in France.


Deepwater Horizon (2016)
Penguins of Madagascar (2014)
Casanova Variations (2014)
Cut Bank (2014)
Cesar Chavez (2014)
RED 2 (2013)
Educazione siberiana / Deadly Code (2013)
Warm Bodies / Zombie malgré lui (2013)
Linhas de Wellington (2012)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Drunkboat (2010)
Red (2010)
Secretariat (2010)
Jonah Hex (2010)
Afterwards (2008)
Disgrace (2008)
Burn After Reading (2008)
The Mutant Chronicles (2008)
Changeling (2008)
The Great Buck Howard (2008)
Gardens of the Night (2008)
Beowulf (2007)
In Tranzit (2007)
Eragon (2006)
Klimt (2006)
Art School Confidential (2006)
Colour Me Kubrick / Appelez-moi Kubrick (2005)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
The Libertine (2004)
Um Filme Falado (2003)
Johnny English (2003)
Ripley’s Game (2002)
The Dancer Upstairs (2002)
Knockaround Guys (2001)
Hotel (2001)
Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
Ladies Room (1999)
Le temps retrouvé (1999)
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
Rounders (1998)
Con Air (1997)
The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
Der Unhold (1996)
Mulholland Falls (1996)
Mary Reilly (1996)
O Covento (1995)
Al di là delle nuvole (1995)
In the Line of Fire (1993)
Alive (1993)
Shadows and Fog (1992)
Jennifer Eight (1992)
Of Mice and Men (1992)
The Object of Beauty (1991)
Queens Logic (1991)
The Sheltering Sky (1990)
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Miles from Home (1988)
Empire of the Sun (1987)
The Glass Menagerie (1987)
Making Mr. Right (1987)
Eleni (1985)
The Killing Fields (1984)
Places in the Heart (1984)
A Wedding (1978)


Actor Arkansas (2020)
Actor Ava (2020)
Actor Mile 22 (2018)
Actor Deepwater Horizon (2016)
Actor Cut Bank (2015)
Actor Cesar Chavez (2014)
Actor RED 2 (2013)
Actor Warm Bodies (2013)
Actor Disgrace (2010)
Actor Jonah Hex (2010)
Actor RED (2010)
Actor In Tranzit (2009)
Actor Changeling (2008)
Actor Mutant Chronicles (2008)
Actor Beowulf (2007)
Producer Juno (2007)
Actor Klimt (2007)
Actor Eragon (2006)
Actor The Libertine (2006)
Producer The Libertine (2006)
Director The Dancer Upstairs (2003)
Producer The Dancer Upstairs (2003)
Actor Johnny English (2003)
Actor Ripley's Game (2003)
Actor Les Âmes Fortes (2002)
Actor I'M GOING HOME (2002)
Actor Knockaround Guys (2002)
Producer Ghost World (2001)
Actor The Ladies Room (2000)
Actor Rounders (1998)
Actor Mary Reilly (1996)