John Malkovich

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

9th December, 1953







John Malkovich (born 9.12.1953) John Malkovich is an American stage and film actor, as well as a director and producer. He has appeared in more than 70 movies throughout his career.

Childhood: John Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois and grew up in Benton, Illinois. His father worked in conservation and published the conservation magazine Outdoor Illinois. His mother owned the local newspaper, Benton Evening News.

At school, Malkovich excelled at both sports and acting at Benton High School, where he appeared in a number of plays, such as Carousel. Whilst at school, Malkovich also performed as a member of a folk rock trip, as well as organizing a summer theatre project in 1972. After graduating from high school, John Malkovich first attended Eastern Illinois University, then transferred to Illinois State University, where he graduated with a major in theatre.

Acting Career: Along with Joan Allen, Gary Sinise and Glenne Headly, John Malkovich became a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, in 1976. In 1980, Malkovich then moved to New York, where the company performed a version of Sam Shepard's True West. He won an Obie award for his performance. This was soon followed by his Broadway debut, in Death of a Salesman, alongside Dustin Hoffman. When the play was adapted for TV in 1985, Malkovich won an Emmy award for his role.

One of Malkovich's earliest films was the 1978 movie A Wedding. Directed by Robert Altman, the film also starred Terry Kinney, Laurie Metcalf George Wendt. In 1984, though, he appeared in his first major feature film, playing Sally Field's blind lodger in Places in the Heart. For his performance, he received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

John Malkovich went on to work steadily throughout the 1980s, in respected films such as The Killing Fields (which featured a soundtrack by Mike Oldfield), Empire of the Sun (directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Christian Bale and Miranda Richardson), The Glass Menagerie (an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play, starring Joanne Woodward and Karen Allen) and 1988's Dangerous Liaisons. The latter film featured Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer and Malkovich reprised his role in the film for the music video to Annie Lennox's Walking on Broken Glass.

In 1992, Malkovich starred in the film adaptation of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, alongside his early accomplice, Gary Sinise. Two years later, he was nominated for his next Academy Award, for his role in In the Line of Fire. This was followed by an unusual role, playing a variation of himself in Charlie Kaufman's art-house flick, Being John Malkovich. The film also starred John Cusack and Cameron Diaz. Malkovich worked with Kaufman once more in Adaptation, with Nicolas Cage.

John Malkovich continued to pursue more unusual roles and films, including The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Beowulf (a semi-animated movie featuring Ray Winstone, Angelina Jolie and Robin Wright Penn) and Burn After Reading, a Coen Brothers comedy starring Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton. Malkovich also appeared in Changeling with Angelina Jolie and Jeffrey Donovan: directed by Clint Eastwood.

Known for his aptitude for comedy, John Malkovich has hosted three episodes of Saturday Night Live. The second time, in 1993, was with Billy Joel as his musical guest. The third time that he presented the show, it featured appearances from Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Molly Sims and Justin Timberlake.

Personal Life: Between 1982 and 1988, Malkovich was married to Glenne Headly, though the marriage was ended after he became involved with Michelle Pfeiffer. Malkovich met his long-term girlfriend, Nicoletta Peyran on the set of The Sheltering Sky. The couple have two children together, Amandine and Loewy.

In 2008, it was revealed that John Malkovich was one of many people that lost millions of dollars to Bernard Madoff's fraudulent enterprise.

Zac Efron Reveals First Pictures Of Himself As Serial Killer Ted Bundy

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 18 January 2018

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Efron plays the serial killer Ted Bundy in 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile'.

Zac Efron has wowed his fans by revealing a first look of himself in the role of Ted Bundy, one of America’s most notorious serial killers, for his new film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

The 30 year old actor is continuing his dramatic departure from his innocent High School Musical days, branching out further than ever in his new leading role. On Wednesday night, he took to Twitter and Instagram to share images from the set of him as Bundy, the notorious serial killer who killed at least 30 women and girls in the 1970s.

“Meet Ted,” the actor captioned the picture, adding the hashtag: “behind the scenes”.

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The Wilde Wedding Review


An A-list cast goes a long way to making this goofy ensemble comedy a lot of fun to watch. Even if it never quite deals with the bigger issues it raises, the sassy dialogue, twisty plot and full-on performances are so lively that the audience is kept on its toes, at least until it becomes obvious where it's heading. And with a wide variety of themes, something is bound to resonate.

As the extended Wilde family gathers for a wedding, it's clear that none of them are very good at relationships. The bride is matriarch Eve (Glenn Close), a movie star who has fallen in love with sparky novelist Harold (Patrick Stewart). Her three sons are all on hand: smiley musician Rory (Jack Davenport), hopeless romantic Jimmy (Noah Emmerich) and womanising bachelor Ethan (Peter Facinelli). Also around are their actor father Laurence (John Malkovich), as well as Rory's popstar ex-wife Priscilla (Minnie Driver). Their 16-year-old daughter Mackenzie (Grace Van Patton) is documenting the weekend on video, just waiting for the usual family disaster.

Writer-director Damian Harris avoids the obvious black humour that's rife in this situation, instead playing the movie as a warm-hearted American comedy blended with elements of a bed-hopping French farce. Yes, all kinds antics are going on, fuelled by alcohol and Ethan's notorious magic mushroom chocolates. Jealousies are also flaring up, drawing lines between hugely popular stars and struggling artists.

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Unlocked Review


By injecting a steady sense of fun, this slick but mindless action thriller both holds the attention and keeps the audience entertained, even when things get very silly indeed. And because of the tone, the starry actors get the chance to add quirky angles to their characters that remind us to avoid taking anything that happens too seriously. The terrorism plot may strain to be topical and relevant, but it's the corny plotting and lively banter that keeps a smile on our faces.

It's set in London, where former CIA operative Alice (Noomi Rapace) is trying to have a quiet life working with migrants. When one of these, Lateef (Aymen Hamdouchi), appears to be a jihadist planning an attack, she shifts into action mode, consulting her mentor (Michael Douglas) and her MI5 contact (Toni Collette). Then things take a turn, sending her on the run with a shifty ex-marine (Orlando Bloom). With Alice seen as a rogue agent, the American CIA chief (John Malkovich) joins in the hunt. But she's actually the only person who knows the truth: the Muslims are trying to stop a murderous attack that's being orchestrated by someone inside the agency.

Veteran director Michael Apted keeps things moving so briskly that the audience never has much time to worry about the nonsensical details that are flung around in each conversation. The film is a riot of conspiracies, betrayals, codewords, revelations and ticking time bombs, none of which make much sense, but it's a lot of fun to watch a woman taking charge for once. Rapace makes a terrific action hero, tough and sympathetic while still maintaining a sense of mystery.

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Unlocked Trailer

Alice Racine (Noomi Rapace) is a CIA interrogator who gets embroiled in a terrorist plot when her investigation into a potentional biological attack in London gets infiltrated. She finds herself accidentally revealing information to a terrorist 'prisoner', and has to make a pretty swift escape when her life is threatened by nefarious spies. She's not alone in this though. An MI5 agent (Orlando Bloom) insists on joining her as she attempts to thwart what could be the most devastating extremist assault since 9/11. However, with an enemy at every corner, Alice isn't sure who she can trust anymore.

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John Malkovich seen arriving at the 2016 Evening Standard Theatre Awards held at the Old Vic - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 13th November 2016

John Malkovich Recreates Iconic David Lynch Characters For 'Psychogenic Fugue' Trailer

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 28 September 2016

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The film is part of a new DLF project, 'Playing Lynch'.

John Malkovich stars in the trailer for a new David Lynch inspired project: 'Psychogenic Fugue'. Hosted by Squarespace, it's a part of a new project called 'Playing Lynch', essentially a tribute to the 'Twin Peaks' director's work for the benefit of his charity the David Lynch Foundation.

Image caption John Malkovich as David Lynch

The trailer features flashes of spooky black and white imagery inspired by 'Eraserhead', 'Twin Peaks', 'Blue Velvet', 'Lost Highway' and 'The Elephant Man', with John Malkovich taking on a variety of iconic Lynch characters including Special Agent Dale Cooper, The Log Lady, The Lady In The Radiator, Henry Spencer, Frank Booth, John Merrick and David Lynch himself. It also gives the definition of 'Psychogenic Fugue' as a 'dissociative disorder in which a person forgets who they are and leaves home to create a new life'.

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John Malkovich - Louis XIII Celebration of '100 Years' The Movie You Will Never See, starring John Malkovich at a private residence at Sheats Goldstein Residence - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 18th November 2015

John Malkovich - John Malkovich wearing a grey jacket and scarf, with ill fitting oversize turn ups on his jeans, arrives on a flight to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 16th November 2015

Cut Bank Trailer

Dwayne McLaren is an ambitious high school graduate, whose success on the football field led him to hope for a bright future. However, his dreams are far from reached and he now works as a car mechanic in the sleepy town of Cut Bank, Montana. Nothing of interest ever seems to happen there, but his life is set to change forever when he unwittingly films an apparently fatal shooting in the middle of a field, where an elderly mailman is seemingly murdered. Meanwhile, a man of deceptively timid disposition named Derby Milton is expecting a package, and he'll do just about anything to get it. While Dwayne decides to search for the murderer (and the mainman's body) himself in a bid to win the $100,000 reward and start afresh in another town, it becomes clear that this case is a lot more complicated (and dangerous) than it initially appeared.

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John Malkovich and Pitbull - 'Penguins Of Madagascar' New York premiere at Winter Village at Bryant Park Ice Rink - Arrivals at Bryant Park - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 31st December 2008

Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich Penguins of Madagascar Video Interview

With the upcoming release of 'The Penguins of Madagascar', Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich who star in the film. Cumberbatch plays Classified, an arctic wolf and leader of the team The North Wind, while Malkovich plays Dr. Octavius Brine - a villainous octopus. The two actors quiz each other on the animals that they play in the film, with Cumberbatch answering questions like 'how many members are in the average wolf pack?', and Malkovich being asked 'how many hearts do octopi have?' In between questions and answers, the interview contains clips of the upcoming film.

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Can Benedict Cumberbatch Help Make Penguins Of Madagascar A Christmas Hit? [Trailer]

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 16 August 2014

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The trailer for Penguins of Madagascar seems to have given it's protagonists a new back story, but how will it fair at the box-office?

DreamWorks Animation have been trying to get a film together for the penguins ever since the success of the 2005 film Madagascar. Since then the characters have featured in the subsequent Madagascar films but 'Penguins' are finally getting their own release this December. Now the Christmas boxoffice is on the horizon, this is could be primarily due to the addition of a few star vocal performances from two of Hollywood's favourites: Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich.

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Another factor might come down to the success of 2011's Shrek spin-off 'Puss in Boots'. The Dream Works' production was well received with Rotten Tomatoes giving it an 84% review. Both stories are similar in origin, however instead of expanding the backstory of a mysterious character, 'Penguins' seems intent on reimagining the lovable supporting characters as international super spies.

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Penguins of Madagascar Trailer

Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private return from Madagascar with their own adventure as formidable and super sharp espionage agents. Their world is under threat from a dangerous octopus villain named Dr. Octavius Brine who plans to dominate the Earth with his sea-dwelling cronies and the penguins are the only things standing in their way - well, them and elite crackforce The North Wind. The organization, led by the dashing wolf Agent Classified, are on a mission to stop Brine in his tentacle-y tracks using Classified's formidable presence, Eva's analytical power, Short Fuse's explosives expertise and Corporal's terrifying brawn. Together with the penguins they may have a chance at saving the world from whatever dreadful scheme Brine has on his mind - though his ignorance of modern technology lessens his menace potential just a little.

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Penguins Of Madagascar Trailer Sees Cumberbatch As "Super-Duper-Smooth" Agent [Trailer + Pictures]

By Jack de Aguilar in Movies / TV / Theatre on 18 June 2014

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Watch the fun-filled trailer below, and scroll even further for an extensive collection of pictures from the new movie

Having stolen nearly every scene in Madagascar – so much so they got their own TV spin-off - Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private star in their own spy action thriller Penguins of Madagascar, set to his cinemas on November 26. And we’ve got a brand new trailer.

Image caption The guys are back

Barring the scientific inaccuracies that see the titular Penguins survive in any given climate, PoM looks like the kind of raucous fun you’d expect from Dreamworks Animation who will hoping to prolong the success of the Madagascar franchise with yet another box office hit; the last film in the trilogy - Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted -grossed $746 million worldwide.

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John Malkovich - Saturday 21st February 2009 at Santa Monica Pier Los Angeles, California