John Malkovich

John Malkovich

John Malkovich Quick Links

News Pictures Video Film Quotes RSS


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.

Biography by

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.

Continue: Cut Bank Trailer

'Luther' Star Idris Elba Will Act As Executive Producer For Fox Remake

Idris Elba Ruth Wilson John Malkovich

Fox are set to remake the hit BBC series Luther.

Idris Elba starred in Luther.

Read More: Idris Elba Close To Returning For One-Off Special Of Luther.

Continue reading: 'Luther' Star Idris Elba Will Act As Executive Producer For Fox Remake

'Penguins Of Madagascar' New York premiere

John Malkovich - '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 - Sunday 16th November 2014

'Penguins Of Madagascar' New York premiere

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

John Malkovich and Pitbull
Jeffrey Katzenberg, John Malkovich and Pitbull
Jeffrey Katzenberg, John Malkovich and Pitbull
Jeffrey Katzenberg, John Malkovich and Pitbull
Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich

New York premiere of 'Penguins of Madagascar'

John Malkovich and Pit Bull - Photographs of a variety of stars as they took to the red carpet for the New York premiere of 'Penguins of Madagascar' The premiere was held at the Winter Village in the Bryant Park Ice Rink, New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 16th November 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich
CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, John Malkovich and Pit Bull
Jeffrey Katzenberg, John Malkovich and Pit Bull

62nd SSFF - 'The Casanova Variations' - Photocall

John Malkovich, Lola Maymark and Victoria Ferres - 62nd SSFF - 'The Casanova Variations' - Photocall - San Sebastian, Spain - Monday 22nd September 2014

John Malkovich
John Malkovich
John Malkovich
John Malkovich
John Malkovich, Lola Maymark and Victoria Ferres

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.

Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich Penguins of Madagascar Video Interview

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

Benedict Cumberbatch John Malkovich

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.

Watch The Penguins Of Madagascar trailer here:

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. 

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

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.

Continue: Penguins of Madagascar Trailer

Penguins of Madagascar Trailer Sees Cumberbatch as "Super-Duper-Smooth" Agent [Trailer + Pictures]

Benedict Cumberbatch John Malkovich Dreamworks

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.

Penguins of MadagascarThe 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.

Continue reading: Penguins of Madagascar Trailer Sees Cumberbatch as "Super-Duper-Smooth" Agent [Trailer + Pictures]

The Penguins Of Madagascar Trailer

The newest addition to the 'Madagascar' franchise arrives in the form of spin-off 'The Penguins of Madagascar', which centres around the penguin characters, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. Details of the plot are yet to be unveiled, but the trailer suggests that in an attempt to save the day, the penguins are interrupted by an elite group of animals known as North Wind, which results in them being stranded in a desert.

Each of the penguins will be voiced by the same actors who played them in the Madagascar films; Tom McGrath as Skipper, Chris Miller as Kowalski, John DiMaggio as Rico and Christopher Knights as Private. In terms of new characters, ever rising star Benedict Cumberbatch voices wolf Classified, the leader of North Wind, while John Malkovich (RED, Being John Malkovich) is the film's octopus antagonist Dr. Octavius Brine. Also, comedy actor Ken Jeong (The Hangover franchise) plays North Wind's explosive and demolition's expert Short Fuse; Annet Mahendru stars as Eva, North Wind's snow owl intelligence analyst; and Peter Stormare is the Norwegian bear Corporal.

The film is directed by Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell. Darnell has directed all the other films of the 'Madagascar' franchise, as well as 1998's 'Antz'. It's Smith's first time one of the movies, though his previous animation directorials include 'Megamind: The Button Of Doom' and 'Bee Movie'. 

Continue: The Penguins Of Madagascar Trailer

Is 'Crossbones' The Swashbuckling Summer Series To Watch in 2014?

John Malkovich Richard Coyle Claire Foy

Crossbones, the new NBC series starring John Malkovich is due to premiere tonight (30th May). The series follows the world's most famous pirate - Jack Sparrow excluded - Blackbeard AKA Edward Teach and is set to track his infamous life and career.


Malkovich stars as Blackbeard in the lavish production based on Colin Woodard's book The Republic of Pirates and adapted by Neil Cross (Luther) and James V. Hart & Amanda Welles. From what can be gleaned from the trailer and reviews, the series appears to centre on the relationship between Blackbeard and his captive, undercover government agent Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle), and their respective romantic attachments to Selima (Yasmine Al Masri) and Kate (Claire Foy). 

Continue reading: Is 'Crossbones' The Swashbuckling Summer Series To Watch in 2014?

Cesar Chavez Trailer

'Cesar Chavez' is the inspirational story of the celebrated American Mexican, labour leader and civil rights activist who devoted his life to improving the treatment of his fellow farm workers via attempting to rally 50,000 workers to stand up to the racial inequality and brutality at the hands of their employees.

Written by Keir Pearson (Hotel Rwanda) Chavez encapsulates the angst, horror and exploitation of the hard working farmers of America and the determination and bravery of Cesar Chavez who co-founded and lead the National Farm Workers Association during the non-violent, yet powerful, unprecedented actions committed by the farm workers in order to obtain the civil rights they deserved. 

Chavez is a touching and moving biopic that represents the hope and aspiration of the working farmers in America during the . 

Continue: Cesar Chavez Trailer

RED 2 Review


That A-list cast of "retired, extremely dangerous" spies is back, coasting through another amiable but uninspired action-comedy. It may be occasionally funny, but the script is so lazy that it never does anything with the characters or situations. So there's never even a hint of suspense.

In the years since the events of 2010's RED, Frank (Willis) has been trying to live quietly with Sarah (Parker). But trouble seeks them out when their pal Marvin (Malkovich) is the target of a car bomb, and Frank discovers that MI6 and the CIA have sent assassins to kill him: his ruthless former colleague Victoria (Mirren) and the fiendishly unstoppable Han (Lee), respectively. So Frank, Sarah and Marvin head to Paris to solve the mess, crossing paths with Frank's ex, the seductive Katya (Zeta-Jones). Sarah isn't happy about this, but tags along to London, where they locate a nutty scientist (Hopkins) who has the key to all the chaos: namely that they need to get to Moscow to stop a rogue nuke.

As in the first film, the plot bounces along merrily without bothering with either logic or subtext. This is just a silly story about goofy old killers, and the film's main joke is seeing Mirren in camouflage firing a machine-gun. At least the cast shows that they're still feisty, taking on each other with gusto as they try to steal every scene. Malkovich's surreal humour, Mirren's snappy punchlines, Zeta-Jones' purring sexuality and Hopkins' scatter-brained genius are pretty funny, while Willis and Parker get the most thankless roles as a couple still working out their relationship.

Continue reading: RED 2 Review

Red 2's US Release: Critics Are Unimpressed By "Tired" Sequel

Bruce Willis Helen Mirren Bette Davis Morgan Freeman John Malkovich Catherine Zeta Jones Anthony Hopkins

Red 2 is released in US cinemas today (Friday 19th July). Critics have not received the Red sequel favourably, describing it as "passable" and simply "adequate".

Bruce WillisBruce Willis at the premiere of Red 2, L.A.

According to USA Today, before you head off to the cinema, it is worthwhile seeing the first film. Red 2 appears to be a difficult film to follow without having prior knowledge of the characters. 

Continue reading: Red 2's US Release: Critics Are Unimpressed By "Tired" Sequel

John Malkovich

John Malkovich Quick Links

News Pictures Video Film Quotes RSS