THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK
(Athos), one of America's most gifted actors of stage and screen,
was born in Benton, Illinois. Directly out of college, he joined
the famed Steppenwolf Theater Company of Chicago. Between 1976
and 1982, he acted in, directed, or designed the sets for more
than fifty Steppenwolf productions. His debut on the New York
stage in the Steppenwolf production of Sam Shepard's "True
West" earned him an Obie award. Other notable stage credits
include "Death of a Salesman," "Slip of the Tongue,"
Sam Shepard's "States of Shock," Lanford Wilson's "Burn
This" and his own adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel "Libra."
Malkovich has made his mark on film audiences
in features such as Roland Joffe's The Killing Fields,
Robert Benton's Places in the Heart, Steven Spielberg's
Empire of the Sun, Stephen Frears's Dangerous Liaisons
and Mary Reilly, Bernardo Bertolucci's The Sheltering
Sky and Wolfgang Petersen's In the Line of Fire. More
recently, he has worked with top European directors Manoel de
Oliviera (The Convent) and Michelangelo Antonioni (Beyond
the Clouds). His latest films include Lee Tamahori's Mulholland
Falls and Volker Schondorff's The Ogre.
Malkovich most recently starred opposite Nicole
Kidman as Gilbert Osmond in Jane Campion's critically-acclaimed
Portrait of a Lady and as Cyrus the Virus opposite Nicolas
Cage and John Cusack in the hit film Con Air.
Together with partner (and Man in the Iron
Mask producer) Russell Smith, Malkovich formed a film production
company in 1994 and plans to direct and produce various film projects
in the near future.
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