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THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC

JOHN MALKOVICH was born in Charleston, Ill. on December 9,1953 and raised in nearby Benton. He became interested in acting while in college and graduated from the University of Illinois. Shortly thereafter, he went to Chicago to help found the esteemed Steppenwolf Theater with Gary Sinise and several other young actors. Seven years later, Malkovich won an Obie for Sam Shepards play True West. In 1984, he appeared with Dustin Hoffman in the Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, which would earn him an Emmy when it was made into a television movie the next year.

One of his first movie roles was in Places in the Heart, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Other films followed, including The Killing Fields and The Glass Menagerie. He was next seen as Vicomte De Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons with Michelle Pfeiffer and Glenn Close. He also costarred with Clint Eastwood in In the Line of Fire, for which he would be nominated for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe. In 1994, Malkovich portrayed Kurtz in the TV movie "Heart of Darkness," taking the story to Africa as it was originally written.

Malkovich has periodically returned to Chicago to both act and direct. He currently lives in France with his girlfriend Nicoletta and their two children.

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