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PAUL DANO became well-known to movie fans with his breakout role in the coming-of-age
drama, L.I.E., opposite Brian Cox. His mesmerizing portrayal of an innocent teenager forced to
navigate his adolescence virtually unsupervised garnered him an Independent Spirit Award for "Best
Debut Performance" as well as the "Best Actor" Award at the Stockholm Film Festival. Dano also
tied for the L.A. Outfest Grand Jury Award for "Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film."
Growing up in Manhattan and Connecticut, Dano began his acting career on the New York
stage with supporting roles on Broadway including "A Month In The Country" opposite Helen
Mirren; "A Christmas Carol" with Ben Vereen and Terrence Mann; and "Inherit The Wind" opposite
George C. Scott and Charles Durning.
In addition to a recurring role on "The Sopranos," Dano has consistently tackled different
roles in his feature career--from an introverted prep school student in Universal's THE EMPEROR'S
CLUB opposite Kevin Kline to an uninhibited coed in Fox's GIRL NEXT DOOR to a mysterious
drifter in Warner Brothers' TAKING LIVES.
Dano's more recent performances prove no exception to his ability to handle a wide variety of
roles. Opposite Gael Garcia Bernal, Dano plays the solidly Christian son of a pastor (played by
William Hurt) in THE KING. In Rebecca Miller's THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE, he
portrays a sexual predator who sets his sights on Daniel Day-Lewis' teenage daughter. Currently,
Dano stars in the critically-acclaimed LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE which has already grossed over $55
million domestically. As part of an ensemble cast including Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Greg
Kinnear, Dano plays a Nietzsche devotee who has taken a vow of silence and is counting the days
before he can escape his crazy family by going to Flight School.
Upcoming films include Spike Jonze's WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, based on
Maurice Sendak's children's classic; Adam Bhala Lough's independent film WEAPONS opposite
Nick Cannon and Mark Webber; and Paul Thomas Anderson's period drama THERE WILL BE
BLOOD for Paramount Vantage in which he plays the second lead and nemesis to Daniel Day-Lewis'
Dano is currently continuing his college studies in New York City.
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