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PAUL DANO (Simon Feck) has, in a relatively short period, collaborated with some of the most acclaimed writers and directors of his generation. Following noteworthy performances in Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood and Little Miss Sunshine, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Dano most recently appeared as Alexander (the goat-like creature) in Where The Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze and co-written by Jonze and Dave Eggers.

Dano stars this year in two Magnolia Films releases. Dagur Kari's Toronto Film Festival selection The Good Heart, is a character-driven dramedy that follows an ailing misanthrope (Brian Cox, with whom Dano first starred in L.I.E.) who takes a homeless kid (Dano) under his wing in order to keep his grungy New York bar in business. In The Extra Man, an eccentric comedy based on Jonathan Ames' popular novel, Dano plays a young prep school teacher and aspiring playwright who finds himself sharing a Manhattan apartment with an escort for rich widows (Kevin Kline).

Earlier this year, Dano completed work on So Yong Kim's For Ellen, a drama in which he plays a struggling musician who embarks on an overnight journey to confront his former wife for custody of their child. Dano also serves as an executive producer. In addition, he appears in Kelly Reichardt's forthcoming Meek's Cutoff, a period drama about a team of families who enlist mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them through the Cascade Mountains. Michelle Williams and Zoe Kazan also star.

In 2007, Dano garnered a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor as a charismatic young preacher opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in the aforementioned There Will Be Blood. His performance as an angst-ridden physical fitness/Nietzche devotee who has taken a vow of silence in Little Miss Sunshine earned Dano the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Actor and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The ensemble earned Screen Actors Guild and Broadcast Film Critics Association awards. Dano also won an Independent Spirit Award (Best Debut Performance) for his portrayal of a teenager forced to navigate his adolescence virtually unsupervised in Michael Cuseta's L.I.E.

Dano's credits also include Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock, Rebecca Miller's The Ballad Of Jack and Rose with Daniel Day Lewis and Catherine Keener, Richard Linklater's Fast Food Nation, Taking Lives, The King, Explicit Ills and Weapons.

Growing up in Manhattan and Connecticut, Dano began his career on the New York stage with supporting roles on Broadway in Inherit the Wind opposite George C. Scott and Charles Durning and A Christmas Carol with Ben Vereen and Terrence Mann. He returned to the stage in 2007 with The New Group's off-Broadway production of Things We Want, directed by Ethan Hawke and co-starring Peter Dinklage, Josh Hamilton and Zoe Kazan.


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