With a body of work spanning almost three decades, industry legend
JOHN MALKOVICH (BOGDONOVITCH, PRODUCER) is one of the most compelling
minds in entertainment. His celebrated performances span every genre, and range
from roles in thought-provoking independent films to those in big-budget
franchises. In addition to being an accomplished actor, Malkovich is also a
director, producer, clothing designer, and artist.
Coming up for Malkovich is the NBC series Crossbones, which marks his return
to the small screen and his scripted TV debut. The 10-episode action-adventure
drama, based on Colin Woodward's book The Republic of Pirates, takes place in
the year 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence and is a fictionalization
of the life of notorious pirate, Edward "Blackbeard" Teach. Malkovich is
currently shooting the series in Puerto Rico.
On the big screen, he'll soon star in Matt Shakman's directorial debut, Cut
Bank, a crime thriller also starring Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer.
Malkovich's recent film roles include that of zany ex-CIA agent Marvin Boggs'
in Summit Entertainment's Red and Red 2 opposite Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren;
and famed racehorse trainer Lucien Laurin' in Disney's Secretariat opposite
Diane Lane. Malkovich also appeared in Michael Bay's third installment of the
Transformers franchise, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and in the Coen
brothers' comedy Burn After Reading opposite Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Frances
McDormand, and Tilda Swinton. He also re-teamed with Clint Eastwood in the
critically acclaimed film The Changeling, alongside Angelina Jolie and Amy Ryan,
produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment.
Previous film acting credits include Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich;
Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons; Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady;
Wolfgang Petersen's In The Line Of Fire; Gary Sinise's Of Mice and Men; Sean
McGinly's The Great Buck
Howard, 4 which had its premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival; Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf opposite Angelina Jolie; Raoul Ruiz's Klimt; Liliana Cavani's
Ripley's Games; 94 Bernardo Bertolucci's The Sheltering Sky; Steven Spielberg's
Empire of the Sun; Paul Newman's The Glass Menagerie; Roland Joffe's The Killing
Fields; and Robert Benton's Places in the Heart.
Malkovich has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting
Actor, once for Places in the Heart (1985) and then again for In the Line of
Fire (1994). His performance in Places in the Heart also earned him the Best
Supporting Actor Award from the National Society of Film Critics and the
National Board of Review. In 1999, he won New York Film Critics Circle Award for
Best Supporting Actor for Being John Malkovich.
In 1998, Malkovich joined producers Lianne Halfon and Russ Smith to create
the production company, Mr. Mudd, whose debut film was the celebrated feature
Ghost World directed by Terry Zwigoff. Malkovich followed up in 2003 with his
own feature directorial debut, The Dancer Upstairs, starring Academy Award
winner Javier Bardem. A few years later, Mr. Mudd landed its biggest box office
and critical success with indie hit Juno, starring Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner
and Jason Bateman. The film, distributed through Fox Searchlight, received an
Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (Diablo Cody) and three nominations
for Best Motion Picture, Best Actress (Ellen Page) and Best Director (Jason
Reitman). The film also won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature in
2008, and is considered the third-biggest indie release of all time. Malkovich's
recent producing credits with Mr. Mudd include Stephen Chbosky's coming of age
story The Perks of Being A Wallflower starring Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and
Ezra Miller; the Duplass brothers' comedy Jeff, Who Lives at Home, staring Ed
Helms and Jason Segel, and Jason Reitman's Young Adult, written by Diablo Cody
and starring Charlize Theron, Patton Oswald and Patrick Wilson. Other Mr. Mudd
credits include The Libertine starring Johnny Depp and Samantha Morton and Art
School Confidential also directed by Zwigoff and written by
screenwriter/cartoonist Dan Clowes.
Malkovich also served as Executive Producer on the documentary How to Draw a
Bunny, a cinematic portrait of artist Ray Johnson, which won the Jury Prize at
the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and the Prix de Public at the famed Recontre
Film Festival in
Paris. The film was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best
documentary in 2003. Malkovich and the team at Mr. Mudd also executive produced
the 2009 HBO documentary Which Way Home. Directed by Rebecca Camissa, the film
shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of several unaccompanied
children as they endeavor to make it to the United States. The film was
nominated for several awards, including a 2010 Academy Award for Best
Documentary Feature, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Film, and
three Emmy Awards for Cinematography, Editing, and Research.
Malkovich's mark in television includes his Emmy Award winning performance
in the telefilm Death of a Salesman, directed by Volker Schlondorff and
co-starring Dustin Hoffman. This role also earned him a Golden Globe nomination.
Malkovich received subsequent Golden Globe nominations for In the Line of Fire
in 1994 in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in Supporting Role in a
Motion Picture; and for Heart of Darkness in 1995 for Best Performance by an
Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for
TV. Other notable credits include the miniseries Napoleon and the acclaimed HBO
telefilm RKO 281, both of which garnered John separate Emmy Award nominations
for Outstanding Support Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.
As a guiding member of Chicago's landmark Steppenwolf Theatre Company,
Malkovich has undoubtedly had a profound impact on the American theatre
landscape. Between 1976 and 1982, he acted in, directed or designed sets for
more than fifty Steppenwolf Theatre Company 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 plays include Death of a Salesman; Slip of the
Tongue; Sam Shepard's State of Shock; and Landford Wilson's Burn This in New
York, London and Los Angeles. Malkovich has directed numerous plays at
Steppenwolf, including the celebrated Balm in Gilead in Chicago and
Off-Broadway; The Caretaker in Chicago and on Broadway; and Libra, which he
adapted from Don LeLillo's novel. Malkovich's 2003 French stage production of
Hysteria was honored with five Moliere Award nominations including Best
Director. In addition to his film directorial debut on The Dancer Upstairs, John
has directed three fashion shorts (Strap Hangings, Lady Behave, Hideous Man) for
designer Belle Freud. He recently received a Moliere Award as Best Director for
his production of Zach Helm's Good Canary in Paris.
In addition to his many accolades in the world of the performing arts on
stage, on the big and small screens, and behind the camera - Malkovich has also
delved into the worlds of opera and fashion design. He recently starred as
infamous 18th century lothario Giacomo Casanova in a touring production of the
opera The Giacomo Variations, and in 2011 he reprised his role as famed Austrian
serial killer Jack Unterweger in The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial
Killer, a monologue interspersed with operatic arias. The production toured
through Europe and also showed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's 29th Annual
Next Wave Festival. Malkovich is also the creative force behind the menswear
line Technobohemian by John Malkovich.
Malkovich resides with his family in both the United States and France.