Paul Franklin Dano (born June 19, 1984) is an American actor and producer. He has appeared in films such as L.I.E., The Girl Next Door, Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood, Gigantic, Meek's Cutoff, Cowboys and Aliens, Looper, Being Flynn, Ruby Sparks, Prisoners, and 12 Years a Slave.
He appeared in:
- The Sopranos (two episodes, one in 2002 and one in 2004)
- The Emperors Club (2002)
- The Girl Next Door (2004)
- Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
- There Will Be Blood (2007)
- Gigantic (2008)
- Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
- Knight and Day (2010)
- Cowboys and Aliens (2011)
- Looper (2012)
- Ruby Sparks (2012)
- Prisoners (2013)
- 12 Years a Slave (2013)
- Love & Mercy (2014)
- Youth (2015)
- 'Swiss Army Man'' (2016)
- Atomic F-Bomb: FUCK!!!!!!
- Big Applesauce: Was born there.
- The Chew Toy: He's not killed off enough to be a Chronically Killed Actor, but his characters tend to take a lot of punishment. For example, he's been:
- Repeatedly hit in the crotch and slammed into a metal bar in Cowboys and Aliens.
- Whipped in 12 Years a Slave
- Slapped around, dragged into mud and beaten to death with a bowling pin in There Will Be Blood.
- Kidnapped and brutally tortured in Prisoners.
- Slowly dismembered and then kept alive in captivity for decades in Looper.
- Beaten by two different people in Gigantic.
- Suffering from Schizophrenia in Love & Mercy.
- Large Ham: Has a tendency to scream at least once in every movie he's in.
- Mook: The name of his band.
- Production Posse: With Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.
- Real-Life Relative: He co-starred with his girlfriend Zoe Kazan in Ruby Sparks.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Many jokes have been made of his somewhat feminine screaming that he does in almost every movie.
- Star-Making Role: Little Miss Sunshine.