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Creator / John Malkovich

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"I have driven school buses, sold egg rolls and painted houses, and I have often wondered what my life would have been like if I hadn't gone into acting. Mind you, it's a great life, going around pretending you're other people and getting paid ridiculous sums of money for it."

John Gavin Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor.

He is known for playing creepy psychopaths extremely well, and has made his fame in films such as The Killing Fields, Empire of the Sun, Dangerous Liaisons, Con Air, In the Line of Fire, and Being John Malkovich.

Malkovich is a master of the Creepy Monotone, and can either be quietly understated or be a Large Ham of astronomical proportions. However, as with many great actors, he has appeared in some less-than-luminous films, including Eragon and Jonah Hex. He also appears in a cameo in Adaptation during the filming of Being John Malkovich.

He has now branched into the small screen, having played the infamous pirate Blackbeard in NBC's Crossbones, a minor recurring role Showtime's Billions and a pope opposite Jude Law in The New Pope. He is also the owner of a fairly popular restaurant in Lisbon, Portugal.


Tropes found in his works:

  • Grumpy Old Man: Throughout the 2000s and 2010s he's played a lot of cantankerous, bitter old men. It's often a shock for people used to these roles to see what a laid back, introspective person he is off-camera.
  • Production Posse: He was directed four times by experimental Chilean filmmaker Raoul Ruiz.
  • Renaissance Man: Accomplished in acting, directing, fashion design, and business ownership.



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