Paul Franklin Dano (born June 19, 1984) is an American actor, director 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 & Aliens, Looper, Being Flynn, Ruby Sparks, Prisoners, and 12 Years a Slave.
His debut as a director, Wildlife, was released in early 2018. Besides directing, he also co-wrote the script with Zoe Kazan, his long-term girlfriend and a recurring collaborator in earlier movies of his. In 2018 she also gave birth to their daughter.
He appeared in:
- The Newcomers (2000) as Joel
- L.I.E (2001) as Howie Blitzer
- The Sopranos (two episodes, one in 2002 and one in 2004) as Patrick Whalen
- The Emperor's Club (2002) as Martin Blythe
- The Girl Next Door (2004) as Klitz
- Little Miss Sunshine (2006) as Dwayne Hoover
- There Will Be Blood (2007) as Paul and Eli Sunday
- Gigantic (2008) as Brian Weathersby
- Where the Wild Things Are (2009) as Alexander
- Knight and Day (2010) as Simon Feck
- Meek's Cutoff (2011) as Thomas Gately
- Cowboys & Aliens (2011) as Percy Dolarhyde
- Looper (2012) as Seth
- Ruby Sparks (2012) as Calvin Weir-Fields
- Prisoners (2013) as Alex Jones
- 12 Years a Slave (2013) as John Tibeats
- Love & Mercy (2014) as Brian Wilson
- Youth (2015) as Jimmy Tree
- War and Peace (2016) as Pierre Bezukhov
- Swiss Army Man (2016) as Hank Thompson
- Okja (2017) as Jay
- Escape at Dannemora (2018)
- The Batman (2022) as Edward Nashton / The Riddler
- 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 & 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.
- Held as a prisoner under horrible circumstances in the 2016 BBC adaptation of War and Peace.
- Attacked by a bear in Swiss Army Man.
- Gets shot twice In the Back in Escape at Dannemora.
- Creator Couple: With playwright and actress Zoe Kazan.
- 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.