Born on December 9, 1953 in Illinois, John Gavin Malkovich is an American actor, producer and director. He studied at the Illinois State University where he first studied ecology before majoring in theatre.
In 1976, John Malkovich became a charter member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago and appeared in the 1983 play True West. The next year, he appeared with Dustin Hoffman in the play Death of a Salesman. When the play became a television movie in 1985, John Malkovich won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Biff Loman. One of his first films was as an extra in A Wedding, before landing a supporting role in Places in the Heart. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance. He was given several minor roles in films and on television. Some of these included voicing Santa Claus in the television special Santabear’s First Christmas and Santabear’s High Flying Adventure. He was also in 1988’s Dangerous Liaisons, Queen’s Logic and Of Mice and Men. In 1993, he was cast in In the Line of Fire, for he which was nominated for an Oscar the next year. In 1996, Malkovich appeared in Mulholland Falls and The Portrait of a Lady. He also played the title role in 1999’s Being John Malkovich, written by Charlie Kaufman. In it, he portrays a version of himself named John Horatio Malkovich.
During the 2000s, he appeared in Hotel and Knockaround Guys, as well as narrating the film Hideous Man in 2002. That same year, he released his directorial debut The Dancer Upstairs. He was also given the role of Tom Ripley in Ripley’s Game, and appeared in 2003’s Johnny English with Rowan Atkinson. In 2005, he was cast in the adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, as well as Eragon the next year. He also played the notorious Unferth in Beowulf, with its screenplay written by Neil Gaiman.