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John Malkovich

John Malkovich is one of the most important actors of today’s cinema. He has played in more than 65 movies and directs and produces films.

In 1976, John Malkovich joined Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, newly founded by his friend, Gary Sinise.

After that, it would take seven years before Mr. Malkovich would show up in New York and win an Obie in Sam Shepard’s play True West. In 1984, Mr. Malkovich appeared with Dustin Hoffman in the Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, which earned Mr. Malkovich an Emmy Award when it was made into a movie for television the next year.

He made his big-screen debut as the blind lodger in Places in the Heart (1984), which earned him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. Other films would follow, including The Killing Fields (1984) and The Glass Menagerie (1987), but he would be well remembered as Vicomte de Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons (1988). Playing against Michelle Pfeiffer and Glenn Close in a costume picture helped raise his standing in the industry. He would be cast as the psychotic political assassin in Clint Eastwood’s In the Line of Fire (1993), for which he would be nominated for both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe.

Out of his interest in independent movies and his reputation as one of the most absorbing actors in Hollywood did the movie Being John Malkovich arise.

Mr. Malkovich has periodically returned to Chicago to both act and direct.

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