John Malkovich Biography

John Malkovich is an American stage and film actor, as well as a director and producer and fashion designer. He has appeared in more than 70 movies throughout his career. John Malkovich is the proud owner of all 25 wins and 26 nominations. In Illinois State University he graduated with a major in theatre. Malkovich's career stretches back nearly three decades and has included everything from the acclaimed period drama Dangerous Liaisons (1988) to action thrillers In the Line of Fire (1993), Con Air (1997) and the RED franchise to the self-referential dramedy of Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich in 1999.
In 1976, Malkovich joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre. In 1980, he won an Obie award for his performance a version of Sam Shepard's True West. This was soon followed by his Broadway debut, in Death of a Salesman. In 1982, he appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire with Chicago's Wisdom Bridge Theatre. Then he directed a Steppenwolf co-production, the 1984 revival of Landford Wilson's Balm in Gilead, for which he received a second Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award. That year for his performance in Places in the Heart, he received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 1984 he won National Board of Review, USA and Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Supporting Actor with Places in the Heart
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. Malkovich won an Emmy award for his Broadway debut role in 1985. Malkovich became a star when he portrayed Valmont in the 1988 film Dangerous Liaisons. The latter film featured Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer and Malkovich reprised his role in the film for the music video to Annie Lennox's Walking on Broken Glass. In 1994, Malkovich was nominated for his next Academy Award, for his role in In the Line of Fire.
John Malkovich continued to pursue more unusual roles and films, including The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Beowulf and Burn After Reading, a Coen Brothers comedy. Because of his aptitude for comedy, John Malkovich has hosted three episodes of Saturday Night Live, n 1993, was with Billy Joel as his musical guest. In 2008 he presented the show, it featured appearances from Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Molly Sims and Justin Timberlake.
In 2008, Malkovich partrayed the story of Jack Underweger in a performance for one actor, two sopranos, and period orchestra entitled Seduction and Despair, which premiered at Barnum Hall in Santa Monica. In 2011 Malkovich directed Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter in the Pleasance Courtyard, Edimburgh for the Edimburgh Festival Fringe. In 2012, he directed a production of a newly adapted French-language version of Les Liaisons Dangereuses for the Théâtre de l'Atelier in Paris.
Known for their achievements and valuable prizes as an actor, producer, director and writer continues to win prestigious awards worldwide
, including a News and Documentary Emmy Award in 2010, a special prize at the Moscow International Film Festival in 2011 for his contribution to the world of cinema, and an Independent Spirit Award in 2013. He also was presented with the Golden Eye Award at the Zurich International Film Festival in 2014 for lifetime achievement. He currently takes a leading role in two exceptional projects for which his narration is accompanied by works of classical music performed by renowned musicians: Report on the Blind, which pairs Schnittke’s Piano Concerto (1979) with a chapter, “Report on the Blind,” from Ernesto Sabato’s novel “On Heroes and Tombs”; and The Music Critic, originally conceived by Aleksey Igudesman, in which Malkovich plays the role of the evil critic who writes about the music of Beethoven, Chopin, and Prokofiev, among others. He holds a degree in theater from Illinois State University at Normal.



  • He currently takes a leading role in two exceptional projects for which his narration is accompanied by works of classical music performed by renowned musicians: Report on the Blind, which pairs Schnittke’s Piano Concerto (1979) with a chapter, “Report on the Blind,” from Ernesto Sabato’s novel On Heroes and Tombs; and The Music Critic, originally conceived by Aleksey Igudesman, in which Malkovich plays the role of the evil critic who writes about the music of Beethoven, Chopin, and Prokofiev, among others.

  • For those who have listened to it, Report on the Blind was the occasion - yes - of a meeting between the words blown by the devil Malkovich and the music that I Solisti Aquilani and the pianist Terenkova were able to make real sound dramaturgy.
    Doriana Law
    Theater and Criticsm

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