John Malkovich

On this date in 1953, actor John Gavin Malkovich was born in Christopher, Ill. He attended Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University. Malkovich joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater in 1976. He won an Obie for his role in "True West," a 1983 play. He appeared in the Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman" with Dustin Hoffman in 1984, and won an Emmy for the TV movie version. His first film work was as an extra in Robert Altman's "A Wedding" (1978). His real screen debut was as a blind man in "Places of the Heart" (1984). Other films include "The Killing Fields" (1984), "The Glass Menagerie" (1987), "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988), "Portrait of a Lady" (1996), "Con Air" (1997), "The Man in the Iron Mask" (1998), "Being John Malkovich" (1999,  "Johnny English" (2003), "Burn After Reading" (2008), which co-starred Brad Pitt and "Changeling" (2008), which starred Angelina Jolie. In an interview with Telegraph Magazine, Malkovich described himself as an atheist (The Age [Australia], April 25, 2003).

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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