Paul Dano Biography, Movies, Wildlife, Films, Little Miss Sunshine

Paul Dano
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Paul Dano Biography

Paul Dano (Paul Franklin Dano) is an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, and musician. He started his career on Broadway before making his film debut in The Newcomers (2000). Dano won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance for his role in L.I.E. (2002) and also received accolades for his role as Dwayne Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine (2006).

He was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his dual roles as Paul and Eli Sunday in There Will Be Blood (2007).

He has also received accolades for roles such as John Tibeats in 12 Years a Slave (2013) and also Alex Jones in Prisoners (2013). Paul’s acting portrayal of musician Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy (2014), earned him a Golden Globe nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actor.

He then made his directorial debut with the 2018 drama film Wildlife. The film is based on the novel by Richard Ford and starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal. He then co-wrote the screenplay with his partner Zoe Kazan. He is the vocalist and lead guitarist of the band Mook.

Paul Dano Age

Paul Franklin Dano was born on June 19, 1984 in New York City, U.S. He is 38 years

Paul Dano Family

Dano was born the son of Gladys (née Pipp) and Paul A. Dano and has a younger sister named Sarah.

He spent the first few years of his childhood in New York City and initially attended the Browning School. It was when his father worked as a businessman in New York.

His family moved to New Canaan, Connecticut while he was a child and finally settling in Wilton, Connecticut. He continued his education there at Wilton High School, graduating in 2002 and then attending Eugene Lang College in New York City.

Dano was involved in community theater, and while he was performing in New Canaan, his parents were encouraged to take him to New York.

Zoe Kazan Paul Dano | Paul Dano And Zoe Kazan | Paul Dano Girlfriend

He has been in a relationship with actress and screenwriter Zoe Kazan since 2007.

Paul Dano Zoe Kazan Baby

Zoe and Dano have a daughter born in August 2018.

Paul Dano Actor

Dano was noted for roles in classical plays on Broadway at age 10. He made his debut at age 12 in the John Tillinger-directed revival of Inherit the Wind along with George C. Scott and also Charles During.

He then appeared in an episode of the sitcom Smart Guy and also a minor role in the 2000 family drama The Newcomers, as well playing the part of Patrick Whalen, in a few episodes of The Sopranos in season 4.

He acted in his first major film role when he was 16 where he played the character of Howie Blitzer, a teenage boy who becomes involved with a middle-aged ephebophile, played by Brian Cox, in L.I.E. (2001).

Dano then appeared in the TV movie Too Young to Be a Dad as a high school student whose life is disrupted when his girlfriend becomes pregnant. He also played a small role as young Martin Asher in Taking Lives with Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke in 2004.

Dano played supporting roles in The King with Gael Garcia Bernal in 2005, and also The Ballad of Jack and Rose with Daniel Day-Lewis.

Paul Dano Little Miss Sunshine

Paul came to greater attention in 2006, this is when he played as Dwayne, a voluntarily mute teenager as part of an ensemble in the comedic drama Little Miss Sunshine.

Paul Dano There Will Be Blood

He received critical acclaim and collective awards for its cast. His work with Daniel Day-Lewis led to a dual role opposite him in his next film, Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood where he played identical twin brothers Eli and Paul Sunday.

This earned him a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and also brought him positive reviews, with Texas Monthly saying that Dano’s performance was “so electric that the movie sags whenever he’s not around.” and Peter Travers remarking “All praise to the baby-faced Dano…for bringing sly cunning and unexpected ferocity to Plainview’s most formidable opponent.”

Rolling Stone magazine included Paul in its Hot List for 2007, calling his performance style “Daniel Day-Lewis + Billy Crudup × Johnny Depp.”

Paul appeared in several additional Broadway productions including A Thousand Clowns at the Roundabout Theatre, and also in the Ethan Hawke directorial debut Things We Want during its 2007 Off-Broadway run.

Dano starred in Gigantic, a poorly-reviewed film about a man seeking to adopt a Chinese baby, co-starring Zooey Deschanel in 2008.

He then reunited with Brian Cox in 2009’s Good Heart, a low-budget English-language Icelandic film. Dano provided the voice of one of the creatures in the film adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are.

He also played a genius inventor in Knight and Day, an action thriller starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in 2010. In the same year, Dano appeared in Meek’s Cutoff, a well-reviewed historical drama. Paul had a supporting role in the big-budget science fiction film Cowboys and Aliens in 2011.

Paul Dano Looper

He appeared in three feature films in 2012: Ruby Sparks, as a writer whose fictional character (played by Zoe Kazan, the film’s writer and Dano’s girlfriend) inexplicably appears as a real person; time-travel thriller Looper, in a supporting role with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis; and also with Robert De Niro in Being Flynn as the film’s writer Nick Flynn, about his relationship with his father.

Paul Dano 12 Years A Slave

He appeared in Steve McQueen’s period drama biopic 12 Years a Slave, which is based on the memoirs of Solomon Northup in 2013. He portrayed John Tibeats, an overseer at the plantation Northup is sold to.

The film was then a massive critical success and also won the Academy Award for Best Picture, among numerous other awards.

Paul played a younger version of the Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson in 2014, with John Cusack as an older version of Brian, in the biopic Love & Mercy, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Paul appeared with Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel in the Italian comedy-drama Youth in 2015. He portrayed Jimmy Tree, an actor who is researching for an upcoming role but is frustrated that he is best-remembered by the public for a prior role as a robot.

Paul Dano War And Peace

Paul appeared as Pierre in the BBC’s six-part adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace in January 2016.

Dano appeared in video as an onstage “stand-in” during the Nostalgia For the Present concert tour of Australian singer Sia Furler for her song, “Bird Set Free” in the autumn of 2016. He then portrayed escaped inmate David Sweat in the Showtime miniseries Escape at Dannemora alongside Patricia Arquette and Benicio Del Toro in 2018.

Wildlife Paul Dano

It was announced that Dano would make his directorial debut with the movie Wildlife in July 2016. It is based on the 1990 novel of the same name, by Richard Ford. The movie would be then produced by June Pictures, and would also star Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Paul stated, “I have always wanted to make films and have always known I would make films about family. I couldn’t be happier to have such beautiful collaborators like Carey and Jake leading the way.”

Paul Dano Net Worth

The Little Miss Sunshine star has an estimated net worth of $10 million.

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