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Malkovich in August 2009.
John Gavin Malkovich

December 9, 1953 (1953-12-09) (age 68)
Occupation Actor, director, producer, fashion designer
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Glenne Headly
Partner(s) Nicoletta Peyran
Children 2

John Gavin Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) is an American actor, director, producer and fashion designer. He has appeared in more than 70 films. For his roles in Places in the Heart and In the Line of Fire, he received Academy Award nominations.

Malkovich created his own fashion company, Mrs. Mudd, in 2002. The company released its John Malkovich menswear collection, "Uncle Kimono", in 2003, which was subsequently covered in international press, and its second clothing line, "Technobohemian", in 2010. Malkovich designed the outfits himself.

Early life

Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois. His paternal grandparents were Croatian, from Ozalj. His mother was of French, German, Scottish and English ancestry.

He grew up in Benton, Illinois. Malkovich has three younger sisters and an older brother.

Malkovich attended Logan Grade School, Webster Junior High School, and Benton Consolidated High School. During his high school years, he appeared in various plays and the musical Carousel. He was active in a folk gospel group, singing in area churches and community events. As a member of a local summer theater/comedy project, he co-starred in Jean-Claude van Itallie's America Hurrah in 1972.

Upon graduating from high school, he entered Eastern Illinois University, and then transferred to Illinois State University, where he majored in theater.

Early career

In 1976, Malkovich, along with Joan Allen, Gary Sinise, and Glenne Headly, became a charter member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. He moved to New York City in 1980 to appear in a Steppenwolf production of the Sam Shepard play True West for which he won an Obie Award.

In early 1982, he appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire with Chicago's Wisdom Bridge Theatre. Malkovich then directed a Steppenwolf co-production, the 1984 revival of Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead, for which he received a second Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award. His Broadway debut that year was as Biff in Death of a Salesman alongside Dustin Hoffman as Willy. Malkovich won an Emmy Award for this role when the play was adapted for television by CBS in 1985.

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