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Paul Franklin Dano

June 19, 1984 (1984-06-19) (age 36)
  • Actor
  • director
  • screenwriter
  • producer
  • singer
  • musician
Years active 1998–present
Partner(s) Zoe Kazan (2007–present)
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Paul Franklin Dano (/ˈdn/; born June 19, 1984) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer and musician.

Dano started his career on Broadway before making his film debut in The Newcomers (2000). He won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance for his role in L.I.E. (2002) and received accolades for his role as Dwayne Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine (2006). For his dual roles as Paul and Eli Sunday in There Will Be Blood (2007), he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Dano has also received accolades for roles such as John Tibeats in 12 Years a Slave (2013) and Alex Jones in Prisoners (2013). His acting portrayal of musician Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy (2015), earned him a Golden Globe nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actor.

Dano made his directorial debut with the 2018 drama film Wildlife, based on the novel by Richard Ford and starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal. He co-wrote the screenplay with his partner Zoe Kazan.

Early life

He was born in New York City. Dano's family then moved to Wilton in Connecticut. Dano went to Wilton High School there.


When Dano was 17 he played a 15-year-old boy in the 2001 movie L.I.E.. It was his first big movie role. He also appeared in the 2004 comedy movie The Girl Next Door. In 2006, Little Miss Sunshine was released. Dano played a teenager who chose not to talk in the movie. In 2012 Dano played the main character in a romantic comedy called Ruby Sparks. Dano also executive produced the film. He played John Tibeats in the 2013 movie 12 Years a Slave. In 2013 Dano told Examiner that he acted in a movie about Brian Wilson that summer. It will be released in 2014.

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