16 Juicy Facts About John Malkovich

1. For his roles in Places in the Heart and In the Line of Fire, he received Academy Award nominations.

2. His paternal grandparents were Croatian natives of Ozalj. He grew up in Benton, Illinois, in a large house on South Main Street, where his next door neighbor was future Olympic and NBA basketball star and coach, Doug Collins.

3. His father, Daniel Leon Malkovich , was a state conservation director and publisher of Outdoor Illinois, a conservation magazine.

4. His mother, Joe Anne , owned the Benton Evening News, as well as Outdoor Illinois.

5. Malkovich attended Logan Grade School, Webster Junior High School, and Benton Consolidated High School.

6. During his high school years, he appeared in various plays and the musical Carousel.

7. He was also a member of a folk gospel group, singing in area churches and community events.

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

9. Malkovich won an Emmy Award for this role when the play was adapted for television by CBS in 1985.

10. For his portrayal of Mr. Will, Malkovich received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

11. A few years later, Malkovich became a star when he portrayed the sinister and sensual Valmont in the 1988 film Dangerous Liaisons, a film adaptation of the stage play Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton, who in turn had adapted it from the 1782 novel of the same title by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.

12. He later reprised this role for the music video of “Walking on Broken Glass” by Annie Lennox.

13. In 1994, he was nominated for another Oscar, in the same category, for In the Line of Fire.

14. Malkovich has a cameo in the movie Adaptation.—also written by Kaufman—appearing as himself during the filming of Being John Malkovich.

15. Malkovich has hosted three episodes of the NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live.

16. The first occasion was in January 1989 with musical guest Anita Baker; the second in October 1993 with musical guest Billy Joel .

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