Paul Dano is an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and musician. Similarly, Dano started his career on Broadway before making his film debut in The Newcomers (since 2000). He won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance for his role in L.I.E. (since 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 (since 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 (since 2013). His acting portrayal of musician Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy (since 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.
Dano was born in New York City, New York, the son of Gladys (née Pipp) and Paul A. Dano. He has a younger sister named Sarah. Dano spent the first few years of his childhood in New York City and initially attended the Browning School, while his father worked as a businessman in New York. Moreover, Dano continued his education there at Wilton High School, graduating in 2002 and attending Eugene Lang College in New York City.
At age 10, Dano was noted for roles in classical plays on Broadway, making his debut at age 12 in the John Tillinger-directed revival of Inherit the Wind along with George C. Scott and Charles Durning. He appeared in an episode of the sitcom Smart Guy and 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.
Dano acted in his first major film role when he was 16, playing 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).Since 2004 he played a small role as young Martin Asher in Taking Lives with Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke. In 2005, he played supporting roles in The King with Gael Garcia Bernal, and The Ballad of Jack and Rose with Daniel Day-Lewis.
Dano has been in a relationship with actress and screenwriter Zoe Kazan since 2007. They have a daughter, born in August 2018. They reside in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
- Full Name: Paul Franklin Dano
- Date of Birth: June 19, 1984
- Age: 35 years
- Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
- Height: 1.8 m
- Upcoming movie: The Batman
- TV shows: Escape at Dannemora, War & Peace, Codes of Conduct, Escape at Dannemora: Extras
- Awards: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, etc.
- Occupation: Actor, director, screenwriter, producer, singer, musician
- Years active: since 1998–present
- Partner(s): Zoe Kazan (since 2007–present)
- Children: 1
- Net Worth: $10 million dollars
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