John Gavin Malkovich is an American actor, producer,
and director. Over the last 25 years of his career, Malkovich has
appeared in more than 70 motion pictures. For his roles in Places
in the Heart and In the Line of Fire, he received Academy Award
nominations. He has also appeared in critically acclaimed films
such as Empire of the Sun, The Killing Fields, Dangerous Liaisons,
The Portrait of a Lady, Being John Malkovich and Burn After Reading.
Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois. His paternal grandparents
were Croats, natives of Ozalj in Karlovac County, Croatia. His mother
was of Scottish and German ancestry. He grew up in Benton, Illinois,
in a large house on South Main Street. His father, Daniel Malkovich,
was a state conservation director and publisher of Outdoor Illinois,
a conservation magazine. His mother, Joe Ann (nee Choisser), owned
the Benton Evening News (a local newspaper in Benton, Il.), as well
as Outdoor Illinois. Malkovich attended Logan Grade School, Webster
Junior High, and Benton Consolidated High School, in Benton, Illinois.
During his high school years, he appeared in various plays and the
musical, Carousel. He was also a member of a folk/rock musical trio,
and was a member of a local summer theater/comedy project in Benton
in 1972, where he co-starred in Jean-Claude Van Itallie's America
Hurrah. Upon graduation from high school, he entered Eastern Illinois
University, and then transferred to Illinois State University, where
he majored in theatre .....