John Gavin Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) is an American actor, producer, and fashion designer. He received Academy Award nominations for his performances in "Places in the Heart" (1984) and "In the Line of Fire" (1993).

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.

One of his first film roles was as an extra alongside Allen, Terry Kinney, George Wendt and Laurie Metcalf in Robert Altman's film "A Wedding" (1978). He made his feature film debut as Sally Field's blind boarder Mr. Will in "Places in the Heart" (1984). For his portrayal of Mr. Will, Malkovich received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also portrayed Al Rockoff in "The Killing Fields" (1984).

Malkovich gained significant critical and popular acclaim when he portrayed the sinister and sensual Valmont in the film "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988), a film adaptation of the stage play "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" by Christopher Hampton, who had adapted it from the 1782 novel of the same title by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.

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