10 Facts You Didn’t Know About John Malkovich

Fri 22 Jul


This September sees Academy Award winning actor John Malkovich make his London theatre directing debut with the hard hitting Good Canary at the Rose.


Though he’s probably more well-known for his acting career, John is also an accomplished theatre maker and fashion designer!  In fact, there are probably a few things you may not know about the man himself, so we thought we’d make a list of some interesting facts about John Malkovich.

1. Malkovich joined the now famous Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1976. The Chicago based company put a lot of emphasis on ensemble work, and helped to launch the careers of not only Malkovich but John Mahoney (Fraiser), Joan Allen (The Bourne Trilogy), Martha Plimpton (The Goonies) and Gary Sinise (CSI: New York)

2. During his time at Steppenwolf Malkovich directed numerous productions, including Balm in Gilead which he won an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Director and was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Directing of a play.

3. As well as directing, John also spent a lot of time acting. He originated the role of John Wilmot in The Libertine, of which he would go on to star in the 2004 film adaptation opposite Johnny Depp. A new production of this work, starring Dominic Cooper in John’s original role, opens in London just a few days after Good Canary.

4. John is fluent in French, having lived there and worked in French theatre for over 10 years.

5. In 2002, he created his own fashion company Mrs Mudd which launched his menswear collection Uncle Kimono in 2003 and a follow up line Technobohemian in 2010.

6. John made his video game debut as he lent his famous voice to the 2014 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

7. John starred in the 1985 film adaption of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman opposite Dustin Hoffman. The two had acted in the roles the year previous in a production directed by Michael Rudman, who is coming to the Rose in October to direct Miller’s All My Sons!

8. John and Robert Rodriguez have collaborated on a film, 100 Years, which won’t be released until 2115.

9. Not just accomplished in theatre, John also released an album for 2015 Record Store Day. Like a Puppet featured remixes of John himself reading interpretations of the philosopher, Plator. Featured on the album are Yoko Ono and The Dandy Warhols.

10. Renowned photographer Sandro Miller collaborated with John for a photo series titled “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters”. In the series they recreated famous photographs with John as the star.

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