Paul Dano

Having started his career on stage and screen as a child actor, Paul Dano quickly rose to stardom channeling the frustrations of adolescent awkwardness in a number of supporting turns before later graduating to more ... Read more »
Born: 06/19/1984 in New York City, New York, USA


Actor (38)

Swiss Army Man 2016 (Movie)

Hank (Actor)

The Late Late Show With James Corden 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)


The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2016 (Tv Show)


Jimmy Kimmel Live 2015 (Tv Show)


Love & Mercy 2015 (Movie)

Brian – Past (Actor)

Youth 2015 (Movie)

Jimmy Tree (Actor)

Light and the Sufferer 2014 (Movie)


The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)


12 Years a Slave 2013 (Movie)

Tibeats (Actor)

Prisoners 2013 (Movie)

Alex Jones (Actor)

Being Flynn 2012 (Movie)

Nick Flynn (Actor)

For Ellen 2012 (Movie)

Joby Taylor (Actor)

Looper 2012 (Movie)

Seth (Actor)

Ruby Sparks 2012 (Movie)

Calvin Weir-Fields (Actor)

Cowboys & Aliens 2011 (Movie)

Percy Dolarhyde (Actor)

Meek's Cutoff 2011 (Movie)

Thomas Gately (Actor)

Knight and Day 2010 (Movie)

Simon Feck (Actor)

The Extra Man 2010 (Movie)

Louis Ives (Actor)

The Good Heart 2010 (Movie)

Lucas (Actor)

Explicit Ills 2009 (Movie)

Rocco (Actor)

Gigantic 2009 (Movie)

Brian Weathersby (Actor)

Taking Woodstock 2009 (Movie)

VW Guy (Actor)

Where the Wild Things Are 2009 (Movie)

Alexander (Actor)

There Will Be Blood 2007 (Movie)

Eli Sunday/Paul Sunday (Actor)

Fast Food Nation 2006 (Movie)

Brian (Actor)

Little Miss Sunshine 2006 (Movie)

Dwayne (Actor)

The King 2006 (Movie)

Paul Sandow (Actor)

Weapons 2006 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

The Ballad of Jack and Rose 2005 (Movie)

Thaddius (Actor)

Taking Lives 2004 (Movie)

Young Asher (Actor)

The Girl Next Door 2004 (Movie)

Klitz (Actor)

The Sopranos 2002, 2004 (Tv Show)


The Emperor's Club 2002 (Movie)

Martin Blythe (Actor)

The Newcomers 2002 (Movie)

Joel (Actor)

L.I.E. 2001 (Movie)

Howie Blitzer (Actor)

Too Young To Be a Dad (TV Show)


War & Peace (TV Show)

Producer (3)

For Ellen 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ruby Sparks 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Gigantic 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (2)

Swiss Army Man 2016 (Movie)

("Cotton Eye Joe") (Song Performer)

Love & Mercy 2015 (Movie)

("God Only Knows") (Song Performer)


Having started his career on stage and screen as a child actor, Paul Dano quickly rose to stardom channeling the frustrations of adolescent awkwardness in a number of supporting turns before later graduating to more eclectic adult roles. Following attention-grabbing turns in films like "L.I.E." (2001) and "The Girl Next Door" (2004), Dano stole the show as an unhappy teenager taking a vow of silence while dealing with his dysfunctional family on a road trip in the indie darling "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006). His performance as the good-hearted, but withdrawn Dwayne was singled out by critics, allowing him to expand his horizons. He did just that when he delivered an excellent supporting performance as a fire-and-brimstone preacher opposite Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis in "There Will Be Blood" (2007). Dano went on to voice Alexander in "Where the Wild Things Are" (2009), before playing a variety of off-beat characters in a string of indies like "Gigantic" (2008), "Taking Woodstock" (2009), "The Good Heart" (2009) and "The Extra Man" (2010). Not one to be pigeonholed, Dano entered the blockbuster arena with supporting roles in "Knight and Day" (2010) and "Cowboys & Aliens" (2011). He returned to the indie fold as the star of co-star, writer and girlfriend Zoe Kazan's much-buzzed about romantic comedy "Ruby Sparks" (2012), which further demonstrated Dano's ability to continually surprise critics and fans with his diversity of choices.


Paul Dano


Sarah Dano


Zoe Kazan Actor

Reportedly dating as of March 2009 Acted together in "Meek's Cutoff" (2010) and "Ruby Sparks" (2012)

Gladys Pipp



Browning School

New York , New York

Eugene Lang College, New School for Social Research

New York , New York

Wilton High School

Wilton , Connecticut 2002



Appeared in the period drama "12 Years a Slave"


Featured in the intense drama "Prisoners"


Played the title character in "Being Flynn," based on Nick Flynn's book Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir


Cast opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis in sci-fi action "Looper"


Featured in the sci-fi Western "Cowboys & Aliens"


Played a supporting role opposite Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in the action/comedy "Knight and Day"


Co-starred as a mattress salesman opposite Zooey Deschanel in the independent comedy "Gigantic"


Voiced Alexander in Spike Jonze's live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book "Where the Wild Things Are"


Co-starred in Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock"


Received rave reviews for his portrayal of Eli Sunday in Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood"


Cast as an alienated teenager in Richard Linklater's "Fast Food Nation"


Played Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette's son in the independent film hit "Little Miss Sunshine"; nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male


Played Catherine Keener’s son in "The Ballad of Jack and Rose," helmed by Rebecca Miller


Played William Hurt’s Bible-thumping son in "The King"


Cast as Klitz, Hirsch’s best friend in the coming-of-age comedy "The Girl Next Door"


Appeared opposite Kevin Kline and Emile Hirsch in "The Emperor's Club"


Played a troubled kid with family issues in "L.I.E."

Appeared as Scrooge at age 12 opposite Roddy McDowall and Hal Linden in the Broadway production of Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol"