With his knack of communicating volumes without uttering a word, Paul Dano has proven himself to be one of the movie industry's most promising actors. Paul Franklin Dano was born on June 19, 1984 in New York City. When he was young, his parents moved him to Connecticut and, while attending school, he appeared in a number of community theater productions. In 2000, he appeared in his first film, The Newcomers, which starred Kate Bosworth. When Paul was 15, he landed the lead role in the controversial, yet critically-acclaimed L.I.E. as a boy who forms an unlikely friendship with a pederast played by Brian Cox. His performance won Paul an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance. Paul went on to supporting roles in the comedy The Girl Next Door and the Angelina Jolie thriller Taking Lives. Paul took on the challenge of playing a character who took a vow of silence in the quirky comedy Little Miss Sunshine ion 2006. He and the rest of the cast - including Steve Carell, Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette - won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. He again received critical kudos for his dual role in the Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood. In addition to his work on-screen, Paul has appeared in a number of Broadway productions, including A Christmas Carol, Ragtime and Inherit the Wind and appeared in Ethan Hawke's off-Broadway directorial debut Things We Want in 2007. He is also a vocalist and lead guitar player for the rock band Mook. With a number of upcoming projects, including Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are, Paul will have ample opportunities to shine.
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