Paul Dano

Paul Dano, After diligently attending his college's drama school, young Paul Dano quickly developed a passion for acting. Once he completed his studies, he landed a role in the family comedy "The Newcomers" in 2000. The following year, he took on the lead role in the dark and unsettling "L.I.E." (Long Island Expressway), which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. His portrayal of a lost and naive teenager left a strong impression, earning him the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead.
From then on, Paul Dano, a slender young man with an enigmatic face, was seen as one of Hollywood's great hopes. In 2002, he appeared in the drama "The Emperor's Club," followed by playing a shy student in the comedy "The Girl Next Door" (2003). He featured in the thriller "Taking Lives" alongside stars like Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke, and then starred opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in "The Ballad of Jack and Rose" (2005). However, it was his role as Dwayne, the silent (and hilarious) teenager in the bittersweet comedy "Little Miss Sunshine" that brought him acclaim in 2006.
In 2008, Dano continued his promising career by reuniting with Daniel Day-Lewis in "There Will Be Blood," a sweeping epic about the American oil boom, delivering an astounding performance. He also worked with Ang Lee in "Taking Woodstock" and lent his voice to Spike Jonze's "Where the Wild Things Are" (2009). He then starred opposite Zooey Deschanel in "Gigantic," where he was also an executive producer. Preferring independent productions like "The Good Heart" by Dagur Kari, where he played a suicidal homeless teenager, he was also sought after by Hollywood, appearing alongside Tom Cruise in the action film "Knight and Day" (2010).
Balancing between art-house films and blockbusters, Paul Dano starred in the modern western "The Good Heart" opposite Michelle Williams, and faced aliens alongside Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in "Cowboys & Aliens" (2011). He fulfilled a dream shared by many young actors by acting opposite Robert De Niro in "Being Flynn," portraying the legendary actor's son. In a more singular role, he ventured into science fiction in "Looper" before reuniting with the directors of "Little Miss Sunshine" for the colorful comedy "Ruby Sparks" (2012), where he starred opposite his girlfriend Zoe Kazan (who also wrote the screenplay), playing a writer who brings his dream girl to life through his writing.
Also in 2012, Paul Dano portrayed one of Solomon Northup's tyrannical masters in Steve McQueen's prestigious film "12 Years a Slave," critically acclaimed worldwide. A few months later, he played a troubled young man suspected of kidnapping Hugh Jackman's daughter in Denis Villeneuve's dark thriller "Prisoners."
2015 was a fruitful and varied year for the actor. In the biopic "Love and Mercy," he portrayed the young Brian Wilson, the tormented genius of the Beach Boys. He also appeared in Paolo Sorrentino's film "Youth," which competed at the Cannes Film Festival, starring alongside Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel as two men trying to make the most of their remaining years despite the looming passage of time. He continued with "Swiss Army Man," where he played a desperate man who discovers a mysterious corpse played by Daniel Radcliffe...
Across different media and genres, Paul Dano played Pierre Bezukhov, the fragile hero of the adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novel "War and Peace," and a prisoner plotting an escape with Benicio Del Toro in "Escape at Dannemora," based on a true story. In 2019, he was cast as one of the antagonists in "The Batman," alongside Robert Pattinson, playing Edward Nashton / The Riddler. Upcoming, he will appear in Spielberg's "The Fabelmans," inspired by the director's childhood in Arizona, where Dano will play the father of the young protagonist.



The Batman (2022)

- The Riddler