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Paul Franklin Dano (born June 19, 1984) is an Americanmarker actor and producer. He has appeared in films such as L.I.E. (2001), The Girl Next Door (2004), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and There Will Be Blood (2007).

Early life

Dano was born in New York, NYmarker. He spent the first few years of his childhood in New York Citymarker and initially attended the Browning Schoolmarker while his father worked as a businessman in New York.

While he was still a child, Dano's family moved from New York to New Canaan, Connecticutmarker, finally settling in Wilton, Connecticutmarker, where Dano continued his education at Wilton High School, graduating in 2002 to further attend Pace University in New York, NY.

As a child he was involved in community theatre, and while performing in New Canaanmarker his parents were encouraged to take him to New York Citymarker. At age 10, he was quickly scouted for roles in plays on Broadway, making his debut at age 12 in a revival of Inherit the Wind along with George C. Scott and Charles Durning. At age 15, Dano acted in his first major film role as Howie in L.I.E.


Since appearing as Howie Blitzer in L.I.E., Dano has played Dwayne in the feature film Little Miss Sunshine and Eli and Paul Sunday in Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood, and continues working in other, mostly independent, films. In the film Little Miss Sunshine, he played Dwayne, a teenager who took a vow of silence until he could accomplish his dream of being a test pilot. He said in an interview that it took days to practice his vow of silence. There Will Be Blood landed him a BAFTA award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, but lost to Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men. There Will Be Blood brought him positive reviews, with Texas Monthly saying that his performance is "so electric that the movie sags whenever he's not around." and Peter Travers remarking "All praise to the baby-faced Dano...for bringing sly cunning and unexpected ferocity to Plainview's most formidable opponent." He is also active on stage, and has appeared in several Broadway productions including Inherit the Wind, A Month in the Country, A Thousand Clowns at the Roundabout Theatre and the Ethan Hawke directorial debut Things We Want during its 2007 off-Broadway run. As a side project, he also provides vocals and lead guitar for the band Mook.

Rolling Stone magazine included Dano on its Hot List '07 under Hotcoming Attractions, calling his performance style "Daniel Day-Lewis + Billy Crudup x Johnny Depp."

He is rumored to be appearing in the next Todd Solondz film Life During Wartime.

Personal life

Dano resides in New York City. He attends The New School, studying literature. He also attended Pace University in Downtown Manhattan, studying English and Literature. As of April 2009, Dano is romantically linked to actress Zoe Kazan.

Awards and nominations





  1. Grandjean, Pat, "First People" column, item titled "The Buzz", Connecticut Magazine, November 2006, page 17
  2. Kelly, Christopher. "Crude Truth". Texas Monthly. 35 (12):68-70. December 2007.
  3. Travers, Peter. "There Will Be Blood." Rolling Stone. (1044):70. 2008-01-24
  4. Savage, Lesley (2007-10-18), "THE NEXT GENERATION". Rolling Stone. (1037):76
  5. Little Miss Sunshine. Broadcast Film Critics Association.
  6. 2008, 14th Annual Awards, March 30, 2008l.
  7. Paul Dano, Gigantic Interview at TIFF. AOL Entertainment Canada

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