John Malkovich is an American actor popular for films like Con Air, Empire of the Sun, Killing Fields, Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, and more. He received several accolades, including a Primetime Emmy. But did you know he was also able to save a stranger’s life?
John Malkovich saved a man who had tripped and slashed his neck on scaffolding in 2013. Malkovich applied pressure to Jim Walpole’s neck to stop the bleeding before rushing him to the hospital, eventually saving his life.
John Malkovich’s Career
John Malkovich joined the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago as a founding member in 1976, alongside Joan Allen, Gary Sinise, and Glenne Headly. In 1980, he relocated to New York City to perform in a Steppenwolf production of Sam Shepard’s True West, for which he received an Obie Award.
In early 1982, he performed in Chicago’s Wisdom Bridge Theatre A Streetcar Named Desire production. He got a second Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award for directing a Steppenwolf co-production, the 1984 revival of Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead.
That year, he made his Broadway debut as Biff in Death of a Salesman, opposite Dustin Hoffman as Willy. When the play was adapted for television by CBS in 1985, Malkovich earned an Emmy Award for his performance.
The Man in the Iron Mask, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Eragon, Beowulf, Colour Me Kubrick, Changeling, Red, Secretariat, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Red 2 are among Malkovich’s other popular cinematic appearances.
In 2019, Malkovich starred in David Mamet’s new play Bitter Wheat in London’s West End. He also starred in the HBO drama series The New Pope in the title role. Malkovich was also cast as Dr. Adrian Mallory in the current Netflix comedy series Space Force on September 26, 2019. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)
How Was John Malkovich’s as a Director?
Malkovich directed a stage version of Zach Helm’s Good Canary in French in 2008, featuring Cristiana Realli and Vincent Elbaz in the critical parts. It earned Malkovich the Molière Award for Best Director.
He also directed it in Spanish in Mexico and English at London’s Rose Theater in 2016. The cast included Ilan Goodman, Harry Lloyd, and Freya Mavor. In 2016, Malkovich received the Milton Schulman Award for Best Director at the Evening Standard Theater Awards.
Malkovich was approached and cast in the unproduced Spider-Man 4 as the Marvel Comics villain Vulture in 2009. For the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2011, he directed Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter in the Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh.
He directed a production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Théâtre de l’Atelier in Paris in 2012, which was a newly revised French-language version. The show had a limited run at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City in July 2013.
Robert Rodriguez directed Malkovich in the film 100 Years, which he created and acted in. The film is kept in a vault in the south of France and will not be released until 2115. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)