Main content

John Malkovich

Sue Lawley's castaway is actor John Malkovich.

John Malkovich makes his film directorial debut this year with The Dancer Upstairs. He's best known for his laconic sophistication in films such as Dangerous Liaisons, In the Line of Fire and The Man in the Iron Mask. He was celebrated in 1999's Being John Malkovich, in which he played himself. Malkovich was born in rural America, where his family ran the local newspaper. He attended Illinois State University but soon changed his major from environmental studies to drama. He and two friends formed the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, an experimental theatre company, in 1976. Based in Chicago, it became one of the most exciting regional groups in America. Malkovich acted in, directed and helped on dozens of plays, while earning money painting houses and driving school buses.

In 1983 Malkovich made his New York debut in an off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's True West and won an Obie award for his performance. This led to the role of Biff in the 1984 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, in which Dustin Hoffman played Willy Loman. Their performances were captured for posterity in a film version a year later. John has received three Oscar nominations for Places In The Heart, The Killing Fields and In the Line of Fire.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Who Knows Where The Time Goes by Nina Simone
Book: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Luxury: A cappuccino maker

Available now

45 minutes

Last on

Fri 6 Dec 2002 09:00

Music Played

  • Van Morrison

    When the Leaves Come Falling Down

    • Back On Top.
    • Pointblank.
  • Brook Benton

    Rainy Day in Georgia

    • Brooke Benton - 40 Greatest Hits.
    • Mercury.
  • Frank Sinatra

    Once Upon A Time

    • September Of My Years.
    • Reprise.
  • Tom Waits

    Kentucky Avenue

    • Blue Valentine.
    • Elektra.
  • Alberto Iglesias

    Accordian Theme from Dancer Upstairs

    • The Dancer Upstairs.
  • Dr. Dre

    Still D.R.E. (feat. Snoop Dogg)

    • The Lick - Presented by Trevor Nelson.
    • Def Soul.
  • Bruce Springsteen

    Highway 29

    • The Ghost of Tom Joad.
    • Columbia.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Nina Simone

      Who knows Where The Time Goes?

      • Black Gold.
      • RCA.
  • Book Choice

    • The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner

  • Luxury Choice

    • A cappuccino maker

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest John Malkovich

Broadcasts

  • Sun 1 Dec 2002 11:15
  • Fri 6 Dec 2002 09:00

Featured in...

The Desert Island Discs podcast

The Desert Island Discs podcast

Subscribe or download individual episodes.

Listen to over 2,000 programmes

Articles

Articles

Read the surprising things we've learned about some stand-out castaways.

The 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs

The 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs

Featuring David Beckham, the funniest and most moving moments, animations and quizzes.

The Lark Ascending – The People’s Desert Island Disc

The Lark Ascending – The People’s Desert Island Disc

Why does Vaughan Williams’s masterpiece appeal to so many castaways?

Podcast