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Paul Dano


Paul Dano has an extensive career as an actor playing an incredible range of roles. He won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance for L.I.E. and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a cast in a Motion Picture for his role as Dwayne in Little Miss Sunshine; he was also nominated for a BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for There Will Be Blood.

Dano’s other notable credits include: The Girl Next Door, The Emperor’s Club, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Where the Wild Things Are and Cowboys and Aliens.

In 2018, he made his directorial debut with the 2018 film Wildlife. He will tackle is most pivotal role yet as The Riddler in Matt Reeves’ anticipated Batman film adaption called The Batman.

Program Studied at NYFA: Filmmaking
Program Type: 12-Week Evening Filmmaking
Year Attended/Graduated: 1999
Location: New York
Credits: The Batman, There Will Be Blood, Okja, Prisoners 12 Years a Slave, Love & Mercy, Little Miss Sunshine


The Batman Teaser Trailer (2021)

Wildlife Trailer - Directed by Paul Dano


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