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  • Paul Dano

    Born on June 19, 1984 in New York, New York

awards & nominations

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Paul Dano as "Tibeats"

In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life forever.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Paul Dano as "Eli Sunday/Paul Sunday"

Silver miner Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) leads a hardscrabble life with his son, H.W. (Dillon Freasier). When he hears about oil oozing from the ground near the Western town of Little Boston, Daniel takes his son on a mission to find their fortune. Daniel makes his lucky strike and becomes a self-made tycoon but, as his fortune grows, he deviates into moral bankruptcy.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007) Nominated Supporting Actor

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Paul Dano as "Dwayne"

The Hoover family -- a man (Greg Kinnear), his wife (Toni Collette), an uncle (Steve Carell), a brother (Paul Dano) and a grandfather (Alan Arkin) -- puts the fun back in dysfunctional by piling into a VW bus and heading to California to support a daughter (Abigail Breslin) in her bid to win the Little Miss Sunshine Contest. The sanity of everyone involved is stretched to the limit as the group's quirks cause epic problems as they travel along their interstate route.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) Won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

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