John Gavin Malkovich is an American actor, director, producer and fashion designer. He has appeared in more than 70 films.For his roles in Places in the Heart and In the Line of Fire, he received Academy Award nominations. He appeared in such films as Empire of the Sun, The Killing Fields, Johnny English, Con Air, The Sheltering Sky, Of Mice and Men, Rounders, Ripley's Game, Knockaround Guys, Being John Malkovich, Shadow of the Vampire, Burn After Reading, Red, Red 2, Mulholland Falls, Dangerous Liaisons, and Warm Bodies, as well as producing films such as Ghost World, Juno, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.Early lifeMalkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois. His paternal grandparents were Croatian, from Ozalj. His mother was of French, German, Scottish and English ancestry.He grew up in Benton, Illinois, where his next door neighbor was future basketball star Doug Collins.