Paul Franklin Dano
New York City, New York, United States
Paul lives with his girlfriend Zoe Kazan in Brooklyn, New York City.
Paul Dano went to the Browning School in New York City. He later studied at the Wilton High School in Connecticut and graduated in 2002.
After completing his high school education, he got enrolled at the Eugene Lang College in New York City.
Actor, producer, singer, musician
- Father – Paul A. Dano
- Mother – Gladys Dano
- Siblings – Sarah Dano (Younger Sister)
- Others – John Dano (Paternal Grandfather), Anna Dano (Paternal Grandmother), Frank Jacob Pipp (Maternal Grandfather), Gloria C. Nilsson (Maternal Grandmother)
Paul Dano is represented by Anonymous Content.
His music band Mook had released most of its music on its own through iTunes.
6 ft 1 in or 185 cm
77 kg or 170 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Paul Dano has dated
- Zoe Kazan (2007-Present) – Paul has been in a relationship with actress Zoe Kazan since 2007. They first met while working in the play Things We Want, which was directed by Ethan Hawke and started dating shortly after. In 2012, they even co-starred in the movie, Ruby Sparks, which was written by Zoe herself. They have collaborated on a number of plays with Zoe providing the script and Paul mostly assuming the responsibilities of a director. In August 2018, Zoe and Paul had their first child, a daughter which was revealed in October 2018.
Race / Ethnicity
On his father’s side, he has Slovakian ancestry. While, on his mother’s side, he is of Swedish, Austrian, and Bohemian Czech descent.
- Green Eyes
- Small Lips
- Boyish Looks
His shoe size is speculated to be 12 (US).
Paul Dano hasn’t done endorsement work for any brand.
Best Known For
- Having played the role of John Tibeats in the period drama, 12 Years a Slave.
- Essaying the role of musician Brian Wilson in the biographical drama, Love & Mercy. His work in the movie garnered him a Golden Globe nomination for the best supporting role.
As a Singer
Paul has served as the lead guitarist and vocalist of the rock band, Mook (now disbanded). They released their debut studio album, Mook in January 2011.
In 2000, he made his theatrical debut playing the supporting role of Joel in the family drama, The Newcomers.
First TV Show
In 1998, Paul made his first TV show appearance in the She Got Game episode of the family drama, Smart Guy, in the role of Nicholas.
Paul’s diet plan and workout routine are unknown. But, he has attended Dogpound Gym in New York City.
Paul Dano Favorite Things
- Comfort Food – Cereals
- Cereals – Honey Nut Cheerios, Kashi and Oh’s
- Movies – Early Summer (Japanese movie of 1951), A Man Escaped (1956), A Man Escaped (1967), Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Three Colors: Blue (1993), Stray Dog (Japanese movie of 1949), Still Walking (2008), The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), The Thin Red Line (1998), The Long Day Closes (1992), Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
- Fictional New Yorker – Ratso Rizzo
- New Yorker – Biggie
- New York Restaurant – Le Bernardin
- Drink – Rye whiskey and bourbon Manhattan
- Medication – Vaseline
Paul Dano Facts
- Early in his childhood, he had aspired to become a professional basketball player and didn’t give up on his dream of making it into NBA until he went to college.
- After he was cast in a regional play in Stanford, Connecticut, he started going for theatre productions. By the age of 12 had made his Broadway debut in a play, Inherit The Wind.
- He decided to enroll in a university because he was unnerved by the success of his acting career and wanted a break of sorts.
- He loves playing basketball and often heads to Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is a 20-minute walk from his home, for a game of hoops.
- To look perfect for his role in Love & Mercy, he had gained 35 pounds. To achieve the desired results, he relied on consuming 4,500 calories a day and if he felt he hadn’t eaten enough, he used to grab a tub of ice cream.
- While playing basketball, he tore his ACL due to the weight gained for his role in Love & Mercy.
- In 2008, he was placed on the #5 spot by the Entertainment Weekly magazine in their ’30 Under 30′ actors’ list.
- He bagged the role of Paul Sunday in the drama movie, There Will be Blood on the recommendation of Daniel Day-Lewis, who was cast in the lead role. He had impressed Daniel with his work while co-starring in the drama movie, The Ballad of Jack and Rose.
- However, he still might not have bagged the role in There Will Be Blood if the actor originally cast in the role of Paul Sunday hadn’t dropped out because he couldn’t handle the pressure of working with Daniel Day-Lewis.
- His parents were encouraged to move back to New York City, after watching him perform in the local production of New Canaan as part of the community theater, so that their son could get the right opportunities to prosper.
- Paul is not on social media.
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