Paul Dano is an amazing multi-talented man who is a producer, screenwriter, musician, director, singer, and actor. He is popularly known for his professional acting skills.

Quick Info
Full NamePaul Franklin Dano
Date of BirthJune 19, 1984
Birth PlaceNew York City, U.S.
Parent(s)Gladys Dano and Paul A. Dano
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter, producer, and musician
Partner(s)Zoe Kazan (2007–present)
Net worthUS $12 million

Early life

Paul Dano was born on 19th June in 1984 in New York City in the United States. His full name is Paul Franklin Dano, and he was taken to Gladys Dano and a businessman Paul A. Dano. He grew up with his parents and a small sister, Sarah, in New York. He joined the Browning school in New York for his schooling, but later, he transferred to New Canaan and again transferred to the town called Wilton along with his family. After settling down in Wilton, he joined the Wilton High School for his education. He graduated with a degree in arts from Eugene Lang College in New York.

His zodiac sign is Gemini, and his sexual orientation is straight.

Paul Dano was already into performing acting and theatres during his senior schools, so his parents decided to take him back to New York to follow his acting career further.

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Stage Career

Paul Dano made his theatre debut in 1996, appearing in the play called Inherit the Wind as Howard. The play was performed in Royale theatre. The following year, he appeared in another musical play called A Christmas Carol as a street Urchin, performed in The Theatre at Madison Square Garden.

He then played the character of Charles in the play Things We Wanted in 2007. In 2010, he appeared in a John Guare’s play called A Free Man of Color, portraying the character of Meriwether Lewis. In 2019, he returned to the theatre performing the character of Austin in True West. The performance was shown in the American Airlines Theatre.


Movies Career

Paul Dano made his film debut in 2000, appearing as Joel in The Newcomers. He landed a significant role in a teen drama film directed by Michael Cuesta called L.I.E, where he portrayed the character of Howie Blitzer. The film was released in 2001. The following year, he appeared in another drama film called The Emperor’s Club, directed by Michael Hoffman, where he portrayed the character of Martin Blythe.

In 2004, he appeared in 2 films, namely The Girl Next Door, directed by Luke Greenfield as Klitz, and a psychological thriller film called Taking Lives as Young Asher. In 2005, he appeared in Rebecca Miller’s The Ballad of Jack and Rose as Thaddius and James Marsh’s film called The King as Paul.

In 2006, he played the character of a mute teenager named Dwayne in a comedy-drama film called Little Miss Sunshine, for which he received quite attention and praise from the critics. He also played a small role in a comedy-drama film called Fast Food Nation as Brian. In 2007, he starred in a teenage crime drama film called Weapons as Chris. He also portrayed the character of Paul Sunday in a period drama film called There Will Be Blood for which he was nominated for BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. Dano was highly praised for his role in the movie.

After that, he appeared in countless other hit movies like Looper, For Ellen, 12 Years a Slave starring Paul Giamatti, Prisoners, and so on. He made another breakthrough after appearing in an American biographical film called Love & Mercy, where he portrayed the character of Brian Wilson and received his second nomination for the Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor in 2015.

Paul Dano’s upcoming movies will be released in 2022, where he will be portraying Edward Nashton in the film The Batman.

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Television Series:

Paul Dano made his TV debut in 1998 appearing in the sitcom, Smart Guy, where he portrayed Nicholas’s character. In 2002, he played the role of a young teenager named Matt Freeman in a TV film called Too Young to Be a Dad. The same year, he played a small part in the crime drama series called The Sopranos, appearing in 2 episodes as Patrick Whalen. In 2015, he appeared in an episode of Codes of Conduct called “Pilot,” where he played Jared Rotmensen.

In 2016, he appeared in the historical drama TV series called War & Peace. He played the character of Pierre Bezukhov, occurring in 6 episodes. In 2018, he starred in the series called Escape at Dannemora as David Sweat appearing in 7 episodes of the series. His performance achieved him a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series nomination.



Paul Dano made his directorial debut in a drama film called Wildlife, where he co-wrote and produced himself.  The film was released in July of 2016 and received many positive reviews from the audiences.



Paul Dano isn’t married, but he isn’t single either. He has been in a long-term relationship with an American actress named Zoe Kazan. They started dating in 2007 and are still living together in Boerum Hill with their daughter Alma Bay whom she gave birth is 2018.

Dano is closed to social accounts neither is he much open about his personal life. But he has numerous fan-made accounts with over 100 posts. Little do we know about him because he prefers listening to jazz music and that he was a member of a band named Mook, where he was the lead vocalist and guitarist.

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Body Measurements

Dano has a height of 6 feet 1 inch, and he weighs around 72 kg. He possesses a slim body with green hair and light brown hair, completing his look like a handsome man. His distinctive features include his small lips.


Net Worth

Paul Dano has a net worth estimated at around $12 million as of 2020. His primary income source is the entertainment industry, from which he earns millions for producing, directing, screenwriting, and acting himself.