Paul Franklin Dano is an American actor. He began his career on Broadway before making his film debut in The Newcomers (2000). He won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance for his role in L.I.E. (2001) and received accolades for his role as Dwayne Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine (2006). For his dual roles as Paul and Eli Sunday in Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood (2007), he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. Since the 2010s, Dano has received accolades for roles such as John Tibeats in 12 Years a Slave (2013), Alex Jones in Prisoners (2013), and Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy (2014), the last of which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also played Edward Nashton / The Riddler in The Batman (2022) and Burt Fabelman in The Fabelmans (2022). Dano made his directorial debut with the drama film Wildlife (2018), based on the novel by Richard Ford. He co-wrote the screenplay with his partner Zoe Kazan. In 2018, he starred in the Showtime miniseries Escape at Dannemora, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.
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