Paul ‘Franklin’ Dano is a man of unique character. He is an American entertainer, director, screenwriter, musician as well as a producer. He is really famous for his incredible performance as John Tibeats in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (2013). He has also brilliantly portrayed the character of Alex Jones in Dennis Villeneuve’s Prisoners (2013), Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy (2014).

He got recognized all over the world after his portrayal of Dwayne Hoover in the comedy-drama road movie Little Miss Sunshine. 

Quick Info
Full NamePaul Franklin Dano
Date of BirthJune 19, 1984
Birth PlaceNew York City, U.S.
Parent(s)Gladys Pipp and Paul A. Dano
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter, producer, and musician
Age36 years
Height6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m)
Spouse(s)/Partner(s)Zoe Kazan (2007-present)
Children1 Daughter
Net worthUS $10 million

Paul’s Early Life and Bio

Paul Dano was born on the 19th of June, 1984 in New York City, United States of America (USA). He was born to Gladys Pipp and Paul A. Dano. He grew up with a younger sister named Sarah Dano. Paul’s father worked as a businessman. His grandparents were from Slovak families that immigrated to Pennsylvania. They were named Anna Herzo and John Dano.

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Paul’s Nationality and Physical Stats

Paul Dano’s nationality is American and his race is White. He has mixed ethnicity as his father was of Slovakian ancestry and his mother was of Swedish, Austrian, and Bohemian Czech ancestry. He is currently 36 years old. 

He has a slim body. He is a tall man of height 6 feet 1 inch or 1.85 m and weight 77 kg or 170 lbs.  Similarly, he has light brown hair and green eyes, and boyish looks. He wears size 12 (US) shoes.

His zodiac sign is Gemini.

Paul’s Education: Schooling

Paul Dano attended the Browning School which is located in New York City. Paul and his family relocated to New Canaan, Connecticut when he was just a child. After studying at the Browning School, he enrolled at the Wilton High School which is located in Connecticut, and finally graduated in 2002. 

Similarly, after graduating from high school, he started studying at the Eugene Lang College in New York City.

He started his acting career at the very young age of ten. When he was 12, he appeared in the stage production of Inherit the Wind. He met George C. Scott there.



Paul Dano made his movie debut in the family drama The Newcomers playing the supporting role of Joel in 2000. He has done lots of amazing movies so far and they are The Girl Next Door (2004) as Klitz, The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) as Thaddius, The King (2005) as Paul, Little Miss Sunshine (2006) as Dwayne, There Will Be Blood (2007) as Paul Sunday/ Eli Sunday, Light and the Sufferer (2008) as Don ‘Light’, Where the Wild Things Are (2009) as the voice of Alexander, Looper (2012) as Seth, 12 Years a Slave (2013) as John Tibeats, Prisoners (2013) as Alex Jones, Swiss Army Man (2016) as Hank, Okja (2017) as Jay and many other awesome movies.

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The Batman (2022)

In the upcoming movie of batman’s franchise, Paul is portraying the popular character of The Riddler. This 2022’s upcoming movie is a reboot of the Batman film franchise. The movie is starring Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Barry Keoghan, Jayme Lawson, and few others.

Television Shows

Paul Dano has done only a few television series so far. He first appeared on television in 1998’s Smart Guy as Nicholas. His other television shows are Too Young to Be a Dad (2002) as Matt Freeman, The Sopranos (2002-2004) as Patrick Whalen, Codes of Conduct (2015) as Jared Rotmensen, War & Peace (2016) as Pierre Bezukhov and Escape at Dannemora (2018) as David Sweat.

Awards and Achievements

Paul Dano is a talented man and has been honored with nominations for various prestigious awards. He has won awards like Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Florida Film Critics Circle, Gotham Awards, Grand Jury Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, National Board of Review, Stockholm International Film Festival, New York Film Critics Online, Kermode Award, Boston Society of Film Critics, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Black Reel Awards and many more.

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Personal Life: Relationships

Paul Dano hasn’t been in any relationships so far. He got into a relationship with Zoe Kazan, an actress, in 2007. The couple met on the sets of Things We Want. After meeting for the first time, they soon started dating after feeling an instant connection. The couple has also worked together on various projects. They have collaborated on several plays with Zoe providing the script and Paul mostly assuming the responsibilities of a director.

The lovely pair were blessed with a child in August 2018. However, the gender was revealed in October 2018.

What is Paul’s Net Worth?

The 36-year-old actor/director has been working in the entertainment industry since 1996 to date and has earned a handsome amount of money. He has a net worth of about $10 million.

Social Media Presence

This actor doesn’t care about social media, in fact, he doesn’t like social media. Therefore, he is not active on any social media platform.

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