John Malkovich (b. 1953) is a respected actor, producer, and director of stage and screen who played Humma Kavula in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Malkovich co-founded the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in 1976, and in 1984, appeared on Broadway as Biff in the revival of Death of a Salesman (opposite Dustin Hoffman). He received an Emmy Award when he reprised the role for television, and received an Academy Award nomination for playing blind transient Mr. Will in Places of the Heart, his film debut.
Malkovich subsequently starred in such movies as Dangerous Liaisons, Of Mice and Men, Con Air, and Mulholland Drive. However, he gained perhaps his greatest mass fame from the 1999 film Being John Malkovich, in which he played himself, an actor whose mind is invaded and body hijacked by a succession of people, notably a puppeteer (John Cusack). By the end, Cusack has transformed Malkovich into both living puppet and a puppeteer himself (with marionettes operated by Phillip Huber and Lee Armstrong, among others).