John Cusack Biography

Birthday: 1966-06-28
Place of Birth: Evanston, Illinois USA
Height: 6' 3" (1.91 m)
Wiki Biography: John Cusack is, like most of his characters, an unconventional hero. Wary of fame and repelled by formulaic Hollywood fare, the Chicago-born actor has built a successful career playing underdogs and odd men out--all the while avoiding the media spotlight. With the exception of mom Nancy (a former math teacher), the Cusack clan is all show business: father Dick Cusack is an actor and filmmaker, and John's siblings Joan Cusack, Ann Cusack, Bill Cusack and Susie Cusack are all thespians by trade. Like his brother and sisters, John became a member of Chicago's Piven Theatre Workshop while he was still in elementary school. By age 12, he already had several stage productions, commercial voice overs and industrial films under his belt. He made his feature film debut at 17, acting alongside Rob Lowe and Andrew McCarthy in the romantic comedy Class (1983). His next role, as a member of Anthony Michael Hall's geek brigade in Sixteen Candles (1984), put him on track to becoming a teen-flick fixture. Cusack remained on the periphery of the Brat Pack, sidestepping the meteoric rise and fall of most of his contemporaries, but he stayed busy with leads in films like The Sure Thing (1985) and Better Off Dead... (1985). Young Cusack is probably best remembered for what could be considered his last adolescent role: the stereo-blaring romantic Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything... (1989). A year later, he hit theaters as a grown-up, playing a bush-league con man caught between his manipulative mother and headstrong girlfriend in The Grifters (1990). The next few years were relatively quiet for the actor, but he filled in the gaps with off-screen projects. He directed and produced several shows for the Chicago-based theater group The New Criminals, which he founded in 1988 (modeling it after Tim Robbins' Actors' Gang in Los Angeles) to promote political and avant-garde stage work. Four years later, Cusack's high school friends Steve Pink and D.V. DeVincentis joined him in starting a sister company for film, New Crime Productions. New Crime's first feature was the sharply written comedy Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), which touched off a career renaissance for Cusack. In addition to co-scripting, he starred as a world-weary hit man who goes home for his ten-year high school reunion and tries to rekindle a romance with the girl he stood up on prom night (Minnie Driver). In an instance of life imitating art, Cusack actually did go home for his ten-year reunion (to honor a bet about the film's financing) and ended up in a real-life romance with Driver. Cusack's next appearance was as a federal agent (or, as he described it, "the first post-Heston, non-biblical action star in sandals") in Con Air (1997), a movie he chose because he felt it was time to make smart business decisions. He followed that with Clint Eastwood's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), in which he played a Yankee reporter entangled in a Savannah murder case. Cusack has always favored offbeat material, so it was no surprise when he turned up in the fiercely original Being John Malkovich (1999). Long-haired, bearded and bespectacled, he was almost unrecognizable in the role of a frustrated puppeteer who stumbles across a portal into the brain of actor John Malkovich. The convincing performance won him a Best Actor nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2000, Cusack was back to his clean-shaven self in High Fidelity (2000), another New Crime production. He worked with Steve Pink and D.V. DeVincentis to adapt Nick Hornby's popular novel (relocating the story to their native Chicago), then starred as the sarcastic record store owner who revisits his "Top 5" breakups to find out why he's so unlucky in love. The real Cusack has been romantically linked with several celebs, including Driver, Alison Eastwood, Claire Forlani and Neve Campbell. He's also something of a family man, acting frequently opposite sister Joan Cusack and pulling other Cusacks into his films on a regular basis. He seems pleased with the spate of projects on his horizon, but admits that he still hasn't reached his ultimate goal: to be involved in a "great piece of art".

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
True Colors Peter Burton 1991 Drama
Hot Pursuit Dan Bartlett 2006 - Comedy
Identity Ed 2006 - 2006 Mystery
Verrassingschef, De Robert Hansen 2009
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Raven Edgar Allan Poe 1963 0
Class 1983 0, 0
Sixteen Candles Bryce 1984 Biography
Grandview, U.S.A. Johnny Maine 1984 Drama
The Sure Thing 1985 Adventure, Comedy, Drama
The Journey of Natty Gann 1985 Family, Adventure
Better Off Dead Lane Meyer 1985 Comedy, Romance
One Crazy Summer Hoops McCann 1986 Comedy, Romance
Eight Men Out George 'Buck' Weaver 1988 Drama, History, Sport
Tapeheads Ivan Alexeev 1988 Comedy
Say Anything Lloyd Dobler 1989 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Fat Man and Little Boy Michael Merriman 1989 Drama, History
The Grifters Roy Dillon 1990 Comedy, 0
Map of the Human Heart 1993
Money for Nothing Joey Coyle 1993 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Floundering JC 1994 Comedy
The Road to Wellville Charles Ossining 1994 Comedy, Drama
Bullets Over Broadway David Shayne 1995 Comedy, Crime
City Hall Deputy Mayor Kevin Calhoun 1996 0
Anastasia Dimitri 1997 Drama, 0, 0
Grosse Pointe Blank Martin Q. Blank 1997 Game Show, Biography, 0, 0
Con Air U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin 1997 Action, Crime, Thriller
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil John Kelso 1997 Comedy, Crime, Drama
The Thin Red Line Capt. John Gaff 1998 0, 0, Romance
The Contract Ray Keene 1999
The Jack Bull Myrl Redding 1999 0, 0
Pushing Tin Nick Falzone 1999 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Being John Malkovich Craig Schwartz 1999 Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
High Fidelity Rob Gordon 2000 Comedy, Drama, Music
Cradle Will Rock Nelson Rockefeller 2000 Drama
Serendipity Jonathan Trager 2001 0, 0
America's Sweethearts Eddie Thomas 2001
Runaway Jury Nicholas Easter 2003 0
Identity Ed 2003 Game Show
Must Love Dogs Jake 2005 Biography
The Ice Harvest Charlie Arglist 2005 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten 2007 0
1408 Mike Enslin 2007 Horror, Thriller
Martian Child David 2007 Drama, Family
Contract Ray Keene 2008
War, Inc. 2008 0, 0
Igor Igor 2008 Drama, 0, 0
Grace Is Gone Stanley Phillips 2008 Drama
Guyville Redux Himself 2008 Music
War Inc. 2008 Action, Comedy, Thriller
2012 Jackson Curtis 2009 0
Shanghai Paul Soames 2010
Hot Tub Time Machine Adam 2010 Adventure, Comedy, Sci Fi
The Paperboy Hillary Van Wetter 2012 Thriller
Adult World Rat Billings 2013 Comedy
The Frozen Ground Robert Hansen 2013 Game Show, Comedy, 0
The Butler Richard Nixon 2013
The Numbers Station Emerson Kent 2013 0
The Factory Mike 2013 Crime, Mystery, Thriller
No somos animales Tony 2013 Comedy
Five Minutes to Live Johnny 2013 Crime, Thriller
Drive Hard Simon Keller 2014 Action, Comedy, Crime
Love & Mercy Brian Wilson - older 2014 Biography, Drama
Maps to the Stars Dr. Stafford Weiss 2014 Drama
The Prince Sam 2014 Action, Thriller
Cell Clay Riddell 2015 Horror, Thriller
Hot Pursuit Dan Bartlett 2015 0, 0
True Colors Peter Burton 2018 Biography, 0