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Cusack at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
June 28, 1966 |
Evanston, Illinois, United States
|Occupation||Actor, producer, screenwriter|
|Relatives||Joan Cusack (sister)
Ann Cusack (sister)
John Paul Cusack (born June 28, 1966) is an American actor, producer, and screenwriter.
Cusack was born to a Catholic Irish-American family in Evanston, Illinois. His mother, Ann Paula "Nancy" (née Carolan), is a former mathematics teacher and political activist. His father, Richard Cusack (1925–2003), was an actor, as are Cusack's siblings, Ann, Joan, Bill and Susie. Richard was also a documentary filmmaker, who owned a film production company and was a friend of activist Philip Berrigan. Cusack graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1984, where he met Jeremy Piven, and spent a year at New York University before dropping out, saying that he had "too much fire in his belly".
Cusack gained fame in the mid-1980s after appearing in teen films such as Better Off Dead, The Sure Thing, One Crazy Summer and Sixteen Candles. He made a cameo in the 1988 music video for "Trip at the Brain" by Suicidal Tendencies. In 1989, he starred as Lloyd Dobler in Cameron Crowe's Say Anything.... His roles broadened in the late 1980s and early 1990s with more serious-minded fare such as the politically themed True Colors and the film noir thriller The Grifters. Cusack experienced box office success with his roles in the dark comedy Grosse Pointe Blank and the Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster Con Air. In the years since, his range of films has diversified, appearing in roles such as an air traffic controller in Pushing Tin, an obsessive puppeteer in Being John Malkovich, a lovesick record store owner in High Fidelity and a Jewish art dealer mentoring a young Adolf Hitler in Max.
Cusack starred in the horror film 1408, based on Stephen King's short story of the same name. He next appeared as a widowed father in the Iraq War-themed drama Grace Is Gone and as assassin Hauser in the dark political satire, War, Inc.. His sister Joan Cusack and close friend Jeremy Piven have appeared in many of his films, such as Say Anything... and Grosse Pointe Blank. The siblings appeared as two geeks in Sixteen Candles, John as one of Farmer Ted's posse and Joan as the geek with the scoliosis brace. They have also co-starred in High Fidelity, Cradle Will Rock, Martian Child and War, Inc.. Piven and Cusack starred in One Crazy Summer and Serendipity.
Cusack also had a brief cameo, seen from behind but speaking a line of dialogue, in Broadcast News, in which Joan also appeared. Piven also had roles in The Grifters and Runaway Jury. In 2009, Cusack starred in Roland Emmerich's disaster film 2012, in which he played Jackson Curtis, a struggling novelist and limo driver. In 2010, he starred in Hot Tub Time Machine. He portrayed Edgar Allan Poe in the 2012 thriller film The Raven, Richard Nixon in Lee Daniels' 2013 historical film The Butler and Stafford Weiss in David Cronenberg's 2014 satirical film Maps to the Stars, a dark comic look at Hollywood excess.
Cusack is a fan of both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, for which he says he is "in trouble there". He has led the crowd in a performance of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at Wrigley Field. He has also been spotted at multiple Chicago Bears games and attended many of the Stanley Cup Finals games, in support of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Cusack has trained in kickboxing for over 20 years, under former world kickboxing champion Benny Urquidez. He began training under Urquidez in preparation for his role in Say Anything... and currently holds the rank of a level 6 black belt in Urquidez's Ukidokan Kickboxing system.
Between 2005 and 2009, Cusack blogged at The Huffington Post, including an interview with Naomi Klein. He has blogged on his opposition to the war in Iraq and his disdain for the Bush administration, calling its worldview "depressing, corrupt, unlawful, and tragically absurd". He also appeared in a June 2008 MoveOn.org advertisement, where he made the claim that George W. Bush and John McCain have the same governing priorities. Cusack has also criticized President Barack Obama's administration for its drone policy in the Middle East and its support of the National Defense Authorization Act and became one of the initial supporters of the Freedom of the Press Foundation in 2012.
In March 2008, police arrested Emily Leatherman outside Cusack's Malibu home for stalking him. On October 10, 2008, Leatherman pleaded no contest and received five years' probation and mandatory psychiatric counseling and was ordered to stay away from Cusack, his home and business for the next 10 years.
|1984||Grandview, U.S.A.||Johnny Maine|
|1985||The Sure Thing||Walter "Gib" Gibson|
|1985||Better Off Dead||Lane Meyer|
|1985||The Journey of Natty Gann||Harry|
|1986||Stand by Me||Denny Lachance|
|1986||One Crazy Summer||Hoops McCann|
|1987||Hot Pursuit||Dan Bartlett|
|1987||Broadcast News||Angry Messenger|
|1988||Eight Men Out||Buck Weaver|
|1989||Say Anything...||Lloyd Dobler||Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor|
|1989||Fat Man and Little Boy||Michael Merriman|
|1990||The Grifters||Roy Dillon|
|1991||True Colors||Peter Burton|
|1991||Shadows and Fog||Student Jack|
|1992||Map of the Human Heart||The Mapmaker|
|1992||Bob Roberts||Cutting Edge Live Host|
|1993||Money for Nothing||Joey Coyle|
|1994||Bullets Over Broadway||David Shayne|
|1994||The Road to Wellville||Charles Ossining|
|1996||City Hall||Deputy Mayor Kevin Calhoun|
|1997||Grosse Pointe Blank||Martin Q. Blank||Co-writer, producer
Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Comedy/Musical Actor
|1997||Con Air||U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin||Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Action/Adventure|
|1997||Chicago Cab||Scary Man|
|1997||Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil||John Kelso|
|1998||This Is My Father||Eddie Sharp|
|1998||The Thin Red Line||Captain Gaff||Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble|
|1999||Pushing Tin||Nick Falzone|
|1999||Cradle Will Rock||Nelson Rockefeller|
|1999||Being John Malkovich||Craig Schwartz||Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor
Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
|2000||High Fidelity||Rob Gordon||Co-writer, producer
Nominated – American Comedy Award
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Hissy Fit
Nominated – USC Scripter Award 2000
Nominated – Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
|2001||America's Sweethearts||Eddie Thomas|
|2002||Max||Max Rothman||Associate producer|
|2003||Runaway Jury||Nicholas Easter|
|2005||Must Love Dogs||Jake Anderson|
|2005||The Ice Harvest||Charlie Arglist|
|2006||The Contract||Ray Keene|
|2007||Grace Is Gone||Stanley Philipps||Producer|
|2007||1408||Mike Enslin||Fright Meter Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
|2007||Martian Child||David Gordon|
|2008||War, Inc.||Brand Hauser||Co-writer, producer|
|2009||2012||Jackson Curtis||Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi|
|2010||Hot Tub Time Machine||Adam||Producer|
|2012||The Raven||Edgar Allan Poe||Nominated – Fright Meter Award for Best Actor|
|2012||The Paperboy||Hillary Van Wetter|
|2012||The Factory||Mike Fletcher|
|2013||The Numbers Station||Emerson Kent|
|2013||Adult World||Rat Billings|
|2013||The Frozen Ground||Robert Hansen|
|2013||The Butler||Richard Nixon||Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2014||The Bag Man||Jack|
|2014||Maps to the Stars||Dr. Stafford Weiss||Canadian Screen Award for Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role|
|2014||Drive Hard||Simon Keller|
|2014||Love and Mercy||Older Brian Wilson|
|2015||Hot Tub Time Machine 2||Adam Yates||Cameo (uncredited)|
Episode: "Our Father Whose Art Ain't Heaven"
|1999||The Jack Bull||Myrl Redding||Movie
|2014||Doll & Em||John||Episode 1.3|
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- John Cusack Interview-Max Movie
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