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Cusack at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival
|Born||John Paul Cusack
June 28, 1966
Evanston, Illinois, United States
|Occupation||Actor, producer, screenwriter|
|Relatives||Joan Cusack (sister)
Ann Cusack (sister)
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 made a brief cameo, seen from behind but speaking a line of dialogue, in Broadcast News, in which Joan also appeared. 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 played Beach Boys founding member Brian Wilson in the biopic, Love and Mercy, playing the older Wilson in a dual role with actor Paul Dano. He is the founder and owner of New Crime Productions.
Cusack is a fan of both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, for which he says he is "in trouble" in Chicago. 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 Stanley Cup Finals games in support of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Cusack has trained in kickboxing under former world kickboxing champion Benny Urquidez for over 20 years. He began training under Urquidez in preparation for his role in Say Anything... and currently holds the rank of a level six 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 June 2015, he stated in an interview with The Daily Beast that "when you talk about drones, the American Empire, the NSA, civil liberties, attacks on journalism and whistle blowers, [Obama's] as bad or worse than Bush". However, he later criticized the publication for misquoting him in order to make an interesting headline.
In March 2008, police arrested Emily Leatherman outside Cusack's Malibu, California, 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 ten 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||One Crazy Summer||Hoops McCann|
|1986||Stand by Me||Denny Lachance|
|1987||Hot Pursuit||Dan Bartlett|
|1987||Broadcast News||Angry Messenger|
|1988||Eight Men Out||Buck Weaver|
|1989||Say Anything...||Lloyd Dobler|
|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||Also co-writer and producer|
|1997||Con Air||U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin|
|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|
|1999||Pushing Tin||Nick Falzone|
|1999||Cradle Will Rock||Nelson Rockefeller|
|1999||Being John Malkovich||Craig Schwartz|
|2000||High Fidelity||Rob Gordon||Also co-writer and producer|
|2001||America's Sweethearts||Eddie Thomas|
|2002||Max||Max Rothman||Also 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||Also producer|
|2007||Martian Child||David Gordon|
|2008||War, Inc.||Brand Hauser||Also co-writer and producer|
|2010||Hot Tub Time Machine||Adam Yates||Also producer|
|2012||The Raven||Edgar Allan Poe|
|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|
|2014||The Bag Man||Jack|
|2014||Maps to the Stars||Dr. Stafford Weiss|
|2014||Drive Hard||Simon Keller|
|2014||Love and Mercy||Older Brian Wilson|
|2015||Hot Tub Time Machine 2||Adam Yates||Cameo (uncredited)|
|1996||Frasier||Greg||Episode: "Our Father Whose Art Ain't Heaven"; voice role|
|1999||The Jack Bull||Myrl Redding||Movie; executive producer|
|2014||Doll & Em||John||Episode 1.3|
Awards and nominations
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- "John Cusack Interview-Max Movie". About.com Hollywood Movies. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
- "Cusack, Richard J.". Chicago Tribune. 2003-06-03. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
- "Miss Carolan, Newton Centre, Is Bride of Richard Cusack". Daily Boston Globe. February 14, 1960.
- "Newton Girl Plans February Wedding". Daily Boston Globe. December 6, 1959.
- "Being John Cusack." guardian.co.uk. July 1, 2000.
- John Cusack Biography (1966-). FilmReference.com.
- "Actor John johan on Hitler, politics and his movie 'Max'." Beliefnet.com.
- Johnson, Grace (May 12, 2009). "ETHS boasts celebrity graduates". The Daily Northwestern. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
- "Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Sarah Gadon Join Robert Pattinson and in Maps to the Stars". Retrieved 20 July 2013.
- "Actor John Cusack." NPR.org.
- Inside the Actors Studio, December 2, 2007
- "Chicago's Own John Cusack".
- Ukidokan Black Belts and Levels. URL accessed on March 19, 2010.
- John Cusack - Politics on The Huffington Post.
- "John Cusack Stars In MoveOn's New McCain Ad." Associated Press. June 11, 2008.
- "John Cusack Talks ‘Love & Mercy,’ Drug Trips, and the Ways Obama Is ‘Worse Than Bush’". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
- "John Cusack on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
- "John Cusack on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
- Accused John Cusack stalker, Emily Leatherman, accepts plea deal. New York Daily News. October 10, 2008.
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