John Cusack

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John Cusack
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BornJohn Paul Cusack
(1966-06-28) June 28, 1966 (age 48)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1983–present
FamilyJoan Cusack (sister)
Ann Cusack (sister)
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John Cusack
John Cusack Cannes 2014.jpg
BornJohn Paul Cusack
(1966-06-28) June 28, 1966 (age 48)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1983–present
FamilyJoan Cusack (sister)
Ann Cusack (sister)

John Paul Cusack (born June 28, 1966) is an American actor, producer, puppeteer and screenwriter, he stars in many feature films such as Say Anything..., Grosse Pointe Blank, Con Air, The Thin Red Line, Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, 1408, 2012, The Raven and The Butler.

Early life[edit]

Cusack was born to a Catholic Irish-American family in Evanston, Illinois.[1][2] His mother, Ann Paula "Nancy" (born Carolan), is a former mathematics teacher and political activist.[3][4] His father, Richard (1925–2003), was an actor, as are John's siblings, Ann, Joan, Bill and Susie.[5] He was also a documentary filmmaker[6] who owned a film production company[7] and a friend of activist Philip Berrigan.[8] Cusack spent a year at New York University before dropping out, saying that he had "too much fire in his belly".


Cusack in The Raven, 2012

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 lovelorn record store owner in High Fidelity and a Jewish art dealer mentoring a young Adolf Hitler in Max. He 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., along with Hilary Duff and Marisa Tomei. 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, High Fidelity, Cradle Will Rock, Martian Child and War, Inc.. Piven and Cusack play opposite one another in One Crazy Summer, 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.[9] In Roland Emmerich's final disaster film 2012, he played Jackson Curtis, a struggling novelist and limo driver, with his Identity and Martian Child co-star Amanda Peet. In 2010, Cusack starred in Hot Tub Time Machine, with Rob Corddry, Clark Duke and Craig Robinson. In the 2012 thriller film The Raven, Cusack portrayed Edgar Allan Poe. In July 2013, he joined the production of David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, which is described as dark comic look at Hollywood excess.[10] He portrayed president Richard Nixon in Lee Daniel's 2013 historical film The Butler". He is the founder and owner of New Crime Productions.[11]

Cusack is set to play Beach Boys founding member, Brian Wilson in the upcoming biopic film, Love and Mercy.

Personal life[edit]

Cusack on the set of Grosse Pointe Blank

Cusack is a fan of both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, for which he says he is "in trouble there".[12] He has led the crowd in a performance of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at Wrigley Field.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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".[15] He also appeared in a June 2008 advertisement, where he made the claim that George W. Bush and John McCain have the same governing priorities.[16] Cusack has also blasted 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.[17]



1983ClassRoscoe Maibaum
1984Sixteen CandlesBryce
1984Grandview, U.S.A.Johnny Maine
1985The Sure ThingWalter "Gib" Gibson
1985The Journey of Natty GannHarry
1985Better Off DeadLane Meyer
1986Stand by MeDenny Lachance
1986One Crazy SummerHoops McCann
1987Hot PursuitDan Bartlett
1987Broadcast NewsAngry Messenger
1988Eight Men OutBuck Weaver
1988TapeheadsIvan Alexeev
1989Say Anything...Lloyd DoblerChicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor
1989Fat Man and Little BoyMichael Merriman
1990The GriftersRoy Dillon
1991True ColorsPeter Burton
1992Shadows and FogStudent Jack
1992The PlayerHimselfCameo
1992Bob RobertsCutting Edge Live Host
1992Roadside ProphetsCaspar
1993Map of the Human HeartThe Mapmaker
1993Money for NothingJoey Coyle
1994Bullets Over BroadwayDavid Shayne
1994The Road to WellvilleCharles Ossining
1996City HallDeputy Mayor Kevin Calhoun
1997Grosse Pointe BlankMartin Q. BlankWriter and co-producer
Nominated – Chlotrudis Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Comedy/Musical Actor
1997Con AirU.S. Marshal Vince LarkinBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Action/Adventure
1997Chicago CabScary Man
1997Midnight in the Garden of Good and EvilJohn Kelso
1998This Is My FatherEddie Sharp
1998The Thin Red LineCaptain GaffSpecial Achievement Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble
1999Pushing TinNick Falzone
1999Cradle Will RockNelson Rockefeller
1999Being John MalkovichCraig SchwartzNominated – 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
2000High FidelityRob GordonWriter and co-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
2001America's SweetheartsEddie Thomas
2001SerendipityJonathan Trager
2002MaxMax RothmanAssociate producer
2003IdentityEd Dakota
2003Breakfast with HunterHimselfDocumentary
2003Runaway JuryNicholas Easter
2005Must Love DogsJake Anderson
2005The Ice HarvestCharlie Arglist
2006The ContractRay Keene
2007Joe Strummer: The Future Is UnwrittenHimselfDocumentary
2007Martian ChildDavid Gordon
20071408Mike EnslinFright Meter Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
2007Grace Is GoneStanley PhilippsProducer
2008War, Inc.Brand HauserWriter and producer
20092012Jackson CurtisNominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi
2010Hot Tub Time MachineAdamProducer
2010ShanghaiPaul Soames
2011The FactoryMike Fletcher
2012The RavenEdgar Allan PoeNominated – Fright Meter Award for Best Actor
2012The PaperboyHillary Van Wetter
2013The Numbers StationEmerson Kent
2013Adult WorldRat Billings
2013The Frozen GroundRobert Hansen
2013The ButlerRichard NixonNominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2013Grand PianoClem
2013No somos animalesTonyWriter and producer
2014Maps to the StarsDr. Stafford Weiss
2014The Bag ManJack
2014Love and MercyOlder Brian Wilson
2014Drive HardSimon Keller
2014Prince, TheThe PrinceSam
2015CellClayton Riddell
2015Dragon BladeIn production


Episode: "Our Father Whose Art Ain't Heaven"
1999The Jack BullMyrl ReddingMovie
Executive producer
2014Doll & EmJohnEpisode 1.3


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