John Cusack

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John Cusack
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Cusack at the Dow Jones' D Conference, May 2006.
BornJohn Paul Cusack
(1966-06-28) June 28, 1966 (age 47)
Evanston, Illinois, United States
OccupationActor, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1983–present
ParentsRichard Cusack (father)
Nancy Cusack (Mother)
FamilyAnn Cusack (sister)
Joan Cusack (sister)
Bill Cusack (Brother)
Susie Cusack (Sister)
 
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John Cusack
John Cusack (cropped).jpg
Cusack at the Dow Jones' D Conference, May 2006.
BornJohn Paul Cusack
(1966-06-28) June 28, 1966 (age 47)
Evanston, Illinois, United States
OccupationActor, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1983–present
ParentsRichard Cusack (father)
Nancy Cusack (Mother)
FamilyAnn Cusack (sister)
Joan Cusack (sister)
Bill Cusack (Brother)
Susie Cusack (Sister)

John Paul Cusack (born June 28, 1966) is an American actor, producer, puppeteer, and screenwriter who has appeared in films such as Say Anything..., Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity, Con Air, Being John Malkovich, 1408, Must Love Dogs, 2012, Martian Child, America's Sweethearts, and The Butler.

Early life[edit]

Cusack was born in Evanston, Illinois, to a Catholic Irish-American family.[1][2] His mother, Ann Paula "Nancy" (née Carolan), is a former mathematics teacher and political activist.[3][4] His father, Richard Cusack (1925–2003), was an actor, as are John's siblings, Ann, Joan, Bill, and Susie.[5] His father was also a documentary filmmaker,[6] owned a film production company,[7] and was 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".

Career[edit]

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 in The Raven, 2012

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 neck 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 last 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, Cusack joined the production of David Cronenbergs 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".

Cusack is set to play Beach Boys founding member, Brian Wilson, in the upcoming biopic Love and Mercy, he plays Wilson in his later years while Paul Dano will play a younger Wilson. Cusack is the founder and owner of New Crime Productions.[11]

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]

Political views[edit]

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 MoveOn.org 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.

Stalking incident[edit]

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]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
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 Emerging 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
1994FlounderingJC
1994Bullets Over BroadwayDavid Shayne
1994The Road to WellvilleCharles Ossining
1996City HallDeputy Mayor Kevin Calhoun
1997Grosse Pointe BlankMartin Q. BlankWriter, co-producer
1997Con AirU.S. Marshal Vince LarkinBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Action/Adventure
1997Chicago CabScary Man
1997AnastasiaDimitriVoice
1997Midnight in the Garden of Good and EvilJohn Kelso
1998This Is My FatherEddie Sharp
1998The Thin Red LineCaptain GaffSatellite Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble
1999Pushing TinNick Falzone
1999Cradle Will RockNelson RockefellerNominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
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, 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
2002AdaptationHimselfUncredited
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 EnslinNominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
2007Grace Is GoneStanley PhilippsProducer
2008IgorIgorVoice
2008War, Inc.Brand HauserWriter, producer
20092012Jackson CurtisNominated – Teen Choice Award for Best Sci-Fi Actor
2010Hot Tub Time MachineAdamProducer
2010ShanghaiPaul Soames
2011The FactoryMike Fletcher
2012The RavenEdgar Allan Poe
2012The PaperboyHillary Van Wetter
2013The Numbers StationEmerson Kent
2013Adult WorldRat Billings
2013The Frozen GroundRobert Hansen
2013The ButlerRichard Nixon
2013Grand PianoClem
2013No somos animalesTonyProducer, Writer
2014Maps to the StarsDr. Stafford WeissPost-Production
2014The Bag ManJack
2014Love and MercyBrian Wilson - OlderPost-production
2014Hard DriveSimon KellerPost-production
2014Prince, TheThe PrinceSamPost-production
2015CellClayton RiddellFilming

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996FrasierGregVoice
Episode: Our Father Whose Art Ain't Heaven
1999The Jack BullMyrl ReddingTelevision movie
Executive producer
2014Doll & EmJohnTelevision miniseries
Episode: 1.3

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