John Cusack Biography

John Cusack Biography
John Cusack (born June 28, 1966) is an American film actor, born in Evanston, Illinois to an Irish-Catholic family. His father Dick Cusack, as well as his siblings Ann, Bill, Joan, and Susie have also been actors. His mother, Nancy, is a former teacher and political activist.



John Cusack began acting in childhood. He attended the Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago and he did many voice-overs for commercials and appeared in some stage productions by the age of 12. His first film was the comedy Class in 1983. In 1988, he founded a theatre group ("The New Criminals"), for which he has directed several productions.

After success at an early age as the star of several teen-oriented films, Cusack has generally sought roles which cast him as an ethically conflicted everyman. He is often cast as an anti-hero who can be very neurotic, but has played a wide variety of characters. He frequently appears in films with members of his family (particularly Joan) and with Jeremy Piven, whose parents, Byrne and Joyce Piven, founded and continue to run the Piven Theatre Workshop.

After playing mostly character roles for a number of years, John Cusack became an A-list star in 1997 with the black comedy Grosse Pointe Blank (which he also co-wrote and produced) and the action movie Con Air, both of which were very commercially successful. He continues to choose roles in movies outside the mainstream, however, such as Being John Malkovich and High Fidelity which is largely considered to be a definitive role for the actor, as a record store owner with too many relationship hangups. Among some of the films he has turned down include Indecent Proposal and Apollo 13. He auditioned for The Breakfast Club and Willow early on in his career.

John Cusack spent a year at New York University before dropping out, reasoning that he had "too much fire in my belly".

Since May 2005 he's been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.

John Cusack is not married, but has been romantically linked to a number of women. John Cusack is fiercely protective of his private life and rarely makes public appearances between his films or events. He has said that "celebrity is the worst thing that can happen to an actor."

Film List

  • American dog (2008)
  • The Contract (2005) **filming
  • The Martian Child (2005) **post-production
  • The Ice Harvest (2005) as Charlie Arglist
  • Must Love dogs (2005) as Jake
  • Runaway Jury (2003) as Nicholas Easter
  • Identity (2003) as Ed
  • Max (2002) as Max Rothman
  • Serendipity (2001) as Jonathan Trager
  • America's Sweethearts (2001) as actor Eddie Thomas
  • High Fidelity (2000) as record store owner Rob Gordon
  • Cradle Will Rock (1999) as Nelson Rockefeller
  • Being John Malkovich (1999) as Craig Schwartz
  • Pushing Tin (1999) as Nick Falzone
  • The Jack Bull (1999) as Myrl Redding
  • The Thin Red Line (1998) as Captain John Gaff
  • Anastasia (1997)(voice) Dimitri
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) as reporter John Kelso
  • Con Air (1997) as U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin
  • Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) as hitman Martin Q. Blank
  • City Hall (1996) as Deputy Mayor Kevin Calhoun
  • The Road To Wellville (1994) as Charles Ossining
  • Bullets Over Broadway (1994) as David Shayne
  • Money For Nothing (1993) as Joey Coyle
  • Map of the Human Heart (1993) as The Mapmaker
  • Bob Roberts (1992) as Cutting Edge Host
  • Shadows and Fog (1992) as Student Jack
  • True Colors (1991) as Peter Burton
  • The Grifters (1990) as Roy Dillon
  • Say Anything... (1989) as Lloyd Dobler
  • Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) as Michael Merriman
  • Tapeheads (1988) as Ivan Alexeev
  • Eight Men Out (1988) as baseball player Buck Weaver
  • Hot Pursuit (1987) as Dan Bartlett
  • Stand By Me (1986) as Denny Lachance
  • One Crazy Summer (1986) as Hoops McCann
  • Better Off Dead... (1985) as Lane Meyer
  • The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)
  • The Sure Thing (1985) as college student Walter "Gib" Gibson
  • Sixteen Candles (1984) as Bryce
  • Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) as Johnny Maine
  • Class (1983) as Roscoe Maibaum

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