Tobey Maguire was born in Santa Monica, California to Vincent
Maguire and Wendy Brown. He initially worked as a child actor,
beginning in his early teens. He appeared in a variety of
commercials and TV and movie roles. He auditioned for a part in
the series Parenthood, where he met best friend actor Leonardo
DiCaprio (DiCaprio got the part although Maguire would appear as
a guest star in later episodes).
Tobey Maguire gained significant attention with his role in the film The Ice Storm, directed by Ang Lee. This soon was parlayed in a variety of lead roles where he played a thoughtful boy coming of age, in films such as Pleasantville, The Cider House Rules and Wonder Boys.
In 2002, Tobey Maguire shot to stardom in the title role in Spider-Man, where he was praised for his performance as the troubled superhero. He further solidified his stardom in 2003 with a leading role as the jockey John M. "Red" Pollard in the acclaimed film Seabiscuit, about the famous American racehorse Seabiscuit. Spider-Man 2, the sequel to the original blockbuster, was released in 2004. He will reprise the role of Spider-Man in 2007 with the third Spider-Man movie in the series.
Maguire has been engaged to Jennifer Meyer, daughter of Universal Studios executive Ron Meyer, since April 2006, after dating for three years. They are currently expecting their first child.
Tobey Maguireis a vegetarian, and practices yoga.
In 2004 Maguire took up tournament poker. He has finished in the money in several events and has been tutored by poker pro Daniel Negreanu.
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