John Cusack

Lowest Rated: 0% Reclaim (2014)
Birthday: Jun 28, 1966
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois
The son of actor Richard Cusack and younger brother of comic actress Joan Cusack, John Cusack started his career at the age of eight, under the guidance of his theatrically active mother. He made his stage bow with Evanston's Pivan Theatre Workshop and quickly went on to do commercial work, becoming one of Chicago's busiest commercial voice-over artists.Although Cusack began to emerge as an actor during the heyday of the Brat Pack, and appeared in a number of "teen" movies, he managed to avoid falling into the narrowly defined rut the phenomenon left in its wake. After making his film debut in 1983's Class, he had a brief but painfully memorable appearance as a member of Anthony Michael Hall's nerd posse in Sixteen Candles (1984). Bigger and better opportunities came Cusack's way the following year, when he achieved a measure of stardom with his portrayal of a sexually anxious college freshman in The Sure Thing (1985). The same year, he gained further recognition with his starring roles in Better Off Dead (which also granted him a degree of cult status) and The Journey of Natty Gann.Cusack spent the rest of the 1980s carving out a niche for himself as both a solid performer and something of a lust object for unconventional girls everywhere, a status aided immeasurably by his portrayal of lovable underachiever Lloyd Dobler in Cameron Crowe's 1989 ....Say Anything. He also began winning critical acclaim for his parts in more serious films, notably as a disgraced White Sox third baseman in John Sayles' Eight Men Out (1988) and as a con artist in Stephen Frears' The Grifters (1990).Cusack enjoyed steady work throughout the 1990s, with particularly notable roles in Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway (1994), which featured him as a struggling playwright; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), in which he starred as a journalist investigating a murder; Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), which cast him as the film's protagonist, a neurotic hit man; and the impressively cast The Thin Red Line, in which he played a World War II soldier. Just about all of Cusack's roles allowed him to showcase his quirky versatility, and the films he did to close out the century were no exception: in 1999 he first starred as an air-traffic controller in the comedy Pushing Tin and then appeared as Nelson Rockefeller in Cradle Will Rock, Tim Robbins' exploration of art and politics in 1930s America; finally, in perhaps his most unique film to date, he starred in Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich as a puppeteer who discovers a way to enter the mind of the famous actor. The wildly original film turned out to be one of the year's biggest surprise hits, scoring among both audiences and critics. Cusack had yet another triumph the following year with High Fidelity, Stephen Frears' adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel of the same name. The actor, who co-wrote the script for the film in addition to starring in it, earned some of the best reviews of his career for his heartfelt comic portrayal of Rob, the film's well-meaning but oftentimes emotionally immature protagonist. The next year he played opposite Julia Roberts in the showbiz comedy America's Sweethearts. In 2002 he took a lead part in the controversial Hitler biopic Max, and he did a brief cameo for Spike Jonze in Adaptation.The next year he had a couple of hits with the John Grisham adaptation The Runaway Jury, and the psychological thriller Identity. In 2005 he was the lead in the black comedy The Ice Harvest opposite Billy Bob Thornton, as well as the romantic comedy Must Love Dogs.He earned solid reviews in 2007 for the Iraq War drama Grace Is Gone, playing the husband of a woman who dies while serving in the military., and in that same year he starred in the Stephen King adaptation 1408. In 2008 he appeared in and co-wrote the political satire War, Inc. The next year he was the lead in the disaster film blockbuster 2012.Cashing in on his status as an eighties icon, he had a hit in 2010 with the R rat

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
91% Never Grow Old Dutch Albert 2019
22% River Runs Red Detective Horace 2018
18% Distorted Vernon Sarsfield 2018
50% Blood Money Miller 2017
3% Arsenal Sal 2017
12% Cell Clay Riddell Executive Producer 2016
85% Boom Bust Boom Actor 2016
No Score Yet Stephen King's Cell Actor 2016
82% Chi-Raq Fr. Mike Corrigan $2.7M 2015
4% Shanghai Paul Soames $45.2K 2015
36% Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi) Lucius $72.9K 2015
90% Love & Mercy Brian Wilson $8.8M 2015
62% Maps to the Stars Stafford Weiss $0.4M 2015
8% Drive Hard Simon Keller 2014
0% Reclaim Benjamin 2014
0% The Prince Sam 2014
79% Grand Piano Clem 2014
9% The Bag Man Jack $49.3K 2014
53% Adult World Rat Billings $17.2K 2014
36% Salinger Actor $0.6M 2013
60% The Frozen Ground Robert Hansen $90K 2013
71% Lee Daniels' The Butler Richard Nixon $116.7M 2013
30% The Numbers Station Emerson 2013
45% The Paperboy Hillary Van Wetter $0.7M 2012
22% The Raven Edgar Allan Poe $16.1M 2012
No Score Yet The Factory Det. Mike Fletcher 2011
90% Woody Allen: A Documentary Actor 2011
63% Hot Tub Time Machine Producer Adam $49M 2010
40% 2012 Jackson Curtis $166.2M 2009
37% Igor Igor $19.5M 2008
30% War, Inc. Producer Hauser Screenwriter $0.6M 2008
50% Summerhood Narrator 2008
No Score Yet Water Man Actor 2008
62% Grace Is Gone Stanley Philipps Producer 2007
34% Martian Child David Gordon $7.5M 2007
89% Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Actor $0.2M 2007
79% 1408 Mike Enslin $72M 2007
No Score Yet Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride Actor 2006
No Score Yet The Besieged Fortress (La Citadelle assiegee) Narrator 2006
0% The Contract Ray Keene 2006
46% The Ice Harvest Charlie Arglist $8.9M 2005
36% Must Love Dogs Jake $43.9M 2005
73% Runaway Jury Nick Easter $49.3M 2003
62% Identity Ed $51.5M 2003
63% Breakfast With Hunter Actor 2003
69% Max Max Rothman $0.3M 2002
91% Adaptation Himself (uncredited) $22.2M 2002
No Score Yet Never Get Outta the Boat Producer 2002
59% Serendipity Jonathan Trager $50M 2001
32% America's Sweethearts Eddie Thomas $93.1M 2001
91% High Fidelity Rob Gordon Producer 2000
64% Cradle Will Rock Nelson Rockefeller 1999
93% Being John Malkovich Craig Schwartz 1999
80% The Jack Bull Executive Producer Myrl Redding Producer 1999
75% This Is My Father Eddie Sharp 1999
48% Pushing Tin Nick Falzone 1999
80% The Thin Red Line Capt. John Graf 1998
50% Chicago Cab Scary Man Executive Producer 1998
No Score Yet Hellcab Actor 1998
49% Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil John Kelso 1997
85% Anastasia Dimitri 1997
55% Con Air Vince Larkin 1997
80% Grosse Pointe Blank Screenwriter Producer Martin Blank 1997
No Score Yet Eastwood on Eastwood Actor 1997
54% City Hall Deputy Mayor Kevin Calhoun 1996
74% Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table) Actor 1994
41% The Road to Wellville Charles Ossining 1994
97% Bullets Over Broadway David Shayne 1994
39% Corrina, Corrina Actor 1994
67% Floundering JC 1994
No Score Yet Money for Nothing Joey Coyle 1993
97% Bob Roberts `Cutting Edge' Host 1992
98% The Player Himself 1992
48% Shadows and Fog Student Jack 1992
81% Map of the Human Heart Clark 1992
83% Roadside Prophets Caspar 1992
47% True Colors Peter Burton 1991
90% The Grifters Roy Dillon 1990
47% Fat Man and Little Boy Michael Merriman 1989
98% Say Anything... Lloyd 1989
No Score Yet Elvis Stories Corky 1989
60% Tapeheads Ivan 1988
86% Eight Men Out Buck Weaver 1988
98% Broadcast News Angry Messenger 1987
No Score Yet Hot Pursuit Dan Bartlett 1987
91% Stand by Me Denny Lachance 1986
60% One Crazy Summer Hoops McCann 1986
100% The Journey of Natty Gann Harry 1985
85% The Sure Thing Walter "Gib" Gibson 1985
75% Better Off Dead Lane Meyer 1985
No Score Yet Grandview U.S.A. Johnny Maine 1984
86% Sixteen Candles Bryce 1984
25% Class Roscoe 1983

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2015
62% Doll & Em
2014-2015
Himself
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2010
  • 2001
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Guest
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2005
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Guest
  • 1996
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
1994-2010
Voice
  • 1994

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