John Cusack

John Cusack

Highest Rated: 100% The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)

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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
90% Never Grow Old Dutch Albert 2019
22% River Runs Red Horace 2018
18% Distorted Vernon Sarsfield 2018
50% Blood Money Miller 2017
3% Arsenal Sal 2017
11% Cell Clay Riddell Executive Producer 2016
85% Boom Bust Boom Actor 2016
82% Chi-Raq Fr. Mike Corrigan $2.7M 2015
4% Shanghai Paul Soames $45.2K 2015
37% Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi) Lucius $72.9K 2015
90% Love & Mercy Brian Wilson $8.8M 2015
61% 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
11% The Bag Man Jack $49.3K 2014
54% Adult World Rat Billings $17.2K 2014
36% Salinger Actor $0.6M 2013
61% The Frozen Ground Robert Hansen $90K 2013
72% 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
39% 2012 Jackson Curtis $166.2M 2009
39% Igor Igor $19.5M 2008
30% War, Inc. Screenwriter Producer Hauser $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
80% 1408 Mike Enslin $72M 2007
No Score Yet The Besieged Fortress (La Citadelle assiegee) Narrator 2006
0% The Contract Ray Keene 2006
47% 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
58% Serendipity Jonathan Trager $50M 2001
32% America's Sweethearts Eddie Thomas $93.1M 2001
No Score Yet Stephen King's Cell Clay Riddell 2000
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 Myrl Redding Executive Producer 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
56% 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
79% Grosse Pointe Blank Producer Screenwriter Martin Blank 1997
No Score Yet Eastwood on Eastwood Actor 1997
56% 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
50% Shadows and Fog Student Jack 1992
77% 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
56% One Crazy Summer Hoops McCann 1986
100% The Journey of Natty Gann Harry 1985
85% The Sure Thing Walter "Gib" Gibson 1985
77% Better Off Dead Lane Meyer 1985
No Score Yet Grandview U.S.A. Johnny Maine 1984
87% 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
31% The Jay Leno Show
2009-2010
Guest 2009
No Score Yet Real Time with Bill Maher
2003
Guest 2008
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest 2005
2003
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Guest 1996
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
1994-2010
Voice 1994

QUOTES FROM John Cusack CHARACTERS

Kate says: How did you know this was going to happen?

Jackson Curtis says: It's not just California. It's the whole god damn world that is going to shit.

Paul Soames says: I just need to find out who killed my friend.

Paul Soames says: My friend was an American agent. What was he working on?

Paul Soames says: You know, this whole country has its head buried in the sand.

Lucius says: If you stand with us you will be butchered.

Lucius says: I'm Lucious, commanding general.

Brian Wilson says: I'm going to create the greatest album ever, Mar.

Marilyn Wilson says: I know, Bri.

Brian Wilson says: Gratifying movie. At first I didn't like having 2 adult actors playing one role, but it ends up working. Worth seeing.

Lloyd says: So when you hear the smoking sign go 'ding', you know everything's going to be okay.

Lloyd says: Wait for beep.

Lloyd says: I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that.

Diane says: Nobody really thinks it will work, do they?

Lloyd says: No. You just described every great success story.

Hauser says: I feel like a refugee from the Island of Doctor Moreau.

Hauser says: I feel like a refugee from The Island of Dr. Moreau.

Clem says: That's the entry wound of a Rochester 47 automatic with scope-laser aim and silencer. The most precise weapon on the market. And the quietest. Now you know the meaning of stage fright.

Rasputin says: No one can save you now!

Dimitri says: Wanna bet?

David Shayne says: I'll have a double anything.

Charles Ossinging says: Health! The open seseme to the sucker's purse.

Goodloe Bender says: Health! The open seseme to the sucker's purse.

Laura says: In fact, I hope we're not in love anymore, to be honest. It would give me a better opinion of love right now.

Rob Gordon says: Come on! What, did I beat you? Did I tell you you were a bad person? I mean, what the fuck? What shoul I have done to make you happy?

Rob Gordon says: Come on! What, did I beat you? Did I tell you you were a bad person? I mean, what the fuck? What should I have done to make you happy?

Laura says: Nothing. Make yourself happy.

Rob Gordon says: Oh, I see. Um, wh-why am I not happy?

Laura says: Because you're the same person you used to be.. and I'm not.

Anastasia says: Do you really think I'm royalty?

Dimitri says: You know I do!

Anastasia says: Then stop bossing me around!

Empress Dowager Marie Fedorovna says: You were the boy, weren't you - the servant boy who got us out? You saved her life and mine and you restored her to me. Yet you want no reward

Dimitri says: Not anymore.

Empress Dowager Marie Fedorovna says: Why the change of mind?

Dimitri says: It was more a change of heart. I must go.

Vladimir says: She certainly has a mind of her own.

Dimitri says: Yeah. I hate that in a woman.

Marlee says: (last lines) I wanna go home.

Marlee says: I wanna go home.

Nick Easter says: (last lines) Let's... let's go home.

Nick Easter says: Let's... let's go home.

Helen Sinclair says: No, no, don't speak. Don't speak. Please don't speak. Please don't speak. No. No. No. Go. Go, gentle Scorpio, go. Your Pisces wishes you every happy return.

David Shayne says: Just one...

Helen Sinclair says: Don't speak.

Sara Thomas says: Okay. Favorite movie.

Jonathan Trager says: The correct answer is Cool Hand Luke.

Sara Thomas says: I've never seen it.

Jonathan Trager says: Oh, come on. You've never seen Cool Hand Luke? Paul Newman? Oh my god. Come on! "Failure to communicate." Sadistic cop in sunglasses with no name. Reminds me of you in that way.

Sara Thomas says: Um, favorite New York moment.

Jonathan Trager says: This one's climbing the charts.

Max Rothman says: Words are magic. Sometimes I think the whole world is strung together by words.

Max Rothman says: There's no future in the future.

Vince Larkin says: When are you going with my plane, Cyrus?

Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom says: We're going to Disney Land.

Vince Larkin says: You're lying, Cyrus.

Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom says: So are you, Vince.

Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom says: Ohh.. Nothing makes me sadder than the agent lost his bladder in the.. aaiirrplane!!

Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom says: Oh. Nothing makes me sadder than the agent lost his bladder in the airplane!

Mike Enslin says: $ 8 for beer nuts. This room is EVIL

Mike Enslin says: $8 for beer nuts? This room is evil.

Martin Blank says: I possessed a certain moral ambiguity the CIA was looking for.

Charlie Arglist says: It's all a matter of character. Of course, if I had any character, I wouldn't have stolen 2 million dollars from my boss.

Charlie Arglist says: People always say that there's no such thing as the perfect crime. But I don't agree with that.

Joey Coyle says: I'd do it again

Joey Coyle says: I'd do it again.

Jackson Curtis says: Kate, California is going down! Pack up the kids, now!

Kate Curtis says: They just got back. God you sound like a crazy person, the Governor says we're fine now.

Jackson Curtis says: That guy is an actor, he's reading a script! When the tell you not to panic, that's when you run!

Mike Enslin says: "Sometimes you can't get rid if bad memories, you just gotta live with them"

Mike Enslin says: Sometimes you can't get rid if bad memories, you just gotta live with them.

Lloyd Dobler says: I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen.

Mike Enslin says: Listen, I've been trapped.

Mike Enslin says: ...but where's the bone-chilling terror?

Mike Enslin says: Is this it?

Mike Enslin says: Go to hell!

Mike Enslin says: I have been a selfish man but I don't have to die that way.

Edgar Allen Poe says: The only thing he's ever killed is a bottle of brandy.

Edgar Allan Poe says: Take this kiss upon thy brow

Edgar Allan Poe says: Take this kiss upon the brow!

Edgar Allan Poe says: Quoth the raven "Nevermore"

Edgar Allan Poe says: Quoth the raven 'Nevermore'.

Mike Enslin says: The room's gotta be filthy. I mean, the sheets haven't been changed in... what, eleven years?

Gerald Olin says: No no no. We're very professional here. 1408 gets a light turn once a month. I supervise, the maids work in pairs. We treat the room as if it's a chamber filled with poison gas. We only stay 10 minutes and I insist the door remain open. But still... A few years ago a young maid from El Salvador found herself locked in the bathroom. She was only there for a few moments, but when we pulled her out she was-

Mike Enslin says: She was dead?

Gerald Olin says: No. Blind. She had taken a pair of scissors and gouged her eyes out. She was laughing hysterically.

Kate Curtis says: Well, now that you got your map where are we going?

Jackson Curtis says: (opens up the map up to find it only has China on it) We're gonna need a bigger plane.

Jackson Curtis says: [opens up the map up to find it only has China on it] We're gonna need a bigger plane.

Denny Lachance says: Did you read Gordie's story?

Yuri Karpov says: What is that?

Sasha says: The state of Hawaii.

Yuri Karpov says: Not good. That is not good.

Jackson Curtis says: How much fuel do we have?

Sasha says: Not much, We'll have make an emergency landing somewhere in South China Sea.

Gordon says: Great. At least we don't need the landing gear.

Jackson Curtis says: What happened to it?

Gordon says: Well, we've lost it all, in Vegas.

Edgar Allan Poe says: I will gladly give my life for hers, Mr. Fields

Edgar Allan Poe says: I will gladly give my life for hers, Mr. Fields.

Dimitri says: If we live through this, remind me to thank you.

D.C. says: Lloyd, why do you have to be like this?

Lloyd Dobler says: 'Cause I'm a guy. I have pride.

Corey Flood says: You're not a guy.

Lloyd Dobler says: I Am.

Corey Flood says: No. The world is full of guys. Be a man. Don't be a guy.

Diane Court says: Nobody really thinks it will work, do they?

Lloyd Dobler says: No. You just described every great success story.

Mike Enslin says: Stay Scared..

Mike Enslin says: Stay scared..

Mike Enslin says: Stay scared.

Gordon says: WHO THE HECK IS THAT?

Jackson Curtis says: that's our pilot!

Jackson Curtis says: That's our pilot!

Gordon says: OUR PILOT HOW ARE WE GONNA GET OUTTA HERE?

Gordon says: OUR PILOT? HOW ARE WE GONNA GET OUTTA HERE?

Rob Gordon says: ...I agreed that what really matters is what you like, not what you are like... Books, records, films - these things matter. Call me shallow but it's the fuckin' truth, and by this measure I was having one of the best dates of my life.

Rob Gordon says: I'm tired of the fantasy, because it doesn't really exist. And there are never really any surprises, and it never really...

Laura says: Delivers?

Rob Gordon says: Delivers. And I'm tired of it. And I'm tired of everything else for that matter. But I don't ever seem to get tired of you, so...

Rob Gordon says: Now, the making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many do's and don'ts. First of all you're using someone else's poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing.

Rob Gordon says: What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?

Laura says: Listen, Rob, would you have sex with me? Because I want to feel something else than this. It either that, or I go home and put my hand in the fire. Unless you want to stub cigarettes out on my arm.

Rob Gordon says: No. I only have a few left, I've been saving them for later.

Laura says: Right. It'll have to be sex, then.

Rob Gordon says: Right. Right.

Jackson Curtis says: Sh*t, man, I gotta go back to, um, *cough* earth.

Edgar Allan Poe says: Somebody better call his Momma!

Edgar Allen Poe says: Some say Lawyers make the best Profession. Here I am, an Actor, taking in millions for a bomb!

Edgar Allan Poe says: No matter how this ends I will kill him.

Edgar Allan Poe says: It seems my own writing has become the inspiration for an actual killer.

Lloyd Dobler says: Why can't you be in a good mood? How hard is it to decide to be in a good mood and be in a good mood once in a while?

Anastasia says: You think you're going to miss it?

Dimitri says: Miss what? Your talking?

Anastasia says: No. Russia.

Jackson Curtis says: Get in the car!

Kate Curtis says: I think it's safer down here!

Jackson Curtis says: Get in the f***ing car!!

Jackson Curtis says: Get in the f***ing car!

Jackson Curtis says: Look at me, look at me, do I look scared?

Lilly Curtis says: Umm hummm

Lilly Curtis says: Umm hummm.

Lilly Curtis says: [inside Charlie's camper] That guy's crazy. Right, daddy?

Jackson Curtis says: No. I don't think so.

Jackson Curtis says: [to pilot] Here. Take this. This is a very expensive watch. My editor gave it to me when he thought I was gonna be somebody.

Jackson Curtis says: [looks at his watch after being awaken by the morning news] I'm a dead man. I'm a dead man.

Jackson Curtis says: [as Kate's house is collapsing in an earthquake] Get in the fucking car!

Jackson Curtis says: No matter what happens, we'll all stay together.

Kate Curtis says: So, where are we headed?

Jackson Curtis says: We're gonna need a bigger plane.

Craig Schwartz says: I think, I feel, I suffer.

Jackson Curtis says: (Knocks Gordon's car into earthquake crack) Sorry.

Jackson Curtis says: [knocks Gordon's car into earthquake crack] Sorry.

Lloyd Dobler says: I'm gonna take out Diane Court again.

Corey Flood says: Well that's unlikely.

Diane Court says: We shared the most intimate thing two people can share.

Diane Court says: No, Lloyd, we shared the most intimate thing two people can share...

Lloyd Dobler says: You shared it with a dick.

Lloyd Dobler says: You shared it with a dick.

Lane Myer says: She only speaks French, Roy. She doesn't speak imbecile

Lane Myer says: She only speaks French, Roy. She doesn't speak imbecile.

Martin Blank says: i killed the president of paraguay with a for, how have you been?

Martin Blank says: I killed the president of Paraguay with a fork. How've you been?

Craig Schwartz says: What happens when a man goes through his own portal?

Rob Gordon says: "Hey Laura! If you really wanted to screw me up, you should've gotten to me earlier!"

Rob Gordon says: Hey Laura! If you really wanted to screw me up, you should've gotten to me earlier!

Vince Larkin says: Nathan Jones, A.K.A. Diamond Dog. Former general of the Black Guerillas. He blew up a meeting of the National Rifle Association saying, and I quote, "They represented the basest negativity of the white race." He wrote a book in prison called, "Reflections in a Diamond Eye." New York Times called it a wakeup call for the black community. They're talking to Denzel for the movie.

Vince Larkin says: Nathan Jones, A.K.A. Diamond Dog. Former general of the Black Guerillas. He blew up a meeting of the National Rifle Association saying, and I quote, 'They represented the basest negativity of the white race.' He wrote a book in prison called, 'Reflections in a Diamond Eye.' New York Times called it a wakeup call for the black community. They're talking to Denzel for the movie.

Mike Enslin says: They say you can't die in your dreams... is that true?

Mike Enslin says: I'm going out to buy some cigarettes.

Craig Schwartz says: Do you know what a metaphysical can of worms this portal is?

Craig Schwartz says: Nobody's looking for a puppeteer in today's wintry economic climate.

Lloyd Dobler says: The rain on my car is a baptism, the new me, Ice Man, Power Lloyd, my assault on the world begins now

Kate Curtis says: Where have you been all my life?

Jackson Curtis says: Gift shop.

Adam says: I hate this decade!

Lloyd Dobler says: I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen.