John Cusack

Actor, Producer, Screenwriter
Engaging and accessible onscreen, protective and guarded in private, actor John Cusack built an exceptional career by making unusual film choices and steering clear of the Hollywood machine. Originally a member of the ... Read more »
Born: 06/28/1966 in Evanston, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (95)

Cell 2015 (Movie)

Clay Riddell (Actor)

Dragon Blade 2015 (Movie)

Lucius (Actor)

Maps to the Stars 2015 (Movie)

Dr. Stafford Weiss (Actor)

Shanghai 2015 (Movie)

Paul Soames (Actor)

Adult World 2014 (Movie)

Rat Billings (Actor)

Dictablanda 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Doll & Em 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drive Hard 2014 (Movie)

Simon Keller (Actor)

Grand Piano 2014 (Movie)

Clem (Actor)

Kickback 2014 (Movie)

Detective Ivanov (Actor)

Reclaim 2014 (Movie)

Benjamin (Actor)

Summerhood 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Bag Man 2014 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

The Prince 2014 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Lee Daniels' The Butler 2013 (Movie)

Richard Nixon (Actor)

Motel 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Salinger 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Frozen Ground 2013 (Movie)

Robert Hansen (Actor)

The Numbers Station 2013 (Movie)

Emerson (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Factory 2012 (Movie)

Mike Fletcher (Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 2002 - 2003, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Paperboy 2012 (Movie)

Hillary Van Wetter (Actor)

The Raven 2012 (Movie)

Edgar Allan Poe (Actor)

Woody Allen: A Documentary 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hot Tub Time Machine 2010 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

2012 2009 (Movie)

Jackson Curtis (Actor)

Igor 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Igor (Voice)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

War, Inc. 2008 (Movie)

Hauser (Actor)

1408 2007 (Movie)

Mike Enslin (Actor)

Grace is Gone 2007 (Movie)

Stanley Philllips (Actor)

Martian Child 2007 (Movie)

David (Actor)

The Contract 2007 (Movie)

Ray Keene (Actor)

Ice Harvest 2005 (Movie)

Charlie Arglist (Actor)

Must Love Dogs 2005 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Prism Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Back in the U.S. 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Identity 2003 (Movie)

Ed (Actor)

On the Record With Bob Costas 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Runaway Jury 2003 (Movie)

Nick Easter (Actor)

Breakfast With Hunter 2002 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Max 2002 (Movie)

Max Rothman (Actor)

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Sweethearts 2001 (Movie)

Eddie Thomas (Actor)

Serendipity 2001 (Movie)

Jonathan Trager (Actor)

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

Rob (Actor)

Being John Malkovich 1999 (Movie)

Craig Schwartz (Actor)

Cradle Will Rock 1999 (Movie)

Nelson Rockefeller (Actor)

Pushing Tin 1999 (Movie)

Nick Falzone (Actor)

This Is My Father 1999 (Movie)

Eddie Sharp--The Pilot (Actor)

Chicago Cab 1998 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

The Thin Red Line 1998 (Movie)

Captain Gaff (Actor)

Anastasia 1997 (Movie)

of Dimitri (Voice)

Con Air 1997 (Movie)

Larkin (Actor)

Grosse Pointe Blank 1997 (Movie)

Martin Q Blank (Actor)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997 (Movie)

John Kelso (Actor)

Chicago on Stage 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

City Hall 1996 (Movie)

Deputy Mayor Kevin Calhoun (Actor)

Bullets Over Broadway 1994 (Movie)

David Shayne (Actor)

Floundering 1994 (Movie)

JC (Actor)

The Road to Wellville 1994 (Movie)

Charles Ossining (Actor)

Map of the Human Heart 1993 (Movie)

Clark (Actor)

Money for Nothing 1993 (Movie)

Joey Coyle (Actor)

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

Host "Cutting Edge Live" (Actor)

Roadside Prophets 1992 (Movie)

Caspar (Actor)

Shadows and Fog 1992 (Movie)

Student Jack (Actor)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Living in America 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

True Colors 1991 (Movie)

Peter Burton (Actor)

The Grifters 1990 (Movie)

Roy Dillon (Actor)

An All-Star Celebration: The '88 Vote 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Fat Man and Little Boy 1989 (Movie)

Michael Merriman (Actor)

Say Anything 1989 (Movie)

Lloyd Dobler (Actor)

Eight Men Out 1988 (Movie)

Buck Weaver (Actor)

Tapeheads 1988 (Movie)

Ivan Alexeev (Actor)

Broadcast News 1987 (Movie)

Angry Messenger (Actor)

Hot Pursuit 1987 (Movie)

Dan Bartlett (Actor)

One Crazy Summer 1986 (Movie)

Hoops McCann (Actor)

Stand By Me 1986 (Movie)

Denny Lachance (Actor)

Better Off Dead 1985 (Movie)

Lane Myer (Actor)

The Journey of Natty Gann 1985 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

The Sure Thing 1985 (Movie)

Walter "Gib" Gibson (Actor)

Grandview, U.S.A. 1984 (Movie)

Johnny Maine (Actor)

Sixteen Candles 1984 (Movie)

Bryce (Actor)

Class 1983 (Movie)

Roscoe (Actor)

Eastwood on Eastwood (TV Show)

Narrator

The Jack Bull (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (10)

Cell 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dictablanda 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hot Tub Time Machine 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

War, Inc. 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Grace is Gone 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Never Get Outta the Boat 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Max 2002 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Chicago Cab 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Grosse Pointe Blank 1997 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Writer (5)

Dictablanda 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

War, Inc. 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Grosse Pointe Blank 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Floundering 1994 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))
Music (2)

War, Inc. 2008 (Movie)

("I Want To Blow You Up") (Song)

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Biography

Engaging and accessible onscreen, protective and guarded in private, actor John Cusack built an exceptional career by making unusual film choices and steering clear of the Hollywood machine. Originally a member of the notorious Brat Pack from the early 1980s, starring in the likes of "Better Off Dead" (1985) and "One Crazy Summer" (1986), Cusack managed to accomplish the rare feat of flourishing as a dramatic actor, beyond the confines of teen comedies. Even during his height as a teen comedy star, Cusack had already been branching out, appearing in John Sayles' "Eight Men Out" (1988) and forming his own Chicago-based theater company. But it was his starring turn in Cameron Crowe's eternal "Say Anything" (1990) that propelled Cusack into the limelight. From then on the actor had his pick of the litter, typically choosing films that fell out of the mainstream, like "Grosse Point Blank" (1997), "Being John Malkovich" (1999) and "High Fidelity" (2000). While he did pepper in the occasional blockbuster, "Con Air" (1997) chief among them, Cusack retained his flare for the unconventional, solidifying his reputation as an actor of high quality and integrity.

Relationships

Neve Campbell Actor

Companion
Dated from 1998-2002 No longer together

Dick Cusack Actor

Father
Born Aug. 29, 1925; owned a film production company Acted together in "High Fidelity" (2000) Died June 2, 2003

Nancy Cusack

Mother

Joan Cusack Actor

Sibling
Born Oct. 11, 1962 Appeared together in films like "Say Anything" (1989), "Grosse Pointe Blank" (1997), and High Fidelity (2000)

Bill Cusack Actor

Brother
Born in 1964 Acted together in "Grosse Pointe Blank" (1997) and "Con Air" (1997)

Ann Cusack Actor

Sister
Born May 22, 1961 Appeared together in "Grosse Point Blank" (1997)

Susie Cusack Actor

Sister
Born in 1971 Acted together in "High Fidelity" (2000)

Minnie Driver Actor

Companion
Met during filming of "Grosse Point Blank" (1996) No longer together

Alison Eastwood Actor

Companion
Met while starring together in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (1997), directed by her father Clint No longer together

Claire Forlani Actor

Companion
Dated c. 1997-98

Corina Katt Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated in 1998 but Katt claimed they were "just friends"

Jodi Lyn O'Keefe Actor

Companion
Dated in 2003

EDUCATION

Piven Theater Workshop

Evanston , Illinois
Member for ten years, from age seven

Evanston Township High School

Evanston , Illinois
Graduated

New York University

New York , New York
Dropped out after less than a year

Nichols Junior High

Evanston , Illinois

Milestones

2013

Appeared as Richard Nixon in Daniels' "The Butler"

2012

Co-starred with Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, and Matthew McConaughey in Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy"

2012

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

2012

Portrayed Edgar Allan Poe in mystery thriller "The Raven"

2010

Produced and starred in the sci-fi comedy "Hot Tub Time Machine"

2009

Played Jackson Curtis, a book writer and limo driver in Roland Emmerich's disaster film "2012"

2008

Co-wrote, produced and starred in the political satire "War, Inc."

2007

Starred in the indie drama "Grace Is Gone," playing a father who embarks on a road trip with his two daughters after his wife is killed in the line of duty in Iraq; premiered at Sundance

2007

Once again teamed with Dutch filmmaker Menno Meyjes in "The Martian Child"

2005

Played a simple-minded attorney who tries to steal money from his mob bosses in the "Ice Harvest," directed by Harold Ramis

2003

Co-starred in James Mangold's psychological thriller "Identity"

2002

Starred in the Nazi drama feature "Max," written and directed by Menno Meyjes

2001

Teamed romantically onscreen with Kate Beckinsale in "Serendipity"

2000

Reteamed with Frears for "High Fidelity," playing an immature record-obsessed thirtysomething; based on Nick Hornby's acclaimed novel

1999

Starred in the western "The Jack Bull," written by his father Dick Cusack

1999

Played a high-strung air traffic controller in Mike Newell's "Pushing Tin"

1999

Played Nelson Rockefeller in Tim Robbins' "Cradle Will Rock"

1999

Cast as Craig Schwartz puppeteer who discovers a portal into the brain of the titular movie actor in Spike Jonze's experimental film "Being John Malkovich"

1998

Featured in the ensemble cast of Terrence Malick's sweeping war drama "The Thin Red Line"

1997

Starred as a U.S. Marshal in the summer action blockbuster "Con Air"

1997

Starred in Clint Eastwood's uneven screen adaptation of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"

1997

Co-produced, scripted and starred in the sharp, high-school reunion set action-comedy "Grosse Pointe Blank"

1997

Voiced the male lead Dimitri in the animated feature "Anastasia"

1996

Played a young, idealistic deputy mayor of New York in the political drama "City Hall"

1994

Co-starred in Alan Parker's satire "The Road to Wellville"

1994

Reteamed with Woody Allen with a featured role as a playwright in "Bullets Over Broadway"

1993

Played supporting role in the period drama "Map of the Human Heart"

1992

Featured with a strange cameo role in the offbeat comedy "Roadside Prophets"

1992

Cast in small role in Tim Robbins' directorial debut "Bob Roberts"

1992

Formed the film production arm of New Crime Productions with Paramount Pictures

1991

Cast as an ethically corrupt political climber opposite an idealistic James Spader in the drama "True Colors"

1991

Landed a small role in "Shadows and Fog"; first film with Woody Allen

1990

Played Anjelica Huston's con artist son in Stephen Frears' "The Grifters"

1989

Starred as a nuclear physicist working on the atomic bomb in World War II in "Fat Man and Little Boy"

1989

Last teen role as cult icon Lloyd Dobler in Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything"; sister Joan also starred in film

1988

Featured in the ensemble "Eight Men Out," John Sayles' film of the 1919 Black Sox scandal

1988

First adult role, starring opposite Tim Robbins in the zany comedy "Tapeheads"

1987

Starred in the inane comedy "Hot Pursuit"

1986

Founded New Crime Productions, a Chicago based theater company

1986

Landed memorable cameo in "Stand By Me," helmed by Rob Reiner

1985

Played first leading role in Rob Reiner's "The Sure Thing"; first screen teaming with Tim Robbins

1985

Starred as a heartbroken teen in the comedy "Better Off Dead"

1985

Featured in Disney's "The Journey of Natty Gann"

1984

Cast as one of the main nerds featured in "Sixteen Candles"; sister Joan also appeared in film

1983

Screen acting debut as a prep school student in the coming-of-age comedy "Class"

1982

Went on first feature audition at age 16 for "Class"

Directed a stage production of Hunter S Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"

Appeared in industrial films, doing voiceovers in commercials and acting in radio spots by the age of 12

Bonus Trivia

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In addition to his large body of film work, Cusack has directed, produced and written for as well as acted on the stage. In 1986 he co-founded New Crime Productions, a Chicago-based troupe specializing in experimental theater. He has staged an adaptation of Hunter S Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and in 1990 won Chicago's Joseph Jefferson citation for his direction of "Methusalem."

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In 2002, Cusack attended a school board meeting of the Schoolhouse Foundation. He then helped cover the group's administrative costs.

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On April 24, 2012, Cusack received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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