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Also Known As: Tobias Vincent Maguire Died:
Born: June 27, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Santa Monica, California, USA Profession: actor, producer

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After years of playing quirky adolescents and eclectic youths, actor Tobey Maguire established himself as an international box office star when he landed the role of a certain web-slinging superhero. As the star of director Sam Raimi's comic book blockbuster "Spider-Man" (2002) and its subsequent sequels, Maguire personified to perfection the gangly awkwardness of Spidey's alter ego, Peter Parker. Prior to his international stardom, Maguire made his first lasting impression in "The Ice Storm" (1997), Ang Lee's excellent meditation on suburban angst in the 1970s. He next helped add some color to the black-and-white world of the 1950s in Gary Ross' "Pleasantville" (1998) before delivering a solid dramatic performance as the protagonist of "The Cider House Rules" (1999), opposite Michael Caine and Charlize Theron. Following another solid dramatic performance in the adaptation of Michael Chabon's "Wonder Boys" (2000), Maguire started to branch out into producing; most notably with the Spike Lee thriller "25th Hour" (2002) and "Seabiscuit" (2003), for which he served as both executive producer and star. By the time he earned serious award recognition for his performance in "Brothers" (2009), Maguire had...

After years of playing quirky adolescents and eclectic youths, actor Tobey Maguire established himself as an international box office star when he landed the role of a certain web-slinging superhero. As the star of director Sam Raimi's comic book blockbuster "Spider-Man" (2002) and its subsequent sequels, Maguire personified to perfection the gangly awkwardness of Spidey's alter ego, Peter Parker. Prior to his international stardom, Maguire made his first lasting impression in "The Ice Storm" (1997), Ang Lee's excellent meditation on suburban angst in the 1970s. He next helped add some color to the black-and-white world of the 1950s in Gary Ross' "Pleasantville" (1998) before delivering a solid dramatic performance as the protagonist of "The Cider House Rules" (1999), opposite Michael Caine and Charlize Theron. Following another solid dramatic performance in the adaptation of Michael Chabon's "Wonder Boys" (2000), Maguire started to branch out into producing; most notably with the Spike Lee thriller "25th Hour" (2002) and "Seabiscuit" (2003), for which he served as both executive producer and star. By the time he earned serious award recognition for his performance in "Brothers" (2009), Maguire had become a multifaceted Hollywood presence whose potential seemed limitless.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Labor Day (2013)
2.
3.
 Details, The (2011)
4.
 Brothers (2009)
5.
 Spider-Man 3 (2007)
6.
 Good German, The (2006)
7.
 Spider-Man 2 (2004) Spider-Man/Peter Parker
8.
 Seabiscuit (2003) Red Pollard
9.
 Seabiscuit (2003)
10.
 Spider-Man (2002) Spiderman/Peter Parker
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Milestones close milestones

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Took drama as a school elective as a sixth grader
1987:
Began studying acting at the suggestion of neighbor, who was an entertainment manager
:
Made TV debut in an ad for Doritos
1988:
First acting role was a small part in the HBO special, "On Location: Rodney Dangerfield 'Opening Night at Rodney's Place'" (aired in May 1989)
1990:
Starred in the Nickelodeon special, "Tales From the Whoop: Hot Rod Brown, Class Clown"
1990:
Met longtime friend Leonardo DiCaprio when they auditioned for a role on NBC's "Parenthood"; DiCaprio got the part, but Maguire got a guest role due to DiCaprio's recommendation
1992:
Played leading role in short-lived FOX sitcom, "Great Scott!"
1993:
Made feature film debut with a small role in "This Boy's Life" starring Leonardo DiCaprio
1994:
First film lead in the horror feature, "Revenge of the Red Baron"
1995:
Filmed a small part in "Empire Records"; Maguire later requested director Allan Moyle release him from his part in the movie due to health reasons; Moyle agreed and all of Tobey's scenes were deleted
1995:
Appeared with DiCaprio in "Don's Plum"; with DiCaprio filed a 1998 lawsuit to halt distribution of film, claiming it was originally intended to be a short and not a full-length film; settled with producers for a reported $10 million and a guarantee the film would not be released in the US or Canada
1995:
Co-starred with Kate Capshaw in Griffin Dunne's Oscar-nominated short, "The Duke of Groove"
1996:
Cast in the NBC true crime TV-movie, "Seduced by Madness: The Diana Borchardt Story"
1997:
Played a leading role in the independent feature, "Joyride"
1997:
Played the son of Kevin Kline and Joan Allen in Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm"; also narrated
1997:
Played one of the alter egos of Woody Allen's novelist Harry Block in "Deconstructing Harry"
1998:
Co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in Gary Ross' "Pleasantville"; second collaboration with Joan Allen playing his mother
1999:
Re-teamed with director Ang Lee for the American Civil War drama, "Ride With the Devil"
1999:
Played the film's protagonist, Homer Wells in Lasse Hallstrom's film adaptation of John Irving's novel, "The Cider House Rules"
2000:
Teamed with Michael Douglas for Curtis Hanson's "Wonder Boys"; adapted from Michael Chabon's novel
2002:
Played the title role in Sam Raimi's feature adaptation of the popular comic book, "Spider-Man"
2002:
Made debut as a producer with "The 25th Hour"
2003:
Re-teamed with Gary Ross to play jockey Red Pollard in the acclaimed film, "Seabiscuit"; also executive produced
2004:
Reprised his role in the blockbuster, "Spider-Man 2"
2006:
Co-starred with George Clooney and Cate Blanchett in "The Good German"; directed by Steven Soderbergh
2007:
Once again collaborated with director Sam Raimi for "Spider-Man 3"
2008:
Had a cameo role in "Tropic Thunder," as a gay 18th century monk in the faux trailer for "Satan's Alley"
2009:
Co-starred with Jake Gyllenhaal in Jim Sheridan's remake of "Brothers"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture ¿ Drama ("Brothers")
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Notes

"It's about 'Here's my dream and I'm going to make it happen'. Of course, luck plays in to it, but my theory is that you can do whatever you want to, if you really want to. I remember when I was fifteen and I had just started acting. I was living with my mom and there wasn't a lot of extra money, so I borrowed $9,000 from a friend. I told him, 'I will pay you back in one year' (laughs). Nine grand! I didn't know how I was going to pay him back, but I did. I look back on that experience whenever I feel afraid. I tell myself, 'You know what? Go for it.'"---Maguire quoted in Interview, March 1997.

Maguire on appreciating his successes and keeping them in perspective: "Occasionally I have to do a thing called a 'Check me out', where you look at a situation and go, 'Holy shit, man, check me out'. Check me out, I'm doing a scene with Joan Allen. I'm a kid who with his mom got a bag of groceries from his manager because we were too poor."---quoted in Vanity Fair, October 1997.

"I understand that I have all this comic lightness or innocence, but I think I'm going somewhere between Tom Hanks and John Malkovich."---Maguire quoted in Premiere, November 1997.

"All the people throughout my life who were naysayers pissed me off. But they've all given me a fevor, an angry ambition that cannot be stopped, and [laughs] I look forward to finding a therapist and working on that."---Maguire on what has inspired him, as quoted in Details, January 1998.

"... I don't want to do four movies a year, I would prefer to do one film a year and something I've chosen very carefully. Whatever I do, I should put myself, my heart, my head into it 100 percent. Because doing a movie is a lot of work, more than I ever thought it was. But I'm still a kid, I'm growing up and I want to grow up. But I don't want to miss anything, you know?"---Maguire quoted in Interview, October 1998.

"Tobey is so calculated. He reminds me of a young Nicolas Cage. He knows exactly which kinds of movies he wants to make, and he's ruthless about what he won't do."---"Pleasantville" co-star Reese Witherspoon, quoted in US, November 1998.

"A lot of people can't handle being successful. They don't think they're worth it, so they make themselves not worth it and they f--- up. I have self-esteem issues. I think everybody does. But the bottom line is these opportunities have been given to me. They were my f---ing dreams and I'm not going to f--- it up."---Maguire quoted in US, November 1998.

Maguire on whether he enjoys the fame that has come his way: "Well I must, or I would be doing local theater in Arkansas or something. I have mixed feelings about it. I've been an actor for ten years and I think fame is a really complicated thing. It can be a great challenge to handle the difficult parts of it and strengthen your character so you don't get affected in a negative way by it. And I'm scared and excited and hesitant and anxious. I'm conflicted about it, truly."---to friend and fellow actor Sara Gilbert in Interview, October 1999.

"The Cider House Rules" director Lasse Hallstrom on Maguire: "His choices are so low-key. [Another] young actor would want to show off, but he's very brave in trusting the subtle choices. He doesn't fall back on technique or theatrics."---quoted in Premiere, December 1999.

"We made Tobey do a test because he's not the first person you think of. He did a test, he took off his shirt, and then we all said O.K."---Columbia Chairperson Amy Pascal, on Macguire's audition for "Spider-Man" 2002

"I'm not sure why I play outsiders. People ask me about my upbringing and was I a nerdy kid who got bullied and didn't get the girl and all that kind of stuff. I think I'm just gonna let you guys think that, because it makes for a more charming story or something."---Maguire on the roles he plays to E!Online April 2002

"He's sensitive, and he's lyrical. At the same time, he's a tough son of a bitch who's lived a hard life and transcended it and survived it."---Director Gary Ross on Tobey Maguire to Premiere magazine July/Aug 2003

"Getting into shape to play the part of Pollard "was hard work, but an easy kind of hard work," Maguire says. "I was on a strict diet, 1,400 carbohydrates a day. On top of that, I had to work out 3-4 hours a day for six days a week before filming began. I had a mechanical horse at home, but nothing prepares you to get up on a real racehorse. After 2 1/2 months, my legs were like overcooked spaghetti noodles."---Maguire on his role in "Seabiscuit" to Japan Today January 19, 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Rashida Jones. Actor, model. Daughter of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton; no longer together.
companion:
Kirsten Dunst. Actor. Reportedly became romantically involved during filming of "Spider-Man" in 2001.
companion:
Nicole Kidman. Actor. Rumored to have dated in 2002.
companion:
Jennifer Meyer. Polo Ralph Lauren Employee. Daughter of Universal Studios president and COO Ron Meyer; dating as of 2003.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Vincent Maguire. Construction worker, cook. Married Maguire's mother c. 1977; divorced shortly thereafter; remarried.
mother:
Wendy Maguire. Part-time secretary. Married Maguire's father c. 1977; divorced shortly thereafter.
half-brother:
Vincent. Born c. 1972.
half-sister:
Sara. Born c. 1979.
half-brother:
Timothy. Born c. 1984.
half-brother:
Weston. Born c. 1994.
half-brother:
Jopaul. Born c. 1992.
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