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Also Known As: John Paul Cusack Died:
Born: June 28, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Evanston, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, playwright, director, producer, screenwriter

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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.

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.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Kickback (2015)
2.
 Grand Piano (2014)
3.
 Bag Man, The (2014)
4.
 Prince, The (2014)
5.
 Hard Drive (2014)
6.
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 Airspace (2013)
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10.
 Due Process (2013)
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Milestones close milestones

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Appeared in industrial films, doing voiceovers in commercials and acting in radio spots by the age of 12
1982:
Went on first feature audition at age 16 for "Class"
1983:
Screen acting debut as a prep school student in the coming-of-age comedy "Class"
1984:
Cast as one of the main nerds featured in "Sixteen Candles"; sister Joan also appeared in film
1985:
Played first leading role in Rob Reiner's "The Sure Thing"; first screen teaming with Tim Robbins
1985:
Featured in Disney's "The Journey of Natty Gann"
1985:
Starred as a heartbroken teen in the comedy "Better Off Dead"
1986:
Landed memorable cameo in "Stand By Me," helmed by Rob Reiner
1986:
Founded New Crime Productions, a Chicago based theater company
1987:
Starred in the inane comedy "Hot Pursuit"
1988:
First adult role, starring opposite Tim Robbins in the zany comedy "Tapeheads"
1988:
Featured in the ensemble "Eight Men Out," John Sayles' film of the 1919 Black Sox scandal
1989:
Last teen role as cult icon Lloyd Dobler in Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything"; sister Joan also starred in film
1989:
Starred as a nuclear physicist working on the atomic bomb in World War II in "Fat Man and Little Boy"
1990:
Played Anjelica Huston's con artist son in Stephen Frears' "The Grifters"
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Directed a stage production of Hunter S Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
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
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
1993:
Played supporting role in the period drama "Map of the Human Heart"
1994:
Reteamed with Woody Allen with a featured role as a playwright in "Bullets Over Broadway"
1994:
Co-starred in Alan Parker's satire "The Road to Wellville"
1996:
Played a young, idealistic deputy mayor of New York in the political drama "City Hall"
1997:
Co-produced, scripted and starred in the sharp, high-school reunion set action-comedy "Grosse Pointe Blank"
1997:
Starred as a U.S. Marshal in the summer action blockbuster "Con Air"
1997:
Voiced the male lead Dimitri in the animated feature "Anastasia"
1997:
Starred in Clint Eastwood's uneven screen adaptation of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"
1998:
Featured in the ensemble cast of Terrence Malick's sweeping war drama "The Thin Red Line"
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"
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"
2000:
Reteamed with Frears for "High Fidelity," playing an immature record-obsessed thirtysomething; based on Nick Hornby's acclaimed novel
2001:
Teamed romantically onscreen with Kate Beckinsale in "Serendipity"
2002:
Starred in the Nazi drama feature "Max," written and directed by Menno Meyjes
2003:
Co-starred in James Mangold's psychological thriller "Identity"
2005:
Played a simple-minded attorney who tries to steal money from his mob bosses in the "Ice Harvest," directed by Harold Ramis
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"
2008:
Co-wrote, produced and starred in the political satire "War, Inc."
2009:
Played Jackson Curtis, a book writer and limo driver in Roland Emmerich's disaster film "2012"
2010:
Produced and starred in the sci-fi comedy "Hot Tub Time Machine"
2012:
Portrayed Edgar Allan Poe in mystery thriller "The Raven"
2012:
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
2012:
Co-starred with Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, and Matthew McConaughey in Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy"
2013:
Appeared as Richard Nixon in Daniels' "The Butler"
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Education

Evanston Township High School: Evanston , Illinois -
New York University: New York , New York -
Nichols Junior High: Evanston , Illinois -
Piven Theater Workshop: Evanston , Illinois -

Notes

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".

"I don't want to be involved in anything that's jingoistic or sensationalistic, ... People in Hollywood don't think about the moral ramifications of what they do. They're trying to make a buck, and they continually whitewash history. A movie like 'Top Gun' drives up army enlistments because people think they're going to get to fly jets and meet Kelly McGillis, when in reality they're going to be chipping paint off an aircraft carrier." --John Cusack quoted in Premiere, 1990.

Cusack on trying his hand at different aspects of the film industry: "It's sort of a selfish instinct--I'm just trying to make stuff that I would be excited to work in. The worst thing is to wait around and be at the whim of directors and producers who want you to do their thing, who might not have anything to say about your character, but since they are in a position of power, you've gotta work with them for six months. Why not just do it yourself?" --quoted in Los Angeles Times, October 16, 1994.

"You want to hear my brilliant strategy? I don't have one. I just see a lot of talented young actors who burn out, or get such a bad rep with their romantic-poetic-destructive bullshit that no one gives them work. They think they have to be Van Gogh and suffer enormously. They don't have the political savvy to make it through. I'm here for the long haul, directing, producing, everything." --Cusack on his status as a respected and successful actor, quoted in Premiere, March 1996.

"I find it interesting that people always equate money with success. I thought I was successful; I was working with the best filmmakers--John Sayles, Woody Allen, Stephen Frears. But other people say, 'Why aren't you in those $100 million films?' And I said 'I don't know, I just didn't like the scripts.' [But] you also feel if you wanna make 'Gross Pointe Blank' and things like that, you play with the system and do one of the big movies. It just gives you more freedom to do what you wanna do." --Cusack on taking on a role in the action blockbuster "Con Air", an atypical career move for him, quoted in Daily News, April 7, 1997.

"If I go to Chicago and I go out to dinner, it's in the papers the next day. If you let off steam at someone, even if they deserve it, it's in the papers the next day. So that's kind of a drag, but there's got to be a trade off for being able to create and make a lot of money and get all this opportunity." --Cusack quoted in Los Angeles Times, April 18, 1999.

In 2002, Cusack attended a school board meeting of the Schoolhouse Foundation. He then helped cover the groups adminstrative costs.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Minnie Driver. Actor.
companion:
Alison Eastwood. Actor. Dated in 1997.
companion:
Claire Forlani. Actor. Dated c. 1997-98.
companion:
Corina Katt. Actor. Reportedly dated in 1998; she claims they were "just friends".
companion:
Neve Campbell. Actor. Reportedly dating as of late fall 1998; no longer dating as of December 2002.
companion:
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe. Reportedly dating as of Fall 2003.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Richard Cusack. Screenwriter, actor. Owner of film production company; appeared in "The Fugitive" (1993); died June 2, 2003.
mother:
Nancy Cusack. Math teacher.
sister:
Ann Cusack. Actor. Born on May 22, 1961; appeared in "Grosse Point Blank".
sister:
Joan Cusack. Actor. Born on October 11, 1962; appeared in "Say Anything" (1989).
brother:
Bill Cusack. Actor. Born c. 1964; appeared in "Ed Wood".
sister:
Susie Cusack. Actor. Born c. 1971.
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