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Evanston, Illinois, USA
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Better Off Dead (1985)
Actor/Actress, Producer, Writer
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John Cusack is, like most of his characters, an unconventional hero. Wary of fame and repelled by formulaic Hollywood fare, the Chicago-born actor has built a successful career playing underdogs and odd men out--all the while avoiding the media spotlight. With the exception of mom Nancy (a former math teacher), the Cusack clan is all show business: father Dick Cusack is an actor and filmmaker, and John`s siblings Joan Cusack, Ann Cusack, Bill Cusack and Susie Cusack are all thespians by trade. Like his brother and sisters, John became a member of Chicago`s Piven Theatre Workshop while he was still in elementary school. By age 12, he already had several stage productions, commercial voice overs and industrial films under his belt. He made his feature film debut at 17, acting alongside Rob Lowe and Andrew McCarthy in the romantic comedy Class (1983). His next role, as a member of Anthony Michael Hall`s geek brigade in Sixteen Candles (1984), put him on track to becoming a teen-flick fixture. Cusack remained on the periphery of the Brat Pack, sidestepping the meteoric rise and fall of most of his contemporaries, but he stayed busy with leads in films like The Sure Thing (1985) and Better Off Dead... (1985). Young Cusack is probably best remembered for what could be considered his last adolescent role: the stereo-blaring romantic Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything... (1989). A year later, he hit theaters as a grown-up, playing a bush-league con man caught between his manipulative mother and headstrong girlfriend in The Grifters (1990).
The next few years were relatively quiet for the actor, but he filled in the gaps with off-screen projects. He directed and produced several shows for the Chicago-based theater group The New Criminals, which he founded in 1988 (modeling it after Tim Robbins` Actors` Gang in Los Angeles) to promote political and avant-garde stage work. Four years later, Cusack`s high school friends Steve Pink and D.V. DeVincentis joined him in starting a sister company for film, New Crime Productions. New Crime`s first feature was the sharply written comedy Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), which touched off a career renaissance for Cusack. In addition to co-scripting, he starred as a world-weary hit man who goes home for his ten-year high school reunion and tries to rekindle a romance with the girl he stood up on prom night (Minnie Driver). In an instance of life imitating art, Cusack actually did go home for his ten-year reunion (to honor a bet about the film`s financing) and ended up in a real-life romance with Driver. Cusack`s next appearance was as a federal agent (or, as he described it, "the first post-Heston, non-biblical action star in sandals") in Con Air (1997), a movie he chose because he felt it was time to make smart business decisions. He followed that with Clint Eastwood`s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), in which he played a Yankee reporter entangled in a Savannah murder case.
Cusack has always favored offbeat material, so it was no surprise when he turned up in the fiercely original Being John Malkovich (1999). Long-haired, bearded and bespectacled, he was almost unrecognizable in the role of a frustrated puppeteer who stumbles across a portal into the brain of actor John Malkovich. The convincing performance won him a Best Actor nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2000, Cusack was back to his clean-shaven self in High Fidelity (2000), another New Crime production. He worked with Steve Pink and D.V. DeVincentis to adapt Nick Hornby`s popular novel (relocating the story to their native Chicago), then starred as the sarcastic record store owner who revisits his "Top 5" breakups to find out why he`s so unlucky in love. The real Cusack has been romantically linked with several celebs, including Driver, Alison Eastwood, Claire Forlani and Neve Campbell. He`s also something of a family man, acting frequently opposite sister Joan Cusack and pulling other Cusacks into his films on a regular basis. He seems pleased with the spate of projects on his horizon, but admits that he still hasn`t reached his ultimate goal: to be involved in a "great piece of art".
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Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL
New York University
Full Name at Birth
John Paul Cusack
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Ann Cusack, Joan Cusack, Susie Cusack
Jeremy Piven, Hunter S. Thompson, Tim Robbins
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John Paul Cusack (born June 28, 1966) is an American actor, producer and screenwriter. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in High Fidelity (2000).
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According to our records, John Cusack is possibly single. His last relationship was when John Cusack and Brooke Burns dated for 11 months after getting together in Feb 2010.
John Cusack has been in relationships with Brooke Burns (2010 - 2011), Jennifer Love Hewitt (2003), Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (2003 - 2009), Neve Campbell (1998 - 2002), Alison Eastwood (1997), Minnie Driver (1996 - 1997), Gina Gershon (1992), Susannah Melvoin (1992 - 1995), Lili Taylor (1988 - present), Jami Gertz (1983), Melissa Gilbert (1983), Huma Abedin and Janice Dickinson ( - present).
He is rumoured to have hooked up with Alexandra Kerry (2004), Rebecca Romijn (2004), Shoshanna Lonstein (2001), Uma Thurman (1992 - present) and Claire Forlani.
John Cusack is a 50 year old American Actor. Born John Paul Cusack on 28th June, 1966 in Evanston, Illinois, USA and educated at Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL, he is famous for Better Off Dead (1985) in a career that spans 1983–present. His zodiac sign is Cancer.
John Cusack has been in 27 on-screen matchups, notably with Alison Eastwood in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), Amanda Wyss in Better Off Dead. . . (1985), Cate Blanchett in Pushing Tin (1999), Catherine Zeta-Jones in High Fidelity (2000) and Demi Moore in One Crazy Summer (1986).
John Cusack is a member of the following lists:
Best Supporting Actor Genie and Canadian Screen Award winners,
American male screenwriters and
Male actors from Evanston, Illinois.
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