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John Cusack

Highest Rated:   98% Say Anything... (1989)
Lowest Rated:   0% Reclaim (2014)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
28% War, Inc.
  • Screenwriter
  • Hauser
  • Producer
$0.6M 2008
50% Summerhood
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet Water Man
  • Actor
2008
62% Grace Is Gone
  • Stanley Philipps
  • Producer
2007
89% Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
  • Actor
$0.2M 2007
34% Martian Child
  • David Gordon
$7.5M 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
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
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Myrl Redding
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
80% Grosse Pointe Blank
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Martin Blank
1997
No Score Yet Eastwood on Eastwood
  • Actor
1997
56% City Hall
  • Deputy Mayor Kevin Calhoun
1996
75% 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
52% 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
91% 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
0% Hot Pursuit
  • Dan Bartlett
1987
91% Stand by Me
  • Denny Lachance
1986
56% One Crazy Summer
  • Hoops McCann
1986
91% 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
85% Sixteen Candles
  • Bryce
1984
31% Class
  • Roscoe
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
93% Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • 1996
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
1994-2010
  • Voice
  • 1994

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