Date of Birth: June 28, 1966
Born in Evanston, Illinois, John Cusack is one of the few actors who managed to successfully graduate from the "Brat Pack" of the '80s by proving he can effectively carry a film. He feels his success in Hollywood is a result from his refusal to sell out: "I haven't sold out so far, although I have made bad movies. By selling out, I mean crashing cars, pulling out guns, killing people, idiotic stories. If you see the words 'there's an eerie silence' a few times in a script, that's a clue."
Cusack was only seven when he became a member of the Piven Theatre Workshop, a breeding ground for Chicago's theater stars. At 17 Cusack landed his first feature role in the teen sex comedy Class. A slew of teen flicks like Sixteen Candles, Better Off Dead, and The Sure Thing made the boyish-looking actor a thinking-girl's heartthrob but it was his portrayal of Lloyd Dobbler in 1989's Say Anything that established him as a cult hero of the genre.
The Grifters in 1990 was Cusack's first grown-up dramatic lead but it wasn't until 1997 that things heated up considerably for him: he co-wrote, co-produced and starred in Grosse Pointe Blank, co-starred in Con Air opposite Nicolas Cage, provided a voice for the animated romance Anastasia; and also starred in the adaptation of John Berendt's best-selling novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. In 2001 he received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the critically acclaimed High Fidelity (2000). Some of his other films include Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), The Factory (2011) and the role of famed writer Edgar Allen Poe in The Raven (2012). He starred in Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) alongside Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. He also appeared in the documentary film, Salinger (2013). The following year, he landed a slew of roles in Grand Piano, The Bag Man, Maps to the Stars, Drive Hard, The Prince, Love & Mercy, and Reclaim.
A self-admitted hater of celebrity-dom, Cusack avoids Hollywood, choosing to spend time in Chicago instead where he lends his producing and directing skills, not to mention financial support, to his Chicago-based theater group, the New Criminals, and to its companion film production company, New Crime Productions.
FilmographySouthern Fury (2017)