With an impressive body of work spanning the course of two decades, John Cusack has evolved into one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and respected actors of his generation, garnering both critical acclaim as well as prestigious accolades for his dramatic and comedic roles. In April 2012, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce presented Cusack with the 2,469th Hollywood Walk of Fame star, honoring his long, ground-breaking career in film.
Cusack first gained the attention of audiences by starring in a number of 1980s film classics such as “The Sure Thing,” “Say Anything” and “Sixteen Candles.” Following these roles, Cusack successfully shed his teen-heartthrob image by demonstrating his ability to expand his film repertoire by starring in a wide range of dramas, thrillers and comedies including “The Grifters,” “Eight Men Out,” “Being John Malkovich,” “High Fidelity” and “Grosse Pointe Blank.”
More recently, Cusack starred in the Spike Lee directed drama, “Chi-Raq,” alongside Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon and Samuel L. Jackson. The film, a modern-day take on the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata,” is centered around the growing gun-violence in Chicago and was released by Amazon Studios this past December. Cusack also recently starred in Bill Pohland’s “Love and Mercy,” in which he plays iconic Beach Boys songwriter and musician Brian Wilson. Cusack stars opposite Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti as Wilson in the later years of his life. The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in June 2015. Cusack also starred in David Cronenberg’s latest film, “Maps to the Stars” alongside Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska, which premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2012, Cusack appeared in Lee Daniels’ drama, “The Paperboy,” opposite Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey as Hillary Van Wetter, an inmate on death row. “The Paperboy” debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012. Cusack also starred in the independent thriller “The Raven,” where he portrayed the infamous author, Edgar Allen Poe.
Additionally, in 2009 he starred in Roland Emmerich’s apocalyptic thriller, “2012.” Released by Sony Pictures, the international blockbuster went on to gross more than $766 million worldwide.
In 2001, Cusack was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for his role in the feature version of Nick Hornby's English novel, "High Fidelity," for Touchstone Pictures. In addition to starring in the film, Cusack also co-produced and co-wrote the script with Steve Pink and D.V. DeVincentis. The film also stars Jack Black, Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Joan Cusack.
In 1999, Cusack starred in the dark comedy "Being John Malkovich" for USA Films. Cusack’s performance earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination in the category of Best Actor.
Some of his other feature film credits include: “Adult World”, “The Frozen Ground”, “Hot Tub Time Machine”, “War Inc.”, “Grace Is Gone”, “The Ice Harvest”, “Runaway Jury”, “Identity”, “Max”, “Cradle Will Rock”, “The Thin Red Line”, “Con Air”, “City Hall”, “Bullets Over Broadway”, “The Road to Wellville”, “True Colors”, “Broadcast News”, “Serendipity”, “Better Off Dead” and “Stand By Me.”
Cusack divides his time between Los Angeles and Chicago.
Serendipity • Sixteen Candles • Better Off Dead • Say Anything