|Birthplace:||Evanston, Illinois, United States|
|Birthdate:||June 28, 1966|
|Films appeared in:||Grosse Point Blank|
The Numbers Station
|Role:||Martin Q. Blank (Grosse Point Blank)|
U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin (Con Air)
Ray Keene (The Contract)
Emerson Kent (The Numbers Station)
Clem (Grand Piano)
Simon Keller (Drive Hard)
Sam (The Prince)
John Cusack (born June 28, 1966) is an actor who gained fame in the mid-1980s after appearing in teen films such as Better Off Dead, The Sure Thing, One Crazy Summer and Sixteen Candles. He made a cameo in the 1988 music video for "Trip at the Brain" by Suicidal Tendencies. In 1989, he starred as Lloyd Dobler in Cameron Crowe's Say Anything.... His roles broadened in the late 1980s and early 1990s with more serious-minded fare such as the politically themed True Colors and the film noir thriller The Grifters. in 1997, Cusack experienced box office success with his roles in the dark comedy Grosse Pointe Blank and the Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster Con Air. In the years since, his range of films has diversified, appearing in roles such as an air traffic controller in Pushing Tin (with Angelina Jolie), an obsessive puppeteer in Being John Malkovich, a lovelorn record store owner in High Fidelity and a Jewish art dealer mentoring a young Adolf Hitler in Max.
Cusack starred in the horror film 1408, based on Stephen King's short story of the same name. He next appeared as a widowed father in the Iraq War-themed drama Grace Is Gone and as assassin Hauser in the dark political satire, War, Inc.. His sister Joan Cusack and close friend Jeremy Piven have appeared in many of his films.
Cusack also had a brief cameo, seen from behind but speaking a line of dialogue, in Broadcast News, in which Joan also appeared. Piven also had roles in The Grifters and Runaway Jury. In 2009, Cusack starred in Roland Emmerich's disaster film 2012, in which he played Jackson Curtis, a struggling novelist and limo driver. In 2010, he starred in Hot Tub Time Machine. He portrayed Edgar Allan Poe in the 2012 thriller film The Raven, Richard Nixon in Lee Daniels' 2013 historical film The Butler and Stafford Weiss in David Cronenberg's 2014 satirical film Maps to the Stars, a dark comic look at Hollywood excess.
Cusack played Beach Boys founding member Brian Wilson in the biopic, Love and Mercy. He is the founder and owner of New Crime Productions. Much like Nicolas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Forest Whitaker, Ben Kingsley and Liam Neeson, Cusack is not without his share of critics given his questionable movie picks. However, he is often there to provide solid support and do his on-screen characters justice.