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BEING JOHN MALKOVICH

JOHN CUSACK (Craig Schwartz) is one of film's most versatile young actors. He has earned acclaim for his outstanding performances in Stephen Frears' "The Grifters," John Sayles' "Eight Men Out," Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything...," and Rob Reiner's "The Sure Thing."

Cusack, along with Steve Pink and D.V. DeVincentis, is partnered in New Crime Productions. New Crime's first production was George Armitage's "Grosse Pointe Blank," co-written by Cusack, who starred with Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, and Cusack's sister Joan.

New Crime's next project (executive-produced by Cusack), for HBO, was John Badham's "The Jack Bull," scripted by Cusack's father Dick, and starring Cusack, John Goodman, and L.Q. Jones. The company is currently developing a film adaptation of Ira Berkow's nonfiction book The Man Who Robbed the Pierre, which Cusack will star in, as well as co-write and co-produce.

He recently starred in Mike Newell's "Pushing Tin," with Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, and Angelina Jolie; and in Terrence Malick's Academy Award-nominated "The Thin Red Line." Cusack also recently appeared in Paul Quinn's "This Is My Father"; and will soon be seen in Tim Robbins' "Cradle Will Rock" (as Nelson Rockefeller).

Cusack recently filmed Stephen Frears' "High Fidelity," a New Crime production which he stars in and co-produces, and for which he co-wrote the screenplay (adapted from Nick Hornby's novel).

His other screen credits include bringing to life the character of Dimitri for Don Bluth and Gary Goldman's enchanting animated feature "Anastasia"; making cameo appearances in Robert Altman's "The Player," Tim Robbins' "Bob Roberts," and Mary Cybulski and John Tintori's "Chicago Cab"; and starring in Clint Eastwood's "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," Simon West's "Con Air" (which also starred his Being John Malkovich costar, John Malkovich), Harold Becker's "City Hall," Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway" and "Shadows and Fog," Alan Parker's "The Road to WelIville," Ramon Menendez' "Money for Nothing," Herbert Ross' "True Colors," Bill Fishman's "Tapeheads" (opposite Tim Robbins), Roland Joffe's "Fat Man and Little Boy," and Vincent Ward's "Map of the Human Heart."

In addition to his film work, Cusack founded New Criminals Theater Company, which, like Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater Company, is one of the nation's foremost avant-garde theater companies. Cusack has directed four plays with New Criminals, including "Alagazam.. .After the Dog Years" and "Methusalem," the latter eaming him a Jeff citation for Best Director from Chicago's famed Joseph Jefferson Awards. That production also won awards for Best Original Music and Best Costume Design. Cusack also directed a stage production of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

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