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THE THIN RED LINE

JOHN CUSACK plays Captain John Gaff, Colone Tall's young exec, who heroically offers to lead one of the more dangerous assaults.

In 1997, Cusack received rave reviews for his portrayal of a hit man who goes through a spiritual crisis during his high school reunion in the hit comedy "Grosse Pointe Blank." He also co-wrote and produced the film under the aegis of his New Crime Productions.

That same year, Cusack starred in the blockbuster "Con Air," the Clint Eastwood directed "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," and was directed "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," and was heard as the voice of 'Dimitri' in the animated feature "Anastasia," released by Twentieth Century Fox.

Cusack previously earned notice for his portrayal of a clever young con artist in Stephen Frears' "The Grifters," and received accolades for his performance in "Eight Men Out," "Say Anything" and Rob Reiner's "The Sure Thing." Cusack later worked with Reiner again in a supporting role in "Stand By Me."

Other film credits include "City Hall" opposite Al Pacino, "True Colors," Roland Joffe's "Fat Man and Little Boy," Woody Allen's "Shadows and Fog" and "Bullets Over Broadway," Robert Altman's "The Player," Alan Parker's "The Road to Weilville" and Tim Robbins' "Bob Roberts."

Upcoming films include "Pushing Tin," a dramatic comedy about the world of air traffic controllers, to be released by Twentieth Century Fox, "Being John Malkovich," "The Cradle Will Rock," written and directed by Tim Robbins, and "The Jack Bull," with John Goodman, directed by John Badham and written by his father, Dick Cusack.

In addition to his film work, Cusack founded New Criminals Theater Company, which is the foremost avant-garde theater company next to Steppenwolf Company based in Chicago. He has directed four plays with the group there, including "Alagazam. . .After the Dog Year" and "Methusalem," which won him a Jeff Citation for Best Director at Chicago's famed Joseph Jefferson Awards. He also directed for the theater company Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

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