(Nick Easter) is one of Hollywood's most versatile actors. He earned rave
reviews for his portrayal of a clever young con-artist in Stephen Frears'
"The Grifters" and received critical accolades for his performances in
"Eight Men Out," "Say Anything" and "The Sure
Thing." He also made memorable cameo appearances in Robert Altman's
"The Player" and Tim Robbins' "Bob Roberts."
Earlier this year, Cusack starred in
"Identity," a thriller directed by James Mangold and also starring
Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina and Ray Liotta. Cusack recently starred in the Lion's
Gate release "Max" for director Menno Meyjes. Cusack portrays `Max
Rothman,' a celebrated gallery owner who meets a fellow war veteran and
aspiring artist, Adolph Hitler, in 1918 Munich and encourages him to paint. The
film, which Cusack also produced, had its world premiere at the 2002 Toronto
Film Festival. Previously, Cusack starred opposite Kate Beckinsdale in the
romantic comedy, "Serendipity," directed by Peter Chelsom and
"America's Sweethearts," also starring Julia Roberts, Catherine
Zeta-Jones and Billy Crystal. In addition to starring in the critically
acclaimed film version of Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity," Cusack
co-produced the movie and co-wrote the screenplay with his New Crime partners
Steve Pink and D.V. DeVicentis.
In 1999, Cusack starred in the
critically praised "Being John Malkovich," also starring Catherine
Keener and Cameron Diaz. Malkovich portrayed himself in the film directed by
Spike Jonze. Cusack's performance garnered an Independent Spirit Award
nomination as Best Actor. That year Cusack also co-starred in "Cradle Will
Rock," an ensemble drama written and directed by Tim Robbins. Cusack
portrayed Nelson Rockefeller in a cast that included Emily Watson, Cary Elwes,
Angus McFaadden, Susan Sarandon, Hank Azaria, John Turturro, Ruben Blades and
Vanessa Redgrave. He also starred with Billy Bob Thornton, Angelina Jolie and
Cate Blanchett in Mike Newell's comedy, "Pushing Tin." He toplined
"The Jack Bull," a traditional Western written by his father Dick
Cusack, for HBO. In addition to starring in the film, Cusack served as executive
producer along with Steve Pink and D.V. DeVicentis under their New Crime
Productions banner. John portrayed a Wyoming horse trader who took on a fellow
rancher after he abused two of his horses and the â€˜Crow Indian' man who
cared for them.
In 1998, Cusack appeared in director
Terence Malick's World War II combat epic, "The Thin Red Line," with
an ensemble cast that included George Clooney, Woody Harrelson, Nick Nolte, Gary
Oldman, Sean Penn, Bill Pullman and John Travolta.
In 1997, Cusack starred opposite Joan
Cusack, Dan Aykroyd and Minnie Driver in "Grosse Point Blank." He
received rave reviews for the comedy that he also produced and co-wrote. This
was the first project his company, New Crime Productions, produced under its
That same year Cusack starred with
Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich and Steve Buscemi in the blockbuster "Con
Air," directed by Simon West, as well as "Midnight in the Garden of
Good and Evil," also starring Kevin Spacey, and directed by Clint Eastwood.
In addition, Cusack lent his voice to the full-length animated film,
"Anastasia," which also featured the voices of Meg Ryan, Christopher
Lloyd and Kelsey Grammer.
Cusack has also starred opposite Al
Pacino in Harold Becker's "City Hall" and starred in two films for
Woody Allen, "Bullets Over Broadway," opposite Chazz Palmintieri, and
"Shadows and Fog." His other feature film credits include "Tapeh
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