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With an impressive body of work spanning the course of two decades, JOHN CUSACK (Jake Anderson) has evolved into one of Hollywood's most accomplished and respected actors of his generation. He has garnered both critical acclaim and prestigious accolades for his dramatic as well as comedic roles.
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, he successfully shed his teen-heartbeat 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, Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank.
Cusack is currently in Vancouver filming the Menno Meyjes' science-fiction drama The Martian Child. He plays a widowed father of an adopted young boy, who is convinced that the boy is from Mars. Later this year, Cusack will also film The Contract. The Bruce Beresford directed thriller co-stars Morgan Freeman and will be filmed in Bulgaria.
In November this year, Cusack will be reunited with Billy Bob Thornton in the dark comedy The Ice Harvest. Based on a Scott Phillips novel, the Harold Ramis directed film revolves around a lawyer (Cusack) who is about to embezzle money from his mob superiors on a snowy Christmas Eve.
Cusack's most recent credit on the big screen was Runaway Jury, where he starred opposite Hollywood legends Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman. The film was based on John Grisham's best selling novel of the same title and was directed by Gary Fleder. In 2003, Cusack starred alongside Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina and Ray Liotta in the thriller Identity, directed by James Mangold.
Cusack also starred in the controversial film Max for director Menno Meyjes, released in December 2002. He portrayed Max Rothman, an elegant, sophisticated former cavalry officer who returns to his native Munich to set up an art gallery, when he meets another aspiring artist, a young Adolf Hitler (played by Noah Taylor). The film, which Cusack also produced, garnered strong reactions at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival and has been debated extensively throughout the country because of its controversial subject matter.
Cusack has starred in several romantic comedies including Serendipity, directed by Peter Chelsom and co-starring Kate Beckinsale; as well as starring with Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Billy Crystal in America's Sweethearts.
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. 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 John's sister, Joan Cusack.
In 1999, Cusack starred in the dark comedy Being John Malkovich. His performance earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination in the category of Best Actor. That year, Cusack also co-starred in Cradle Will Rock, an ensemble drama written and directed by Tim Robbins, portraying Nelson Rockefeller, opposite an ensemble cast that included Emily Watson, Cary Elwes, 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. In the same year, he starred in HBO's The Jack Bull, a traditional Western written by his father, Dick Cusack. John served as executive producer on this film along with Steve Pink and D.V. DeVincentis.
In December 1998, Cusack appeared in the World War II combat epic The Thin Red Line, based on the James Jones novel about the Battle of Guadalcanal. Di
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