John Paul Cusack (; born June 28, 1966) is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and political activist. He began acting in films during the 1980s and has since starred in more than 85 films, including Sixteen Candles (1984), Tapeheads (1988), Say Anything... (1989), Bullets over Broadway (1994), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Being John Malkovich (1999), High Fidelity (2000), Runaway Jury (2003), Igor (2008), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), The Frozen Ground (2013) and Maps to the Stars (2014). He is the son of filmmaker Dick Cusack, and his older sisters are actresses Joan and Ann Cusack.
Cusack trained in kickboxing under former world kickboxing champion Benny Urquidez for over twenty years. He began training under Urquidez in preparation for his role in Say Anything... and holds the rank of a level six black belt in Urquidez's Ukidokan Kickboxing system.In March 2008, police arrested Emily Leatherman outside Cusack's Malibu, California home for stalking him. On October 10, 2008, Leatherman pleaded no contest and received five years' probation and mandatory psychiatric counseling, and was ordered to stay away from Cusack, his home, and business for the next ten years.When asked in 2009 why he had never married, Cusack answered, "society doesn't tell me what to do."
Cusack was born in 1966 in Evanston, Illinois. He was born into an Irish Catholic family, the son of writer-actor-producer and documentary filmmaker Richard J. Cusack (1925–2003), originally from New York City and Ann Paula "Nancy" (née Carolan) Cusack, originally from Massachusetts, a former mathematics teacher and political activist. John's siblings Ann and Joan are also actors. Cusack has two other siblings, Bill and Susie. The family moved from Manhattan, New York, to Illinois and were friends of activist Philip Berrigan. Cusack graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1984, where he met Jeremy Piven, and spent a year at New York University before dropping out, saying that he had "too much fire in his belly".
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River Runs Red
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Boom Bust Boom
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Hot Tub Time Machine 2
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Love & Mercy
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The Bag Man
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Doll & Em
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Maps to the Stars
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An in-depth investigation into the private world of the American writer J. D is a letter D. The author, who lived most of his life behind a wall of self-imposed seclusion, how his dramatic experiences...
We're No Animals
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The Numbers Station
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The Frozen Ground
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As investigative reporter Ward Jansen and his partner Yardley Acheman chase a sensational, career-making story with the help of Ward's younger brother Jack and sultry death-row groupie Charlotte Bless...
All Noncombatants Please Clear the Set
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Woody Allen: A Documentary
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Hot Tub Time Machine
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The End of the World: The Actor's Perspective
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2012: Roland Emmerich - Master of the Modern Epic
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The Graham Norton Show
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Grace Is Gone
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A recently widowed science fiction writer is considering whether to adopt a 6-year-old boy who claims to be from Mars.
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Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride
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The Ice Harvest
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Must Love Dogs
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Jimmy Kimmel Live!
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Real Time with Bill Maher
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The Road to The Sure Thing
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Breakfast with Hunter
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A woman on the outside manipulates a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer while a juror on the inside does the same.
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The Concert for New York City
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When record store owner Rob Gordon gets dumped by his girlfriend, Laura, because he hasn't changed since they met, he revisits his top five breakups of all time in an attempt to figure out what went w...
Being John Malkovich
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The Jack Bull
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Cradle Will Rock
A true story of politics and art in the 1930s USA, centered around a musical drama and attempts to stop its production.
This Is My Father
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Two air traffic controllers who thrive on living dangerously compete to outdo each other on several levels.
The Thin Red Line
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Eastwood on Eastwood
Autobiography of Clint Eastwood up to his movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
A day in the life of a Chicago cab driver is examined as he picks up fares from the good and bad parts of the city and emotionally connects to many of his passengers.
Grosse Pointe Blank
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends.
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Inside the Actors Studio
James Lipton sits down with some of the world's most accomplished actors and directors for fascinating interviews.
The Road to Wellville
An unhappy young couple visit a spa in Battle Creek, Michigan, while a young hustler tries to get into the breakfast-cereal business and compete against John Kellogg's corn flakes.
Bullets Over Broadway
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Late Night with Conan O'Brien
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Money for Nothing
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Map of the Human Heart
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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
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A Hollywood studio executive is receiving death threats from a writer who wrote a script he rejected.
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Fat Man and Little Boy
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A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love in the summer before college.
The story of Ivan and Josh, two dim witted ex-security guards who love music videos. They formed a music video production company because they couldn't find a job. They soon learn the in's and out's o...
Eight Men Out
A dramatization of the 1919 World Series, when the Chicago White Socks accepted bribes in order to lose.
Basket-case network news producer Jane Craig falls for new reporter Tom Grunnick, a pretty boy who represents the trend towards entertainment news she despises. Aaron Altman, a talented but plain corr...
Danny is following his wealthy girlfriend's family to the Caribbean. But suddenly he has to take a chemistry test and cannot go with them. After they leave, he gets a leave from his professor and take...
The Journey of Natty Gann
The United States is in the depths of the Great Depression. When jobs are available, families are not together. In this masterful, atmospheric adventure, a young girl is confronted with overwhelming o...
Better Off Dead...
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The Sure Thing
Gib, a beer-guzzling slob, and Alison, an uptight Ivy-Leaguer, are an unlikely duo stuck together on a cross-country trip during Christmas break. At first they get on each other's nerves but, as time ...
A teenage girl is dealing with her parents forgetting her birthday and a crush on her high school's hottest student.
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LIVE with Kelly and Ryan
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Naive Midwestern prep student Jonathan bonds with his more worldly roommate, Skip, who takes the small-town boy under his wing. At Skip's urging, the inexperienced Jonathan is emboldened to seek out o...
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Wanna bet, that..?
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The Academy Awards
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