Though he’s made over 50 films, John Cusack is perhaps best remembered as lovesick Lloyd Dobler in Cameron Crowe’s 1989 romantic comedy, “Say Anything.” Cusack still makes female hearts beat a little faster in the sequence in which he plays Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” on a boom box outside the window of his ex-girlfriend (Ione Skye).
Not only has Cusack worked with such noted directors as John Sayles, Woody Allen, Terrence Malick, Clint Eastwood, Spike Jonze and Stephen Frears, he is also an accomplished screenwriter and producer.
Cusack was honored for his many achievements on April 24, 2012, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of Larry Edmunds Bookstore, which specializes in entertainment books.
The 45-year-old native of Evanston, Ill., was born into a family of actors — father Dick and siblings Ann, Joan, Bill and Susie. The boyishly handsome Cusack started out in teen films in the 1980s, including 1983’s “Class”; 1984’s “Sixteen Candles”; 1985’s “The Sure Thing” and "Better Off Dead"; and 1986’s “One Crazy Summer.” He segued into adult roles in 1988 playing Buck Weaver, one of the Chicago White Sox involved in baseball’s 1919 Black Sox scandal in Sayles' “Eight Men Out,” followed by Frears’ gritty 1990 neo-noir “The Grifters” with Annette Bening and Anjelica Huston.
In 1997, he co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the comedy “Grosse Pointe Blank,” in which he played a professional hit man. Cusack reteamed with Frears for 2000’s comedy-drama “High Fidelity,” based on Nick Hornby’s novel. Cusack also co-wrote the adaptation, for which he earned BAFTA, USC Scripter Award and Writers Guild of America, West nominations.
Never one to shy away from quirky characters, Cusack earned nominations for an Independent Spirit Award (now known as the Spirit Award) and BAFTA for his comedic turn in Jonze’s 1999 comedic fantasy “Being John Malkovich” as a hapless puppeteer who finds a portal into the head of actor John Malkovich.
Recent films include the 2007 drama “Grace Is Gone,” which he produced, the 2009 special-effects-driven thriller “2012” and the raunchy 2010 comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine.”
Cusack plays a killer in Lee Daniel’s new film “The Paperboy,” which screens at the Cannes Film Festival in May.