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Summary Article: Cusack, John from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US actor. A versatile talent who excels particularly in roles as off-beat heroes in edgy, satirical films, he has starred in the hit-man satire Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), the Nick Hornby adaptation High Fidelity (2000), both of which he also co-wrote and co-produced, and the World War II film The Thin Red Line (1998).

He has also appeared in the crime dramas The Grifters (1990) and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), the Charlie Kaufman fantasy Being John Malkovich (1999), and the biopic The Butler (2012).

Cusack was born in Evanston, Illinois, where his father was a director and actor. He began acting at the age of eight with the Piven Theater Workshop, and he performed voiceovers for a number of commercials before reaching his teens. His feature film debut was in the comedy Class (1983), and he went on to appear in other teen films such as Sixteen Candles (1984) during the 1980s. His quirky, off-beat humour helped him make a smooth transition into a variety of roles in more mature films. In 1988 he founded The New Criminals, a theatre group in Chicago for which he directed and produced several stage performances.

All of Cusack's four siblings are actors; his sister Joan Cusack (1962– ) has appeared in a number of his films.

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