Fast Facts

  • Attended the Piven Theatre Workshop as a child and befriended the founders' son, actor Jeremy Piven. The two went on to appear in numerous films together, including 1989's Say Anything, 2001's Serendipity and 2003's Runaway Jury.
  • Voiced radio commercials for McDonald's and Heinz at age 12.
  • At age 16, he made his feature-film debut in the teen comedy Class (1983).
  • Cowrote, coproduced and costarred in 1997's Grosse Pointe Blank, the first film released by New Crime Productions, a company he cofounded in 1992.
  • Has a sixth-degree black belt in Ukidokan kickboxing.
  • Board member of the Schoolhouse Foundation, a nonprofit group in New York City.


  • 2000, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2001, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2015, Canadian Screen Awards — Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2001, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee


  • Neve Campbell — Ex-significant Other
  • Nancy Cusack — Mother
  • Jodi Lyn O'Keefe — Ex-significant Other
  • Joan Cusack — Sister
  • Richard Cusack — Father
  • Bill Cusack — Brother
  • Ann Cusack — Sister
  • Susie Cusack — Sister


  • Attended New York University, New York, New York, United States

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  • Birth Name: John Paul Cusack
  • Birth Place: Evanston, Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Screenwriter, Director

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