John Paul Cusack (born June 28, 1966) is an American actor, producer and screenwriter. He has appeared in more than 50 films, including Say Anything..., Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity, Con Air, Being John Malkovich, and Hot Tub Time Machine. Cusack was born in Evanston, Illinois, to an Irish-American family. His mother, Ann Paula 'Nancy' (ne Carolan), is a former mathematics teacher and political activist. His father, Dick Cusack (-), was an actor, as are his siblings, Ann, Joan, Bill, and Susie. His father was also a documentary filmmaker, owned a film production company, and was a friend of activist Philip Berrigan. Cusack spent a year at New York University before dropping out, saying that he had 'too much fire in [his] belly'. Cusack gained fame in the mid-1980s after appearing in teen movies such as Better Off Dead, The Sure Thing, One Crazy Summer, and Sixteen Candles. Cusack made a cameo in the 1988 music video for 'Trip At The Brain' by Suicidal Tendencies.
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