John Cusack Up Close and Personal

What can you say about John  Paul Cusack?  He is a highly skilled artist, actor, writer, and producer.  He is a maverick in Hollywood who tries to stay above the Hollywood movie factories that just crank about lots of movies; instead, he focuses on doing quality.   He was born on June 28, 1966, the son of Irish-American parents from Evanston,  Illinois. His mother was Ann Paula (Nancy) Cusack, a math teacher, his dad was into show business in various areas but mostly a documentary filmmaker.

John has been involved in the movie industry since the age of 12 doing voiceovers, commercials, and movies.  He is best known for his 1989 adolescent movie of Say Anything where he played Lloyd Dobler young love-struck teenager.  A member of the Brat Pack at that time with contemporaries of Rob Lowe and Andrew McCarthy. He did movies such as Class, Sixteen Candles, and Sure Thing during that period.  In 1997 he co-wrote a film he acted in Grosse Point Blank.  He played a used up Hitman Martin Blank who returns to his ten-year class reunion to try to rekindle love. In 2000 he did a High Infidelity a movie he co-starred with Jack Black and Lisa Bonet lead to a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for motion picture musical or comedy. He played a music obsessed ego-manic who ran a music store with two other guys who were also driven with that passion.  The movie 2012 that explored the extreme effects of global warming,  The Raven, he played writer Edger Allen Poe legendary mystery suspense writer.  Other notable feel-good movies include Serendipity, Hot Tub Time Machine in and Hot  Tub Time Machine 2.

John has been involved in, journalism and political endeavors over time. These issues hold a special place in his heart. He wrote for the Huffington Post from 2005-2009.  He was one of the initial supporters of the Freedom of the Press Foundation in 2012 and has been an outspoken critic of the NSA, a supporter of civil liberties, and protecting whistleblowers. One of his more controversial moves was a meeting with Edward Snowden, a fugitive from the United States who release classified information on the NSA spying activities at a Moscow Hotel. He also endorsed Bernie Sanders in 2016 for President and again for 2020.

Currently, he is on tour around the country to promote the 30th anniversary of the movie, Say Anything and is meeting and talking to fans. In Cincinnati his show will be at the Taft Theatre on November 3rd at 7:30pm more information is available at tafttheatre.org/