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Real Name: Tobias Vincent Maguire
Birthday: 06/27/1975
Place of Birth: Santa Monica, California

 

Tobey Maguire Biography And Filmography:

After years of playing unusual youngsters and diverse youths, actor Tobey Maguire jumped onto the A-List and established himself as an worldwide box office superstar when he landed the role of a web slinging super hero. As the lead in the smash hit “Spider-Man” (2002) and its sequels, he displayed a remarkable figure in his spider costume, while portraying the clumsy nature of Spidey’s alter ego, Peter Parker. In addition to acting, the actor also became involved in producing, including the Spike Lee thriller “25th Hour” (2002) and “Seabiscuit” (2003), for which he worked as both executive producer and star.

The product of a bad childhood, future actor Tobias Vincent Maguire was born on June 27, 1975 in Santa Monica, California. The child of unwed parents, he relocated regularly as a young child, living with a range of familial combinations of his parents, grandparents and aunts. This broken childhood may have added to the young actor's passion and unique presence, showing both mature simplicity and childlike weakness in his performances. After his mother, Wendy, offered him $100 to take drama classes instead of home economics as a school elective, he became encouraged by a neighbor who was also an entertainment executive and began studying acting and started landing television commercial work.

His first major job was in the television sitcom," Great Scott!” (1992-93), where he played Scott Melrod, a young boy with a spirited fantasy life. “Great Scott!” was well received, but failed to find an audience and was a flop at the box office. Despite decent writing and his charismatic performance, the show was canceled after only seven episodes. Following the termination of “Scott,” he stayed busy with other television projects including his role in the made-for television drama "Spoils of War" (1984), which led to more television work, including "A Child's Cry for Help" (1994) and  "Seduced by Madness: The Diana Borchardt Story" (1996).

It would be on the big movie screen, however, where Tobey would truly stand out, making his film introduction in "This Boy's Life" (1993) with Robert De Niro, the variation of Tobias Wolff's decisive coming-of-age story. Cast in the supporting role of Chuck Bolger, a childhood friend of Leonardo DiCaprio's character, Maguire not only impressed critics, but also started a lifelong close friendship with co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. More stimulating was his role in the short film, "The Duke of Groove" (1996) about a mother who takes her young teen son to a party, to make sure he will not be at home when father leaves the family for good.

Beginning in 1997, Tobey's choice of projects began to show a more serious approach toward his career. The first of these roles was Paul Hood, the perplexed, but clear-headed young narrator in director Ang Lee’s "The Ice Storm" (1997), an amazingly acted, very troubling drama set in 1970’s upper middle class suburbia. “The Ice Storm” featured an all star group cast, including Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, and Sigourney Weaver. Not threatened by this team of heavy hitters, the 22-year-old star held his own, creating the role of Paul with a heartwarming mixture of scorn and morality.

Having proved his determination with “The Ice Storm,” he grabbed the attention of filmmaker Woody Allen, who cast him in a small part in his next comedy, “Deconstructing Harry” (1997) with Kirstie Alley. The following year, he landed his first starring role in "Pleasantville" (1998) with Reese Witherspoon, a story about an unselfish modern day young man obsessed with 1950’s sitcom television. The moving film was a good match for Maguire, who gave a simple, but powerful, performance along with William H. Macy and Jeff Daniels. In 1999, he worked again with Ang Lee for the director’s Civil War drama, "Ride with the Devil," co-starring Skeet Ulrich and Jeffrey Wright. Cast as Confederate hero Jake Roedel, his ability to draw out the helplessness in his characters added much to the film, and gave a clear passionate touch to a type of personality that was often ridiculed in modern history.

The year 1999 would also include the impressive "The Cider House Rules," director Lasse Hallstrom's film adaptation of John Irving’s book. The story of a young orphan raised by a abortionist, his role as the astute but virtuous Homer Wells was admired by critics and provided the anchor for the film. "The Cider House Rules" went on the win two Oscar Awards - Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Writing. In was nominated for four others. 

His on-screen chemistry with his older co-star, Michael Caine smoothed the way for his next film, “Wonder Boys” (2000) with Katie Holmes, in which he played a college undergraduate protégé to a disturbed middle aged writer played by Michael Douglas. Based on author Michael Chabon’s best-selling book and directed by Oscar nominated director Curtis Hanson, “Wonder Boys” earned outstanding reviews. Despite the poor box office it won two Oscar Awards. His career was heating up. With a full plate of work in production and an even-tempered outlook towards stardom, the artistic young celebrity emerged as an actor on the move. Also in 2001, he appeared again with DiCaprio in the impressive "Don's Plum" (2001) about a group of Los Angeles teens who meet every day at their local diner hangout to discus their latest misadventures with their miserable lives.

It was not until he landed the highly desired lead role in "Spider-Man" (2002), however, that his career shot to the next level. Based on the fashionable Marvel Comics character created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, “Spider-Man” was an unmatched sensation and resurrected the then declining live action super-hero age. His performance as both the nerdy Peter Parker and his alter ego, Spider-Man, helped shoot the shy actor onto the Hollywood A-list of sexy celebrities. Soon, his every movement – from his Hollywood festivity crawling with pal Leonardo to his romance with leading lady Kirstin Dunst – made tabloid headlines.

After his career making success with “Spider-Man,” he joined again with "Pleasantville" writer-director Gary Ross for "Seabiscuit" (2003). The story of a long shot racehorse and his bouncy jockey, “Seabiscuit” was both a critical and economic success. He won praise for bringing a convincing combination of rage, irritation and sympathy to his role as Red Pollard, the once orphaned jockey who rode Seabiscuit to triumph. 

After finishing “Seabiscuit”, the star reported that he was suffering from lower back pain. Reports that almost cost him his most high priced role in "Spider-Man 2" (2004). He said publicly there were only small physical concerns that were swiftly resolved, but it was reported that Sony had fired him from the film and asked actor Jake Gyllenhaal to take his place. In 2007, he suited up once again, most likely, for the final sequel, as everyone’s favorite web-slinger in “Spider-Man 3” (2007).

Easily the most expensive sequel to date, “Spider-Man 3” included co-stars Kirsten Dunst, Rosemary Harris and James Franco for one ultimate last adventure. Along for the ride this time out, were Oscar nominated stars Thomas Haden Church as the wicked Sandman and Topher Grace as the alien enemy, Venom. Next, he teemed with George Clooney in the dramatic "The Good German" 2006) about an American military journalist who while in post-war Berlin to cover the Potsdam Conference is drawn into a murder investigation which involves his former mistress and his driver.

The year 2008 was just as exiting for Maguire. First with the comedy war film "Tropic Thunder" (2008) with an all-star cast including Ben Stiller, Tom Cruise, and Jack Black, where through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying. Next was the war drama "Brothers" (2008) with Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal, about a young man who comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan. Based on Susanne Bier's film, "Brothers". Finally, Tobey was cast in the romantic comedy "Quiet Type" (2009) about a mute young man who heads to New York City to realize his dream of conducting an orchestra.

 

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