“I think fame is a really complicated thing. It can be a great challenge to handle the difficult parts of it and strengthen your character so you don't get affected in a negative way by it. And I'm scared and excited and hesitant and anxious. I'm conflicted about it, truly.” Tobey Maguire
American actor Tobey Maguire received worldwide recognition for portraying nerdy Peter Parker and his angst-ridden alter ego Spider-Man, in the mega-blockbuster hits Spider-Man (2002), and its continuation in 2004. His striking performance handed the actor a Teen Choice Award, two MTV Movie Awards, as well as star status. Initially gaining attention in the sleeper hit The Ice Storm (1997), Maguire went on to draw the public’s attention with his portrayal of thoughtful, modern-day youngster David in Gary Ross’ Pleasantville (1998), where he took home a Saturn Award in 1999. Maguire gathered even more praise when he won a Screen Actors Guild Award for his dazzling portrayal of orphan Homer Wells in The Cider House Rules (1999). In 2000, he nabbed a Toronto Film Critics Association Award after playing enterprising college student James Leer in Wonder Boys (2000, opposite Michael Douglas). In a more recent film, Maguire received wide appreciation when he played half-blind jockey Red Pollard in director Gary Ross’ big screen version Seabiscuit (2003), in which he netted a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Maguire’s fans should not miss his performances in the upcoming The Good German (2006), Tokyo Suckerpunch (2006), Spider-Man 3 (2007) and Quiet Type (2007).
Off screen, Spider-Man star Maguire, who was paid $4,000,000 for Spider-Man (2002), $12,500,000 for Seabiscuit (2003) and $17,000,000 for Spider-Man 2 (2004), reportedly bought a $3.5 million dollar Beverly Hills mansion in 2002 with his Spider-Man earnings. As for his romantic life, Maguire once was involved with actress Rashida Jones, but the couple later split up. He is currently dating girlfriend Jennifer Meyer, who is a publicist at Ralph Lauren and the daughter of Universal Studios head Ron Meyer.
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Childhood and Family:
In Santa Monica, California, Tobias Vincent Maguire was born on June 27, 1975, two years before his parents got married. His father is Vincent Maguire, a constructing worker and chef, and his mother is Wendy Maguire, a part-time secretary. His parents’ marriage only lasted a short time and little Tobey had to move quite often while growing up. He lived with his parents, aunts and grandparents in such places as Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and throughout Southern California.
While in his high school years, quiet and thoughtful Tobey dreamed of becoming a cook, following in his father’s footsteps. However, he soon turned his attention to acting after his mom offered him an amount of money to choose drama lessons, instead of home economics, as a school elective. In the 9th grade, Tobey left school to begin an acting career.
Off screen, Tobey Maguire is a vegan. During his off time, he likes cooking, playing chess and practices yoga. He is also an accomplished poker player. In 2004, Tobey entered the World Series of Poker and won the Phil Hellmuth Poker Invitational at the Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles. He works on his skills under the guidance of poker pro Daniel Negreanu.
Tobey Maguire took drama classes after his mother gave him $100. Encouraged by his neighbor, who is an entertainment manager, 12-year-old Maguire began studying acting and soon received offers to do commercial gigs on TV, including his debut for a Doritos ads. Hoping to find more roles in Hollywood, Maguire quit school before he entered the 10th grade.
Maguire’s first chance to break into Hollywood arrived in 1989 when the young boy landed a bit part in the made-for-TV movie Rodney Dangerfield: Opening Night at Rodney's Place. A year later, he was a little star of the Nickelodeon special Tales from the Whoop: Hot Rod Brown, Class Clown (1990) and made a guest appearance in the NBC series “Parenthood.” More guest starring roles followed, including performances in “Blossom” (1991), “Roseanne” (1991), “Eerie, Indiana” (1991) and “Wild & Crazy Kids” (1992). In 1992, Maguire landed the starring role of Scott Melrod, a teen with a vigorous fantasy life, in the Fox sitcom “Great Scott.” Unfortunately, the show was canceled after six episodes.
A year after the cancellation, Maguire moved to the big screen with the supporting role of school boy Chuck Bolger in the 1993 adaptation of Tobias Wolff’s coming-of-age memoir This Boy's Life, starring young Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. He continued to take on roles in films like Revenge of the Red Baron (1994, starring with Mickey Rooney), Healer (1994), Spoils of War (1994, TV), S.F.W. (1994) and A Child's Cry for Help (1994). In 1995, Maguire actually received a hopeful role opposite Liv Tyler in Empire Records, but his scenes ended up on the cutting floor. Maguire stopped auditioning for a while, but quickly returned to film with the 1996 Joyride. After the television movie Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story (1996), he made a strong impression as self-conscious adolescent Rich Cooper in Griffin Dunne’s Oscar-nominated short The Duke of Groove (1996, opposite Kate Capshaw).
Maguire’s potential caught the eye of director Ang Lee who soon cast him in the starring role of Kevin Kline and Joan Allen’s son, Paul Hood, in Lee’s notable adaptation of the unsettling 1970s affluent suburb-set drama The Ice Storm (1997). The success of the film helped catapult Maguire’s name and his career subsequently took flight.
After being seen as one of the alter egos of Woody Allen’s novelist Harry Block in Deconstructing Harry (1997), Maguire attracted the attention of the public when he played the lead of David, the attentive modern-day adolescent obsessed with a 50s sitcom world who is transferred there along with his sexually liberated sister (Reese Witherspoon), in Gary Ross’ Pleasantville (1998, alongside veterans William H. Macy, Joan Allen and Jeff Daniels). Because of his brilliant acting, the actor took home a 1999 Saturn for Best Performance by a Younger Actor/Actress.
He scored another victory in 1999 with the starring role of protagonist Homer Wells in the Oscar-winning The Cider House Rules (1999), where he netted a 2000 Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The Lasse Hallstrom film adaptation of John Irving’s novel also starred Michael Caine and Charlize Theron. The same year, he teamed up with Skeet Ulrich and Jeffrey Wright for Lee’s epic Civil War drama Ride With the Devil (1999), where he portrayed Secessionist Jake Roedel.
Entering the new millennium, Maguire had success in his hands. His good portrayal of James Leer, the university student to Michael Douglas’ barren author who joins the older man on a journey of self-awareness, in director Curtis Hanson’s critically-acclaimed drama Wonder Boys (2000), handed him a Toronto Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Performance. This was followed by the R.D. Robb-directed drama Don's Plum (2001) and the animated film Cats & Dogs (2001), where he provided his voice for Lou the Beagle.
In 2002, Maguire was launched to stardom when director Sam Raimi cast him in the starring role of Peter Parker/Spider-man in the film version of the popular Marvel comic, created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, Spider-Man (2002). The movie received phenomenal success at the box office. As for Maguire, he garnered even more attention. In addition to picking up such awards as a Teen Choice (shared with costar Kirsten Dunst) and two MTV Movie awards for Best Male Performance and for Best Kiss, Maguire became a Hollywood A-List actor.
While still enjoying the massive triumph of Spider-Man, Maguire again turned film critics’ heads when he rejoined Pleasantville writer-director Gary Ross for the wide screen version of Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling nonfiction book Seabiscuit (2003). Delivering a bravura turn as half-blind jockey Red Pollard, Maguire nabbed a second Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Maguire reprised his coveted role of Spider-Man for the sequel Spider-Man 2 in 2004, and is scheduled to return for the third Spider-Man movie in 2007. He is also set to play the role of Tully in Steven Soderbergh’s thriller The Good German (2006, starring Cate Blanchett, Beau Bridges and George Clooney). Moreover, Maguire will play the lead Billy Chaka in the newly acquired Tokyo Suckerpunch (2006), a film based on an adaptation of Isaac Adamson’s novel of the same name. In 2007, he will add the comedy Quiet Type (2007) to his acting resume.
- Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Seabiscuit, 2004
- MTV Movie: Best Kiss, Spider-Man, 2003
- MTV Movie: Best Male Performance, Spider-Man, 2003
- Teen Choice: Film-Choice Lip Lock, shared with Kirsten Dunst, Spider-Man, 2002
- Toronto Film Critics Association: Best Supporting Performance, Wonder Boys, 2000
- Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Cider House Rules, 2000
- Saturn: Best Performance by a Younger Actor/Actress, Pleasantville, 1999