The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, John Cusack!

The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, John Cusack!
by Erica Palan - June 28, 2010 - 10:00 PM
In 1989, the world fell madly in love with Lloyd Dobbler, a nerdy and adorable high school boy played by John Cusack in the 1989 movie Say Anything… Although Cusack’s career has continued and risen steadily over the years, we all still love Lloyd Dobbler and consequently, Cusack. Today, he turns 44 and in honor of the occasion, we’re offering a selection of clips from his best movies. Though there are certainly more than we can mention here, so if we left out your favorite, feel free to tell us in the comments.
Cusack’s silver screen debut came in 1983 when he starred as Roscoe Maibaum in this film, which also featured the debuts of actors Andrew McCarthy, Virginia Madsen, Lolita Davidovich, and Alan Ruck.

Sixteen Candles
Though his role was supporting, John Cusack was in one of the biggest teen movies of all-time. He played Bryce, a friend of Anthony Michael Hall (The Geek). You can catch him in this clip around the 1:20 mark.

Better Off Dead
High school student Lane Meyer, played by Cusack, becomes suicidal when his girlfriend breaks up with him.

Say Anything … This Cameron Crowe flick contains Cusack’s break-out performance. This scene, featuring Cusack holding a boom box outside the window of his crush, has become one of the defining scenes of the teenage film genre.

Grosse Point Blank
As a professional killer, Cusack takes a vacation from his day job to attend his high school reunion.

Being John Malkovich
In this cult classic, Cusack plays a puppeteer who finds a portal to the mind of actor John Malkovich. It’s totally weird. And totally awesome.

High Fidelity
Based on the book by Nick Hornby, High Fidelity chronicles the love life of Rob Gordon. Cusack also worked on the screenplay and served as co-producer. He was nominated for several acting awards for his performance.

Hot Tub Time Machine
Most recently, Cusack starred in this wacky flick about time travel and friendship.

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Shanghai(2009) (pre-production) (in negotiations)
The Factory (2009) (filming)
Igor (2008) (post-production) (voice) .... Igor
Summerhood (2008) (post-production)
(uncredited) .... Narrator
War, Inc. (2008) (completed) .... Brand Hauser
Martian Child (2007) .... David
1408 (2007) .... Mike Enslin
Grace Is Gone (2007) .... Stanley Philipps
The Contract (2006/I) .... Ray Keene
The Ice Harvest: Alternate Endings (2006) (V) .... Charlie
The Ice Harvest (2005) .... Charlie
Must Love Dogs (2005) .... Jake
Runaway Jury (2003) .... Nicholas Easter
Identity (2003) .... Ed
Max (2002/I) .... Max Rothman
Serendipity (2001) .... Jonathan Trager
America's Sweethearts (2001) .... Eddie Thomas
High Fidelity(2000) .... Rob Gordon
Being John Malkovich (1999) .... Craig Schwartz
Cradle Will Rock (1999) .... Nelson Rockefeller
Pushing Tin (1999) .... Nick Falzone
The Jack Bull (1999) (TV) .... Myrl Redding
The Thin Red Line (1998) .... Capt. Gaff
This Is My Father (1998/I) .... Eddie Sharp, the Pilot
Chicago Cab (1998) .... Scary Man
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) .... John Kelso
Anastasia (1997) (voice) .... Dimitri
Con Air (1997) .... U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) .... Martin Q. Blank
"Frasier" .... Greg (1 episode, 1996)
- Our Father Whose Art Ain't Heaven (1996) TV episode (voice) .... Greg
City Hall (1996) .... Deputy Mayor Kevin Calhoun
The Road to Wellville (1994) .... Charles Ossining
Bullets Over Broadway (1994) .... David Shayne
Floundering (1994) .... JC
Money for Nothing (1993) .... Joey Coyle
Map of the Human Heart(1993) .... The Mapmaker
Bob Roberts (1992) .... Cutting Edge Host
Roadside Prophets (1992) (as John Cusak) .... Casper
Shadows and Fog(1992) .... Student Jack
True Colors(1991) .... Peter Burton
The Grifters(1990) .... Roy Dillon
Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) .... Michael Merriman
Say Anything... (1989) .... Lloyd Dobler
Elvis Stories (1989) .... Corky
Tapeheads (1988) .... Ivan Alexeev
Eight Men Out (1988) .... George 'Buck' Weaver
Broadcast News (1987) (as John Cusak) .... Angry Messenger
Hot Pursuit (1987) .... Dan Bartlett
One Crazy Summer (1986) .... Hoops McCann
Stand by Me (1986) .... Denny Lachance
The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) .... Harry
Better Off Dead... (1985) .... Lane Meyer
The Sure Thing (1985) .... Walter (Gib) Gibson
Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) .... Johnny Maine
Sixteen Candles (1984) .... Bryce
Class(1983) .... Roscoe Maibaum