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Biography #2 (for Spider-Man 3)

Tobey Maguire reunites with Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, and director Sam Raimi for Spider-Man(tm) 3, the third installment of a franchise that to date has grossed over $1.6 billion worldwide.

Achieving both critical and commercial success in his career, Maguire recently starred opposite George Clooney and Cate Blanchett in Steven Soderbergh's The Good German. Maguire's credits include an acclaimed performance as horse jockey Red Pollard in Gary Ross's Seabiscuit. The race horse epic received seven Academy Award nominations including Best Picture.

An actor since his childhood, Maguire has appeared in numerous film and television projects, including This Boy's Life, in which he starred opposite Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DiCaprio; and Griffin Dunne's 1996 Academy AwardÂ-nominated short Duke of Groove, featuring Kate Capshaw, Uma Thurman and Kiefer Sutherland. In 1997, Maguire followed that up with the Fox Searchlight release The Ice Storm, directed by Ang Lee. The film put Maguire on the map with critics and audiences alike for his portrayal of misunderstood youth.

Maguire's other credits include Woody Allen's literary satire Deconstructing Harry; Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson; and New Line's 1998 fantasy Pleasantville, directed by Gary Ross and co-starring Reese Witherspoon. Maguire cemented his career as a compelling actor with turns as Homer Wells in Lasse Hallstrom's poignant coming-of-age drama The Cider House Rules (a film nominated for seven Academy Awards); Jake Roedel in Ang Lee's Ride with the Devil, the story of a young American bushwhacker striving to define himself in a country redefining its image amidst social turmoil; and James Leer in Curtis Hanson's Wonder Boys, in which Maguire starred opposite Michael Douglas as a student with a tendency to fictionalize his own family history.

Maguire's first outing as a producer was the big-screen adaptation of David Benioff's novel The 25th Hour for the Walt Disney Company. The critically acclaimed film was directed by Spike Lee and stars Ed Norton.

Maguire is developing several projects through Maguire Entertainment, among them Tokyo Suckerpunch, an adaptation by writer Ed Solomon of Isaac Adamson's novel, which tells the story of a young columnist who portrays himself as a hero living in a fictionalized version of modern-day Tokyo. Maguire is producing with Red Wagon Entertainment's Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher. Also in development is the big-screen adaptation of Jonathan Tropper's bestselling novel, Everything Changes, which Dan Futterman (Capote) is currently writing. Maguire will produce with Wendy Finerman for Columbia Pictures. Maguire will also produce Hot Plastic with Radar Pictures and Ted Tally for Focus Features. Based upon the celebrated novel by Peter Craig (who is adapting the screenplay), Hot Plastic centers on a father and son con team who both fall for the same woman.

Bio courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment for "Spider-Man 3" (29-Apr-2007)


Biography #3 (for Spider-Man 2)

Tobey Maguire created the role of the iconic web-slinging superhero in Spider-Man opposite Kirsten Dunst and Willem Dafoe. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film broke all records by earning $114.8 million in its opening weekend, making it the largest domestic opening of all time. The film went on to gross more than $820 million in worldwide box office. Maguire most recently starred in Universal's Seabiscuit. Directed by Gary Ross, the film grossed more than $120 million and earned seven Oscar nominations including one for Best Picture. Based on Linda Hillenbrand's best-selling nonfiction book of the same name, Seabiscuit tells the true story of the legendary 1930s racing horse who, with the collaboration of his jockey (Maguire), trainer (Chris Cooper) and owners (Jeff Bridges and Elizabeth Banks), was able to beat the odds to win horse racing honors during the Great Depression. Maguire also served as executive producer. Ross' company Larger Than Life and Kennedy/Marshall co-produced. Maguire has an exclusive two-year, first-look film production deal with Sony Pictures. He made his first outing as producer when he teamed with producer Julia Chasman and Industry Entertainment's Nick Wechsler on a big-screen adaptation of David Benioff's novel The 25th Hour. Also in development is Electroboy based on Andy Behrman's memoir, which follows a 28-year-old manic-depressive who tries to sort out his troubled life with electroshock therapy. Other recent acting credits include Curtis Hanson's Wonder Boys opposite Michael Douglas, Lasse Hallstrom's Oscar-nominated The Cider House Rules opposite Michael Caine and Ang Lee's Civil War drama Ride with the Devil opposite Skeet Ulrich, Jeffrey Wright and Jewel. In his first film with Lee, The Ice Storm, Maguire received critical notice for his performance as Paul Hood, a philosophical, bright mid-1970s teen. Maguire co-starred with Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen and Christina Ricci. In the Gary Ross-directed fantasy-adventure Pleasantville, Maguire and Reese Witherspoon starred as bickering siblings who are magically transported into the world of a wholesome '50s era sitcom. Maguire first gained attention with his critically acclaimed performance in the Academy Award-nominated short film Duke of Groove. Directed by Griffin Dunne, the film also starred Kate Capshaw, Uma Thurman and Kiefer Sutherland. He went on to appear in Woody Allen's literary satire Deconstructing Harry opposite Allen, Kirstie Alley, Demi Moore, Judy Davis, Billy Crystal and Robin Williams.

Bio courtesy Columbia Pictures for "Spider-Man 2" (26-Jun-2004)


Biography #4 (for Seabiscuit)

A young actor whose work exhibits seasoned ability and versatility, Tobey Maguire has attained considerable industry notice with his breakout performances in several feature films.

This past year Maguire starred in the live-action action-adventure blockbuster, Spider-Man, which earned a record shattering $114 million in its weekend debut. Maguire plays the iconic web-spinning hero for director Sam Raimi with a screenplay by David Koepp. Willem Dafoe appears as the Green Goblin.

Maguire is currently filming Spider-Man 2, the highly anticipated sequel in the Marvel Franchise.

Maguire also has an exclusive, two-year, first-look film production deal with Sony Pictures. He made his first outing as producer last year by teaming with producer Julia Chasman and Industry Entertainment's Nick Wechsler on a big screen adaptation of David Benioffs novel 25th Hour. The film is directed by Spike Lee and stars Edward Norton.

In 2001, Maguire lent his voice to the comedy blockbuster Cats and Dogs. The story chronicles the ongoing turf war between cats and dogs occurring undetected right in their owners' back yards. Directed by Larry Gutterman, Cats and Dogs combines live action, CGI animation and animatronic action, along with voices of Alec Baldwin and Michael Clark Duncan, among others; it stars Jeff Goldblum and Elizabeth Perkins.

In 2000, Maguire starred opposite Michael Douglas in Curtis Hanson's Wonder Boys. Adapted by Steve Moves from Michael Chabon's best-selling novel, the drama follows a middle-aged professor and formerly successful novelist who suffers through a mid-life crisis during a writers' retreat. Maguire plays James Leer, one of Douglas' students, a promising novelist with a tendency to fictionalize his own background. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr. and Frances McDormand.

In Lasse Hallstrom's critically acclaimed The Cider House Rules, Maguire stars as Homer Wells, the apprentice and surrogate son of Dr. Wilbur Larch (Oscar winner Michael Caine), a physician and abortionist who runs an orphanage in rural Maine. The film received seven Academy Award nominations and won two awards. Based on John Irving's novel, the film follows Homer as he leaves the orphanage, falls in love and then connects his unusual past with his prospects for the future.

Maguire played Jake Roedel, a bushwhacker, in Ang Lee's Civil War epic Ride With the Devil for Good Machine and Universal Pictures. The film co-stars Skeet Ulrich, Jeffrey Wright, Jewel, Simon Baker and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as young Americans striving to define themselves and the country they had always called home amidst national turmoil. Ride with the Devil was adapted by Lee's longtime collaborator, James Schamus, from Daniel Woodrell's novel, Woe to Live On.

Maguire also starred in Gary Ross' comedy-fantasy Pleasantville. Maguire and co-star Reese Witherspoon play a bickering '90s brother and sister who are magically transported into the world of a wholesome 'SOs sitcom. The film also stars Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels and William H. Macy.

In 1997, Maguire received critical notice for his role in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm, opposite Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver and Christina Ricci. James Schamus adapted Rick Moody's novel about familial dysfunction in Watergate era Connecticut and received the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Maguire first gained attention with his performance in Griffin Dunne's Academy Award nominated short film Duke of Groove, with Kate Capshaw, Uma Thurman and Kiefer Sutherland.

Maguire's additional credits include Woody Allen's literary satire Deconstructing Harry, alongside an all-star cast that includes Allen, Kirstie Alley, Demi Moore, Judy Davis, Billy Crystal, and Robin Williams. He also appeared in Terry Gilliam's gonzocomedy Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, opposite Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro; the film version of Andrew Wellman's prize-winning novel, Jeffrey Levy's S.F. W., opposite Stephen Dorff, Reese Witherspoon, Jake Busey and Joey Lauren Adams; and This Boy's Life, opposite Robert De Niro, Ellen Barkin and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "Seabiscuit" (01-Jan-2000)


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