Birth: 1975-06-27, Santa Monica, California, U.S.

Tobey Maguire is an American actor and producer. He began his career in the late 1980s. Tobey is best known for his role as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in Sam Raimi's Spider Man film trilogy. He has been nominated for Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Awards and received two Saturn Awards, including one for Best Actor.

 

Maguire was born in Santa Monica, California to Wendy (Brown) (a secretary turned screenwriter and producer) and Vincent Maguire (a construction worker and cook).  His parents (18 and 20) were unmarried at the time of his birth. The two got married and subsequently divorced when Maguire was two. Maguire spent much of his childhood moving from town to town, living with each parent and other family members. The nomadic nature of his school-age years began to take a toll on Maguire emotionally, and finally, after another relocation for his freshman year, Maguire dropped out of high school and did not return. Instead, he pursued an acting career. By 2000, Maguire had obtained his GED.  

 

Maguire's first appearance in a feature film was in 1989's The Wizard where he played one of Lucas Barton's goons and had no lines. Maguire initially worked as a child actor in the early 1990s, often playing roles much younger than his chronological age; as late as 2002, Maguire was still playing teenagers while in his mid-20s. He appeared in a variety of commercials and TV and movie roles, working opposite actors like Chuck Norris, Roseanne Barr, and Tracey Ullman. Eventually, Maguire was cast as the lead in the FOX TV series Great Scott, which was cancelled five weeks later.

 

During many of his auditions, Maguire found himself auditioning for roles opposite another rising actor, Leonardo DiCaprio. The pair struck up a fast friendship and made an informal pact to help each other get parts in their movies/TV shows/other projects. 

 

By the mid 1990s, Maguire was steadily working but becoming involved in the hard-partying lifestyle of some of his fellow teen actors. In 1995, Maguire requested director Allan Moyle to release him from his part in the movie Empire Records. Moyle agreed, and all of Maguire's scenes were deleted from the final film. Maguire then sought help for an underaged drinking problem from Alcoholics Anonymous; he has been sober ever since.

 

As part of his recovery from alcohol and learning to deal with his self-described 'addictive and compulsive nature', Maguire changed his career path slightly in order to obtain roles where he and DiCaprio would not always be in competition for the same part, and the move paid off when he got the role of Paul Hood a teenage boarding school student whose narration anchors the action in Ang Lee's 1997 film, The Ice Storm. This led to a variety of lead roles in films such as Pleasantville, The Cider House Rules, and Wonder Boys.

 

In 2002, Maguire starred in Spider-Man, based on the popular Marvel Comics' superhero. The film was a major success and quickly shot Maguire to stardom. He reprised his role in the sequels Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007), and has also provided the voice of Spider-Man for the video game adaptations of the films. Maguire's performance as Spider-Man earned him some glowing reviews. 

 

In 2006, Maguire starred in his first villainous role as Corporal Patrick Tully opposite George Clooney and Cate Blanchett in Steven Soderbergh's The Good German, based on the Joseph Kanon novel of the same name.

 

He is also a producer whose production credits include 25th Hour (2002), Whatever We Do (2003), and Seabiscuit (2003), for which he served as executive producer.

 

Maguire met Jennifer Meyer in 2003 while he was shooting the movie Seabiscuit at Universal Studios, and became engaged in April 2006. The couple married on September 3, 2007, in Kona, Hawaii.

 

In 2004, Maguire took up tournament poker. He has finished in the money in several events and has been tutored by poker professional Daniel Negreanu. Maguire can be seen on ESPN's coverage of the 2005, 2006, and 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event Championship.