Tobias Vincent Maguire (born June 27, 1975) is an American actor and
producer. He gained recognition for his film roles in Pleasantville
(1998), The Cider House Rules (1999), Wonder Boys (2000), Spider-Man
Spider-Man 2 (2004), The Good German
Spider-Man 3 (2007), Brothers (2009), and The Great Gatsby
He was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Awards,
and received two Saturn Awards, including one for Best Actor. He
established his own production company in 2012 called Material
Pictures, and co-produced Good People that same year. In 2014, he
produced and starred as
Bobby Fischer in Pawn Sacrifice.
1 Early life
3 Personal life
7 External links
Tobias Vincent Maguire was born in Santa Monica, California, the son
of Wendy (née Brown), a secretary turned screenwriter and film
producer and a construction worker and cook. He has four
half-brothers. He is of one eighth Austrian and one eighth Puerto
Rican descent. His parents, 18 and 20 years old, were unmarried at
the time of his birth; the two 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.
During his childhood, Maguire entertained the idea of becoming a chef
and wanted to enroll in a home economics class as a sixth grader. His
mother offered him $100 to take a drama class instead, and he
agreed. The transient nature of his school years began to take a
toll on Maguire emotionally, and after another relocation for his
freshman year, he dropped out of high school and did not return.
Instead, he pursued an acting career. By 2000, he had obtained his
GED, noting that during his school days, "I was not doing school; I
was showing up, but... not really giving myself."
Maguire's first appearance in a feature film was in 1989's The Wizard.
He plays one of Lucas Barton's goons (one of three competitors at a
video game competition) and had no lines. He worked as a child actor
in the early 1990s, often playing roles much younger than his
chronological age, and as late as 2002 he was still playing teenagers
while in his mid-20s. He appeared in a variety of commercials and TV
and movie roles, working opposite such actors as
Chuck Norris (Walker,
Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), and
Tracey Ullman (Tracey
Takes On...). Eventually, he 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
quickly became friends and made an informal pact to help each other
get parts in their movies/TV shows/other projects. For example, both
auditioned for the same part in the 1990 TV series based on the 1989
comedy Parenthood. DiCaprio was cast, and Maguire later got a guest
role at least partly on DiCaprio's recommendation. The same scenario
played itself out during casting for the 1993 movie This Boy's Life
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro as the lead); DiCaprio got the main teen
role (coincidentally, the character was named "Toby") and Maguire got
a part as one of Toby's friends.
By the mid-1990s, he was working steadily but was also becoming
involved in the hard-partying lifestyle of some of his fellow young
actors. In 1995, he 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 a drinking problem from Alcoholics Anonymous; he has
been sober ever since.
As part of his recovery from alcoholism and learning to deal with his
self-described "addictive and compulsive nature", Maguire changed
his career path slightly to obtain roles where he and DiCaprio would
not always be in competition for the same part, and the move paid off
when given 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.[citation
In the 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas he portrayed a
hitchhiker who meets
Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo during their drive to
In Ride with the Devil (1999), Maguire portrayed Jakob Roedel,
opposite Jewel Kilcher. Here he played the son of a unionist German
immigrant who joins his southern friends in the Missouri riders,
avenging the atrocities committed against Missourians by Kansas
Jayhawkers and redleggers.
In 2001, Maguire took a role that featured his youthful-sounding
voice, a beagle puppy named Lou, in the family movie Cats &
Maguire greets fans at
Spider-Man 3 premiere
In 2002, Maguire starred in Spider-Man, based on the popular Marvel
Comics superhero. The film was a major success and made him into a
star. He reprised the role in the sequels
Spider-Man 2 (2004) and
Spider-Man 3 (2007), and has also provided the voice of
the video game adaptations of the films. All three movies went on to
be part of the highest-grossing movies each year.
His performance as
Spider-Man earned him some glowing reviews. Mark
Caro of the
Chicago Tribune wrote that "with his big, round, soulful
eyes, Maguire always has been able to convey a sense of wonder, and
his instinct for understatement also serves him well here." Due to
script and production complications, a proposed fourth Spider-Man
movie did not materialize.
Sony decided to reboot the franchise.
The film, titled The Amazing Spider-Man, was released on July 3, 2012.
Maguire had a lead role as the jockey John M. "Red" Pollard in
Seabiscuit, about the famous racehorse Seabiscuit. In 2006, he
starred in his first villainous role as Corporal Patrick Tully
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
In 2008, he made a cameo appearance in the action comedy film Tropic
Thunder as a gay 18th century monk with his eye on Father O'Malley
(Kirk Lazarus, the character played by
Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert Downey, Jr. in Tropic
Thunder) in the faux trailer for Satan's Alley. He was a last-minute
replacement in the role, and due to previously-scheduled commitments
was only available to be on set for two hours to film his scenes.
Near the end of Tropic Thunder, it is revealed that Maguire's
character has been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for Satan's Alley,
which he loses to Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller) for his role in Tropic
Blunder, ironically presented by Kirk Lazarus.
In 2009, he starred alongside
Jake Gyllenhaal and
Natalie Portman in
the Jim Sheridan-directed war drama Brothers as Sam Cahill, a prisoner
of war who returns from
Afghanistan and starts believing that his wife
has become romantically involved with his brother. He received
critical acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in
the film. Of the nomination, Maguire said, "I had no expectation about
getting a nomination, but I was watching nonetheless. My wife and my
son got really excited. I was sort of surprised – I was like, 'Oh,
wow.' And I couldn't hear the latter part of my name."  Maguire
Jeff Bridges for his role in Crazy Heart.
Maguire and DiCaprio once again performed together, in Baz Luhrmann's
remake of The Great Gatsby (2013); DiCaprio played the title role,
while Maguire played the story's narrator, Nick Carraway.
In 2012 Maguire was co-producer of Good People. That same year he also
established his own production company, Material Pictures, which
secured independent financing in 2013 to help it produce more feature
His next film,
Pawn Sacrifice (2015), was also co-produced by Material
Pictures. It was a
Cold War thriller based on the true story of
American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer, played by Maguire. The film
details the events leading up to and including the world chess
championship in 1972, when Fischer challenges Soviet chess grandmaster
and world champion, Boris Spassky, acted by Liev Schreiber. It
received mostly positive reviews.
Maguire reunited with
Alec Baldwin in the animated movie The Boss
Baby, where he voiced as the adult version of Tim Templeton.
Maguire with his former wife, Jennifer Meyer
Maguire has been a vegetarian since 1992; in 2009, he became a
vegan. PETA declared him the World's Sexiest
2002. He has made changes in his diet to either gain or lose
weight for movie roles: he dramatically decreased his calorie intake
for Seabiscuit, followed by a rapid increase to regain weight for
Spider-Man 2. Maguire has been sober since the age of 19 after
experiencing "some difficulty" with alcohol in his late teens.
Maguire met jewelry designer
Jennifer Meyer in 2003 while he was
shooting the movie
Seabiscuit at Universal Studios, and they became
engaged in April 2006. Their daughter was born in November
2006. Maguire and Meyer married on September 3, 2007, in Kona,
Hawaii. Their second child, a son, was born in May 2009. On
October 18, 2016, the couple announced their separation after nine
years of marriage. In 2017, they were officially divorced.
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.
He was one of many celebrities, along with
Ben Affleck and Leonardo
DiCaprio who participated in Molly Bloom's high-stake poker games at
The Viper Room
The Viper Room in the mid-2000s, and received bad press for
reportedly demanding Bloom "bark like a seal" for a $1,000 poker chip
after a tournament they almost lost.
Tobey Maguire filmography
1993: Nominated – Young Artist Award, Best Young Actor in a New
Television Series, Great Scott!
1999: Nominated – Saturn Award, Best Performance by a Younger
2000: Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance
by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture, The Cider House Rules
2000: Nominated – Teen Choice Award, Choice Actor – Film, The
Cider House Rules
2000: Nominated – Teen Choice Award, Choice Liar – Film, Wonder
2000: Won – Toronto Film Critics Association Award, Best Supporting
Performance – Male, Wonder Boys
2001: Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award,
Best Supporting Actor, Wonder Boys
2001: Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award, Best Actor in
a Supporting Role, Wonder Boys
2002: Won – Teen Choice Award, Choice Actor – Film,
2002: Nominated – Teen Choice Award, Choice Chemistry – Film
(shared with Kirsten Dunst), Spider-Man
2002: Won – Teen Choice Award, Choice Lip Lock – Film (shared with
Kirsten Dunst), Spider-Man
2003: Nominated – Black Reel Award, Best Film (shared with Spike
Lee, Jon Kilik, Julia Chasman) 25th Hour
2003: Nominated – MTV Movie + TV Award, Best Male Performance,
2003: Won – MTV Movie + TV Award, Best Kiss (shared with Kirsten
2003: Nominated – Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award, Favorite Male Butt
2003: Nominated – Saturn Award, Best Lead Actor, Spider-Man
2003: Nominated – SFX Award, Best SF or Fantasy Film Actor,
2004: Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance
by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Seabiscuit
2004: Nominated – Spike Video Game Award, Best Performance by a
2005: Nominated – Golden Schmoes Award, Favorite Celebrity of the
2005: Nominated – Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award, Favorite Movie
2005: Nominated – People's Choice Award, Favorite Male Action Movie
2005: Nominated – People's Choice Award, Favorite On–Screen
Chemistry (shared with Kirsten Dunst),
2005: Won – Saturn Award, Best Lead Actor,
2007: Nominated – National Movie Award, Best Performance by a Male,
2007: Nominated – Teen Choice Award, Choice Movie Actor:
2007: Nominated – Teen Choice Award, Choice Movie: Dance, Spider-Man
2007: Nominated – Teen Choice Award, Choice Movie: Liplock (shared
with Kirsten Dunst),
2007: Nominated – Teen Choice Award, Choice Movie: Rumble (shared
with James Franco, Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church),
2008: Nominated – MTV Movie + TV Award, Best Fight (shared with
2008: Nominated – People's Choice Award, Favorite On–Screen
Match–Up (shared with Kirsten Dunst),
2010: Nominated – Golden Globe Award, Best Performance by an Actor
in a Motion Picture – Drama, Brothers
2010: Nominated – Prism Award, Performance in a Feature Film,
2010: Nominated – Saturn Award, Best Lead Actor, Brothers
2010: Nominated – Teen Choice Award, Choice Movie Actor: Drama,
2011: Won – CinEuphoria Award, Best Actor – International
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