Spider-Man's Tobey Maguire
Tobias Vincent Maguire was born June 27, 1975. At 5' 8" he is
actually 2 inches shorter than the official height of Spider-Man in the
comics, but hey what's two inches compared to how much taller Hugh
Jackman is to the X-men's Wolverine.
Maguire was born in Santa Monica,
California. His father, Vincent Maguire, was a construction worker and a
cook. His mother, Wendy Brown, is a secretary turned screenwriter and
producer. As a child he was constantly on the move spending time in
California, Oregon, and Washington. He did several commercials and bit
roles on various TV shows before landing a starring role on the Fox
comedy "Great Scott!" (1992). Unfortunately, it was canceled after only
nine weeks. Tobey is a vegetarian and studies yoga.
Tobey auditioned for a part in the
series Parenthood, where he met best friend actor
Leonardo DiCaprio (DiCaprio got the part although Maguire would
appear as a guest star in later episodes). He then had a small role in
This Boy's Life which had DiCaprio in the main role. Maguire gained
attention with his role in the 1997 film The Ice Storm, directed by Ang
Lee. Next was Pleasantville, The Cider House Rules and Wonder
Boys. In addition to acting, Maguire has also served as producer for
several films after Spider-Man, including 25th Hour (2002), Whatever We
Do (2003), and
Seabiscuit (2003), for which he served as executive producer.
Almost couldn't do Spider-Man 2
(2004) after having an on-set accident while shooting Seabiscuit (2003),
which made him suffer severe back pains. Jake Gyllenhaal was already in
talks to replace him and had already begun preparation.
Tobey doesn't have money problems,
it's been reported that he will get $26 million for the two sequels to
On ending the Spider-Man film series with the third installment-
"To me it seems like this is a natural point for the team to break up
because we have a lot of story conclusions that were going along for the
main characters for the first two movies and we kind of tie almost
everything up for the third movie. It feels like a trilogy to me and it
feels like the end."
Let's hope it really isn't the end.
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