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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 Spider-Man.

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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