Born as Tobias Vincent “Tobey” Maguire, Tobey Maguire is an American actor and producer of films and television. Popularly known for the portrayal of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man in the maiden movie adaptation of Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man titled the same, Maguire received several accolades while he was associated with theSpider-Man
(2002) franchise until 2007. Some of his other memorable roles have come with the movies The Cider House Rules (1999), Wonder Boys
(2000), Seabiscuit (2003), and Brothers (2009).
In 2012, Maguire established the production company, Material Pictures and has produced movies such as Good People (2013), and Pawn Sacrifice
Maguire was born to Vincent, a construction worker, and Wendy, a secretary-turned-screenwriter and producer. His parents were unmarried at the time of his birth but later married only to be separated when he was two. The actor has four half-brothers: Vincent Jr. and Timothy (Father’s side) and Jopaul Van Epp and Weston Epp (Mother’s side).He spent most of his childhood moving places and thus he was emotionally affected as well. Eventually, after he relocated for his freshman year, Maguire quit schooling and decided to pursue a career in acting.
In 2003, while he was shooting the movie Seabiscuit, he met Jennifer Meyer, a jewelry designer. The couple got engaged in 2006 and their first child, a daughter, Ruby Sweetheart Maguire, was born in November 2006. The following, on September 3, 2007, Meyer and Maguire got married and a couple of years later, in 2009, their second child, a son, Otis Tobias Maguire was born in 2009. However, after 9 years of marriage, the couple got separated on 18th October 2016.
Maguire began his acting career as a child actor with the television film Rodney Dangerfield: Opening Night at Rodney’s place. In subsequent years, he appeared on TV shows such as 1st and Ten (1990), Roseanne (1991), and Wild and Crazy Kids (1992). His role in the 1992 TV show Great Scott earned him a nomination for Best Young Actor at the Young Artist Awards. In the next few years, he continued to appear in TV shows and films such as Walker, Texas Ranger (1994), Spoils of War (1994) and Seduced by Madness (1996).
In 2014, he was seen in the TV miniseries, The Spoils of Babylon directed by Matt Piedmont and Andrew Steele. The six-episode series was aired from January 9th, 2014 to February 6th, 2014.
Maguire made his feature film debut in 1989 with the movie The Wizard in which he appeared in the role of one of Lucas Barton’s (Jackey Vinson) goons: he had no lines in the movie. While he continued giving auditions, occasionally he met another rising actor at the time, Leonardo DiCaprio
, who would also come for an audition for the same role. The two actors soon became friends and made an informal pact to help each other get roles. The following year, both the actors auditioned for the same role in the TV series Parenthood. It was DiCaprio who went on to bag the role, however, Maguire later got a guest role in the TV series on DiCaprio’s recommendation.
In the early ‘90s, Maguire appeared in movies such as This Boy’s Life (1993), Healer (1994), and S.F.W. (1994). By the mid-’90s, Maguire experienced a steady progress in his career and at the same time, he was also influenced the lifestyle of his fellow young actors: owing to which he took to alcohol consumption. So much so, that he had to request director Allan Moyle to omit his character from the movie Empire Records (1995): Moyle eventually deleted all his scenes. The actor then approached Alcoholics Anonymous to overcome his drinking problem: Maguire has been sober since then.
One of Maguire’s career-defining roles came with Ang Lee
’s 1997 movie, The Ice Storm, which saw him essaying the role of Paul Hood, a teenage boarding school student. This led to Maguire receiving several different roles: the first of which came with the fantasy comedy drama movie Pleasantville (1998) directed by Gary Ross
. While the film was a financial failure, it received positive reviews in several departments such as acting and visuals, and Maguire, who essayed the role of David, won the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Young Actor. The film has ever since received a cult following. The following year he delivered another poignant performance in the Academy Award-winning movie The Cider House Rules (1999) directed by Lasse Hallstrom
. Essaying the character of an orphan, Homer Wells, Maguire was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The next year, in 2000, Maguire was seen in the movie Wonder Boys. Directed by Curtis Hanson
, the movie although received critical acclaim, failed at the box office with Maguire winning the Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as James Leer.
However, it was in the year 2002 that Maguire was cast in the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the movie adaptation of Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man. The film titled Spider-Man (2002) went on to be come one of the most successful movies of Hollywood while Maguire’s role received critical and commercial acclaim. The actor played the role to the ‘T’ and soon the character of Peter Parker became synonymous with Maguire. He went on to reprise the role in the next two installments of the movie Spider-Man 2
(2004), and Spider-Man 3
In 2003, Maguire starred in the critically and commercially acclaimed movie Seabiscuit, essaying the role of the jockey John M. “Red” Pollard. The 2006 movie The Good German
saw the actor essaying his first negative role. The actor’s next notable performance came with the psychological war drama film, Brothers. Directed by Jim Sheridan
, the movie also stars Jake Gyllenhaal
and Natalie Portman
. Maguire received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama. The actor later commented: “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”.
In 2013, Maguire teamed up with his close friend DiCaprio for the movie The Great Gatsby
directed by Baz Luhrmann
. While DiCaprio essayed the role of the eponymous Jay Gatsby, Maguire played the role of Nick Carraway, the story’s narrator, and Gatsby’s neighbor. In the following year, he portrayed the role of Bobby Fischer in the biographical drama, Pawn Sacrifice
, which is based on the true story of Bobby Fischer’s challenge against top Soviet chess grandmasters during the Cold War. The film opened to positive reviews with the critical consensus of Rotten Tomatoes being: "Anchored by a sensitive performance from Tobey Maguire, Pawn Sacrifice adds another solidly gripping drama to the list of films inspired by chess wiz Bobby Fischer”. His 2017 release includes the animated movie The Boss Baby
, wherein Maguire voices the character of Tim Templeton.
As a Producer
Maguire established his production house, Material Pictures, in 2012. The company has since then produced movies such as Good People (2013), Pawn Sacrifice
(2015), Z for Zachariah (2015), and The 5th Wave
(2016). Before establishing the production house, Maguire had contributed as a producer to movies such as Country Strong (2010), Seeking Justice (2011), and Rock of Ages
(2012). He was credited as an Executive Producer in the movie Seabiscuit (2003).