Tobias Vincent Maguire is an American actor, known for his role as Peter Parker in the blockbuster Spider-Man, filmed in 2002 from a series of famous comics. He is a two-time winner of the Saturn Award for the second part of this action, as well as for the roles of David Wagner and Bad Parker in the fantasy comedy Pleasantville. Today, Tobey, in addition to the acting profession, is successfully developing his production career.
Childhood and youth
Tobey was born in the coastal California town of Santa Monica on June 27, 1975. Among the ancestors of the future artist were Austrians and Puerto Ricans. The parents of the newborn – 18-year-old typist secretary Wendy Brown and 20-year-old chef Vincent Maguire – were not married. Young people got married 2 years after the birth of their son, but after living together a couple of years, they divorced. Tobey has 4 stepbrothers. When the young man turned 18, his father committed a crime and ended up in prison.
After the parents divorced, the boy often had to change his place of residence and guardians. Tobey alternately lived with his mother, father, aunts, grandparents, and other family members in different cities of America. The boy respected his father, in childhood dreamed of following in the footsteps of Vincent and becoming a cook.
After graduating from elementary school, he planned to enter a class specializing in home economics. But the mother, who wanted a different future for her son, offered a deal: Wendy paid the boy $ 100 for enrolling in a drama class and studying acting. Tobias did not mind. But in high school, he studied only one class, finally leaving school at the age of 13. Maguire passed the exam for a certificate of maturity in 2000, when he was already 25 years old.
For a long time, Maguire played in the movies of teenagers, even when his own years no longer corresponded to the age of the characters. Until 1993, he appeared only on television screens. The first film for the young actor was the biographical drama “The Life of this guy.”
In 1999, the actor played two roles at once in the fantasy romantic comedy “Pleasantville”, shot in an unusual manner. At first, frames look like black and white, and then gradually become colored. Tobey in the modern real world plays the introverted teenager David Wagner. For participating in this picture, Maguire as the best young actor received the Saturn Award.
Later, in the artist’s repertoire of works have appeared in the phantasmagoria of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” with Johnny Depp in the title role in the comedy “Wonder Boys,” where Tobey starred with Michael Douglas and Robert Downey – junior . The actor played the main role in the film adaptation of The Rules of Winemakers. The film became the nominee and winner of the Oscar film award in several categories, which added popularity to all participants in the cast.
The actor brought worldwide fame as the modest schoolboy Peter Parker, bitten by a spider and turned into a superhero, in the movie spider-man. Tobey was perfect for this role – the artist’s charming smile, a fit figure (weighing 71 kg) and average height (173 cm) fit the character’s parameters.
It was rumored that the decision on the participation of the performer in the project was made after his tests with a naked torso. The blockbuster was shot on the verge between the action movie and the melodrama, so it was able to attract fans of both genres. In all the series of the trilogy, the partner of the hero of Peter Parker – Mary Jane Watson – was played by the American actress Kirsten Dunst .
In order to accurately convey the image of Spider-Man, Maguire studied insects with the help of specialists at a research institute, took rock climbing, martial arts and yoga lessons, worked together with a high-altitude electrician to adapt to the habits of arachnids, and during all filming was on a special diet.
After the success of the picture, two of its sequels were shot – Spider-Man-2, for which the actor received the second statuette “Saturn”, and “Spider-Man – 3. The Enemy in Reflection,” which became one of the budget of $ 258 million the most expensive films in history and had good box office, but received fairly cool criticism from experts. The actor’s fee from three films about Spiderman was $ 36.5 million.
n 2013, Maguire appeared in a secondary military drama “Labor Day” in a secondary role, and after 2 years he played the main character in the biography film “Sacrificing a Pawn,” which tells about the fate of Grandmaster Bobby Fischer . The premiere of the film took place at the Toronto festival.
Maguire is famous for the fact that the frames with the image of the artist are used as memes. A photograph of an actor who entered the top of the best memes, taking 3rd place, walks on the Web. The second and first place was given to Tobey by Nicolas Cage (“What are you saying?”) With a shot from the movie “Kiss of the Vampire” and Jackie Chan Where the actor is depicted with his arms raised high above his head.
In 2006, the wedding of Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer took place . The actor’s wife is a jewelry designer, her father is Ron Meyer, producer of Universal Studios. A year after the celebration, the couple had a daughter, Ruby Sweetheart, and 2 years later, the son of Otis Tobias.
At the end of 2016, it became known that a couple of Tobey and Jennifer officially filed a divorce, the reasons for which the actor chose not to advertise. The media talked about the fact that troubles in his personal life were influenced by Tobey’s love for playing cards.
Since 2004, Maguire has been performing in professional poker tournaments. In June 2007, he participated in the television show “Poker after Darkness,” in which he won $ 10 million. But in recent years, fortune has turned its back on the artist, he has increasingly begun to lose large sums. Scandals started at home.
At the beginning of 2017, the couple appeared embraced several times at social events. But soon the newly made bachelor was seen in the company of a young brunette, with whom, kissing, he left the Villa Lounge bar. These photos immediately appeared in all yellow editions dedicated to the life of Hollywood stars. Despite this, in an interview, Maguire has repeatedly stated that he still has warm feelings for Jennifer.
- 1993 – “The Life of this guy”
- 1997 – “Parsing Harry”
- 1998 – “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”
- 1999 – The Rules of Winemakers
- 1999 – “The Chase with the Devil”
- 2000 – The Prodigies
- 2002 – Spider-Man
- 2003 – Favorite
- 2006 – The Good German
- 2009 – The Brothers
- 2011 – “Details”
- 2013 – The Great Gatsby
- 2015 – Sacrificing a Pawn
- 2017 – The Boss Dairy