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Tobey Maguire is a leading Hollywood film actor whose range of work has included The Cider House Rules, Seabisuit, The Great Gatsby and the Spider-Man series.
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Cast opposite Michael Douglas, Maguire played James Leer, a precocious writing student with a flair for prevarication.
But with the release of Spider-Man (2002), Maguire's days as the Holden-Caulfield-in-residence seemed to be over. Reportedly paid $4 million for the title role, Maguire (with the help of a range of state-of-the-art special effects) made the transition from nerdy teen Peter Parker to comic book hero Spider-Man. The film,
which was tied up in copyright wrangling for almost a decade, also features Kirsten Dunst and Willem Dafoe. The film netted $114 million in its opening weekend, a box-office record. The actor signed on for the sequel Spider-Man 2 in 2004. In 2006, Maguire starred in the Oscar-nominated film, The Good German. Maguire returned as Peter Parker in the Spider-Man 3 in 2007.
Maguire lives in Los Angeles. Although he has publicly proclaimed his abstention from alcohol and drugs, he is an avid participant in the city's nightlife and a visible member of what the media has dubbed "the latter-day Rat Pack" along with fellow actor and friend Leonardo DiCaprio.
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