Hollywood is full of some incredible actors, with more talent revealed over every generation. One celebrity who certainly made a name for himself in the past twenty years is Tobey McGuire.
In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about Tobey Maguire – from his humble beginnings all the way through to stardom, as well as getting to know the various roles he’s had over the years and his other interests including online poker site and business.
How he started out
Born in Santa Monica California in 1975, Toby McGuires’s parents separated when early on in his life, which meant his childhood consisted of living with different members of his family. With early ambitions to become a chef but having dropped out of high school he began pursuing his career in acting with his first time in a feature film being in 1989’s The Wizard.
Having friends with Leonardo DiCaprio, they helped each other out when it came to getting jobs in Hollywood. During the mid 1990s to the early 2000s, Tobey McGuire began to build his career while quickly learning he needed to manage his addiction. Having sought help with Alcoholics Anonymous, he made the decision to go sober to combat what he believed was his addictive personality.
Toby becomes a star
It was during the 2000s that Tobey became the well recognised actor that we know today, and reached new heights when he played the role of Spider-Man in the f2002 film of the same name. From there he had the opportunity to play in some hugely successful movies including Seabiscuit where he had a leading role as a jockey, as well as The Good German and Tropic Thunder.
It was during this time period that Toby experimented with other professions within Hollywood, having produced several films including 25th Hour, Whatever We Do, and also Seabiscuit. In 2012 he created his own production company called Material Pictures.
What about Tobey’s personal life?
In terms of diet, Tobey became a vegetarian back in 1992, saying that he’d never had a desire to eat meat and found it actually difficult to eat. He became a vegan in 2009 and has influenced and encouraged others to do the same.
Over the years, he has had to gain and lose weight in dramatic ways in order to play his various roles. He lost 21 lbs in order to get to jockey size for his role in SeaBiscuit, and stuck to a 1500 calorie intake daily to get down to the weight size. He later had to bulk up again to reprise his role as Spider-Man in the film Spider-Man 2.
Having become engaged to jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer back in 2003, they gave birth to a child later that year and had a second child in 2009. The couple separated in 2016 having been together for 9 years and divorced in the following four years later.
Did you know he played poker?
Besides his roles in various films and business ventures in Hollywood including his production company, Tobey McGuire has also had a passion for poker. In 2004 he began playing poker in tournaments and also was tutored by Daniel Negreanu, the Canadian professional poker player who has won six World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets.
For the World Series of Poker Main Event Championships, Tobey McGuire featured on ESPN in their coverage for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007. Another fascinating fact about Tobey McGuire and his passion for poker is that he was one of the people alongside other celebrities like Ben Affleck and Leoanrdo DiCaprio who played in the high-stake poker games at the Viper Room held by Molly Bloom. This time period was fictionalized in the film Molly’s Game where Tobey McGuire is said to be the character “Player X”.
What’s next for Tobey McGuire
In recent years, Tobey McGuire has kept a much lower profile than he did during the height of his stardom in the 2000s. In 2021 he took on his role as Spider-Man in Spider-Man No Way Home and also had a role in the film Babylon. Only time will tell what Tobey McGuire gets up to next, but he’s certainly had an incredible career and it will be interesting to see where he takes it now.