Tobias Vincent Maguire is an American actor best known for his role as Peter Parker/ Spiderman in the Spider-Man film series. Maguire was born on born 27 June 1975 in Santa Monica, California. His father, Vincent Maguire, was a construction worker and a cook and his mother, Wendy Brown, is a secretary turned screenwriter and producer.
Tobey Maguire initially worked as a child actor. He appeared in a variety of commercials and TV and movie roles. One of his first roles was an extra in the 1989 movie "The Wizard". He auditioned for a part in the series Parenthood, where he met best friend actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Maguire gained attention with his role in the 1997 film "The Ice Storm", directed by Ang Lee. This soon was parlayed in a variety of lead roles where he played a thoughtful boy coming of age, in films such as Pleasantville, The Cider House Rules and Wonder Boys.
In 2002, Maguire shot to superstardom in the title role in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man alongside Kirsten Dunst and Willem Dafoe which was based on the popular Marvel comics superhero. He reprised his superhero role in Spider-Man 2, the Academy Award-winning sequel to the original blockbuster, which was released in 2004.
After Spider-Man, in 2003 he played a lead role as the jockey John M. "Red" Pollard in the acclaimed film Seabiscuit. In 2006, Maguire starred in his first villainous role as Corporal Patrick Tully in Steven Soderbergh's The Good German based on the Joseph Kanon novel.
Maguire has been engaged to Jennifer Meyer, daughter of Universal Studios executive Ron Meyer, since April 2006. They first began dating in 2003. The couple had hoped to marry before the birth of their first child (a daughter named Ruby Sweetheart Maguire, born November 10, 2006), but were unable to do so due to scheduling difficulties around Maguire's 2006 film projects. Maguire previously dated actress Rashida Jones and was romantically involved with his Spider-Man co-star Kirsten Dunst during the 2001 filming of the first movie in the series.
Maguire can be seen on ESPN's coverage of the 2005 and 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event Championship. He wears contact lenses for nearsightedness, is a vegetarian, LA Lakers fan, and also practices yoga.