What the Hell Happened to Tobey Maguire?
Tobey Maguire is best-known as the first movie Spider-man. But before he donned the blue and red tights, Maguire was a promising actor who seemed destined for a long career. During the 90’s, Maguire built a reputation as a talented actor in a string of independent movies. After he crossed over into the mainstream, Maguire continued supplementing his super hero duties with high profile dramatic roles. But after he hung up his Spidey-suit, Maguire practically disappeared from the big screen.
What the hell happened?
Maguire came from a broken home. His parents divorced when he was two years old and he was bounced from one relative to another. As a youngster, Maguire wanted to be a chef. In sixth grade, Maguire planned to enroll in a home economics class to learn how to cook. His mother offered him $100 to sign up for a drama class instead. Maguire grew tired of constantly changing schools. He dropped out during his freshman year of high school to pursue acting instead. After he became a successful actor, Maguire went back and got his GED.
Maguire made his movie debut in the 1989 Nintendo movie, The Wizard. Fred Savage and Christian Slater played brothers whose younger sibling is a video game savant. They take him cross country to compete in a video game championship. Maguire played one of the lackeys of the movie’s preteen villain. He had a non-speaking role and was not credited. Maguire is pictured above sporting a pink t-shirt and a mullet.
Maguire began paying his dues with commercials like this one in which he plays Atari in the bathroom.
In 1990, Maguire appeared in a Nickelodeon TV movie produced by Whoopi Goldberg. Goldberg played a guardian angel who helps out a rambunctious student in Tales From the Whoop: Hot Rod Brown Class Clown.
In 1991, Maguire made appearances on several TV shows. He popped up in episodes of Blossom and Jake and the Fatman. He played a high school kid in an episode of Roseanne whose friend comes between Becky and Darlene.