Tobey Maguire, who portrayed Peter Parker in the first three Spider-Man films, has acted in a wide range of projects, including serious dramas, comedies, and even a Western. After his ground-breaking performance in 1997’s The Ice Storm, Maguire’s powerful work immediately attracted the attention of Hollywood’s award organizations.

For the 2009 film Brothers, he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Maguire has made the transition from acting to producing, contributing to films including Country Strong (2011), Rock of Ages (2012), and the upcoming comedy Brittany Runs a Marathon.

Let’s take a look at Maguire’s best work in honor of his birthday.

Peter Parker and Spider-Man are portrayed very well by Maguire. Although Tobey Maguire played high school student, Peter Parker, even though he was 27 at the time of the first Spider-Man movie’s release, his youthful appearance helps make him completely credible, and his chemistry with Kirsten Dunst really makes you think that Peter and Dunst’s Mary Jane Watson have a profound effect on each other that might lead to something much more.

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