|Born||Richard John Cusack
August 29, 1925
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||June 2, 2003
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||College of the Holy Cross|
|Spouse(s)||Ann Paula "Nancy" (Carolan) Cusack|
|Children||John Cusack (son)
Bill Cusack (son)
Joan Cusack (daughter)
Ann Cusack (daughter)
Susie Cusack (daughter)
Cusack was born in New York City, the son of Margaret (née McFeeley) and Dennis Joseph Cusack. His family was of Irish Catholic background. He served with the U.S. Army in the Philippines in World War II. After the war Cusack attended College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he played basketball with Bob Cousy and roomed with Philip F. Berrigan, the peace activist.
Until 1970 Cusack worked as a Clio Award winning advertising executive.
He then pursused a career as a film actor, beginning with minor roles. Most of his acting roles were playing authority figures, such as a United States Senate Chairman, minister/chaplain, and U.S. Secretary of State; he played a judge in the TV movie Overexposed, and in theatrical releases Things Change and Eight Men Out.
He was honored with an award from the Evanston Arts Council for preserving a school and converting it into the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, which houses the Piven Theatre Workshop where his famous acting children trained. Two weeks prior to his death, he completed the final draft of a play to memorialize his former college roommate entitled, Backoff Barkman, which was produced posthumously in the Midwest.
|2000||Return to Me||Mr. Bennington|
|1999||The Jack Bull||Jury Foreman||Television|
|1996||Chain Reaction||Senate Chairman|
|Evil Has a Face||Lester||Television|
|1995||While You Were Sleeping||Doctor Rubin|
|1993||The Fugitive||Attorney Walter Gutherie|
|1989||The Package||Secretary of State|
|Eight Men Out||Judge Friend|
|1984||The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck||Unknown||Television|
|1980||My Bodyguard||Principal Roth|
|1997||Early Edition||Elderly Man||"The Wall: Part 2" (1 episode)|
|1994||Missing Persons||Champion||"If You Could Pick Your Own Parents..." (1 episode)|
|1987||Sable||Mahoney||"Watchdogs" (1 episode)|
|2000||Commitment to Chicago Award||Won||Shared with:
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- "Quiet man Cusack boards the ark". Irish Independent. November 28, 2012.
- Actor John Cusack on Hitler, politics and his movie 'Max', Beliefnet.com
- Mark Caro (3 June 2003). "Obituary: Richard Cusack, 77 - Ad man, playwright who led acting clan". Chicago Tribune.
- "Newton Girl Plans February Wedding". Daily Boston Globe. December 6, 1959.
- "Being John Cusack" The Guardian, 1 July 2000
- "Joan Cusack biography", Film Reference.com.