Henry Ian Cusick
|Henry Ian Cusick|
Henry Ian Cusick
|Born||Henry Ian Cusick Chávez
17 April 1967
|Spouse(s)||Annie Cusick Wood (m. 2006)|
He is well known for his role as Desmond Hume on the U.S. television series Lost, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. He starred in the ABC drama Scandal, as Stephen Finch, but did not return for the second season.
Early life and education
Henry Ian Cusick was born in Trujillo, Peru, to a Peruvian mother (Esperanza Chávez) and a Scottish father (Harry Joseph Cusick). When he was two, his family moved to Madrid, Spain, then Glasgow, Scotland, before moving to Trinidad and Tobago where they lived for ten years. There Cusick attended Presentation College, San Fernando. He moved to Scotland with his family at the age of fourteen. Cusick attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and was asked to resign in his second year there. He got his first acting role at the Citizens' Theatre as an understudy in the Christmas Panto playing a polar bear. He appeared in various productions for the Strathclyde Theatre Group in Glasgow. He is fluent in both English and Spanish, and was raised Roman Catholic.
Cusick began his career as a classical theatre actor. His first leading roles on stage included: Dorian Gray in The Picture of Dorian Gray with Rupert Everett, Hamlet in The Marovitz Hamlet with Helen Baxendale, and Horner in The Country Wife. His performances as Torquato Tasso in the Edinburgh International Festival production of Torquato Tasso, and Creon in the Citizens' Theatre production of Oedipus earned him a special commendation for the 1995 Ian Charleson Award for outstanding performance by a young actor in a classical theatre role.
Cusick began taking television and film roles. After appearing in recurring roles in series such as Casualty and The Book Group, he starred as Jesus Christ in the 2003 film The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John. His largest role to date came in 2005 when he was cast as Desmond Hume in the ABC series Lost. Originally a recurring guest star in the second season (for which he received an Emmy nomination), Cusick became a member of the main cast from seasons three to six. Cusick won the role when, while staying at the home of his friend Brian Cox, he met Cox's next-door neighbor, Carlton Cuse, the executive producer of Lost. Cusick believes: "a seed (was) planted, because they had been looking for either a Scottish or Irish character."
He also appeared as Theo Stoller in two episodes of season 5 of 24 and the 2007 film Hitman. He stars in the direct-to-DVD film Dead Like Me: Life After Death, a continuation of the cult classic television show of the same name.
Cusick appears in two episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the twelfth season, playing Erik Weber, a vigilante with a Citizens Organized Against Predators group. He was in ABC's Scandal in 2011, but left the following year.
Cusick and his wife Annie are parents to three sons, Eli (born 1994), Lucas (born 1998), and Esaú (born 2000). The couple were married in a civil ceremony following fourteen years of cohabitation on 15 July 2006. They now live in Kailua, Hawaii together.
|2003||Gospel of John, TheThe Gospel of John||Jesus|
|2004||Perfect Romance||Peter Campbell||Television film|
|2006||After the Rain||Adrian||Short film|
|2009||Dead Like Me: Life After Death||Cameron Kane||Direct-to-video release|
|1993||Taggart||Ian Gowrie||Episode "Fatal Inheritance"|
|1997||Richard II||Henry Green||TV adaptation of William Shakespeare's play|
|2001||Murder Rooms: The White Knight Stratagem||Sgt. Michael Clark|
|2002||Dinosaur Hunters, TheThe Dinosaur Hunters||Gideon Mantell|
|2002–03||Two Thousand Acres of Sky||Dr. Ewan Talbot||Appeared in three episodes|
|2003||Happiness||Phillip||Episode "A Nice Person"|
|2003||Adventure Inc.||Gavin Merrill||Episode "Echoes of the Past"|
|2003||Book Group, TheThe Book Group||Miles Longmuir||Appeared in every episode of the second series|
|2004||Midsomer Murders||Gareth Heldman||Episode "The Fisher King"|
|2005||Waking the Dead||Jeremy Allen||Episode "Towers of Silence: Part 1"|
|2005–2010||Lost||Desmond Hume||First appeared as a guest star in season 2, became a main cast member from season 3 onwards.
Nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor - Drama Series; 44 episodes
|2006||24||Theo Stoller||Episodes "Day 5: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m." and "Day 5: 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m."|
|2009||Nova||Charles Darwin||Episode: "Darwin's Darkest Hour"|
|2010||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Erik Weber||Episodes: "Locum" and "Bullseye"|
|2012||Scandal||Stephen Finch||Series regular|
|2012||Fringe||Agent Simon Foster||Episode: Season 4, Episode 19|
|2012||The Mentalist||Tommy Volker||Episodes: "If It Bleeds, It Leads","Days of Wine and Roses","Little Red Corvette"|
|2013||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Dr. Jimmy||Episode: "Last Woman Standing"|
|2013||Body Of Proof||Dr. Trent Marsh||Season 3, Episode 5 "Eye for an Eye" and Episode 13 "Daddy Issues"|
- Stolzius in The Soldiers - Royal Lyceum Theatre (preview, Edinburgh International Festival), Glasgow Citizens Theatre
- Cassio in Othello - Royal Shakespeare Company
- Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream - RSC
- Pompey in Antony and Cleopatra - RSC
- Henry Green in Richard II - Royal National Theatre
- Arthur in Machine Wreckers - RNT
- Dollabella in Antony and Cleopatra - RNT (with Alan Rickman)
- Nick in The LA Plays - Almeida Theatre, London
- Le Vicomte De Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses - Liverpool Playhouse
- McCann in The Birthday Party - Citizens Theatre
- Jeffrey in The Dying Gaul - Citizens
- Louis Ironson in Angels in America for 7:84 Theatre Company
- Title role in Molière's Don Juan for Theatre Babel
- Patrick Espejo (2007-04-08). "Peruano encontrado en "Lost"" (in Spanish). El Comercio. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
- "ABC picks up 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Good Christian Belles' and ten more - From Inside the Box - Zap2it". Blog.zap2it.com. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
- Damian Thompson. "Henry Ian Cusick on Gospel of John". Jewish Theatre. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
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- William Keck (2006-08-24). "Cusick carries lone Emmy torch for 'Lost' cast". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
- "Darwin's Darkest Hour". Nova. 6 October 2009. PBS. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/evolution/darwins-darkest-hour.html.
- "Keck's Exclusives: Law & Order: SVU Signs Lost Alum". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
- "Fringe Exclusive: Lost's Henry Ian Cusick Cast as [Spoiler] – But in Which Universe?". tvline.com. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
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