Cyril Cusack

Actor, Manager, Producer
Gifted Irish stage performer, born in South Africa who made his film debut in 1917's "Knocknagow", but did not come into his own as a strong screen character actor until 1947 with Carol Reed's "Odd Man Out". With his ... Read more »
Born: 11/25/1910 in South Africa

Filmography

Actor (60)

Memento Mori 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

As You Like It 1992 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

Far and Away 1992 (Movie)

Danty Duff (Actor)

The Fool 1991 (Movie)

Ballad Seller (Actor)

Graham Greene's "The Tenth Man" 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

My Left Foot 1989 (Movie)

Lord Castlewelland (Actor)

The Theban Plays 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Dorrit 1988 (Movie)

Frederick Dorrit (Actor)

Death of an Expert Witness 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

1984 1984 (Movie)

Charrington (Actor)

The Outcasts 1982 (Movie)

Myles Keenan (Actor)

True Confessions 1981 (Movie)

Cardinal Danaher (Actor)

The Ballroom of Romance 1980 (Movie)

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Les Miserables 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Lovespell 1978 (Movie)

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Poitin 1978 (Movie)

Poteen-maker (Actor)

Catholics 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Children of Rage 1973 (Movie)

David's Father (Actor)

The Abdication 1973 (Movie)

Chancellor (Actor)

The Day of the Jackal 1973 (Movie)

The Gunsmith (Actor)

The Golden Bowl 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hands of Cormac Joyce 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Homecoming 1972 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

... Piu forte ragazzi 1971 (Movie)

Matto (Actor)

Harold and Maude 1971 (Movie)

Sculptor (Actor)

King Lear 1971 (Movie)

Duke of Albany (Actor)

La Polizia Ringrazia 1971 (Movie)

Stolfi (Actor)

The Italian Connection 1971 (Movie)

Corso (Actor)

David Copperfield 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Tam Lin 1970 (Movie)

Julian Ainsley (Actor)

Country Dance 1969 (Movie)

Dr Maitland (Actor)

Sacco and Vanzetti 1969 (Movie)

Prosecutor Katzman (Actor)

Galileo 1968 (Movie)

Galileo (Actor)

Oedipus the King 1967 (Movie)

Messenger (Actor)

The Taming of the Shrew 1967 (Movie)

Grumio (Actor)

Fahrenheit 451 1966 (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

I Was Happy Here 1965 (Movie)

Hogan (Actor)

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold 1965 (Movie)

Control (Actor)

Where the Spies Are 1964 (Movie)

Peter Rosser (Actor)

Waltz of the Toreadors 1962 (Movie)

Doctor Grogan (Actor)

I Thank a Fool 1961 (Movie)

Captain Ferris (Actor)

A Terrible Beauty 1960 (Movie)

Jimmy Hannafin (Actor)

Shake Hands With the Devil 1959 (Movie)

Chris Noonan (Actor)

Floods of Fear 1958 (Movie)

Peebles (Actor)

Gideon's Day 1958 (Movie)

Birdie Sparrow (Actor)

Night Ambush 1958 (Movie)

Sandy (Actor)

Rising of the Moon 1956 (Movie)

Inspector (Actor)

The Man Who Never Was 1956 (Movie)

Taxi Driver (Actor)

The March Hare 1956 (Movie)

Lazy Mangan (Actor)

The Spanish Gardener 1955 (Movie)

Garcia (Actor)

Gone to Earth 1951 (Movie)

Edward Marston (Actor)

The Blue Veil 1951 (Movie)

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Escape 1948 (Movie)

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Odd Man Out 1946 (Movie)

Pat (Actor)

Cry of the Innocent (TV Show)

Actor

Doctor Fischer of Geneva (TV Show)

Actor

Soldiers Three (Movie)

Pvt. Dennis Malloy (Actor)

The Secret of Convict Lake (Movie)

Limey (Actor)

The Small Back Room (Movie)

Corporal Taylor (Actor)

Biography

Gifted Irish stage performer, born in South Africa who made his film debut in 1917's "Knocknagow", but did not come into his own as a strong screen character actor until 1947 with Carol Reed's "Odd Man Out". With his quirky features, playful authority and an elfin face that sometimes registers melancholy or stern morality, Cusack most often portrayed clerics ("My Left Foot" 1989) but in "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" (1965), he played the spy chief and in Truffaut's "Fahrenheit 451" (1966), the book-burning fire chief. One of the most acclaimed stage actors of his generation, Cusack was famous for his association with Ireland's national theater, the Abbey; he was at various times also affiliated with Old Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Cusack also performed on Broadway, as in the memorable 1957 staging of Eugene O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten" in which he starred opposite Wendy Hiller. Active in theatre administration and production as well, he managed the Gaity Theater in Dublin for a while in the 1940s and founded his own Cyril Cusack Productions in 1944. He is the father of actresses Sinead, Niamh and Sorcha Cusack with whom he co-starred in the 1990 Gate Theater of Dublin's production of "The Three Sisters".

Relationships

Mary Cunningham

Wife
Married 1979 until his death 1993

Maureen Cusack Actor

Wife
Married April 5, 1975 until her death Dec. 18, 1977

James Cusack

Father
mounted policeman in Natal

Alice Cusack

Mother

Catherine Cusack

Daughter
mother, Mary Cuscak survived him

Niamh Cusack

Daughter
survived him

Sinead Cusack

Daughter
married to Jeremy Irons survived him

Sorcha Cusack

Daughter
married to English actor Nigel Cook survived him

Padraig Cusack

Son
mother, Maureen Kiely survived him

Paul Cusack

Son
mother, Maureen Kiely survived him

Max Irons Actor

Grandson
Born Oct. 17, 1985 to Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack

Brefni O'Rourke

Step-Father

EDUCATION

Dominican College

1922 - 1926

University College

Dublin 1928 - 1932
received a law degree

Milestones

1990

Starred with his three daughters (Sinead, Niamh and Sorcha) in the Gate Theater of Dublin's production of "The Three Sisters"

1964

Joined the Old Vic

1963

Joined the RSC

1957

Broadway debut, "A Moon for the Misbegotten"

1943

Managed the Gaity Theater, Dublin

1943

Stage producing debut, "Romeo and Juliet", Dublin

1941

Stage directing and writing debut, "Tareis an Aifrinn/After Mass" at the Gate Theater, Dublin

1938

BBC TV debut, "The Shadow of the Glenn"

1936

London stage debut, "Ah, Wilderness!"

1935

Producer with Gaelic Players

1935

First US sound film, "Late Extra"

1932

Joined the Abbey theater, appearing in 65 plays in 13 years

1917

Film acting debut, "Knocknagow/The Homes of Tipperary" (Film Company of Ireland)

1916

State acting debut in "East Lynne" in Clonmel, Ireland

Moved to Ireland at age six with his mother

Founded and was managing director, Cyril Cusack Productions

Professional stage debut at age seven

Bonus Trivia

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Received the English Tatler Radio Critics Award for "The Dark Tower" (1954).

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Awarded the Sylvania Television Citation for "The Moon and the Sixpence" (1959).

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He was given the International Critics Award for "Arms and the Man" and "Krapp's Last Tape" (1961).

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Received a honorary LL.D degree, honoris causa, from the National University of Ireland (1977) and an Honorary D. Litt from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland (1982)

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