Michael Emerson

Actor, Magazine illustrator, Retail salesman
Despite having been drawn to comedy at the start of his career, actor Michael Emerson emerged in decidedly creepier roles that later earned him great notoriety. In the beginning, he cut his teeth on the stage, while ... Read more »
Born: 09/06/1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Actor (38)

Person of Interest 2011 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Glee 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Parenthood 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

I Love the New Millennium 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to Lost 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Lost 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lost: Beginning of the End 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Narrator

Lost: The Final Journey 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The District 2000 - 2001, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 2000 - 2001, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ace of Cakes 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lost: A Journey in Time 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Narrator

Lost: Past, Present & Future 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Narrator

Lost: A Tale of Survival 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Narrator

Ready? OK! 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jumping Off Bridges 2005 (Movie)

Mr. Emerson (Actor)

The Inside 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Legend of Zorro 2005 (Movie)

Harrigan (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saw 2004 (Movie)

Zep Hindle (Actor)

Straight-Jacket 2004 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Skin 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Whoopi 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The X-Files 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Unfaithful 2002 (Movie)

Josh (Actor)

The Education of Max Bickford 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Encore! Encore! 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Grace & Glorie 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Playing By Heart 1998 (Movie)

Bosco (Actor)

The Impostors 1998 (Movie)

Burtom's Assistant (Actor)

The Journey 1996 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Orpheus Descending (TV Show)

Actor

The Laramie Project (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Despite having been drawn to comedy at the start of his career, actor Michael Emerson emerged in decidedly creepier roles that later earned him great notoriety. In the beginning, he cut his teeth on the stage, while struggling to earn a living with odd jobs. He gained momentum once he began performing Shakespeare, which propelled him to New York City and several acclaimed Off-Broadway productions, particularly "The Misanthrope" (1998) and "The Iceman Cometh" (1999). But it was his Emmy Award-winning performance as a suspected serial killer on "The Practice" (NBC, 1997-2004) that propelled his career, leading to him being cast as the manipulative leader of the mysterious Others on "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010); a role that turned Emerson into a household name practically overnight.

Relationships

Carrie Preston Actor

Wife
Met while they were performing in a stage production of "Hamlet" at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Married on Sept. 5,1998 Appeared together in the film "Straight-Jacket" (2004)

EDUCATION

Drake University

Des Moines , Iowa 1978

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa , Alabama 1993 - 1995
Attended the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's UA-sponsored Master of Fine Arts/Professional Actor Training program

Milestones

2011

Played an eccentric billionaire who teams up with a former CIA agent (Jim Caviezel) on the CBS mystery drama series "Person of Interest"

2006

Cast as the Reverend in the HBO film "The Laramie Project"

2006

Joined the second season of "Lost" (ABC) as Ben Linus; became a regular cast member in the third season; earned Emmy (2007, 2008, 2010) and Golden Globe (2009) nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

2004

Played Zep Hindle in the horror movie "Saw"

2001

Reprised role of George Tesman opposite Kate Burton in the Broadway production of "Hedda Gabler"

2000

Appeared as the confessed serial killer William Hinks in several episodes of "The Practice" (ABC)

2000

Re-teamed with Kate Burton in the Williamstown Festival staging of "Hedda Gabler"

1999

First collaboration with Kate Burton in the Off-Broadway production of Brian Friel's "Give Me Your Answer, Do!"

1999

Appeared on Broadway as Willie Oban in "The Iceman Cometh"; co-starred with Kevin Spacey

1998

Cast in a supporting role in Stanley Tucci's "The Impostors"

1998

Performed opposite Uma Thurman in the Off-Broadway production of "The Misanthrope"

1997

Breakthrough stage role as Oscar Wilde in Moises Kaufman's critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway play, "Gross Indecency: The Trials of Oscar Wilde"

1995

Returned to New York where he appeared in the annual Alabama Shakespeare Festival showcase

1993

Enrolled in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's University of Alabama-sponsored Master of Fine Arts/Professional Actor Training program

1990

Made television debut in a TNT production of "Orpheus Descending"

1986

Moved with his first wife to Jacksonville, Florida and appeared in local productions

Raised in Iowa

First acting role in a production of "Othello" at the University of North Florida

Moved to NYC after college to pursue an acting career

Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

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