Ann Cusack

Ann Cusack

  • Highest Rated: 95% Nightcrawler (2014)
  • Lowest Rated: 12% Renaissance Man (1994)
  • Birthday: May 22, 1961
  • Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • As the eldest member of the Cusack acting dynasty -- the sister of John, Joan, Susie, and Bill Cusack -- Ann Cusack was raised, like her siblings, in the affluent Chicago suburb of Evanston, but achieved fame and success as a comedic actress somewhat later than the others. Born in 1961, Cusack received her formal education at the Piven Theater Workshop (studying basic improvisation with Joyce and Byrne Piven) and later at New York University's Tisch School for the Arts, where she studied dramatic performance under the aegis of the legendary playwright and theatrical and film director David Mamet. Cusack landed her premier feature-film role at the age of 30, as Shirley Baker, a WWII-era baseball player with a more than slight illiteracy problem, in Penny Marshall's summer 1992 comedy A League of Their Own (alongside Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, and Rosie O'Donnell). In the process, Cusack imparted to the film some of its biggest and most unanticipated laughs -- no mean feat, given that cast.The turn did not go unnoticed, and parts rolled in steadily for the remainder of the 1990s and into the 2000s. The characterizations began small, with low billing -- such as that of a waitress in Harold Becker's poorly received 1993 thriller Malice, and that of a TV woman in Mike Nichols' 1996 La Cage aux Folles redo The Birdcage. Not long after, however, Cusack received her highest television billing (up through that time) when cast as Karen Foxworthy, TV wife and second-string to redneck-obsessed comedian Jeff Foxworthy, in the second season (1996-1997) of the short-lived sitcom The Jeff Foxworthy Show. Unfortunately, the show folded in 1997.The parts continued unabated, however, in films of varying reception. Cusack teamed up with her brothers John and Bill and sister Joan, as well as Dan Aykroyd and Minnie Driver, in the sadly overlooked dark comedy Grosse Pointe Blank (1997, a work that John co-produced and co-scripted). Ann fared worse (as did the entire cast) by signing on for a re-team with director Mike Nichols in that helmer's 2000 turkey What Planet Are You From?, starring Annette Bening and Garry Shandling. Cusack then made intermittent appearances on such series programs as Charmed and Frasier during the late '90s and early 2000s. In 2006, Cusack essayed the supporting role of Deanna in Aaron Wiederspahn's The Sensation of Sight (2006), a moody, evocative drama (and festival cause célèbre) about a dissatisfied middle-class man (David Strathairn) who drops out of his life and takes a job selling encyclopedias.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

95% Nightcrawler Linda 2014
79% The Informant! Robin Mann $33.3M 2009
No Score Yet Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective Melissa Ventura 2009
No Score Yet The First Time Actor 2009
50% The Sensation of Sight Deanna 2008
No Score Yet The Neighbor Actor 2007
No Score Yet Arc Actor 2007
37% Accepted Diane Gaines $36.4M 2006
No Score Yet Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America Denise Connelly 2006
No Score Yet Dean Koontz's 'Black River' Mandy Perla 2001
42% What Planet Are You From? Liz 2000
22% Stigmata Dr. Reston 1999
49% Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Delivery Woman 1997
80% Grosse Pointe Blank Amy 1997
No Score Yet Peoria Babylon Actor 1997
48% My Fellow Americans White House Tour Guide 1996
43% Multiplicity Noreen 1996
79% The Birdcage TV Woman in Van 1996
50% Cannes Man Kitty Monaco 1995
38% Tank Girl Sub Girl 1995
12% Renaissance Man Bill's Secretary 1994
59% Malice Waitress 1993
78% A League of Their Own Shirley Baker 1992
No Score Yet Overexposed Marcy Levin 1992

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

93% Mr. Mercedes
2017
Olivia Trelawney
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
80% Castle
2009-2016
Rita
  • 2016
89% Grimm
2011-2017
  • 2016
76% Body of Proof
2011-2013
Gail Whirley
  • 2012
93% Scandal
2012-2018
Corinne Stark
  • 2012
43% Harry's Law
2011-2012
Lynette Zales
  • 2011
52% Private Practice
2007-2013
Susan Grant
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
Sarah Hillridge
  • 2010
84% The Unit
2006-2009
Susan Gillum
  • 2009
  • 2008
75% Greek
2007-2011
Karen Cartwright
  • 2008
No Score Yet Army Wives
2007-2014
Hannah White
  • 2007
86% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Dr. Donna Follette
  • 2007
90% Bones
2005-2017
Dianne Hochman
  • 2006
65% Close to Home
2005-2007
Martha Harris
  • 2006
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
Grace
  • 2006
81% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Amy
  • 2006
83% Six Feet Under
2001-2005
Linda Hoviak
  • 2005
No Score Yet Charmed
1998-2006
Miss Donovan
  • 2005
  • 2004
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Antonia
  • 2003
No Score Yet Family Law
1999-2002
Nancy Emerson
  • 2002
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
Rebecca Moore
  • 2001
38% What About Joan
2001
Ann
  • 2001
8% Ladies Man
1999-2001
Delilah
  • 1999
No Score Yet From the Earth to the Moon
1998
Jan Armstrong
  • 1998
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Margaret
  • 1995
78% The Jackie Thomas Show
1992-1993
Stephanie
  • 1993
  • 1992
77% The Lost Room
2006

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