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Ann Cusack

Highest Rated:   95% Nightcrawler (2014)
Lowest Rated:   17% Renaissance Man (1994)
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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
21% Stigmata
  • Dr. Reston
1999
48% Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • Delivery Woman
1997
80% Grosse Pointe Blank
  • Amy
1997
No Score Yet Peoria Babylon
  • Actor
1997
47% My Fellow Americans
  • White House Tour Guide
1996
44% Multiplicity
  • Noreen
1996
79% The Birdcage
  • TV Woman in Van
1996
50% Cannes Man
  • Kitty Monaco
1995
38% Tank Girl
  • Sub Girl
1995
17% Renaissance Man
  • Bill's Secretary
1994
59% Malice
  • Waitress
1993
77% A League of Their Own
  • Shirley Baker
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
73% Castle
2009-2016
  • Rita
  • 2016
86% Grimm
2011
  • Actor
  • 2016
No Score Yet Body of Proof
2011-2013
  • Gail Whirley
  • 2012
95% Scandal
2012
  • Corinne Stark
  • 2012
43% Harry's Law
2011-2012
  • Lynette Zales
  • 2011
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Susan Grant
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Sarah Hillridge
  • 2010
No Score Yet Greek
2007-2011
  • Karen Cartwright
  • 2008
No Score Yet Army Wives
2007-2014
  • Hannah White
  • 2007
No Score Yet Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Dr. Donna Follette
  • 2007
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Dianne Hochman
  • 2006
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
  • Grace
  • 2006
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Amy
  • 2006
No Score Yet Six Feet Under
2001-2005
  • Linda Hoviak
  • 2005
No Score Yet Charmed
1998-2006
  • Miss Donovan
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Antonia
  • 2003
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Rebecca Moore
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Lost Room
2006
  • Actor

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