Cyril Cusack

Highest Rated: 100% The Man Who Never Was (1956)
Birthday: Nov 26, 1910
Birthplace: Durban, Natal, South Africa
Born in South Africa, Cyril Cusack was the son of Irish actress Alice Cole. Cusack was seven years old when, in the company of his mother, he made his stage debut in East Lynne as the consumptive Willie. That same year (1917), he appeared in his first film. Extensively educated at the Dominican College in Newburgh (Ireland) and University College in Dublin, he launched his adult acting career with the Abbey Players in 1932. During his 14 years at the Abbey, he appeared in 65 productions; his favorite role, and the one with which he was most strongly identified, was Christy Mahon in Playboy of the Western World. In 1935, he became director of the Gaelic Players, and the following year made his London bow in Ah, Wilderness. He went on to appear with the Old Vic and the RSC, and in 1944 organized his own troupe, Cyril Cusack Productions. In 1947, his screen career, which had been moving in jumps and starts since 1935, went into full gear with Odd Man Out (1947). Generally shut out of leading roles because of his diminutive stature, he had a few starring films to his credit, notably 1968's Galileo. Otherwise, he was most often seen as a cleric or comic servant, and occasionally as a persuasive menace, notably as the Fire Chief in Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451 (1967). He was also the author of two volumes of poetry. Twice married, Cusack is the father of six children, four of them actresses. In 1990, he appeared with his daughters, Niamh, Sinead, and Sorcha, in a Gate Theatre staging of Chekhov's Three Sisters. Though suffering from motor neuron disease in his final year, Cyril Cusack managed to make one last screen appearance in Ron Howard's Far and Away (1993).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet I Was Happy Here (Time Lost and Time Remembered) Actor 2010
No Score Yet The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Winds of Change Actor 2008
48% Far and Away Danty Duff 1992
97% My Left Foot Lord Castlewelland 1989
No Score Yet Roald Dahl's Danny, the Champion of the World Doc Spencer 1989
No Score Yet The Tenth Man The Priest 1988
No Score Yet Little Dorrit - Part One: Nobody's Fault Frederick Dorrit 1988
No Score Yet Little Dorrit - Part Two: Little Dorrit's Story Frederick Dorrit 1988
No Score Yet Little Dorrit (Nobody's Fault) (Little Dorrit's Story) Frederick Dorrit 1988
No Score Yet Two by Forsyth Actor 1986
No Score Yet No Comebacks Actor 1985
82% 1984 Charrington 1984
No Score Yet Six Centuries of Verse Actor 1984
No Score Yet The Comedy of Errors Actor 1983
No Score Yet The Kingfisher Hawkins 1982
No Score Yet The Ballroom of Romance Actor 1982
75% True Confessions Cardinal Danaher 1981
No Score Yet Cry of the Innocent Detective Inspector Tom 1980
No Score Yet Lovespell Actor 1979
No Score Yet Les Miserables Fauchelevent 1978
92% Le Fond de l'air est rouge (A Grin Without a Cat) (The Base of the Air Is Red) Actor 1977
No Score Yet Street War Actor 1976
No Score Yet Children of Rage David's Father 1975
No Score Yet The Abdication Oxenstierna 1974
No Score Yet Catholics Father Manus 1973
No Score Yet The Homecoming Sam 1973
90% The Day of the Jackal Gunsmith 1973
No Score Yet Poet Game Actor 1972
No Score Yet The Italian Connection Corso 1972
No Score Yet La Polizia ringrazia (Execution Squad) (The Enforcers) Stolfi 1972
No Score Yet Più forte, ragazzi! (All The Way Boys) (Plane Crazy) Matto 1972
84% Harold and Maude Glaucus 1971
No Score Yet King Lear Duke of Albany 1971
40% Sacco and Vanzetti (Sacco e Vanzetti) Frederick Katzmann 1971
No Score Yet Tam Lin Vicar Julian Ainsley 1971
No Score Yet David Copperfield Barkis 1970
86% The Taming of the Shrew Grumio 1967
No Score Yet Oedipus The King Actor 1967
80% Fahrenheit 451 The Captain 1966
No Score Yet Where the Spies Are Peter Rosser 1965
87% The Spy Who Came In from the Cold Control 1965
No Score Yet 80,000 Suspects Father Maguire 1963
No Score Yet I Thank a Fool Captain Ferris 1962
No Score Yet Waltz of the Toreadors (The Amorous General) Dr. Grogan 1962
No Score Yet Johnny Nobody Prosecuting Counsel 1961
60% Shake Hands With the Devil Chris Noonan 1959
No Score Yet Ill Met by Moonlight (Intelligence Service) (Night Ambush) Sandy 1958
No Score Yet Gideon's Day (Gideon of Scotland Yard) Actor 1958
No Score Yet The Rising of the Moon Inspector Michael Dillon 1957
No Score Yet Miracle in Soho Sam Bishop 1957
No Score Yet The Spanish Gardener Garcia 1956
100% The Man Who Never Was Taxi Driver 1956
No Score Yet Jacqueline Mr. Flannagan 1956
83% The Small Back Room Corporal Taylor 1952
No Score Yet The Blue Veil Frank Hutchins 1951
No Score Yet The Secret of Convict Lake Limey 1951
No Score Yet Soldiers Three Pvt. Dennis Malloy 1951
No Score Yet Maniacs on Wheels Duggie Lewis 1951
No Score Yet Gone to Earth Edward Marston 1950
No Score Yet Elusive Pimpernel Chauvelin 1950
No Score Yet The Blue Lagoon James Carter 1949
No Score Yet All Over The Town Gerald Vane 1949
No Score Yet Escape Rogers 1948
100% Odd Man Out Pat 1947
No Score Yet Late Extra Jules 1935
No Score Yet Guests Of The Nation Actor 1935

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
Old Mr. Lorimer
  • 1985
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Percy Mannering
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
1979-1988
Michael Fish Percy Hampton

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