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Cyril Cusack



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
50% Far and Away
  • Danty Duff
1992
No Score Yet Company, The: Inigo and his Jesuits
  • Actor
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 Two: Little Dorrit's Story
  • Frederick Dorrit
1988
No Score Yet Little Dorrit - Part One: Nobody's Fault
  • 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
81% 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
91% Le Fond de l'air est rouge (A Grin Without a Cat) (The Base of the Air Is Red)
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Jesus of Nazareth
  • Yehuda
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
86% 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
85% The Taming of the Shrew
  • Grumio
1967
No Score Yet Oedipus The King
  • Actor
1967
81% Fahrenheit 451
  • The Captain
1966
No Score Yet Where the Spies Are
  • Peter Rosser
1965
85% 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 The Spanish Gardener
  • Garcia
1956
100% The Man Who Never Was
  • Taxi Driver
1956
No Score Yet Jacqueline
  • Mr. Flannagan
1956
80% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Percy Mannering

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