Joan Cusack

Joan Cusack

Highest Rated: 100% Toy Story 2 (1999)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Allnighter (1987)

Birthday: Oct 11, 1962

Birthplace: New York City, New York

One of Hollywood's funniest and most underappreciated actresses, Joan Cusack was for years relegated to playing the buddy sidekicks of her more glamorous co-stars and known primarily as John Cusack's older sister. Thanks to a couple of Oscar nominations and strong roles in a number of movies, Cusack finally began getting her due in the late 1990s, earning both recognition and respect for her singular talent.Born in New York City on October 11, 1962, Cusack grew up in the Chicago suburb of Evanston. The daughter of actor and filmmaker Richard Cusack, she and her siblings were encouraged to perform from an early age. As a result, Cusack grew up acting on the stage and training with the Piven Theatre Workshop. She broke into film while still in her teens, getting her start - -and often acting alongside her brother -- in such teen comedies as My Bodyguard (1980) and Sixteen Candles (1984). In 1985 she was offered a part on the Saturday Night Live roster, but felt constrained by the lack of quality material offered to women, and left the show after one season. Gradually getting better supporting work in such films as Broadcast News (1987) and Married to the Mob (1988), Cusack had her screen breakthrough in Working Girl (1988), earning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her role as Melanie Griffith's street-smart best friend. More strong notices followed in 1989 for Cusack's work in the drama Men Don't Leave, in which she played a nurse who helps get Jessica Lange's life back on track after her husband's death. Though Cusack would move to Chicago for much of the 90's to focus on her family, she would appear in a handful of memorable titles, like My Blue Heaven (1990), Addams Family Values, Corrina, Corrina, Nine Months, and In & Out. Cusack would amp it up in the coming years, however, with appearances in a slew of popular films like Grosse Point Blank, Runaway Bride, High Fidelity, and Cradle will Rock. As the 2000's rolled onward, Cusack would continue to maintain her status as a go-to character actor, appearing in fims like Friends with Money, My Sister's Keeper and Mars Needs Moms, and on the critically acclaimed series Shameless.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
93% Klaus Actor 2019
97% Toy Story 4 Jessie 2019
64% Unicorn Store Actor 2019
84% Let It Snow Actor 2019
36% Snatched Barb $45.9M 2017
No Score Yet The Christmas Train Agnes 2017
79% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Tilly 2016
No Score Yet Freaks Of Nature Peg Parker 2015
92% The End Of The Tour Patty 2015
74% Welcome to Me Dawn 2015
94% Toy Story of Terror! Jessie 2013
86% The Perks of Being a Wallflower Dr. Burton $15M 2012
73% Toys In The Attic (Na Pude) Actor $65.4K 2012
No Score Yet Small Fry Jessie 2011
92% Arthur Christmas Lead Elf $46.5M 2011
No Score Yet Hawaiian Vacation Jessie the Cowgirl 2011
11% Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil Verushka the Witch $10.2M 2011
37% Mars Needs Moms Mom $21.4M 2011
98% Toy Story 3 Jessie $415M 2010
No Score Yet Acceptance Nina Rockefeller 2010
No Score Yet Na pude aneb Kdo má dneska narozeniny? (In the Attic or Who Has a Birthday Today?) Madam Curie 2009
25% Confessions of a Shopaholic Jane $44.3M 2009
No Score Yet Starz Inside Actor 2009
80% Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Miss Bond $17.6M 2008
30% War, Inc. Marsha Dillon $0.6M 2008
34% Martian Child Liz $7.5M 2007
72% Friends With Money Franny $13.3M 2006
No Score Yet The Last Guy on Earth Actor 2006
37% Chicken Little Abby Mallard $135.3M 2005
52% Ice Princess Joan Carlyle $24.4M 2005
25% Raising Helen Jenny Portman $37.4M 2004
No Score Yet Peep and the Big Wide World Actor 2004
56% Looney Tunes: Back in Action Mother $21.1M 2003
91% School of Rock Rosalie Mullins $81.3M 2003
90% It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Bitterman 2002
35% Where the Heart Is Ruth Meyers 2000
91% High Fidelity Liz 2000
64% Cradle Will Rock Hazel Huffman 1999
100% Toy Story 2 Jessie the Cowgirl 1999
46% Runaway Bride Peggy 1999
63% Arlington Road Cheryl Lang 1999
72% In & Out Emily Montgomery 1997
6% A Smile like Yours Nancy Tellen 1997
79% Grosse Pointe Blank Marcella 1997
14% Two Much Gloria 1996
7% Mr. Wrong Inga Gunther 1996
26% Nine Months Gail Dwyer 1995
39% Corrina, Corrina Jonesy 1994
76% Addams Family Values Debbie Jelinsky 1993
No Score Yet The Cabinet Of Dr. Ramirez Actor 1993
30% Toys Alsatia Zevo 1992
65% Hero Evelyn 1992
71% My Blue Heaven Hannah Stubbs 1990
81% Men Don't Leave Jody 1990
98% Say Anything... Constance 1989
83% Working Girl Cyn 1988
90% Married to the Mob Rose 1988
No Score Yet Stars and Bars Irene 1988
98% Broadcast News Blair Litton 1987
0% The Allnighter Gina 1987
No Score Yet Grandview U.S.A. Mary 1984
85% Sixteen Candles Geek Girl No. 1 1984
25% Class Julia 1983
83% My Bodyguard Shelley 1980

TV

Credit
85% Shameless
2011
Sheila Sheila Jackson 2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
96% A Series of Unfortunate Events
2017-2019
Justice Strauss 2019
2018
2017
No Score Yet Peep and the Big Wide World
2004-2011
Voice Narrator Narrator 2018
2011
2010
2007
2006
2005
2004
No Score Yet Shameless USA
2011
Sheila 2014
2013
2012
2011
88% The Office
2005-2013
2013
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
2007-2015
Voice 2011
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
2010
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
2008
Guest 2010
2009
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest 2009
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2001
38% What About Joan
2001
Joan Gallagher 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Performer 1986
1985
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000

QUOTES FROM Joan Cusack CHARACTERS

Conner says: Ever since I was born, I was dope

Conner says: Ever since I was born, I was dope.

Tilly says: True that

Tilly says: True that.

Cyn says: Yeah, I should have checked the milligrams. Live and learn.

Jessie the Cowgirl says: Buzz! We're your friends!

Buzz Lightyear says: Spare me your lies, temptress! Your emperor's defeated, and I'm immune to your bewitching good looks.

Woody says: You'll be okay in the attic?

Jessie the Cowgirl says: Of course I will.... Besides, I know about Buzz's Spanish mode.

Buzz Lightyear says: My what?

Ruth Meyers says: Jesus Christ, another guitar player. What's your name?

Willy Jack Pickens says: Willie Jack Pickens.

Ruth Meyers says: I bet you didn't even make that up, did you?

Willy Jack Pickens says: What?

Ruth Meyers says: So, you just carry that guitar around to keep your balance?

Willy Jack Pickens says: You want me to play?

Ruth Meyers says: What the fuck do you think that I want you to do, call bingo? One tune; your best shot.

Willy Jack Pickens says: Well, I wrote this one myself.

Ruth Meyers says: I have goosebumps already.

Peggy Flemming says: Have you heard my husband's morning show? "Wake Up With Flem?"

Jessie the Cowgirl says: We gotta get home before Andy leaves tomorrow.

Ruth Meyers says: My name is Ruth Meyers. Call me Ruth Meyers.

Dr. Burton says: We accept the love we think we deserve.

Dr. Burton says: But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.

Jessie the Cowgirl says: Did you fix Buzz?

Hamm says: Eh, sort of.

Jessie the Cowgirl says: This isn't a family it's a prison, you're a liar and a bully and I'd rather rot in this dumpster than go back!

Barbie says: Jessie's right! Authority should derive from the consent of the governed, not from the threat of force!

Jessie the Cowgirl says: Buzz, you're back! You're back!

Buzz Lightyear says: Yes I'm back uh where did I go?

Woody says: Beyond infinity, Space Ranger.

Buzz Lightyear says: Woody! So where are we know?

Rex says: In a garbage truck on the way to the dump!

Cyn says: It needs some bows or something!

Woody says: Japan? No no no no no, I can't go to Japan!

Jessie the Cowgirl says: Ha ha ha...What do you mean?

Woody says: I have to get back to my owner Andy! Look look look, see!

Jessie the Cowgirl says: HUH! He still has an owner!

Woody says: Hello! Hi-Hi! Hello!

Jessie the Cowgirl says: Great! Now you can go!

Hannah Stubbs says: And where did you learn to jump start a car?

Vinnie Antonelli says: I learned it in the army.

Rachel Bitterman says: It's funny how one day can mean so many different things.

Verushka the Witch says: Oh, look! Your doggy's trying to save you!

Principal Rosalie Mullins says: [in an inappropriate tone of voice] Excuse me, I've just been informed that all of your children are missing!

Jessie the Cowgirl says: What do we do now woody

Jessie the Cowgirl says: What do we do now Woody?

Jessie the Cowgirl says: Oh Woody, we were wrong to leave you! I...I was wrong.....

Jessie the Cowgirl says: Woody, we were wrong to leave Andy.

Mr. Potato Head says: Jessie's right Woody. She was wrong!

Mr. Potato Head says: Jessie's right, Woody. She was wrong.

Jessie the Cowgirl says: And when Andy plays with you it's like, even though you're not moving, you feel like you're alive...'cause that's how he sees you.

Jessie the Cowgirl says: And when Andy plays with you it's like, even though you're not moving, you feel like you're alive. Because that's how he sees you.

Jessie the Cowgirl says: Buzz! Mind if I squeeze next to you?

Buzz Lightyear says: Yes. No! I mean, why would I mind squeezing next to you? Is it hot in here?

Milo's Mom says: Milo is that broccoli?

Milo's Mom says: Milo, is that broccoli?

Milo says: No, that's vomit.