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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Klaus Actor 2019
97% Toy Story 4 Jessie 2019
63% Unicorn Store Actor 2019
36% Snatched Barb $45.9M 2017
No Score Yet The Christmas Train Agnes 2017
78% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Tilly 2016
No Score Yet Freaks Of Nature Peg Parker 2015
91% 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
51% 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
80% 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
74% 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
85% Working Girl Cyn 1988
89% 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
87% Sixteen Candles Geek Girl No. 1 1984
25% Class Julia 1983
83% My Bodyguard Shelley 1980

TV

CREDIT
96% A Series of Unfortunate Events
2017
Justice Strauss
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
90% Shameless
2011
Sheila Sheila Jackson
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Peep and the Big Wide World
2004-2011
Narrator Voice Narrator
  • 2018
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Shameless USA
2011
Sheila
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
89% 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 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Performer
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000

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