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Joan Cusack



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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Toy Story 4
  • Jessie
2019
No Score Yet Snatched
  • Actor
2017
77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  • Tilly
2016
No Score Yet Freaks Of Nature
  • Peg Parker
2015
91% The End Of The Tour
  • Patty
2015
73% Welcome to Me
  • Dawn
2015
93% Toy Story of Terror!
  • Jessie
2013
86% The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Dr. Burton
2012
73% Toys In The Attic (Na Pude)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Small Fry
  • Jessie
2011
92% Arthur Christmas
  • Lead Elf
2011
No Score Yet Hawaiian Vacation
  • Jessie the Cowgirl
2011
11% Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil
  • Verushka the Witch
2011
37% Mars Needs Moms
  • Mom
2011
99% Toy Story 3
  • Jessie
2010
No Score Yet Acceptance
  • Nina Rockefeller
2010
49% My Sister's Keeper
  • Judge De Salvo
2009
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
2009
No Score Yet Starz Inside
  • Actor
2009
79% Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
  • Miss Bond
2008
30% War, Inc.
  • Marsha Dillon
2008
33% Martian Child
  • Liz
2007
72% Friends With Money
  • Franny
2006
No Score Yet The Last Guy on Earth
  • Actor
2006
36% Chicken Little
  • Abby Mallard
2005
52% Ice Princess
  • Joan Carlyle
2005
23% Raising Helen
  • Jenny Portman
2004
No Score Yet Peep and the Big Wide World
  • Actor
2004
57% Looney Tunes: Back in Action
  • Mother
2003
92% School of Rock
  • Rosalie Mullins
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
65% Cradle Will Rock
  • Hazel Huffman
1999
100% Toy Story 2
  • Jessie the Cowgirl
1999
46% Runaway Bride
  • Peggy
1999
62% 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
3% Mr. Wrong
  • Inga Gunther
1996
27% Nine Months
  • Gail Dwyer
1995
35% Corrina, Corrina
  • Jonesy
1994
78% Addams Family Values
  • Debbie Jelinsky
1993
No Score Yet The Cabinet Of Dr. Ramirez
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall Presents Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle - V. 2
  • Actor
1993
26% Toys
  • Alsatia Zevo
1992
68% Hero
  • Evelyn
1992
71% My Blue Heaven
  • Hannah Stubbs
1990
81% Men Don't Leave
  • Jody
1990
98% Say Anything...
  • Constance
1989
84% Working Girl
  • Cyn
1988
91% 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
86% Sixteen Candles
  • Geek Girl No. 1
1984
25% Class
  • Julia
1983
86% My Bodyguard
  • Shelley
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Shameless USA
2011-2016
  • Sheila
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
92% A Series of Unfortunate Events
2017
  • Justice Strauss
No Score Yet The Office
2005-2013
  • Actor
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Actor
No Score Yet Peep and the Big Wide World
2004-2011
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • Narrator
92% Shameless
2011
  • Sheila Sheila Jackson
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Actor
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer
  • Actor
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
2007-2014
  • Voice

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