Michael Emerson

Michael Emerson

  • Highest Rated: 100% Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012)
  • Lowest Rated: 26% The Legend of Zorro (2005)
  • Birthday: Sep 7, 1954
  • Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
  • A stage and screen actor with an enigmatic stare, Michael Emerson has made a name for himself with roles that capitalize on his unique, expressive face. An Iowa native, he studied theater arts at Drake University in Des Moines before moving to New York to pursue an acting career. Unfortunately, like a lot of up-and-comers, he found himself spending most of his time doing other work to support himself; in his case, it was freelance illustrations for publications like The Boston Globe and The New York Times. In 1986, he relocated to Florida, where he worked in regional theater and, in 1993, enrolled in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's University of Alabama-sponsored Master of Fine Arts/Professional Acting Training program. It was there that he met his future wife, Carrie Preston, whom he married in 1998. Shortly after graduating, he began scoring bigger and better roles in productions like 1997's off-Broadway show Gross Indecency: The Trials of Oscar Wilde, in which he played the title role. Other prominent roles followed in plays like The Misanthrope and The Iceman Cometh. It was around this time that Emerson parlayed his success into a career onscreen, starting out with roles in projects like the independent film The Journey and the TV movie Grace & Glorie. A particularly prominent role came in 2004, when he was cast in the sadistic horror movie Saw. The movie was a huge success, setting off a major trend in horror that made graphic, up-close torture a new staple subgenre, and ingraining Emerson's memorably large eyes and eerily placid voice into the minds of millions. He continued to do interesting work, playing a bad guy in 2005's The Legend of Zorro and a butler to a Rock Hudson-style movie star in the comedy Straight-Jacket, which he made with his wife. Then in 2006, Emerson joined the cast of the hit TV series Lost, playing the mysterious and manipulative Ben, whose role in the island's secrets and power over its inhabitants drew in countless viewers who loved how well he played the creepy and nefarious villain. After Lost ended, he moved into a starring role on the TV series Person of Interest opposite Jim Caviezel.

Photos

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 The Joker 2013
100% Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 The Joker 2012
No Score Yet Ready? OK! Charlie New 2008
No Score Yet Jumping Off Bridges Mr. Nelson 2006
26% The Legend of Zorro Harrigan $45.4M 2005
No Score Yet 29th & Gay Gorilla 2005
49% Saw Zep Hindle $55.2M 2004
48% Straight Jacket Victor 2004
92% The Laramie Project Reverend 2002
45% For Love of the Game Gallery Doorman 1999
62% The Impostors Burtom's Assistant 1999
60% Playing by Heart Bosco 1998
No Score Yet Grace & Glorie Arnold Dudley 1998
No Score Yet El Viaje Michael 1997

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

86% Evil
2019
Leland Townsend
  • 2019
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2019
67% The Name of the Rose
2019
The Abbot
  • 2019
92% Person Of Interest
2011
Finch
  • 2019
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
85% Arrow
2012
Cayden James
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Vigilados: Person of Interest
2011-2016
Finch
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2011
88% Parenthood
2010-2015
Guest Amazing Andy
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet God in America
2010
John Winthrop
  • 2010
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2010
90% Lost
2004-2010
Henry Gale/Ben Henry Gale Ben Benjamin Linus Ben Linus
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Allan Shaye
  • 2004
28% Whoopi
2003-2004
F. Thomas Erickson
  • 2003
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
Stuart Wesmar
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Gerry Rankin
  • 2002
74% The X-Files
1993-2018
Oliver Martin/Anthony Fogelman
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
William Hinks
  • 2001
  • 2000

QUOTES FROM Michael Emerson CHARACTERS

The Joker
Make me! Come on! Finish me!... Ah, doesn't matter. I win. I made you lose control. Heh-heh-ha, and they'll kill you for it. Eh-heh-heh! See you... in hell! Ah-ha-ha-ha!
The Joker
Make me! Come on! Finish me! Ah, doesn't matter. I win. I made you lose control. Heh-heh-ha, and they'll kill you for it. Eh-heh-heh! See you in hell! Ah-ha-ha-ha!
The Joker
I thought I was Batman's psychotic obsession.
Zep Hindle
(after finding Adam dead) Too late (pulls out a gun at Dr. Gordon)
Zep Hindle
[after finding Adam dead] Too late pulls out a gun at Dr. Gordon]
Dr. Lawrence Gordon
Why?
Zep Hindle
IT'S THE RULES!
Zep Hindle
"It's the rules."
Zep Hindle
It's the rules!