Henry Ian Cusick

Infobox actor

caption = Cusick at the Tenney Theatre in Honolulu for a "Honolulu Theatre for Youth" fundraiser.
birthdate = birth date and age|1967|4|17
birthplace = Trujillo, Peru
birthname = Henry Ian Cusick Chavez
occupation = Actor
yearsactive = 1993-present
spouse = Annie Wood (2006-present)

Henry Ian Cusick (born Henry Ian Cusick Chávez; April 17, 1967) is an Emmy-nominated Scottish-Peruvian actor of stage, television, and film.


Early life

Henry Ian Cusick Chávez was born in Trujillo, Peru to a Peruvian mother and a Scottish-Irish father. Living in Trujillo for two years, his family moved to Spain, then Scotland and lived in Trinidad and Tobago for ten years.cite news|url=http://www.elcomercioperu.com.pe/EdicionImpresa/Html/2007-04-08/ImEcLuces0704015.html|title=Peruano encontrado en "Lost"|accessdate=2008-04-14|date=2007-04-08|publisher=El Comercio|language=Spanish|author=Patrick Espejo] There he attended Presentation College. He moved back to Scotland at the age of fifteen.cite web|url=http://www.jewish-theatre.com/visitor/article_display.aspx?articleID=363|title=Henry Ian Cusick on Gospel of John|accessdate=2008-04-14|author=Damian Thompson|publisher=Jewish Theatre] Cusick spent six months at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and then joined the Citizens' Theatre. He also appeared in various productions for the Strathclyde Theatre Group [ [http://www.strath.ac.uk/culture/ramshorn/theatregroup ] ] in Glasgow. He is fluent in both English and Spanish, and was raised Roman Catholic.


Cusick began his career as a classical theatre actor. His first leading roles on stage included: Dorian Gray in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" with Rupert Everett, Hamlet in "The Marovitz Hamlet" with Helen Baxendale, and Horner in "The Country Wife". His performances as Torquato Tasso in the Edinburgh International Festival production of "Torquato Tasso", and Creon in the Citizens' Theatre production of "Oedipus" earned him a special commendation for the Ian Charleson Award 1995 for outstanding performance by a young actor in a classical theatre role.

Cusick then began taking television and film roles. After appearing in recurring roles in shows such as "Casualty" and "The Book Group", he starred as Jesus Christ in the 2003 film "", a word-word re-telling of Saint John's Gospel. His largest role to date came in 2005 when he was cast as Desmond Hume in the ABC series "Lost". Originally a recurring guest star in the second season (for which he received an Emmy nomination), Cusick became a member of the main cast from season three onwards. Cusick won the role when, while staying at the home of his friend Brian Cox, he met Cox's next-door neighbor Carlton Cuse, the executive producer of "Lost". Cusick believes: "a seed (was) planted, because they had been looking for either a Scottish or Irish character."

He also appeared as Theo Stoller in two episodes of season 5 of "24", the 2007 film "Hitman", and will star in the forthcoming direct-to-DVD film "Dead Like Me".

Personal life

Cusick and wife Annie are parents to three sons, Elias, Lucas and Esau. The couple were married in a civil ceremony following fourteen years of cohabitation on July 15 2006. They live in Oahu, Hawaii together.cite news|url=http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/televisionawards/emmys/2006-08-24-cusick_x.htm|title=Cusick carries lone Emmy torch for 'Lost' cast|accessdate=2008-04-14|date=2006-08-24|publisher=USA Today|author=William Keck]





*Stolzius in "The Soldiers" - Edinburgh International Festival
*Cassio in "Othello" - Royal Shakespeare Company
*Demetrius in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" - RSC
*Pompey in "Antony and Cleopatra" - RSC
*Henry Green in "Richard II" - Royal National Theatre
*Arthur in "Machine Wreckers" - RNT
*Dollabella in "Antony and Cleopatra" - RNT (with Alan Rickman)
*Nick in The LA Plays - Almeida Theatre, London
*Le Vicomte De Valmont in "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" - Liverpool Playhouse
*McCann in "The Birthday Party" - Glasgow Citizens' Theatre
*Jeffrey in "The Dying Gaul" - Citizens
*Louis Ironson in "Angels in America" for
*Title role in Molière's "Don Juan" for Theatre Babel


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*imdb name|0193738|Henry Ian Cusick

NAME=Cusick, Henry Ian
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=Cusick Chavez, Henry Ian
DATE OF BIRTH=April 17, 1967
PLACE OF BIRTH=Trujillo, Peru

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