Joan Cusack

Actor
Despite living in the shadow of her superstar brother, John Cusack, actress Joan Cusack carved out a substantial career with memorable supporting roles. But unlike her better known sibling, she earned an Academy Award ... Read more »
Born: 10/10/1962 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (63)

The End of the Tour 2015 (Movie)

Patty (Actor)

Toy Story That Time Forgot 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

Welcome to Me 2015 (Movie)

Dawn Hurley (Actor)

Shameless 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Toy Story Of Terror! 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Voice

The Office 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 2012 (Movie)

Dr. Burton (Actor)

Toys in the Attic 2012 (Movie)

Madame Curie (Voice)

Arthur Christmas 2011 (Movie)

Lead Elf (Voice)

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil 2011 (Movie)

Verushka the Witch (Voice)

Mars Needs Moms 2011 (Movie)

Mom (Voice)

Phineas and Ferb 1985 - 1986, 2000 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Food Network Challenge 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Toy Story 3 2010 (Movie)

Jessie (Voice)

Confessions of a Shopaholic 2009 (Movie)

Jane Bloomwood (Actor)

My Sister's Keeper 2009 (Movie)

Judge De Salvo (Actor)

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl 2008 (Movie)

Miss Bond (Actor)

War, Inc. 2008 (Movie)

Marsha Dillon (Actor)

Martian Child 2007 (Movie)

Liz (Actor)

Friends With Money 2006 (Movie)

Franny (Actor)

Chicken Little 2005 (Movie)

Abby Mallard (Voice)

Ice Princess 2005 (Movie)

Joan Carlyle (Actor)

Raising Helen 2004 (Movie)

Jenny Portman (Actor)

Looney Tunes: Back in Action 2003 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

School of Rock 2003 (Movie)

Principal Rosalie Mullins (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1985 - 1986, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

What About Joan 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

Liz (Actor)

Where the Heart Is 2000 (Movie)

Ruth Meyers (Actor)

Arlington Road 1999 (Movie)

Cheryl Lang (Actor)

Cradle Will Rock 1999 (Movie)

Hazel Huffman (Actor)

Runaway Bride 1999 (Movie)

Peggy Flemming (Actor)

Toy Story 2 1999 (Movie)

Voice of Jessie (Actor)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Smile Like Yours 1997 (Movie)

Nancy Tellen (Actor)

Grosse Pointe Blank 1997 (Movie)

Marcella (Actor)

In & Out 1997 (Movie)

Emily Montgomery (Actor)

Mr. Wrong 1996 (Movie)

Inga (Actor)

Two Much 1996 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Nine Months 1995 (Movie)

Gail Dwyer (Actor)

The Mother 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Corrina, Corrina 1994 (Movie)

Jonesy (Actor)

Addams Family Values 1993 (Movie)

Debbie Jelinsky (Actor)

Hero 1992 (Movie)

Evelyn (Actor)

Toys 1992 (Movie)

Alsatia Zevo (Actor)

The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez 1991 (Movie)

Cathy (Actor)

Men Don't Leave 1990 (Movie)

Jody (Actor)

My Blue Heaven 1990 (Movie)

Hannah (Actor)

Married to the Mob 1988 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Stars & Bars 1988 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

Working Girl 1988 (Movie)

Cyn (Actor)

Broadcast News 1987 (Movie)

Blair Litton (Actor)

The Allnighter 1987 (Movie)

Gina (Actor)

All Together Now 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Grandview, U.S.A. 1984 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Sixteen Candles 1984 (Movie)

Girl Geek #1 (Actor)

Class 1983 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

My Bodyguard 1980 (Movie)

Shelley (Actor)

Acceptance (TV Show)

Actor

Peep and the Big Wide World (TV Show)

Narrator

Biography

Despite living in the shadow of her superstar brother, John Cusack, actress Joan Cusack carved out a substantial career with memorable supporting roles. But unlike her better known sibling, she earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance in "Working Girl" (1988), which came hot on the heels of her breakout role in "Broadcast News" (1987). From there, she accumulated a long list of credits where she played the best friend, sidekick or scourge, most notably in "Say Anything" (1989), "My Blue Heaven" (1990) and "Addams Family Values" (1993). While she did land the occasional dramatic role, as happened with "Arlington Road" (1999) and "The Cradle Will Rock" (1999), Cusack seemed content with her position as a character actress. Though her career was not without its setbacks - a failed sitcom run in early 2001 paid testament to that - Cusack nonetheless remained secure in herself and career, becoming by the late 1990s and early 2000s, one of the most dependable supporting players working in Hollywood.

Relationships

Richard Burke

Husband
Married in 1993

Dylan Burke

Son
Born June 17, 1997; father, Richard Burke

Miles Burke

Son
Born in July 2000; father, Richard Burke

Dick Cusack Actor

Father
Born Aug. 29, 1925; owned a film production company Acted together in "High Fidelity" (2000) Died June 2, 2003

John Cusack Actor

Brother
Born June 28, 1966 Appeared together in films like "Say Anything" (1989), "Grosse Pointe Blank" (1997), and "High Fidelity" (2000)

Nancy Cusack

Mother

Bill Cusack Actor

Brother
Born in 1964 Acted together in "Grosse Pointe Blank" (1997)

Susie Cusack Actor

Sister
Born in 1971 Acted together in "High Fidelity" (2000)

Ann Cusack Actor

Sister
Born May 22, 1961 Appeared together in "Grosse Point Blank" (1997)

EDUCATION

Piven Theater Workshop

Evanston , Illinois

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison , Wisconsin 1985

Milestones

2010

Reprised the voice of Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl in the animated feature "Toy Story 3"

2009

Re-teamed with Abigail Breslin for "My Sister's Keeper," a Nick Cassavetes-directed adaptation of the Jodi Picoult novel

2008

Cast opposite Abigail Breslin in the family film, "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl"

2007

Once again played on-screen siblings with real life brother John in "The Martian Child"

2006

Co-starred with Frances McDormand, Jennifer Aniston and Catherine Keener in Nicole Holofcener's "Friends with Money"

2005

Voiced Abby Mallard (aka Ugly Duckling) in the animated feature "Chicken Little"

2004

Cast as Kate Hudson's sister in the comedy "Raising Helen"

2003

Played a prep school's straight-laced principal opposite Jack Black in the Richard Linklater directed "School of Rock"

2001

Starred as a Chicago high school teacher in ABC's "What About Joan"

2000

Had a small role in Stephen Frears' "High Fidelity" starring her brother John

1999

Played Hazel Huffman in the Tim Robbins-directed "Cradle Will Rock"

1999

Voiced a yodeling cowgirl named Jessie, in the animated film "Toy Story 2"

1997

Played Kevin Kline's bride-to-be whose life hinges on whether he is gay or not in the comedy "In & Out"; garnered second Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination

1997

Once again co-starred with brother John playing his secretary in the comedy "Grosse Pointe Blank"

1995

Had a supporting role in the comedy, "Nine Months"

1994

Had a rare dramatic TV role in "The Mother" (PBS) opposite Anne Bancroft

1993

Played a murderous nanny in "Addams Family Values"

1989

Appeared Off-Broadway in the Circle Repertory Company's "Brilliant Traces"

1989

Played on-screen siblings with real life brother John Cusack in Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything"

1989

Earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her role as Melanie Griffith's best friend in "Working Girl"

1988

Made Off-Broadway debut in "Road"

1985

Series regular debut, NBC's "Saturday Night Live"

1984

TV-movie debut, "All Together Now"

1983

First appearance alongside brother John in "Class"

1980

Screen acting debut in "My Bodyguard"; her father also had small role

While in college joined The Ark, improvisational comedy group

Bonus Trivia

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"For years the line on Cusack has been: Why isn't she getting better roles? 'A lot of it has to do with [the fact] there are way more different character roles for men than there are for women. With women, it's usually you're the babe or you're the supportive friend [who's] sort of brassy and obnoxious, cracking jokes. I'm not the babe.'" - from "Joan of Spark" by Lewis Beale in the Daily News, Sept. 16, 1997

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"I'm not at Joanie's level as an actor." - brother, John Cusack quoted in The New York Times, Sept. 14, 1997

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"Watching Joan is like seeing a pot on the stove. There are all sorts of little bubbles and then bang, it's at full boil." - playwright, Cindy Lou Johnson to The New York Times, Feb. 5, 1989

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Some sources list Ms. Cusack's birthdate as Nov. 11, 1962.

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