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Also Known As: Died: October 7, 1993
Born: November 26, 1910 Cause of Death: motor neuron disease
Birth Place: South Africa Profession: actor, manager, producer, playwright

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Gifted Irish stage performer, born in South Africa who made his film debut in 1917's "Knocknagow", but did not come into his own as a strong screen character actor until 1947 with Carol Reed's "Odd Man Out". With his quirky features, playful authority and an elfin face that sometimes registers melancholy or stern morality, Cusack most often portrayed clerics ("My Left Foot" 1989) but in "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" (1965), he played the spy chief and in Truffaut's "Fahrenheit 451" (1966), the book-burning fire chief. One of the most acclaimed stage actors of his generation, Cusack was famous for his association with Ireland's national theater, the Abbey; he was at various times also affiliated with Old Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Cusack also performed on Broadway, as in the memorable 1957 staging of Eugene O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten" in which he starred opposite Wendy Hiller. Active in theatre administration and production as well, he managed the Gaity Theater in Dublin for a while in the 1940s and founded his own Cyril Cusack Productions in 1944. He is the father of actresses Sinead, Niamh and Sorcha Cusack with whom he co-starred in the 1990 Gate Theater of Dublin's...

Gifted Irish stage performer, born in South Africa who made his film debut in 1917's "Knocknagow", but did not come into his own as a strong screen character actor until 1947 with Carol Reed's "Odd Man Out". With his quirky features, playful authority and an elfin face that sometimes registers melancholy or stern morality, Cusack most often portrayed clerics ("My Left Foot" 1989) but in "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" (1965), he played the spy chief and in Truffaut's "Fahrenheit 451" (1966), the book-burning fire chief. One of the most acclaimed stage actors of his generation, Cusack was famous for his association with Ireland's national theater, the Abbey; he was at various times also affiliated with Old Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Cusack also performed on Broadway, as in the memorable 1957 staging of Eugene O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten" in which he starred opposite Wendy Hiller. Active in theatre administration and production as well, he managed the Gaity Theater in Dublin for a while in the 1940s and founded his own Cyril Cusack Productions in 1944. He is the father of actresses Sinead, Niamh and Sorcha Cusack with whom he co-starred in the 1990 Gate Theater of Dublin's production of "The Three Sisters".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 As You Like It (1992) Adam
2.
 Far And Away (1992) Danty Duff
3.
 Fool, The (1990) Ballad Seller
4.
 My Left Foot (1989) Lord Castlewelland
5.
 Graham Greene's "The Tenth Man" (1988) Parish Priest
6.
 Little Dorrit (1988) Frederick Dorrit (The Dorrit House)
7.
 1984 (1984) Charrington
8.
 Outcasts, The (1983) Myles Keenan
10.
 True Confessions (1981) Cardinal Danaher
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Milestones close milestones

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Moved to Ireland at age six with his mother
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Professional stage debut at age seven
1916:
State acting debut in "East Lynne" in Clonmel, Ireland
1917:
Film acting debut, "Knocknagow/The Homes of Tipperary" (Film Company of Ireland)
1932:
Joined the Abbey theater, appearing in 65 plays in 13 years
1935:
First US sound film, "Late Extra"
1936:
London stage debut, "Ah, Wilderness!"
1935:
Producer with Gaelic Players
1938:
BBC TV debut, "The Shadow of the Glenn"
1942:
Stage directing and writing debut, "Tareis an Aifrinn/After Mass" at the Gate Theater, Dublin
1944:
Stage producing debut, "Romeo and Juliet", Dublin
1944:
Managed the Gaity Theater, Dublin
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Founded and was managing director, Cyril Cusack Productions
1957:
Broadway debut, "A Moon for the Misbegotten"
1963:
Joined the RSC
1964:
Joined the Old Vic
1990:
Starred with his three daughters (Sinead, Niamh and Sorcha) in the Gate Theater of Dublin's production of "The Three Sisters"
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Education

Dominican College: - 1922 - 1926
University College: - 1928 - 1932

Notes

Received the English Tatler Radio Critics Award for "The Dark Tower" (1954).

Awarded the Sylvania Television Citation for "The Moon and the Sixpence" (1959).

He was given the International Critics Award for "Arms and the Man" and "Krapp's Last Tape" (1961).

Received a honorary LL.D degree, honoris causa, from the National University of Ireland (1977) and an Honorary D. Litt from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland (1982)

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wife:
Maureen Kiely. Actor. Died on April 5, 1975.
wife:
Mary Cuscak. Second wife; mother of Catherine Cusack; survived him.

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father:
James Cusack. Mounted policeman. Mounted policeman in Natal.
step-father:
Brefni O'Rourke. Actor.
mother:
Alice Cusack. Actor.
daughter:
Sinead Cusack. Actor. Married to Jeremy Irons; survived him.
daughter:
Niamh Cusack. Actor. Survived him.
daughter:
Sorcha Cusack. Actor. Married to English actor Nigel Cook; survived him.
son:
Paul Cusack. Mother, Maureen Kiely; survived him.
son:
Padraig Cusack. Mother, Maureen Kiely; survived him.
daughter:
Catherine Cusack. Mother, Mary Cuscak; survived him.
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