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Also Known As: Joan Mary Cusack Died:
Born: October 11, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Snatched (2017)
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 Unicorn Store (2017)
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 Mars Needs Moms (2011)
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 Arthur Christmas (2011)
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 Toy Story 3 (2010)
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Milestones close milestones

1980:
Screen acting debut in "My Bodyguard"; her father also had small role
1983:
Made first appearance alongside brother John in "Class"
1984:
Made TV-movie debut in "All Together Now"
1988:
Made Off-Broadway debut in "Road"
1989:
Appeared Off-Broadway in the Circle Repertory Company's "Brilliant Traces"
1993:
Played a murderous nanny in "Addams Family Values"
1994:
Had a rare dramatic TV role in "The Mother" (PBS) opposite Anne Bancroft
1995:
Had a supporting role in the comedy, "Nine Months"
1997:
Co-starred with brother John playing his secretary in the comedy "Grosse Pointe Blank"
1999:
Played Hazel Huffman in the Tim Robbins-directed "Cradle Will Rock"
2000:
Had a small role in Stephen Frears' "High Fidelity" starring her brother John
2004:
Cast as Kate Hudson's sister in the comedy "Raising Helen"
2005:
Voiced Abby Mallard (aka Ugly Duckling) in the animated feature "Chicken Little"
2007:
Once again played on-screen siblings with real life brother John in "The Martian Child"
2008:
Cast opposite Abigail Breslin in the family film, "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl"
2010:
Reprised the voice of Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl in the animated feature "Toy Story 3"
2011:
Co-starred in animated comedy "Mars Needs Moms"
2012:
Had a supporting role in teen comedy-drama "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
2014:
Had a supporting role in Kristen Wiig comedy-drama "Welcome to Me"
2015:
Had a supporting role in David Foster Wallace biopic "The End of the Tour"
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Education

Piven Theater Workshop: Evanston , Illinois -
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Madison , Wisconsin - 1985

Notes

"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 DAILY NEWS, September 16, 1997

"I'm not at Joanie's level as an actor." --John Cusack quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 14, 1997

"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, February 5, 1989 (Cusack co-starred in the Off-Broadway production of Johnson's play "Brilliant Traces")

Some sources list Ms. Cusack's birthdate as November 11.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Richard Burke. Attorney. Met in 1993; born c. 1963.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Richard Cusack. Actor. Appeared in feature version of "The Fugitive" (1993); died June 2, 2003.
mother:
Nancy Cusack. Former math teacher.
sister:
Ann Cusack. Actor. Born on May 22, 1961.
brother:
Bill Cusack. Actor. Born c. 1964; appeared in "Ed Wood".
brother:
John Cusack. Actor. Born on June 28, 1966; starred in many films including "Eight Men Out" (1988), "Say Anything" (1989) and "The Grifters" (1990).
sister:
Susie Cusack. Actor. Born c. 1971; appeared in the film "Hero" (1992) with Cusack.
son:
Dylan John Burke. Born on June 17, 1997 in Chicago.
son:
Miles Burke. Born summer 2000.
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