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Also Known As: Michael Emerson Kyme Died:
Born: September 7, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA Profession: actor, magazine illustrator, retail salesman

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Despite having been drawn to comedy at the start of his career, actor Michael Emerson emerged in decidedly creepier roles that later earned him great notoriety. In the beginning, he cut his teeth on the stage, while struggling to earn a living with odd jobs. He gained momentum once he began performing Shakespeare, which propelled him to New York City and several acclaimed Off-Broadway productions, particularly "The Misanthrope" (1998) and "The Iceman Cometh" (1999). But it was his Emmy Award-winning performance as a suspected serial killer on "The Practice" (NBC, 1997-2004) that propelled his career, leading to him being cast as the manipulative leader of the mysterious Others on "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010); a role that turned Emerson into a household name practically overnight.

Despite having been drawn to comedy at the start of his career, actor Michael Emerson emerged in decidedly creepier roles that later earned him great notoriety. In the beginning, he cut his teeth on the stage, while struggling to earn a living with odd jobs. He gained momentum once he began performing Shakespeare, which propelled him to New York City and several acclaimed Off-Broadway productions, particularly "The Misanthrope" (1998) and "The Iceman Cometh" (1999). But it was his Emmy Award-winning performance as a suspected serial killer on "The Practice" (NBC, 1997-2004) that propelled his career, leading to him being cast as the manipulative leader of the mysterious Others on "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010); a role that turned Emerson into a household name practically overnight.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Blue Jasmine (2013)
2.
 Ready? OK! (2008)
3.
4.
5.
 Saw (2004) Zep Hindle
6.
 Straight-Jacket (2004) Victor
7.
 Unfaithful (2002) Josh
8.
 Laramie Project, The (2002) Reverend
9.
 For Love of the Game (1999) Gallery Doorman
10.
 Grace & Glorie (1998) Arnold Dudley
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Raised in Iowa
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Moved to NYC after college to pursue an acting career
1986:
Moved with his first wife to Jacksonville, Florida and appeared in local productions
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First acting role in a production of "Othello" at the University of North Florida
1990:
Made television debut in a TNT production of "Orpheus Descending"
1993:
Enrolled in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's University of Alabama-sponsored Master of Fine Arts/Professional Actor Training program
1995:
Returned to New York where he appeared in the annual Alabama Shakespeare Festival showcase
1997:
Breakthrough stage role as Oscar Wilde in Moises Kaufman's critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway play, "Gross Indecency: The Trials of Oscar Wilde"
1998:
Cast in a supporting role in Stanley Tucci's "The Impostors"
1998:
Performed opposite Uma Thurman in the Off-Broadway production of "The Misanthrope"
1999:
Appeared on Broadway as Willie Oban in "The Iceman Cometh"; co-starred with Kevin Spacey
1999:
First collaboration with Kate Burton in the Off-Broadway production of Brian Friel's "Give Me Your Answer, Do!"
2000:
Re-teamed with Kate Burton in the Williamstown Festival staging of "Hedda Gabler"
2000:
Appeared as the confessed serial killer William Hinks in several episodes of "The Practice" (ABC)
2001:
Reprised role of George Tesman opposite Kate Burton in the Broadway production of "Hedda Gabler"
2006:
Cast as the Reverend in the HBO film "The Laramie Project"
2004:
Played Zep Hindle in the horror movie "Saw"
2006:
Joined the second season of "Lost" (ABC) as Ben Linus; became a regular cast member in the third season; earned Emmy (2007, 2008, 2010) and Golden Globe (2009) nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
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Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
2011:
Played an eccentric billionaire who teams up with a former CIA agent (Jim Caviezel) on the CBS mystery drama series "Person of Interest"
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Education

Drake University: Des Moines , Iowa - 1978
University of Alabama: Tuscaloosa , Alabama - 1993 - 1995

Notes

"I miss Jacksonville. It's a heartache to me that theater doesn't seem any healthier there than it was when I lived there.

"... People who would not pay $10 to see me in a play in Jacksonville will now fly to New York and pay $100 to see me in 'The Iceman Cometh'. I did some plays there I am just terrribly proud of. But eventually the town wore us down." --Michael Emerson quoted in The Jacksonville Times-Union, May 16, 1999.

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wife:
Carrie Preston. Actor. Married in summer 1998.

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