Cyril Cusack


Actor
Cyril Cusack

About

Birth Place
South Africa
Born
November 26, 1910
Died
October 07, 1993
Cause of Death
Motor Neuron Disease

Biography

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 ...

Family & Companions

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

Bibliography

"Poems"
Cyril Cusack (1976)
"Timepieces"
Cyril Cusack (1972)

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).

Biography

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."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

As You Like It (1992)
Adam
Far And Away (1992)
The Fool (1991)
Ballad Seller
My Left Foot (1989)
Little Dorrit (1988)
Graham Greene's "The Tenth Man" (1988)
1984 (1984)
The Outcasts (1983)
Myles Keenan
The Ballroom of Romance (1981)
True Confessions (1981)
Cry of the Innocent (1980)
Tom Moloney
Lovespell (1979)
Les Miserables (1978)
Fauchelevent
Poitin (1978)
Poteen-Maker
Children of Rage (1974)
David'S Father
The Abdication (1974)
Chancellor
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
The Homecoming (1973)
Catholics (1973)
Father Manus
La Polizia Ringrazia (1972)
The Italian Connection (1972)
The Hands of Cormac Joyce (1972)
Mr Reese
All The Way, Boys (1972)
Matto
Harold and Maude (1971)
Glaucus
King Lear (1971)
Duke of Albany
Tam Lin (1971)
[Vicar] Julian Ainsley
Brotherly Love (1970)
Dr. Maitland
David Copperfield (1970)
Barkis
Sacco and Vanzetti (1970)
Oedipus the King (1968)
Messenger
The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
Grumio
Time Lost and Time Remembered (1966)
Hogan
Where the Spies Are (1966)
Peter Rosser
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
The Captain
The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1965)
Control
Johnny Nobody (1965)
Prosecuting counsel
80,000 Suspects (1963)
I Thank a Fool (1962)
Captain Ferris
Waltz of the Toreadors (1962)
Dr. Grogan
The Night Fighters (1960)
Jimmy Hannafin
Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)
Chris Noonan
Gideon of Scotland Yard (1959)
Herbert "Birdie" Sparrow
Floods of Fear (1958)
Night Ambush (1958)
Sandy
The Rising of the Moon (1957)
The Inspector [Michael Dillon]
The Man In The Road (1957)
Miracle In Soho (1957)
The Man Who Never Was (1956)
Taxi driver
The Spanish Gardener (1956)
Jacqueline (1956)
Saadia (1954)
Khadir
The Fighting Pimpernel (1954)
Chauvelin
The Wild Heart (1952)
Rev. Edward Marston
The Secret of Convict Lake (1951)
Edward "Limey" Cockerell
The Blue Veil (1951)
Frank Hutchins
Soldiers Three (1951)
Private Dennis Malloy
Gone to Earth (1950)
The Blue Lagoon (1949)
Hour of Glory (1949)
Escape (1948)
Rodgers
Odd Man Out (1947)
Pat
Mail Train (1941)
Night mail sorter
Knocknagow (1917)

Cast (Special)

Memento Mori (1992)
The Theban Plays (1988)
Theban Citizen
Doctor Fischer of Geneva (1985)
Dial "M" for Murder (1967)
Inspector Hubbard
The Power and the Glory (1961)
Mustafa
The Moon and Sixpence (1959)
Dr Coutras

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Danny, The Champion of the World (1989)
Jesus of Nazareth (Do Not Use) (1977)

Life Events

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

Producer with Gaelic Players

1935

First US sound film, "Late Extra"

1936

London stage debut, "Ah, Wilderness!"

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

Managed the Gaity Theater, Dublin

1944

Stage producing debut, "Romeo and Juliet", Dublin

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"

Videos

Movie Clip

Where The Spies Are (1965) - You're Coming With Us Shooting for real in and around Beirut, Cyril Cusack in a segment proceeding from a Russian spy-training film, as Brit spy Rosser, assailed eventually by two KGB guys (George Mikell, Gabor Baraker) producer-director Val Guest working from the adapted novel Passport To Oblivion by James Leasor, early in Where The Spies Are, 1965, starring David Niven.
Taming Of The Shrew, The (1967) - A Husband For The Elder Bianca (Natasha Pyne) pursued home by Lucentio (Michael York), her father (Michael Hordern) fending off suitors and the first appearance of her sister Katherina (Elizabeth Taylor), in Franco Zeffirelli's first film, set in Shakespeare's mythical Padua, The Taming Of The Shrew, 1967.
Harold And Maude (1971) - Like Some Licorice? Director Hal Ashby shooting on location this time in Palo Alto, Harold (Bud Cort) for the second time encounters Maude (Ruth Gordon) attending a funeral to which neither of them has any connection, Eric Christmas the baffled priest, in Harold And Maude, 1971.
Harold And Maude (1971) - Snowfall On 42nd Street For the first time Harold (Bud Cort) seeks out Maude (Ruth Gordon) who’s invited him to visit, and she’s posing for sculptor Glaucus (Cyril Cusack), then demonstrates her scent simulator, Hal Ashby directing from Colin Higgins’ original screenplay, in Harold And Maude, 1971.
Harold And Maude (1971) - This Is My Car Shooting this time at the Holy Cross cemetery in Colma, near San Francisco, Harold (Bud Cort) meets Maude (Ruth Gordon) for the third time, as spectators at a funeral, Eric Christmas the priest again, Cat Stevens with his composition “Tea For The Tillerman,” in Hal Ashby’s Harold And Maude, 1971.
Taming Of The Shrew, The (1967) - To Thrive And Wive Hortensio (Victor Spinetti) and Gremio (Cyril Cusack) lamenting the poor prospects of a husband for Katherina (Elizabeth Taylor, not seen), when Petruchio (Richard Burton) appears, in Franco Zeffirelli's Shakespeare The Taming Of The Shrew, 1967.
Odd Man Out (1945) - Northern Ireland Opening credit sequence with genuine shots of Belfast and a prologue, from Carol Reed's film of the F.L. Green novel Odd Man Out, 1947, leading man James Mason introduced as I.R.A. militant Johnny.
Odd Man Out (1945) - Lay Off Your Work Johnny McQueen (James Mason) is a newly-escaped IRA militant, with colleagues robbing a Belfast bank, driver Pat (Cyril Cusack) waiting outside, in Carol Reed's film of "the troubles," Odd Man Out, 1947.
Taming Of The Shrew, The (1967) - Fear Boys With Bugs Pretending confidence before his pals, Petruchio (Richard Burton) arrives to meet Katherina (Elizabeth Taylor), busy terrorizing her sister Bianca (Natasha Pyne), in Franco Zeffirelli's adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew, 1967.
Night Fighters, The (1960) -- (Move Clip) The Poet Goes Forth 1941 Northern Ireland, locals Don (Dan O'Herlihy) and Sean (Richard Harris) observe as Nazi-trained IRA man Malone (Christopher Rhodes) arrives, later introducing friends Jimmy (Cyril Cusack) and Dermot (Robert Mitchum), and his girl Neeve (Anne Heywood), early in The Night Fighters, 1960.
Night Fighters, The (1960) -- (Move Clip) Hold You Flamin' Tongue! Dermot (Robert Mitchum), who's just joined the IRA during WWII, with pal Jimmy (Cyril Cusack), then home where a policeman (Geoffrey Golden) is visiting his family (Harry Brogan, Eileen Crowe, Marianne Benet, Niall MacGinnis), in The Night Fighters, 1960.
Day Of The Jackal, The - Over What Range? Edward Fox (title character) in Genoa, Italy, visits a reclusive English gunsmith (Cyril Cusack), seeking the weapon for his attempt to kill French President de Gaulle, in Fred Zinnemann's The Day Of The Jackal, 1973.

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Family

James Cusack
Father
Mounted policeman. Mounted policeman in Natal.
Brefni O'Rourke
Step-Father
Actor.
Alice Cusack
Mother
Actor.
Sinead Cusack
Daughter
Actor. Married to Jeremy Irons; survived him.
Niamh Cusack
Daughter
Actor. Survived him.
Sorcha Cusack
Daughter
Actor. Married to English actor Nigel Cook; survived him.
Paul Cusack
Son
Mother, Maureen Kiely; survived him.
Padraig Cusack
Son
Mother, Maureen Kiely; survived him.
Catherine Cusack
Daughter
Mother, Mary Cuscak; survived him.

Companions

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

Bibliography

"Poems"
Cyril Cusack (1976)
"Timepieces"
Cyril Cusack (1972)

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)