Dick Cusack

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Dick Cusack
BornRichard John Cusack[1]
(1925-08-29)August 29, 1925
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 2, 2003(2003-06-02) (aged 77)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Alma materCollege of the Holy Cross
OccupationActor, filmmaker
Years active1970s–2003
ReligionRoman Catholic
Spouse(s)Ann Paula "Nancy" (Carolan) Cusack
ChildrenJohn Cusack (son)
Joan Cusack (daughter)
Ann Cusack (daughter)
 
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Dick Cusack
BornRichard John Cusack[1]
(1925-08-29)August 29, 1925
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 2, 2003(2003-06-02) (aged 77)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Alma materCollege of the Holy Cross
OccupationActor, filmmaker
Years active1970s–2003
ReligionRoman Catholic
Spouse(s)Ann Paula "Nancy" (Carolan) Cusack
ChildrenJohn Cusack (son)
Joan Cusack (daughter)
Ann Cusack (daughter)

Richard John "Dick" Cusack (August 29, 1925 – June 2, 2003) was an American film actor and filmmaker.

Personal life[edit]

Cusack was born in New York City, the son of Margaret (née McFeeley) and Dennis Joseph Cusack.[2] His family was of Irish Catholic background.[3][4] Norman-Irish Cusack ancestry. He served with the U.S. Army in the Philippines in World War II. After the war Cusack attended College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he played basketball with Bob Cousy and roomed with Philip F. Berrigan, the peace activist.[1][5][6]

Cusack and his wife, Ann Paula "Nancy" (Carolan),[2][7] had five children: Ann Cusack, Bill Cusack, Susie Cusack, Joan Cusack, and John Cusack, all of whom followed him into the acting profession.[6]

Career[edit]

Until 1970 Cusack worked as a Clio Award winning advertising executive.

He then pursused a career as a film actor, beginning with minor roles. Most of his acting roles were playing authority figures, such as a United States Senate Chairman, minister/chaplain, and U.S. Secretary of State; he played a judge in the TV movie Overexposed, and in theatrical releases Things Change and Eight Men Out.

Cusack was a documentary filmmaker;[8] his 1971 abortion documentary The Committee won an Emmy Award. He also owned a film production company[9]

He was honored with an award from the Evanston Arts Council for preserving a school and converting it into the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, which houses the Piven Theatre Workshop where his famous acting children trained. Two weeks prior to his death, he completed the final draft of a play to memorialize his former college roommate entitled, Backoff Barkman, which was produced posthumously in the Midwest.

Death[edit]

Dick Cusack died on June 2, 2003 in Evanston, Illinois from pancreatic cancer.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000Return to MeMr. Bennington
High FidelityMinister
1999The Jack BullJury ForemanTelevision
1996Chain ReactionSenate Chairman
Evil Has a FaceLesterTelevision
1995While You Were SleepingDoctor Rubin
1993The FugitiveAttorney Walter Gutherie
1992OverexposedJudgeTelevision
1990Crazy PeopleMort
1989The PackageSecretary of State
1988Things ChangeJudge
Eight Men OutJudge Friend
1984The Lost Honor of Kathryn BeckUnknownTelevision
1983ClassChaplain Baker
1980My BodyguardPrincipal Roth

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997Early EditionElderly Man"The Wall: Part 2" (1 episode)
1994Missing PersonsChampion"If You Could Pick Your Own Parents..." (1 episode)
1987SableMahoney"Watchdogs" (1 episode)

Awards[edit]

YearAwardResultRecipient(s)
2000Commitment to Chicago AwardWonShared with:
Nancy Cusack
Ann Cusack
Bill Cusack
Joan Cusack
John Cusack
Susie Cusack

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