Henry Ian Cusick

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Henry Ian Cusick

Cusick at the Tenney Theatre in Honolulu for a "Honolulu Theatre for Youth" fundraiser, March 2007
BornHenry Ian Cusick-Chávez
(1967-04-17) April 17, 1967 (age 45)
Trujillo, Peru
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Spouse Annie Cusick Wood (2006–present)
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Henry Ian Cusick

Cusick at the Tenney Theatre in Honolulu for a "Honolulu Theatre for Youth" fundraiser, March 2007
BornHenry Ian Cusick-Chávez
(1967-04-17) April 17, 1967 (age 45)
Trujillo, Peru
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Spouse Annie Cusick Wood (2006–present)

Henry Ian Cusick (born April 17, 1967)[1] is a Scottish-Peruvian stage, television, and film actor.

He is well known for his role as Desmond Hume on the U.S. television series Lost, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. He starred in the ABC drama Scandal, as Stephen Finch, but did not return for the second season. [2]


Early life and education

Henry Ian Cusick was born in Trujillo, Peru to a Peruvian mother (Esperanza Chávez) and a Scottish father (Henry Joseph Cusick). When he was two, his family moved to Madrid, Spain, then Glasgow Scotland, before moving to Trinidad and Tobago where they lived for ten years.[1] There Cusick attended Presentation College, San Fernando. He moved to Scotland with his family at the age of fourteen.[3] Cusick attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and was asked to resign in his second year there. He got his first acting role at the Citizens' Theatre as an understudy in the Christmas Panto playing a polar bear.[3] He appeared in various productions for the Strathclyde Theatre Group in Glasgow.[4] He is fluent in both English and Spanish, and was raised Roman Catholic.[3]


Cusick began his career as a classical theatre actor. His first leading roles on stage included: Dorian Gray in The Picture of Dorian Gray with Rupert Everett, Hamlet in The Marovitz Hamlet with Helen Baxendale, and Horner in The Country Wife. His performances as Torquato Tasso in the Edinburgh International Festival production of Torquato Tasso, and Creon in the Citizens' Theatre production of Oedipus earned him a special commendation for the Ian Charleson Award 1995 for outstanding performance by a young actor in a classical theatre role.

Cusick began taking television and film roles. After appearing in recurring roles in series such as Casualty and The Book Group, he starred as Jesus Christ in the 2003 film The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John.[3] His largest role to date came in 2005 when he was cast as Desmond Hume in the ABC series Lost. Originally a recurring guest star in the second season (for which he received an Emmy nomination), Cusick became a member of the main cast from seasons three to six.[5] Cusick won the role when, while staying at the home of his friend Brian Cox, he met Cox's next-door neighbor Carlton Cuse, the executive producer of Lost. Cusick believes: "a seed (was) planted, because they had been looking for either a Scottish or Irish character."[5]

He also appeared as Theo Stoller in two episodes of season 5 of 24 and the 2007 film Hitman. He stars in the direct-to-DVD film Dead Like Me: Life After Death, a continuation of the cult classic television show of the same name.

Cusick appears in two episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the twelfth season, playing Erik Weber, a vigilante with the group Citizens Organized Against Predators, who later turns out to be a child molestor himself.

Personal life

Cusick and wife Annie are parents to three sons, Elias (born 1994), Lucas (born 1998) and Esau (born 2000). The couple were married in a civil ceremony following fourteen years of cohabitation on July 15, 2006. They live in Kailua, Hawaii together.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Possession Toby Byng Uncredited
2003 Gospel of John, TheThe Gospel of JohnJesus
2003 Carla Matt Television film
2004 Perfect Romance Peter Campbell Television film
2006 Half Light Brian
2006 9/Tenths William
2006 After the Rain Adrian Short film
2007 Hitman Udre Belicoff
2009 Dead Like Me: Life After Death Cameron Kane Direct-to-video release


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Taggart Ian Gowrie Episode "Fatal Inheritance"
1997 Richard II Henry Green TV adaptation of William Shakespeare's play
2001 Murder Rooms: The White Knight Stratagem Sgt. Michael Clark
2001–02 Casualty Jason Recurring role
2002 Dinosaur Hunters, TheThe Dinosaur HuntersGideon Mantell
2002–03 Two Thousand Acres of Sky Dr. Ewan Talbot Appeared in three episodes
2003 Happiness Phillip Episode "A Nice Person"
2003 Adventure Inc. Gavin Merrill Episode "Echoes of the Past"
2003 Book Group, TheThe Book Group Miles Longmuir Appeared in every episode of the second series
2004 Midsomer Murders Gareth Heldman Episode "The Fisher King"
2005 Waking the Dead Jeremy Allen Episode "Towers of Silence: Part 1"
2005–2010 LostDesmond Hume First appeared as a guest star in season 2, became a main cast member from season 3 onwards.
Nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor - Drama Series; 44 episodes
2006 24 Theo Stoller Episodes "Day 5: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m." and "Day 5: 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m."
2009 NovaCharles Darwin Episode: "Darwin's Darkest Hour"[6]
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit[7] Erik Weber Episodes: "Locum" and "Bullseye"
2012 Scandal Stephen Finch Series regular
2012 Fringe[8] Agent Simon Foster Episodes: Season 4, Episode 19



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