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Michael Emerson is a Actor American born on 7 september 1954 at Cedar Rapids (USA)

Michael Emerson

Michael Emerson
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Nationality USA
Birth 7 september 1954 (64 years) at Cedar Rapids (USA)

Michael Emerson (born September 7, 1954) is an American film and television character actor who is best known for his roles as serial killer William Hinks on The Practice, Benjamin Linus on Lost, Zep Hindle in the first Saw movie and currently as Harold Finch on the CBS series Person of Interest.
Emerson has also worked extensively in theater and narration. He has won two Primetime Emmy Awards and been nominated for three others, as well as receiving other awards and nominations.
Emerson is married to actress Carrie Preston.

Biography

Michael Emerson a grandi à Toledo dans l'Iowa. Il joue dans des pièces de son école mais c'est au lycée qu'il se rend compte que « de toutes les formes d'art possibles, l'art théâtral était ce qu'[il] arrivait le plus facilement et qu'[il] trouvait le plus excitant ». Il se spécialise alors dans le théâtre à l'Université de Drake (Des Moines), où il reçoit une distinction dans l'Art théâtral.

En 1976, il part s'installer à New York, poussé par sa petite amie poète. Il y restera 10 ans, travaillant comme illustrateur pour des journaux tels que le Boston Globe et le New York Times, à défaut de trouver le moyen d'être acteur.

En 1986, il quitte New York avec sa première femme pour Jacksonville en Floride, où ils finissent par divorcer. On lui conseille d'aller auditionner pour une pièce de théâtre à l'Université de Floride du Nord et il décroche le rôle de Iago dans Othello. Son ex-métier d'illustrateur lui a donné un sens du design qu'il utilise pour concevoir les décors des pièces dans lesquelles il joue, notamment au Théâtre Jacksonville, le menant jusqu'au poste de directeur technique. Il s'occupe aussi d'animer des ateliers sur Shakespeare et de donner des cours de théâtre.

En 1993, il part à l'Alabama Shakespeare Festival et obtient un « Professional Actor Training M.F.A. ». Il y rencontre celle qui deviendra sa femme, Carrie Preston, et la suit jusqu'à New York.

Best films

Blue Jasmine (2013)
(Actor)

Usually with

James Vasquez
James Vasquez
(2 films)
James Wan
James Wan
(3 films)
Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Michael Emerson (16 films)

Display filmography as list

Actor

Blue Jasmine, 1h38
Directed by Woody Allen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality
Actors Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Emerson, Louis C.K.
Rating72% 3.6484053.6484053.6484053.6484053.648405
Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) disembarks in San Francisco after a flight from New York City. A passenger who had been sitting next to her on the flight tells her husband that Jasmine had been talking to her about her life the whole way. Jasmine takes a taxi to her sister Ginger's (Sally Hawkins) apartment, where Ginger is dismayed to learn that Jasmine traveled first class despite claiming to be broke.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, 1h16
Directed by Jay Oliva
Origin USA
Genres Action, Animation
Themes Films about children, Batman films, Superman films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Superhero films, Political films, Dystopian films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Peter Weller, Michael McKean, Ariel Winter, David Selby, Wade Williams, Michael Emerson
Roles Joker (voice)
Rating79% 3.997553.997553.997553.997553.99755
After the death of his protégé Jason Todd, billionaire industrialist Bruce Wayne was forced to retire from his Batman persona. Ten years later, Gotham City is overrun with crime and terrorized by a gang known as the Mutants. The 55-year-old Wayne maintains a friendship with 70-year-old retiring Police Commissioner James Gordon, while the Joker (Batman's archenemy) has been catatonic in Arkham Asylum since Wayne's retirement. Arkham inmate and former district attorney Harvey Dent undergoes plastic surgery to repair his disfigured face. Although he is declared sane, he quickly goes into hiding following his release. Dent's disappearance, news stories of the crime epidemic throughout the city and the memory of his parents' deaths drive Wayne to become Batman once more. He combats serious crimes, rescuing 13-year-old Carrie Kelley, but now struggles with the physical limitations of age.
Ready? OK!
Ready? OK! (2008)
, 1h33
Directed by James Vasquez
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about children, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Michael Emerson, Carrie Preston, Lurie Poston, John G. Preston, Kali Rocha, Tara Karsian
Roles Charlie New
Rating65% 3.294543.294543.294543.294543.29454
Andrea Dowd (Carrie Preston), a single parent, is struggling to raise her ten-year-old son, Joshua (Lurie Poston). Andrea's concerned about Joshua's interests. Instead of wanting to be on the school wrestling team, Joshua strives to be on the cheerleading squad. When students are told to come to school dressed as an influential role model, Joshua chooses Maria von Trapp. The film explores Andrea's internal battle of wanting her son to be normal, and embracing his individuality and accepting him how he is.
Saw III
Saw III (2006)
, 1h48
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Serial killer films, Films about psychiatry
Actors Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Angus Macfadyen, Bahar Soomekh, Kim Roberts, Dina Meyer
Rating62% 3.100633.100633.100633.100633.10063
After Amanda Young seals him in the bathroom, Eric Matthews escapes his shackle by breaking his foot with a toilet tank cover. Six months later, he is still missing. A SWAT team led by Lieutenant Daniel Rigg discovers the site of a Jigsaw game in which the victim, Troy, had to escape a bomb by ripping chains from his body. Rigg calls Detectives Mark Hoffman and Allison Kerry, who is guilt-ridden over Matthews' disappearance, to the scene. Kerry points out that the door was welded shut, breaking Jigsaw's modus operandi of giving his victims a chance to escape. She is abducted from her home that night while reviewing Troy's tape and awakens in a harness that is hooked into her ribs. She manages to retrieve the key from a suspended beaker of acid and unlocking it before the timer expires, but it tears her rib cage apart anyway, killing her.
The Legend of Zorro, 2h9
Directed by Martin Campbell
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Swashbuckler, Action, Adventure, Western
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about terrorism, Superhero films, Films about disabilities, Political films, Personne sourde ou muette, Zorro
Actors Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rufus Sewell, Nick Chinlund, Adrián Alonso, Tony Amendola
Roles Harrigan
Rating59% 2.9508952.9508952.9508952.9508952.950895
In 1850 (nine years after the events of the first film), California is voting on whether to join the United States of America as a state. A wild gunman with wooden teeth, Jacob McGivens, attempts to steal some ballots, but Zorro chases after him and recaptures the votes. In their scuffle, McGivens pulls off Zorro's mask. A pair of Pinkerton agents recognize him as Don Alejandro de la Vega. Zorro fashions a makeshift mask from his costume and rides off on his stallion, Tornado, to deliver the votes to the governor. Upon returning to his mansion, Alejandro is greeted by his loving wife, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Elena believes that Alejandro can now up give his alter ego, but Alejandro is sure that the people will still need him. The next day, after sending their son Joaquin to school, Elena is confronted by the Pinkertons, who disclose their knowledge of Zorro's identity. Soon after, Elena is forced to have Alejandro served with divorce papers.
29th and Gay, 1h27
Directed by Carrie Preston
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors James Vasquez, Michael Emerson, Mike Doyle, Kali Rocha
Roles Gorilla
Rating51% 2.573972.573972.573972.573972.57397
James Sanchez is a 29-year-old gay man who feels he has reached a dead end in his life. While his best friend Roxy, an actress-turned-activist, struggles to show him there is life beyond the glitz of the disco ball, his other friend, Brandon works on getting James to socialize. Feeling out of place in the world and caught between his Hispanic-American heritage and his homosexuality, James grows, realizing that life is in the journey, not the destination.
Saw II
Saw II (2005)
, 1h33
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Serial killer films, Films about psychiatry
Actors Donnie Wahlberg, Franky G, Glenn Plummer, Beverley Mitchell, Dina Meyer, Emmanuelle Vaugier
Rating65% 3.2994153.2994153.2994153.2994153.299415
Informant Michael Marks wakes up to find a spike-filled mask locked around his neck. A videotape informs him that he has sixty seconds to remove his eye with the scalpel and retrieve the key, but he cannot bring himself to do so and is killed when the mask closes. Detective Eric Matthews, is called to the scene by Detective Allison Kerry when a message for him is found. Although he is initially reluctant to join the case, Eric joins Kerry and Sergeant Daniel Rigg in leading a SWAT team to an old factory. There they find the John Kramer, The Jigsaw Killer, who he is weak from cancer, and several computer monitors showing eight people trapped in a house. Among them are Amanda Young, Jigsaw's only known survivor, and Eric's estranged son Daniel. A nerve agent filling the house will kill them within two hours, but John assures Eric he will get Daniel back if Eric talks with John until the game is complete. At Kerry's urging, Eric reluctantly agrees in order to buy time for the police tech team to arrive and trace the video signal.
Saw
Saw (2004)
, 1h43
Directed by James Wan
Origin Australie
Genres Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Serial killer films, Films about psychiatry
Actors Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Ken Leung, Tobin Bell
Roles Zep Hindle
Rating75% 3.798693.798693.798693.798693.79869
Adam, a young photographer, awakens in a filthy bathtub. He gets out and finds himself chained to by one foot to a pipe in a large dilapidated bathroom. Lawrence Gordon, an oncologist, is chained by one foot to a pipe across the room and between them lies a corpse, holding a revolver and a microcassette recorder. Adam manages to retrieve the recorder and they learn from tapes in their pockets what they must do: Adam must escape the bathroom, and Lawrence must kill Adam before six o'clock, or his wife and daughter will die and he will be left to die as well. Using a clue from the tape, Adam finds a bag in the toilet tank containing two hacksaws, though neither is able to cut through their chains. Adam's saw breaks and he throws it at a mirror in frustration. Lawrence realizes the saws are meant to be used on their feet and identifies their captor as the Jigsaw Killer, whom Lawrence knows of because he was once a suspect.
Straight-Jacket, 1h36
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Films based on plays, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Matt Letscher, Carrie Preston, Michael Emerson, Veronica Cartwright, Jack Plotnick, Miss Coco Peru
Roles Victor
Rating66% 3.34633.34633.34633.34633.3463
Guy Stone (Matt Letscher) is blissfully closeted, picking up tricks for one-night-stands, while capturing the country's heart as "America's most eligible bachelor" (starring in such films as The Love Barrel and I Married the Ghost). However, Guy's carefully managed façade collapses when he comes up for the lead in S.R.O. studio's version of Ben-Hur. Things turn sour for the film idol when a fellow actor, Freddie Stevens (Jack Plotnick) (famous in the film for portraying "Captain Astro" in a succession of Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon-type serial films), decides to steal the lead in Ben-Hur from Guy by taking a picture of Guy exiting a gay bar. Freddie plans to out Guy to the world and ruin his career. Jerry (Veronica Cartwright), Guy's repressed lesbian ball-bustingly ambitious agent, connives to cover up the impending outing and ensure Guy the role in Ben-Hur by marrying her client off with great fanfare to the studio head's secretary, Sally (Carrie Preston), who just happens to also be a slavishly devoted Guy Stone fan. However, Sally isn't aware the marriage is a sham.
The Laramie Project, 1h37
Directed by Moisés Kaufman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, Théâtre, LGBT-related films, Films based on plays, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Nestor Carbonell, Clancy Brown, Christina Ricci, Steve Buscemi, Dylan Baker, Jeremy Davies
Roles Reverend
Rating72% 3.648593.648593.648593.648593.64859
En 1998, les membres d'une compagnie de théâtre new-yorkaise se rendent à Laramie, dans le Wyoming, trois semaines après le meurtre brutal d'un étudiant homosexuel de 21 ans, Matthew Shepard. Ils espèrent ainsi comprendre comment un acte d'une telle violence a pu être commis et quelles réactions suscite le crime au sein de la population locale.
Unfaithful
Unfaithful (2002)
, 2h4
Directed by Adrian Lyne
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance, Erotic thriller
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Erotic thriller films
Actors Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez, Erik Per Sullivan, Chad Lowe, Dominic Chianese
Roles Josh
Rating66% 3.3489453.3489453.3489453.3489453.348945
Edward (Richard Gere) and Connie Sumner (Diane Lane) are a married couple living in a suburban New York City with their eight-year-old son, Charlie (Erik Per Sullivan). Their relationship is loving but lacking intimacy due to their schedules.
For Love of the Game, 2h18
Directed by Sam Raimi
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Sports films, Baseball films
Actors Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly, Jena Malone, Brian Cox, Domenick Lombardozzi
Roles Gallery Doorman
Rating65% 3.29943.29943.29943.29943.2994
The Detroit Tigers travel to New York to play a season-ending series against the New York Yankees. At 63–98, the team has long since been eliminated from playoff contention and are playing for nothing but pride against the Yankees, who have a chance to clinch the American League East with a win. For 40-year-old pitcher Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner), however, this may end up being the most significant 24 hours of his life.
The Impostors, 1h41
Directed by Stanley Tucci
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Stanley Tucci, Oliver Platt, Dana Ivey, Alfred Molina, Hope Davis, Tony Shalhoub
Rating64% 3.24793.24793.24793.24793.2479
In New York City, 1938 Arthur (Tucci) and Maurice (Platt) scrape a living by petty swindles, practicing their acting technique whenever they can. Following a drunken confrontation with pretentious and dreadful Shakespearean actor Sir Jeremy Burtom (Alfred Molina), they are forced to hide as stowaways on an ocean liner.
Playing by Heart, 2h1
Directed by Willard Carroll
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Gillian Anderson, Ellen Burstyn, April Grace, Sean Connery, Patricia Clarkson, Anthony Edwards
Roles Bosco
Rating70% 3.5489253.5489253.5489253.5489253.548925
Among the characters are a mature couple about to renew their vows (Sean Connery and Gena Rowlands); a woman (Gillian Anderson) who accepts a date offer from a stranger (Jon Stewart); a gay man dying of AIDS (Jay Mohr) and his mother (Ellen Burstyn) who has struggled to accept him; two clubbers who meet in a nightclub (Ryan Phillippe and Angelina Jolie); a couple having an affair (Anthony Edwards and Madeleine Stowe) and a man (Dennis Quaid) who tells his tragic life story to a woman he meets in a bar (Patricia Clarkson), but seems to have a strange connection to another mysterious woman. As the film continues and the stories evolve, the connections between the characters become evident. Kellie Waymire, Nastassja Kinski, Alec Mapa, Amanda Peet and Michael Emerson also have roles in the film.