Ann Cusack

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Ann Cusack
Born (1961-05-22) May 22, 1961 (age 59)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Years active1992–present

Ann Cusack (born May 22, 1961) is an American actress. She had minor roles in both the 1996 comedy Multiplicity, A League of Their Own (1992) and The Informant! (2009). Additionally, she has made guest appearances in a number of television series, including Grey's Anatomy , Scandal , One Tree Hill , Charmed , Ghost Whisperer , The Unit , Boston Legal , Bones , Frasier , Ally McBeal , Criminal Minds , Private Practice , Fargo , Better Call Saul , and The Boys .


Early life

Cusack was born in Manhattan and raised in Evanston, Illinois. [1] She is the sister of actors Joan, John, Bill, and Susie. Her mother, Ann Paula "Nancy" (née Carolan), is a former mathematics teacher and political activist. [2] [3] [4] Her father, Dick Cusack, was an actor, producer, and writer. With her sister Joan and brother John, she trained at the Piven Theatre Workshop [5] in Evanston and the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.


Cusack starred in her first film role in 1992, when she was cast in A League of Their Own , as Shirley Baker. She was in the 1996 comedy Multiplicity , which starred Michael Keaton and Andie MacDowell. Also in 1996, she replaced Anita Barone on The Jeff Foxworthy Show until the series ended. In 1998, Cusack starred in Maggie on Lifetime Television. Cusack has made guest appearances in Grey's Anatomy , Scandal , One Tree Hill , Charmed , Ghost Whisperer , The Unit , Boston Legal , Bones , Frasier , Ally McBeal , Criminal Minds , Private Practice , and Castle among others. In 2002, she guest-starred in the episode of Star Trek: Enterprise entitled "Carbon Creek". She had a small role in Grosse Pointe Blank , which starred her siblings John and Joan; appeared in the movie Accepted, in which she plays Diane Gaines, mother to the lead character played by Justin Long; and appeared in the film What Planet Are You From . She also co-starred in Ace Ventura Jr: Pet Detective as Melissa Robinson Ventura, the titular character's mother (replacing Courteney Cox from the original film). She also appeared in the SciFi series Lost Room as Helen Ruber (two episodes, 2006). In 2015, she appeared in the first episode of Fargo's second season. In 2016, she played Donna Dent in the Clint Eastwood-directed Warner Bros. film Sully, about Chesley Sullenberger and the events of Flight 1549, starring Tom Hanks. She also made her first appearance as Rebecca Bois, Chuck's ex wife, in season two of Better Call Saul, later returning in season three. [6] [7]



1992 A League of Their Own Shirley Baker
1993 Malice Waitress
1994 Renaissance Man Bill's Secretary
1995 Tank Girl Sub Girl
1995 The Point of Betrayal
1996 The Birdcage TV Woman in Van
1996 Multiplicity Noreen
1996 My Fellow Americans White House Tour Guide
1997 Grosse Pointe Blank Amy
1997 Cannes Man Kitty Monaco
1997 Peoria Babylon Candy Dineen
1997 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Delivery Woman
1999 Stigmata Dr. Reston
2000 What Planet Are You From? Liz
2001 America's Sweethearts Assistant to Lee Phillips
2006 Accepted Diane Gaines
2006 The Sensation of Sight Deanna
2006ArcAngela Blake
2007 Cake: A Wedding Story Celeste
2007The NeighborJenny
2009 The Informant! Robin Mann
2009 The First Time Beatrice
2010Crooked LaneAva
2014 Nightcrawler Linda
2016 Sully Donna Dent
2017Heart, BabyNurse Claire


1992OverexposedMarcy LevinTV film
1992 The Jackie Thomas Show StephanieTV series
1993 Love & War Katherine"Valentine's Day", "Croton on Hudson"
1993Victim of Love: The Shannon Mohr StoryTelevision film
1995 Murder, She Wrote Margaret Barkley"The Scent of Murder"
1996–1997 The Jeff Foxworthy Show Karen FoxworthyMain role
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Jan ArmstrongTV miniseries
1998–1999 Maggie Maggie DayLead role
1999 Ladies Man Delilah"Thanks for Nothing"
2000 The Huntress Melissa Schiffer"Kidnapped"
2001 Ally McBeal Rebecca Moore"The Obstacle Course"
2001 What About Joan? Ann Gallagher"Joan's Sister Visits"
2001 Black River Mandy PruellTV film
2002My Sister's KeeperGraceTV film
2002 Family Law Nancy Emerson"Alienation of Affection"
2002 Star Trek: Enterprise Maggie"Carbon Creek"
2003 Miracles Karen Longview"The Friendly Skies"
2003 Frasier Antonia"Daphne Does Dinner"
2003 The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire Julie ShawMain role
2004 One Tree Hill Dr. Nora Thorpe"The Living Years", "Hanging by a Moment"
2004–2005 Charmed Miss Donovan"Charmed Noir", "Carpe Demon"
2005 Six Feet Under Linda Hoviak"Dancing for Me"
2006 Ghost Whisperer Grace Dowling"Melinda's First Ghost"
2006 Grey's Anatomy Amy"What Have I Done to Deserve This?"
2006 Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America Denise ConnellyTelevision film
2006 Bones Brianna's Lawyer"The Titan on the Track"
2006 Close to Home Martha Harris"There's Something About Martha"
2006 The Lost Room Helen RuberTV miniseries
2007 Boston Legal Dr. Donna Follette"Angel of Death"
2007 Army Wives Hannah White"Dirty Laundry"
2008 Brothers & Sisters Jamie"Double Negative"
2008 Greek Karen Cartwright"47 Hours and 11 Minutes"
2008–2009 The Unit Susan GilliumRecurring role
2009 Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective Melissa VenturaTelevision film
2009–2011 Private Practice Susan GrantRecurring role
2010 Criminal Minds Sarah Hillridge"Mosley Lane"
2010 Trauma "Scope of Practice"
2010 In Plain Sight Melissa Donaldson"Whistle Stop"
2010The Genesis FilesJane"The B Word", "Meet the Team", "Showdown at Mr. Bubbles"
2011 Harry's Law Lynette Zales"The Fragile Beast"
2012 Body of Proof Gail Whirley"Identity"
2012 Hart of Dixie Annie Hattenbarger"The Race & the Relationship", "Disaster Drills & Departures"
2012 Scandal Corinne Stark"Hunting Season"
2013 Masters of Sex Harriet"Brave New World"
2014 Sullivan & Son Ellen"Everybody Loved Frank"
2015 Backstrom Sandy Hale-Cooper"Love is a Rose and You Better Not Pick It"
2015 Fargo Judge Mundt"Waiting for Dutch"
2015–2016 Castle Rita"XX", "Dead Red"
2016 Grimm Mrs. Baske"Lycanthropia"
2016–2018 Better Call Saul Rebecca Bois4 episodes
2017TycoonCatherine BlakeTV series
2017 Mr. Mercedes Olivia TrelawneyRecurring role (season 1): 3 episodes
2018 Castle Rock Warden Theresa Porter5 episodes
2019–present The Boys Donna JanuaryRecurring role, 6 episodes
2020 Station 19 Joan"I Know This Bar"

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