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Henry Ian Cusick (born April 17, 1967) is a Scottishmarker actor of stage, television, and film. For his role as Desmond Hume on the television series Lost, he has received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.


Early life

Henry Ian Cusick Chávez was born in Trujillomarker, Perumarker to a Peruvian mother and a Scottishmarker father. After living in Trujillo for two years, his family moved to Spainmarker, then Scotlandmarker and lived in Trinidad and Tobagomarker for ten years. There he attended Presentation College. He moved back to Scotlandmarker at the age of fifteen. Cusick spent six months at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgowmarker and then joined the Citizens' Theatremarker. He also appeared in various productions for the Strathclyde Theatre Group in Glasgow. He is fluent in both English and Spanish, and was raised Roman Catholic.


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 then began taking television and film roles. After appearing in recurring roles in shows such as Casualty and The Book Group, he starred as Jesus Christ in the 2003 film The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John, a word-by-word re-telling of Saint John's Gospel. 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 season three onwards. 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."

He also appeared as Theo Stoller in two episodes of season 5 of 24, the 2007 film Hitman, and 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.

Personal life

Cusick and wife Annie are parents to three sons, Elias, Lucas and Esau. The couple were married in a civil ceremony following fourteen years of cohabitation on July 15, 2006. They live in Oahu, Hawaiimarker together.

On April 24, 2009, a lawsuit was filed by a former Lost employee, who claimed Cusick had sexually harassed her in October 2007.



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


Year Series 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
2001-2002 Casualty Jason Recurring role
2002 The Dinosaur Hunters Gideon Mantell
2002-2003 Two Thousand Acres of Sky Dr. Ewan Talbot Appeared in three episodes
2003 Happiness Phillip Episode "A Nice Person"
Adventure Inc. Gavin Merrill Episode "Echoes of the Past"
The 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- Lost Desmond 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.
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 Nova Charles Darwin Episode "Darwin's Darkest Hour"




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