Henry Ian Cusick (born 17 April 1967) is a Peruvian-born British actor of television, film, and theatre.
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, and is currently starring as Marcus Kane In the CW drama The 100.
Henry Ian Cusick was born in Trujillo, Peru, to a Peruvian mother (Esperanza ChÃ¡vez) 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. There Cusick attended Presentation College, San Fernando. He moved to Scotland with his family at the age of fourteen. 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. He 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, and Horner in The Country Wife. His 1994 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 commendation at the 1995 Ian Charleson Awards 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. 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. 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 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 appeared in two episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the twelfth season, playing Erik Weber, a vigilante with a Citizens Organized Against Predators group. He was in ABC's Scandal in 2011, but left the following year.
He also played Trent Marsh in Body of Proof and currently appears as Marcus Kane in The 100, which premiered in March 2014.
Cusick also directed a short film called Dress, filmed in his home town, Kailua, Hawaii, winning the best short at HIFF and Peace on Earth Film Festival
Cusick and his wife Annie Cusick Wood are parents to three sons, Eli (born 1994), Lucas (born 1998), and Esau (born 2000). They live in Kailua, Hawaii.
- Stolzius in The Soldiers - Royal Lyceum Theatre (preview, Edinburgh International Festival)
- Torquato Tasso in Torquato Tasso - Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh â" Commendation, Ian Charleson Awards
- Creon and The Messenger in Oedipus Rex - Glasgow Citizens Theatre â" Commendation, Ian Charleson Awards
- Dorian Gray in The Picture of Dorian Gray - Glasgow Citizens Theatre
- Horner in The Country Wife - Glasgow Citizens Theatre
- Hamlet in The Marovitz Hamlet - Glasgow Citizens Theatre
- McCann in The Birthday Party - Glasgow Citizens Theatre
- Jeffrey in The Dying Gaul - Citizens Theatre
- Nick in The LA Plays - Almeida Theatre, London
- The Home Show Pieces for Citizens Theatre
- Cassio in Othello - Royal Shakespeare Company
- Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream - Royal Shakespeare Company
- Pompey in Antony and Cleopatra - Royal Shakespeare Company
- Henry Green in Richard II - Royal National Theatre
- Arthur in The Machine Wreckers - Royal National Theatre
- Dollabella in Antony and Cleopatra - Royal National Theatre
- Le Vicomte De Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses - Liverpool Playhouse
- Louis Ironson in Angels in America for 7:84 Theatre Company
- Title role in MoliÃ¨re's Don Juan for Theatre Babel
- Ross/Witch in Macbeth - Glasgow Citizens Theatre
- Henry Ian Cusick at the Internet Movie Database
- Official Website