Michael Emerson

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Biography

  • Birth Place: Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 09/07/1954, Virgo
  • Profession: Actor
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Michael Emerson Fast Facts:
  • Before acting, he worked as a carpenter, landscaper, teacher and freelance illustrator (his drawings appeared in the New York Times and the Boston Globe).
  • Met his wife, Carrie Preston, while the two were appearing in Hamlet at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
  • First major New York stage role was as Oscar Wilde in the 1997 off-Broadway production Gross Indecency: The Trials of Oscar Wilde; made his Broadway debut in a 1999 production of The Iceman Cometh.
  • Breakout film role was in the 2004 horror movie Saw.
  • Was originally cast for a three-episode guest stint on Lost, but producers were so impressed with his performance that they decided to make him a series regular.
  • Supports a number of charities connected to the theater community, including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Gay Men's Health Crisis.
  • Michael Emerson Relationships:
  • Carrie Preston - Wife
  • Michael Emerson Awards:
  • 2001 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2009 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2010 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Drake University, Des Moines, IA (BA in Theater, 1976); University of Alabama, Montgomery, AL (MFA, 1995)

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