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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
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
Was originally cast for a three-episode guest stint on
, 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
2009 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
2010 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
2007 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
2010 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
2008 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
Drake University, Des Moines, IA (BA in Theater, 1976); University of Alabama, Montgomery, AL (MFA, 1995)
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