Michael Emerson

  • Birth Place: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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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.

Awards

  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 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
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Winner

Relationships

  • Carrie Preston — Wife

College

  • Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, United States (BA in Theater, 1976); University of Alabama, Montgomery, Alabama, United States (MFA, 1995)

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