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Ann Cusack
Born (1961-05-22) May 22, 1961 (age 63)
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1992–present
  • Dick Cusack (father)

Ann Cusack (born May 22, 1961) is an American actress. She had minor roles in Multiplicity (1996), A League of Their Own (1992), and The Informant! (2009). Additionally, she has made guest appearances in a number of television series, including Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, One Tree Hill, Charmed, Ghost Whisperer, The Unit, Boston Legal, Bones, Frasier, Ally McBeal, Criminal Minds, Private Practice, Fargo, Better Call Saul, The Boys and The Good Doctor.

Early life

Cusack was born in New York City and was raised in Evanston, Illinois. She is the sister of actors Joan, John, as well as another brother, Bill, and sister, Susie. Her mother, Ann Paula "Nancy" (née Carolan; 1929–2022), was a mathematics teacher and political activist. Her father, Dick Cusack (1925–2003), was an actor, producer, and writer. With her sister Joan and brother John, she trained at the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston and the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.



Cusack starred in her first film role in 1992, when she was cast in A League of Their Own, as Shirley Baker. She was in the 1996 comedy Multiplicity, which starred Michael Keaton and Andie MacDowell. Also in 1996, she replaced Anita Barone on The Jeff Foxworthy Show until the series ended. In 1998, Cusack starred in Maggie on Lifetime Television.

Cusack has made guest appearances in Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, One Tree Hill, Charmed, Ghost Whisperer, The Unit, Boston Legal, Bones, Frasier, Ally McBeal, Criminal Minds, Private Practice, and Castle among others. In 2002, she guest-starred in the episode of Star Trek: Enterprise entitled "Carbon Creek". She had a small role in Grosse Pointe Blank, which starred her siblings John and Joan; appeared in the movie Accepted, in which she plays Diane Gaines, mother to the lead character played by Justin Long; and appeared in the film What Planet Are You From?. She also co-starred in Ace Ventura Jr: Pet Detective as Melissa Robinson Ventura, the titular character's mother (replacing Courteney Cox from the original film).

She also appeared in the SciFi series Lost Room as Helen Ruber (two episodes, 2006). In 2015, she appeared in the first episode of Fargo's second season. In 2016, she played Donna Dent in the Clint Eastwood-directed Warner Bros. film Sully, about Chesley Sullenberger and the events of Flight 1549, starring Tom Hanks. She also made her first appearance as Rebecca Bois, Chuck's ex wife, in season two of Better Call Saul, later returning in season three.

Musical career

In August 2021, Cusack formed the musical group entitled, "Ann Cusack and the Generation Jones Band" which she is the lead singer.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 League of Their Own, AA League of Their Own Shirley Baker
1993 Malice Waitress
1994 Renaissance Man Bill's Secretary
1995 Tank Girl Sub Girl
1995 The Point of Betrayal
1996 Birdcage, TheThe Birdcage TV Woman in Van
1996 Multiplicity Noreen
1996 My Fellow Americans White House Tour Guide
1997 Grosse Pointe Blank Amy
1997 Cannes Man Kitty Monaco
1997 Peoria Babylon Candy Dineen
1997 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Delivery Woman
1999 Stigmata Dr. Reston
2000 What Planet Are You From? Liz
2001 America's Sweethearts Assistant to Lee Phillips
2006 Accepted Diane Gaines
2006 Sensation of Sight, TheThe Sensation of Sight Deanna
2006 Arc Angela Blake
2007 Cake: A Wedding Story Celeste
2007 Neighbor, TheThe Neighbor Jenny
2009 Informant!, TheThe Informant! Robin Mann
2009 First Time, TheThe First Time Beatrice
2010 Crooked Lane Ava
2014 Nightcrawler Linda
2016 Sully Donna Dent
2017 Heart, Baby Nurse Claire


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Overexposed Marcy Levin TV film
1992 Jackie Thomas Show, TheThe Jackie Thomas Show Stephanie TV series
1993 Love & War Katherine Episodes: "Valentine's Day" & "Croton on Hudson"
1993 Victim of Love: The Shannon Mohr Story Television film
1995 Murder, She Wrote Margaret Barkley Episode: "The Scent of Murder"
1996–1997 Jeff Foxworthy Show, TheThe Jeff Foxworthy Show Karen Foxworthy Main role
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Jan Armstrong TV miniseries
1998–1999 Maggie Maggie Day Lead role
1999 Ladies Man Delilah Episode: "Thanks for Nothing"
2000 Huntress, TheThe Huntress Melissa Schiffer Episode: "Kidnapped"
2001 Ally McBeal Rebecca Moore Episode: "The Obstacle Course"
2001 What About Joan? Ann Gallagher Episode: "Joan's Sister Visits"
2001 Black River Mandy Pruell TV film
2002 My Sister's Keeper Grace TV film
2002 Family Law Nancy Emerson Episode: "Alienation of Affection"
2002 Star Trek: Enterprise Maggie Episode: "Carbon Creek"
2003 Miracles Karen Longview Episode: "The Friendly Skies"
2003 Frasier Antonia Episode: "Daphne Does Dinner"
2003 Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire, TheThe Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire Julie Shaw Main role
2004 One Tree Hill Dr. Nora Thorpe Episodes: "The Living Years" & "Hanging by a Moment"
2004, 2005 Charmed Miss Donovan Episodes: "Charmed Noir" & "Carpe Demon"
2005 Six Feet Under Linda Hoviak Episode: "Dancing for Me"
2006 Ghost Whisperer Grace Dowling Episode: "Melinda's First Ghost"
2006 Grey's Anatomy Amy Episode: "What Have I Done to Deserve This?"
2006 Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America Denise Connelly Television film
2006 Bones Brianna's Lawyer Episode: "The Titan on the Track"
2006 Close to Home Martha Harris Episode: "There's Something About Martha"
2006 Lost Room, TheThe Lost Room Helen Ruber TV miniseries
2007 Boston Legal Dr. Donna Follette Episode: "Angel of Death"
2007 Army Wives Hannah White Episode: "Dirty Laundry"
2008 Brothers & Sisters Jamie Episode: "Double Negative"
2008 Greek Karen Cartwright Episode: "47 Hours and 11 Minutes"
2008–2009 Unit, TheThe Unit Susan Gillium Recurring role
2009 Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective Melissa Ventura Television film
2009–2011 Private Practice Susan Grant Recurring role
2010 Criminal Minds Sarah Hillridge Episode: "Mosley Lane"
2010 Trauma Episode: "Scope of Practice"
2010 In Plain Sight Melissa Donaldson Episode: "Whistle Stop"
2010 Genesis Files, TheThe Genesis Files Jane 3 episodes
2011 Harry's Law Lynette Zales Episode: "The Fragile Beast"
2012 Body of Proof Gail Whirley Episode: "Identity"
2012 Hart of Dixie Annie Hattenbarger Episodes: "The Race & the Relationship" & "Disaster Drills & Departures"
2012 Scandal Corinne Stark Episode: "Hunting Season"
2014 Sullivan & Son Ellen Episode: "Everybody Loved Frank"
2015 Backstrom Sandy Hale-Cooper Episode: "Love is a Rose and You Better Not Pick It"
2015 Fargo Judge Mundt Episode: "Waiting for Dutch"
2015, 2016 Castle Rita Episodes: "XX" & "Dead Red"
2016 Grimm Mrs. Baske Episode: "Lycanthropia"
2016–2018 Better Call Saul Rebecca Bois 5 episodes
2017 Tycoon Catherine Blake TV series
2017 Mr. Mercedes Olivia Trelawney 3 episodes
2018 Castle Rock Warden Theresa Porter 5 episodes
2019–present The Boys Donna January Recurring role
2020 Station 19 Joan Episode: "I Know This Bar"
2021 The Good Doctor Ilana Reeves Episode: "Expired"

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