Joan Cusack


11 Oct 1962


New York City, New York, USA


Joan Mary Cusack


Actress Joan Cusack was born in New York City, New York, and is the daughter of Nancy (née Carolan) and Dick Cusack. Her father was an advertising executive, writer and actor, and her mother was a math teacher. Her siblings - Susie Cusack, John Cusack, Ann Cusack and Bill Cusack also act. Her family is of Irish descent.

Raised in Illinois, Cusack was actively encouraged to explore her creativity by her parents, and as a child she joined the Piven Theater Workshop. She went on to learn and perform improvisation at the Story Theater and The Ark. Later she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with a bachelor's degree in English.

Whilst at university, Cusack took some small film roles, but her big break came after graduation, when she joined the cast of the legendary "Saturday Night Live". However, she only stayed for a season before moving on to explore other projects. In 1987, she produced a memorable turn in the acclaimed Broadcast News (1987), and she was Oscar nominated for her performance in Working Girl (1988). Other notable films include Addams Family Values (1993), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) and In & Out (1997), which earned her a second Oscar nomination. She also provided, superbly, the voice of Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl in Toy Story 2 (1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010). On television she scored a role on "Shameless", with her work garnering her an Emmy nomination.

Joan Cusack is married to an attorney, Dick Burke. They have two sons - Dylan and Miles.

Actor ( 89 credits )

Toy Story 4 (2019) Jessie (voice)
Snatched (2017)
Unicorn Store (2017)
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
A Series of Unfortunate Events (2016)  Justice Strauss (1 episode, 2016)
Freaks of Nature (2015)
The End of the Tour (2015) Limo Driver
Welcome to Me (2014)
Full Body Whisper (2013) Herself
Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex (2012) Jessie (voice)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) Dr. Burton
Arthur Christmas (2011) Lead Elf (voice)
Toy Story Toons: Small Fry (2011) Jessie (voice)
Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation (2011) Jessie (voice)
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011) Verushka the Witch (voice)
Mars Needs Moms (2011) Mom
Shameless (2011)  Sheila Jackson (41 episodes, 2011-2014)
Toy Story 3 (2010) Jessie (voice)
Toys in the Attic (2009) Madam Curie (voice)
My Sister's Keeper (2009) Judge De Salvo
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) Jane Bloomwood
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
Animation Lookback (2009)  Brutasha the Witch / ... (archive footage) (1 episode,
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) Miss Bond
War, Inc. (2008) Marsha Dillon
The Wendy Williams Show (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
The Bonnie Hunt Show (2008)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2010)
That Fellow in the Coat (2008)  Jessie (archive footage) (1 episode, 2010)
Martian Child (2007) Liz
Phineas and Ferb (2007)  Glenda Wilkins (1 episode, 2011)
Friends with Money (2006) Franny
Rachael Ray (2006)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2006)
Local Flavor with Joan Cusack (2006)  Herself - Host (3 episodes, 2006)
Chicken Little (2005) Abby Mallard (voice)
Ice Princess (2005) Joan Carlyle
The Office (2005)  Erin's Biological Mother (1 episode, 2013)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Herself (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
The Last Shot (2004) Fanny Nash (uncredited)
Raising Helen (2004) Jenny Portman
Peep and the Big Wide World (2004)  Narrator (26 episodes, 2004)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) Mother
School of Rock (2003) Rosalie Mullins
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Food Network Challenge (2003)  Herself - Judge (1 episode, 2010)
Where the Heart Is (2000) Ruth Meyers
The 14th Annual American Comedy Awards (2000) Herself
High Fidelity (2000) Liz
What About Joan (2000)  Joan Gallagher (21 episodes, 2000-2001)
Fan-Made Music Videos (2000)  Rosalie (archive footage) (1 episode, 2005)
Cradle Will Rock (1999) Hazel Huffman
Toy Story 2 (1999) Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl (voice)
Runaway Bride (1999) Peggy Flemming
Arlington Road (1999) Cheryl Lang
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)  Pamela Burton (1 episode, 2010)
In & Out (1997) Emily Montgomery
A Smile Like Yours (1997) Nancy Tellen
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) Marcella
The View (1997)  Herself (2 episodes, 2005)
Corazón de... (1997)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Two Much (1996) Gloria
Mr. Wrong (1996) Inga Gunther
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Herself (3 episodes, 1998-2001)
Nine Months (1995) Gail Dwyer
Corrina, Corrina (1994) Jonesy
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (1994)  Mrs. Bean (2 episodes, 1994)
Addams Family Values (1993) Debbie Jellinsky
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Herself (1 episode, 1993)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Herself - Guest (2 episodes, 1997-2001)
Toys (1992) Alsatia Zevo
Hero (1992) Evelyn
HBO First Look (1992)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez (1991) Cathy
My Blue Heaven (1990) Hannah Stubbs
Men Don't Leave (1990) Jody
Arrive Alive (1990) Joy
Say Anything... (1989) Constance Dobler (uncredited)
Working Girl (1988) Cyn
Married to the Mob (1988) Rose
Stars and Bars (1988) Irene Stein
Broadcast News (1987) Blair Litton (as Joan Cusak)
The Allnighter (1987) Gina
Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) Mary Maine
Sixteen Candles (1984) Geek Girl #1
Class (1983) Julia
Cutting Loose (1980)
My Bodyguard (1980) Shelley
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Various / ... (18 episodes, 1985-1986)
Great Performances (1971)  Annie (1 episode, 1994)