Ann Cusack has carved out a career marked by her versatility, transitioning easily from television to film playing different roles, genres, periods, and styles. Whether she is playing one of the flight attendants in Clint Eastwood’s Sully (2016) or a crusty judge in Fargo, to an ex-wife in Better Call Saul, to a district attorney in The Informant! (2009).
Raised in Evanston, Illinois, she started training in improvisation and story theater techniques starting at the age of 9 with Joyce and the late Bryne Piven. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University. Her big break came when Penny Marshall cast her as the illiterate Shirley Baker in A League of Their Own (1992). She hasn’t stopped working since. Audiences have seen her in such films as Nightcrawler (2014), Accepted (2006), and Stigmata (1999). She had the privilege of working on two films with the late Mike Nichols, What Planet Are You From? (2000) and The Birdcage (1996). In The Sensation of Sight (2006), she played Academy Award nominee David Strathairn’s wife. She also played the love interest of one of the clones in Multiplicity (1996), opposite Michael Keaton, and shared the screen in Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) with her siblings, John and Joan Cusack.
Some of her current TV credits include The Boys, The Good Doctor, Castle Rock, Mr. Mercedes, Scandal, Castle, and Criminal Minds. Other credits include the lead character in the Lifetime half-hour series Maggie; Grimm; Masters of Sex; Private Practice; David E. Kelley’s The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire; and Jeff Foxworthy’s wife on NBC’s hit, The Jeff Foxworthy Show.
Along with her acting career, Ann has a blues band called Annie and The True Blues, which plays in various clubs around L.A.
Whether it’s a sitcom, hour-long drama, independent film, studio film, network, cable TV, or webisodes, Ann works in all formats, styles, periods, and genres. She currently resides in Los Angeles.