Actor Henry Ian Cusick was born on April 17, 1967 in Trujillo, Peru. He spent his first 15 years in Trinidad & Tobago, and thereafter moved to Scotland. He is part-Peruvian and part-Scottish, and grew up under the Roman Catholic faith and value system. He was a student of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, but was expelled after only one year because he was caught smoking cannabis. After he was made to leave school, Cusick became a member of the Citizens’ Theater.
During his stint with the Citizens’ Theater, Cusick worked with actor Rupert Everett in a production called The Picture of Dorian Gray. He also starred opposite Helen Baxendale on the play Marovitz Hamlet, and was cast in the role of Horner in The Country Wife. For his obvious talent as a stage actor, Cusick has garnered several prestigious recognitions, namely an Ian Charleson Award for Outstanding Performance by a Young Actor in a Classical Theater Role. The Award was given to him on account of his impressive portrayals of Torquato Tasso in the play Torquato Tasso and Creon in the Greek tragedy Oedipus.
Cusick’s additional stage credits include The Soldiers at the Edinburgh International Festival, The Birthday Party with the Glasgow Citizens’ Theater and Angels in America with the 7:84 Theater Company. Among the plays he did with the Royal Shakespeare Company are Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Antony and Cleopatra, while among the plays he did with the Royal National Theater are Richard II. Machine Wreckers and Antony and Cleopatra (alongside Alan Rickman).
On the small screen, Cusick is most known for his portrayal of Desmond Hume on the hit series, Lost. In 2006, he appeared in the 5th season of another popular series, 24. But his most recent work include a recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
At present, Cusick is part of the ABC series Scandal as Stephen Finch.
Henry Ian Cusick did a Lost commercial for Russia's Channel 1. He spoke Russian in it, learning his lines in under 20 minutes with a dialect coach.
He hates to fly.
He speaks Spanish fluently.
He and his wife, Annie, have three sons, Elias, Lucas and Esau. The couple lived together for fourteen years before finally tying the knot on July 15, 2006.
Nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor - Drama Series.
-2003 The Gospel of John
-2004 Perfect Romance
-2006 Half Light
-After the Rain
-2009 Dead Like Me
-1997 Richard II
-2001 Murder Rooms: The White Knight Stratagem
-2002 The Dinosaur Hunters
-2002-2003 Two Thousand Acres of Sky -
-2003 Happiness -
-The Book Group
-2004 Midsomer Murders
-2005 Waking the Dead
-2010 Law and Order: SVU
"I think the writers have done a fantastic job with Desmond. Desmond is central to many things on the island, but I think every character has an important role to play in the story. I’m delighted that Desmond has turned out to be such an interesting character.“