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Michael Emerson was born on September 7, 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA. He is an actor, known for Person of Interest (2011), Lost (2004) and Saw (2004). He has been married to Carrie Preston since September 5, 1998. See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Person of Interest
Person of Interest Harold Finch
(2011-2016)
Lost
Lost Benjamin 'Ben' Linus / Henry Gale
(2006-2010)
Saw
Saw Zep Hindle
(2004)

Filmography

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 2015 The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Narrator
- Into the Atom (2015) ... Narrator (uncredited)
- Unruly Elements (2015) ... Narrator (uncredited)
- Out of Thin Air (2015) ... Narrator (uncredited)
 2012 Living in the Age of Surveillance (Video short)
Various
 2011 Generator Rex (TV Series)
Nanite Alpha
- Ben 10/Generator Rex Heroes United (2011) ... Nanite Alpha (voice)
 2011 Parenthood (TV Series)
Andy Fitzgerald
- Amazing Andy and His Wonderful World of Bugs (2011) ... Andy Fitzgerald
 2010 God in America (TV Series)
John Winthrop
- A New Adam/A New Eden (2010) ... John Winthrop
 2010 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series)
Creepy Target Sock Shopper
 2010 Goldstar, Ohio (Short)
Steve Harper
 2010 Lost: Final Chapter (TV Movie)
Narrator / Ben Linus
 2009 Lost: A Journey in Time (TV Movie)
Narrator / Ben Linus (voice)
 2008/I Ready? OK!
Charlie New
 2008 Lost: Via Domus (Video Game)
Ben Linus (voice)
 2008 Lost: Past, Present & Future (TV Movie)
Narrator / Ben Linus
 2007 Lost: Missing Pieces (TV Mini-Series)
Ben Linus
- Room 23 (2007) ... Ben Linus (uncredited)
- King of the Castle (2007) ... Ben Linus (uncredited)
 2006 Jumping Off Bridges
Frank Nelson
 2005 The Inside (TV Series)
Marty Manning
- Pre-Filer (2005) ... Marty Manning
 2005 29th and Gay
Gorilla
 2004 Straight-Jacket
Victor
 2004 Saw
Zep Hindle
 2003 Skin (TV Series)
Scarpelli
- Secrets & Lies (2003) ... Scarpelli
 2002 The X-Files (TV Series)
Oliver Martin
- Sunshine Days (2002) ... Oliver Martin
 2002 Unfaithful
Josh
 2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Gerry Rankin
- Phantom (2002) ... Gerry Rankin
 2002 The Laramie Project (TV Movie)
Reverend
 2001 Sounds from a Town I Love (TV Short)
 2001 The Education of Max Bickford (TV Series)
- Herding Cats (2001)
 2000-2001 The Practice (TV Series)
William Hinks
- The Thin Line (2001) ... William Hinks (uncredited)
- Payback (2001) ... William Hinks (voice, uncredited)
- The Deal (2000) ... William Hinks
 2000 The District (TV Series)
Man in Bar
- Pilot (2000) ... Man in Bar
 2000 Stark Raving Mad (TV Series)
Mr. Putnam
- The Psychic (2000) ... Mr. Putnam
 1999 For Love of the Game
Gallery Doorman
 1999 I'll Take You There
Tom
 1998 Grace & Glorie (TV Movie)
Arnold Dudley
 1997/I The Journey
Michael
 1990 Orpheus Descending (TV Movie)
Clown
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Other Works:

Co-narrated the audio book version of James Patterson's novel "Four Blind Mice," released in early 2002. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 8½" (1.74 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on having appeared for five seasons on 'Lost'] I like the show better the more I think of it. It did break new ground and it had a ripple effect. It played with the narrative process. It presented the audience with an esoteric view of time and space in a way they hadn't seen before. And I think the audience paid it back with this incredible affection and fervor that has really never gone away. See more »

Trivia:

Worked as a freelance illustrator and in retail before his acting career started. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently works with wife Carrie Preston (e.g. mother and son in 'Lost' (though not in the same scenes), doomed fiances in 'Person of Interest', neighbors in 'Ready? OK!', and numerous appearances together on stage). See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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