Joan Cusack

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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 Evanston, Illinois... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »


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 2020 Homecoming (TV Series)
Francine Bunda
- Again (2020) ... Francine Bunda
- Meters (2020) ... Francine Bunda
- Soap (2020) ... Francine Bunda
 2019 Klaus
Mrs. Krum (voice)
 2019 Let It Snow
Tin Foil Woman
 2016-2019 The Stinky & Dirty Show (TV Series)
- Soap Opera/Rock and Rollin (2019) ... Red
- Lunch Spot/No Rest For Red (2018) ... Red
- Love Notes/Love is in the Air (2018) ... Red (voice)
- Tree Amigos/Tower Topper (2017) ... Red (voice)
 2019 Toy Story 4
Jessie (voice)
 2017-2019 A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV Series)
Justice Strauss
- Penultimate Peril: Part 2 (2019) ... Justice Strauss
- Penultimate Peril: Part 1 (2019) ... Justice Strauss
- The Bad Beginning: Part Two (2017) ... Justice Strauss
- The Bad Beginning: Part One (2017) ... Justice Strauss
 2018 Instant Family
Mrs. Howard
 2017 The Christmas Train (TV Movie)
 2017 Unicorn Store
 2017 Snatched
 2016 American Dad! (TV Series)
Widow Support Group Leader
- Widow's Pique (2016) ... Widow Support Group Leader (voice)
 2016 Disney Magic Kingdoms (Video Game)
Jessie (voice)
 2015 Freaks of Nature
Peg Parker
 2011-2015 Shameless (TV Series)
Sheila Jackson
- The Two Lisas (2015) ... Sheila Jackson
- I'm the Liver (2015) ... Sheila Jackson
- Milk of the Gods (2015) ... Sheila Jackson
- Lazarus (2014) ... Sheila Jackson
- Emily (2014) ... Sheila Jackson
 2015 The End of the Tour
 2014 Toy Story That Time Forgot (TV Short)
Jessie (voice)
 2014 Welcome to Me
Dawn Hurley
 2013 Toy Story of Terror (TV Short)
Jessie (voice)
 2013 The Office (TV Series)
Erin's Biological Mother
- Finale (2013) ... Erin's Biological Mother
 2012 Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex (Short)
Jessie (voice)
 2012 Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure (Video Game)
Jessie (English version, voice)
 2011 Toy Story Toons: Small Fry (Short)
Jessie (voice)
 2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures (Video Game)
Jessie (voice)
 2011 Arthur Christmas
Lead Elf (voice)
 2011 Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation (Short)
Jessie (voice)
 2011 Mars Needs Moms
 2011 Phineas and Ferb (TV Series)
Glenda Wilkins
- Run, Candace, Run/Last Train to Bustville (2011) ... Glenda Wilkins (voice)
 2011 Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
Verushka the Witch (voice)
 2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Pamela Burton
- Locum (2010) ... Pamela Burton
 2010 Toy Story 3: The Video Game (Video Game)
Jessie (voice)
 2010 Toy Story 3
Jessie (voice)
 2009 Acceptance (TV Movie)
 2009 My Sister's Keeper
Judge De Salvo
 2009 Toys in the Attic
Madam Curie (English version, voice)
 2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic
Jane Bloomwood
 2008 Toy Story Midway Mania! (Short)
Jessie (voice)
 2008 War, Inc.
Marsha Dillon
 2007 Martian Child
 2006 Chicken Little: Ace in Action (Video Game)
Abby Mallard (voice)
 2006 Friends with Money
 2005 Chicken Little
Abby Mallard (voice)
 2005 Ice Princess
Joan Carlyle
 2004 The Last Shot
Fanny Nash (uncredited)
 2004 Peep and the Big Wide World (TV Series short)
- The Trip to Green Island/Give Me a Call (2004) ... Narrator (voice)
- Wandering Beaver/Peep's New Friend (2004) ... Narrator (voice)
- Quack Hatches an Egg/The Whatchamacallit (2004) ... Narrator (voice)
- That's a Cat/Faster Than a Duck (2004) ... Narrator (voice)
- Hide and Go Peep/A Peep of a Different Color (2004) ... Narrator (voice)
 2004 Raising Helen
Jenny Portman
 2003 School of Rock
Rosalie Mullins
 2002 It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (TV Movie)
Rachel Bitterman
 2000-2001 What About Joan (TV Series)
Joan Gallagher
- The Curse of the Sweater (2001) ... Joan Gallagher
- Mr. Roboto (2001) ... Joan Gallagher
- Joan Sets Up Alice (2001) ... Joan Gallagher
- Jake's Dilemma (2001) ... Joan Gallagher
- It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Joan (2001) ... Joan Gallagher
 2001 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series)
- Toy Story 2 (2001) ... Jessie (voice)
 2000 Where the Heart Is
Ruth Meyers
 2000 High Fidelity
 1999/I Toy Story 2 (Video Game)
Jessie (voice)
 1999 Toy Story 2
Jessie (voice)
 1999 Runaway Bride
Peggy Flemming
 1999 Cradle Will Rock
Hazel Huffman
 1999 Arlington Road
Cheryl Lang
 1997 In & Out
Emily Montgomery
 1997 A Smile Like Yours
Nancy Tellen
 1997 Grosse Pointe Blank
 1996 Mr. Wrong
Inga Gunther
 1995 Two Much
 1995 Nine Months
Gail Dwyer
 1994 Great Performances (TV Series)
- Paddy Chayefsky's 'The Mother' (1994) ... Annie
 1994 Corrina, Corrina
 1994 Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (TV Series)
Mrs. Bean
- The Radish Cure (1994) ... Mrs. Bean
- The Pet Forgetters Cure (1994) ... Mrs. Bean
 1993 Addams Family Values
Debbie Jellinsky
 1992 Toys
Alsatia Zevo
 1992/I Hero
 1990 Arrive Alive
 1990/I My Blue Heaven
Hannah Stubbs
 1990 Men Don't Leave
 1989 Carly Simon: Let the River Run (Video short)
Joan Cusack
 1989 Say Anything...
Constance Dobler (uncredited)
 1988 Working Girl
 1988 Married to the Mob
 1988 Stars and Bars
Irene Stein
 1987 Broadcast News
Blair Litton (as Joan Cusak)
 1987 The Allnighter
 1985-1986 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Various / Brooke Shields / Salena / ...
- Catherine Oxenberg and Paul Simon/Ladysmith Black Mambazo (1986) ... Jane Fonda / Mrs. Garfunkel / Various
- Tony Danza/Laurie Anderson (1986) ... Queen Elizabeth / Salena / Various
- Oprah Winfrey/Joe Jackson (1986) ... Various
 1984 Grandview, U.S.A.
 1984 All Together Now (TV Short)
Linda Parker
 1984 Sixteen Candles
Geek Girl #1
 1983 Class
 1980 Cutting Loose
 1980 My Bodyguard
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In the 1980s, she was a member of the Chicago improv group "An Impulsive Thing" with 'Bonnie Hunt (I)' and Holly Wortell. See more »

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I was never the 'babe,' so I knew I'd never get those big roles. I'd always be the best friend or the quirky sidekick.


In the mid-1980s, was a co-founder of the three woman improv comedy troupe, "An Impulsive Thing," with Bonnie Hunt and Holly Wortell. See more »

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