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

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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

Filmography

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  Man & Witch (post-production)
Evil Wizard
 2019-2022 Evil (TV Series)
Leland Townsend
- The Demon of the End (2022) ... Leland Townsend
- The Demon of Money (2022) ... Leland Townsend
- The Demon of Parenthood (2022) ... Leland Townsend
- The Demon of Cults (2022) ... Leland Townsend
- The Demon of Algorithms (2022) ... Leland Townsend
 2022 Glimpse
Reg Kelson
 2020 Crucible (Video Game)
Brother (voice)
 2019 The Name of the Rose (TV Series)
Abate Abbassano da Fossanova
- Episode #1.8 (2019) ... Abate Abbassano da Fossanova
- Episode #1.7 (2019) ... Abate Abbassano da Fossanova
- Episode #1.6 (2019) ... Abate Abbassano da Fossanova
- Episode #1.5 (2019) ... Abate Abbassano da Fossanova
- Episode #1.4 (2019) ... Abate Abbassano da Fossanova
 2018 Mozart in the Jungle (TV Series)
Morton Norton
- I Want You To Think of Me (2018) ... Morton Norton
- An Honest Ghost (2018) ... Morton Norton
 2017-2018 Arrow (TV Series)
Cayden James
- The Devil's Greatest Trick (2018) ... Cayden James
- All for Nothing (2018) ... Cayden James
- We Fall (2018) ... Cayden James
- Divided (2018) ... Cayden James
- Irreconcilable Differences (2017) ... Cayden James
 2017 Claws (TV Series)
Ted
- Ambrosia (2017) ... Ted
 2011-2016 Person of Interest (TV Series)
Harold Finch
- Return 0 (2016) ... Harold Finch
- .exe (2016) ... Harold Finch
- Synecdoche (2016) ... Harold Finch
- The Day the World Went Away (2016) ... Harold Finch
- Sotto Voce (2016) ... Harold Finch
 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)
 2013 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Video)
Joker (voice)
 2013 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (Video)
Joker (voice)
 2012 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (Video)
Joker (voice)
 2011 Generator Rex (TV Series)
Nanite Alpha
- Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United (2011) ... Nanite Alpha (voice)
 2011 G.I. Joe: Renegades (TV Series)
Dr. Archibald Monev / Dr. Venom
- The Anaconda Strain (2011) ... Dr. Archibald Monev / Dr. Venom (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 Lost: Epilogue - The New Man in Charge (Video short)
Ben
 2006-2010 Lost (TV Series)
Ben Linus / Henry Gale
- The End: Part 2 (2010) ... Ben Linus
- The End: Part 1 (2010) ... Ben Linus
- What They Died For (2010) ... Ben Linus
- Across the Sea (2010) ... Ben Linus (credit only)
- The Candidate (2010) ... Ben Linus (credit only)
 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 Legend of Zorro
Harrigan
 2005 The Inside (TV Series)
Marty Manning
- Pre-Filer (2005) ... Marty Manning
 2005 29th & Gay
Gorilla
 2004 Straight-Jacket
Victor
 2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Allan Shaye
- Ritual (2004) ... Allan Shaye
 2004 Saw
Zep Hindle
 2003 Whoopi (TV Series)
F. Thomas Erickson
- The Fat and the Frivolous (2003) ... F. Thomas Erickson
 2003 Skin (TV Mini Series)
Scarpelli
- Secrets & Lies (2003) ... Scarpelli
 2003 Without a Trace (TV Series)
Stuart Wesmar
- Victory for Humanity (2003) ... Stuart Wesmar
 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)
- An Early Frost (2001) ... William Hinks
- Friends and Ex-Lovers (2000) ... William Hinks
- 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 Playing by Heart
Bosco
 1998 Grace & Glorie (TV Movie)
Arnold Dudley
 1998 The Impostors
Burtom's Assistant
 1997/I The Journey
Michael
 1990 Orpheus Descending (TV Movie)
Clown
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Played the Duke in Measure For Measure at the California Shakespeare Theater, directed by Daniel Fish, summer 2003. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Height:

5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Spouse:

Carrie Preston

Parents:

Emerson, Ronald H. | Emerson, Carol
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Personal Quote:

[When he was cast as Oscar Wilde...] This was the break of a lifetime. This was my Cinderella moment. See more »

Trivia:

In 1995, he graduated from the prestigious Professional Actor Training M. F. A. program run jointly by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and The University of Alabama Department of Theater and Dance. He turned 40 while in the program, which made him about 15 years older than the typical theater graduate student. 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 »

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