Dick Cusack

Dick Cusack

American actor and filmmaker
Date of Birth: 29.08.1925
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Richard John Cusack
  2. Education and Military Service
  3. Acting Career
  4. Roles and Achievements
  5. Philanthropy and Legacy

Biography of Richard John Cusack

Richard John Cusack was born in New York, to an Irish-American Catholic family. His parents, Richard and Catherine Cusack, immigrated to America and settled in Essex, Massachusetts, where Richard Jr. was born. He later got married and named his son Richard as well.

Dick Cusack

Education and Military Service

Cusack received his higher education first at a local college and then at a university. He attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester after World War II. During his time there, Richard developed an interest in sports and even played for the local basketball team. He also served in the army and fought in the Philippines during World War II.

Acting Career

After university, Cusack worked in the advertising business before pursuing a career in acting. He initially had small roles in both film and television. However, he soon tried his hand at filmmaking and surprisingly excelled at it. Cusack became an excellent documentary filmmaker and established his own production company. During this time, he befriended the renowned pacifist and peace activist Philip Berrigan.

Roles and Achievements

Most of the characters portrayed by Cusack were serious and authoritative figures in positions of power. He played roles such as the chairman of the American Senate, a minister, a secretary of state, and even a judge. Prior to 1970, Cusack continued to work in the advertising business and even received the prestigious "Clio Award" among advertisers.

In 1971, Richard released a documentary project about abortion titled "The Committee," which earned him an Emmy Award. Cusack is also the father of several well-known actors including Ann, Joan, Bill, John, and Susie Cusack.

Philanthropy and Legacy

Richard Cusack was also involved in charitable activities. He received the Evanston Council of the Arts award for his efforts in preserving an old school building and transforming it into an arts center. Shortly before his death, he completed the sketches for a play meant to commemorate his former classmate, Beckoff Barkman.

Richard Cusack passed away on June 2, 2003, in Evanston, Illinois, due to pancreatic cancer. Throughout his career, he appeared in a total of eighteen different films. His final role was in the 2000 film "Return to Me" alongside David Duchovny and Minnie Driver.