They might not yet be Cook County's answer to the Barrymores, but actors in the Cusack family of Evanston have been responsible in recent years for bringing many hours of enjoyable, interesting, and quirky entertainment to movie fans all over the world. Except for the mother Nancy, a former math teacher, everyone else in the family is a working actor in movies and on TV. Pictured at right are brother John Cusack and his sister Joan Cusack whose work has likely been the most noticed of the family so far.
Their late father Dick Cusack, who died in June 2003, was World War II-Army veteran who served in the Pacific Theater. He was part of the 1947 Holy Cross championship basketball team. He spent many years in advertising and film production and near the latter part of his life he appeared in smaller parts in 15 films with his last appearance in Bonnie Hunt's Return to Me with Minnie Driver and David Duchovny, filmed in Chicago in 2000. Dick was the father of five children all of whom have worked as actors. He won an award from the Evanston Arts Council for preserving a school that was converted into the Noyes Cultural Arts Center. The center includes the Piven Theater Workshop where his children studied acting. Click here for Dick Cusack's film credits.
Ann Cusask, pictured at right, was favorably noticed by many movie fans in her very first film in 1992 as the left-fielder Shirley Baker and Penny Marshall's A League of Their Own about the women's professional baseball teams of World War II. She has appeared in more than forty films and TV projects. A summary of her work can by clicking here to find her page on the Internet Movie Database.
Ann appeared as Karen Foxworthy on fourteen episodes of The Jeff Foxworthy Show on TV. She has just completed making two movies, The Sensation of Sight to be released yet this year and Cake for release in 2007.
Joan Cusack is married to a Chicago attorney and makes her home in the Chicago area. She was first noticed by many people on the cast of Saturday Night Live in the 1985-1986 season. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as a friend and co-worker of Melanie Griffith who starred opposite Chicago-born actor Harrison Ford in Working Girl in 1988. She played similar friend roles to leading ladies in other films such as Runaway Bride in 1999. Click here to see the IMDB list of movie and TV credits for Joan Cusack.
John Cusack was born in Evanston in 1966. He was one of the Geeks in Sixteen Candles and has appeared in many unusal roles including the puppet maker in Being John Malkovich with fellow Illinoisan John Malkovich. In 2003, he turned in a solid performance with fellow Illinoisan Gene Hackman as the mysterious jury manipulator in Runaway Jury. There may have been some slow times his John's career, but certainly not in the last six years. He currently has six films in post-production. Click here to see a list of his films.