Michael Emerson

Michael Emerson

American actor
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Michael Emerson

Michael Emerson (born September 7, 1954) is an American film and television actor who is best known for his roles as serial killer William Hinks on The Practice, Benjamin Linus on Lost, Zep Hindle in the first Saw film, Cayden James on Arrow and Harold Finch on the CBS series Person of Interest. Emerson has also worked extensively in theater and narration. He has won two Primetime Emmy Awards and been nominated for three others, as well as receiving other awards and nominations. He currently stars as Dr. Leland Townsend in the CBS thriller series Evil.

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Benjamin Linus on `Lost`
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Date of birth
7 September 1954
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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67
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Actor
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5' 8" (173 cm)
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Net worth
$8,000,000 USD
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High school
Toledo, Iowa
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Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
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Partner: Carrie Preston (Married)
Michael Emerson and Carrie Preston
It worries me a little bit the reach and power of TV. More people saw me in "The Practice" (1997) than will ever see me in all the stage plays I ever do. Which is sort of humbling. Or troubling. Or both.
  • Is a stage actor who makes occasional films.
  • Worked as a freelance illustrator for publications like The Boston Globe and The New York Times.
  • On "Lost" (2004), he played Ben Linus, the son of Roger Linus, played by Jon Gries, who is actually 3 years the junior of Emerson. The age difference is explicable because Roger is first seen in flashbacks to Ben's birth and childhood. Ben's mother was played by Carrie Preston, who in addition to being (like Gries) about the same age as Emerson, is also his real-life wife.
  • Graduate of Drake University, where he earned a degree in Theater Arts.
  • Michael graduated from the prestigious Professional Actor Training M. F. A. program at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in 1995.

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