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Michael Emerson : biography

07 September 1944 -

Michael Emerson (born September 7, 1954) is an American actor who is perhaps best known for his roles as serial killer William Hinks in The Practice, Benjamin Linus on Lost, and as Harold Finch on the CBS series Person of Interest.


He is a long-time supporter of the charities connected to the theatre community, including the Actors Fund, Broadway Cares, and Off-Off Broadway, in addition to publicly supported radio stations and Habitat.

Early life

Emerson was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and grew up in the nearby town of Toledo, where he attended South Tama County High School. In 1976, after graduating from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he studied theater and art, theatre Overview (with Noted Alumni). he moved to New York City. Unable to find acting work, he took retail jobs and worked as a freelance illustrator.Interview on The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet, March 8, 2007 In 1986, he moved with his first wife to Jacksonville, Florida. There, from 1986 to 1993, he appeared in local productions at Theater Jacksonville and The Players by the Sea and worked as a director and teacher at Flagler College.


  • Othello, University of North Florida
  • Noises Off (as Gary), Theatre Jacksonville, 1986 or 1987
  • Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare at the Met, 1987
  • The Importance of Being Earnest, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 1990
  • Parts Unknown, Players-By-The-Sea Theatre, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, 1993
  • Hamlet (as Hamlet), Players-By-The-Sea Theatre, Jacksonville Beach, Florida
  • The Tempest (as Ferdinand), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 1994 or 1995
  • The Way of the World (as Lady Wishfort), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 1994 or 1995
  • Hamlet (as Rosencrantz), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 1994 or 1995
  • All's Well That Ends Well, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 1994 or 1995
  • Henry IV, Part 1, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 1994 or 1995
  • A Christmas Carol, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 1994 or 1995
  • The Crucible, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 1994 or 1995
  • Amadeus, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 1995
  • Androcles and the Lion, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 1995 or 1996
  • Gross Indecency: The Trials of Oscar Wilde (as Oscar Wilde), Minetta Lane Theatre, off-Broadway, 1997–1998
  • The Misanthrope, Classic Stage Company, 1998
  • The Iceman Cometh (as Willie Oban), Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 1999
  • Give Me Your Answer, Do! (as David Knight), Gramercy Theatre, off-Broadway, 1999–2000
  • Hedda Gabler (as George Tesman), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, 2000
  • Hedda Gabler (as George Tesman), Ambassador Theatre, Broadway, 2001–2002
  • Only the End of the World (as Louis), Theatre 3, off-Broadway, 2002
  • Frequency Hopping (as George Antheil), Hourglass Group, 2002
  • Tartuffe (as Cleante), American Airlines Theatre, Broadway, 2003
  • Measure for Measure (as Duke Vincentio), California Shakespeare Theater, Orinda, California, 2003
  • Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts, 2004
  • Hamlet (as Ghost, Claudius, Osric, and Guildenstern), McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, New Jersey, 2005
  • Bach at Leipzig (as Schott), New York Theatre Workshop, 2005
  • Likeness, Primary Stages Theater (307 W. 38th Street), 2008
  • Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (as Alexander), Chautauqua Theater Company, 2008
  • Love Letters (as Andrew Makepeace Ladd, III), Charleston Stage, 2010


Year Film Role Notes
1990 Orpheus Descending Clown TV movie
1997 The Journey Michael
1998 The Impostors Burtom's Assistant
Grace & Glorie Arnold Dudley TV movie
Playing by Heart Bosco
1999 I'll Take You There Tom
For Love of the Game Gallery Doorman
Stark Raving Mad Mr. Putnam Episode: "The Psychic"
2000 The District Man in Bar Episode: "Pilot"
2000–2001 The Practice William Hinks 6 episodes
2001 The Education of Max Bickford Episode: "Herding Carts"
Sounds from a Town I Love TV movie
2002 The Laramie Project Reverend
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Gerry Rankin Episode: "Phantom"
Unfaithful Josh
The X-Files Oliver Martin Episode: "Sunshine Days"
2003 Without a Trace Stuart Wesmar Episode: "Victory for Humanity"
Skin Scarpelli Episode: "Secrets & Lies"
Whoopi F. Thomas Erickson Episode: "The Fat and the Frivolous"
2004 Saw Zep Hindle
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Allan Shaye Episode: "Ritual"
Straight-Jacket Victor
2005 29th and Gay Gorilla
The Inside Marty Manning Episode: "Pre-Filer"
The Legend of Zorro Harrigan
2006 Jumping Off Bridges Frank Nelson
2006–2010 Lost Ben Linus Recurring character (season 2); Series regular (seasons 3-6)
2007 Lost: Missing Pieces Ben Linus Episodes: "King of the Castle" and "Room 23"
2008 Ready? OK! Charlie New
2010 Goldstar, Ohio Steve Harper
Front Line John Winthrop Episode: "God In America"
2011 Parenthood Andy Fitzgerald Episode: "Amazing Andy and His Wonderful World of Bugs"
G.I. Joe: Renegades Doctor Venom Episode: "The Anaconda Strain"
Generator Rex Alpha Nanite Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United
2011-present Person of Interest Harold Finch Main cast
2012 The Dark Knight Returns Pt. 1 The Joker (voice) Straight-to-Video
2013 The Dark Knight Returns Pt. 2 The Joker (voice) Straight-to-Video
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