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Michael Emerson
Name Michael Emerson
Birthplace Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
Date of Birth 7 September 1954
Role on LOST Benjamin Linus
IMDB Michael Emerson at IMDB

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Michael Emerson plays the part of Benjamin Linus on LOST.


Michael Emerson, is an American actor on both stage and screen. Emerson was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but grown up in Toledo, in the same state. After graduating from Iowa's Drake University, where he earned a degree in Theatre Arts in 1976, he moved to New York City. Unable to find acting work, he took retail jobs and worked as a freelance illustrator. In 1986, he moved with his first wife to Jacksonville, Florida. There, from 1986 to 1993, he acted in local productions. Emerson considered giving up acting in favor of a more stable career as a teacher, but decided to instead find an MFA program that would help introduce him to professionals in theater and a higher grade of directors. In 1993, he enrolled in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's University of Alabama-sponsored Master of Fine Arts/Professional Actor Training program. After graduation, Emerson returned to New York to appear in the annual Alabama Shakespeare Festival showcase. Continuing to act in regional theater, he finally got his big break in 1997 when he starred as Oscar Wilde in Moises Kaufman's critically-acclaimed off-Broadway play, "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde."

In the following years, Emerson has continued to act on stage. He has displayed his talents opposite Uma Thurman off-Broadway in "The Misanthrope" in 1998 and as Willie Oban in 1999's "The Iceman Cometh" with Kevin Spacey. He has co-starred with Kate Burton in both "Give Me Your Answer, Do!" and "Hedda Gabler". Emerson also offered a memorable performance as (fictional) confessed serial killer William Hinks in several episodes of "The Practice," for which he won a 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. Emerson has also appeared in several other major TV Series, including the X-Files and Law & Order. He was in the pilot episode of The District.

Divorced once, he married his second wife, actress Carrie Preston, in September 1998.

Episodes Appeared InEdit

Starting with the first episode of Season 3 - A Tale of Two Cities - Emerson is included in the main cast. During Season 2 he made a number of appearances as "Guest Star":