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Michael Emerson portrays Benjamin Linus. He also narrated the clip shows "Lost: A Tale of Survival", "Lost: Past, Present and Future" and "Lost: A Journey in Time".

Background and personal life

Emerson was born September 7, 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and grew up in the nearby town of Toledo, Iowa. In 1976, Emerson graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he studied theater and art. After graduation, he moved to New York City, looking for a job in acting. However, he was unable to find a job in this industry, so he took up retail jobs, becoming a freelance illustrator as well. In 1986, Emerson moved with his first wife to Jacksonville, Florida, where he appeared in and directed local stage productions, and also worked as a teacher until 1993.

In the early nineties, Emerson's marriage with his first wife ended. Emerson continued his studies of acting at the University of Alabama's Fine Arts Program. In 1998, Emerson married Carrie Preston, a fellow actress, whom he had met while performing Hamlet in Alabama.



Emerson as Zepp Hindle in Saw

After finishing his studies of acting at the University of Alabama's Fine Arts Actor Training Program, Emerson participated in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. However, Emerson's first well-known stage work was as Oscar Wilde in the 1997 off-Broadway play, Gross Indecency: The Trials of Oscar Wilde. In 1998, he appeared alongside actress Uma Thurman in The Misanthropist, another off-Broadway play. He appeared in many more stage productions, including The Iceman Cometh with Kevin Spacey, and Give Me Your Answer, Do! with Kate Burton.

Emerson's first major television acting role was on The Practice in 2001, where he had a recurring role as a serial killer, William Hinks. This performance garnered him an Emmy Award as "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series." Emerson also portrayed the mysterious Zepp Hindle in Saw, a film which also featured Ken Leung.

On Lost

In 2006, Emerson took the role of the enigmatic Henry Gale, a character who lied to the survivors. The character's name was later revealed to be Benjamin Linus. Emerson received much critical praise for his role as Linus, being called "a genius in [the] role" by Entertainment Weekly. For his role as Linus, Emerson was nominated for an Outstanding Supporting Actor Emmy in 2007 (which he lost to fellow Lost actor Terry O'Quinn), and again in 2008. Emerson was also the narrator in the clipshows "Lost: A Tale of Survival", "Lost: Past, Present and Future" and "Lost: A Journey in Time".

Selected filmography

Title Medium Character Year(s)
Ready? OK! Movie Charlie New 2008
Lost: Via Domus Video game Benjamin Linus 2008
Lost Television series Benjamin Linus 2006-
The Legend of Zorro Movie Harrigan 2005
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Television series Allan Shaye 2004
Saw Movie Zepp Hindle 2004
The X-Files Television series Oliver Martin 2002
Unfaithful Movie Josh 2002
The Laramie Project Movie Reverend 2002
The Practice Television series William Hinks 2000-2001


Main article: Awards
  • Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (for playing "William Hinks" on The Practice), 2001
  • Nominated for a Saturn Award for Lost
  • Nominated for an Emmy Award at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards for Lost
  • Won a 2007 Saturn Award for Lost.
  • Nominated for an Emmy Award at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards for Lost.

Media appearances

Talk show

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A drawing by Emerson c. twenty years ago, from his illustration career. As revealed on an episode of Jimmy Fallon.

Emerson has appeared as a talk show guest, host, or was interviewed in the following:

  • January 15, 2007 - e-Talk Daily (S3 E9)
  • May 25, 2007 - Best Week Ever (S5 E26)
  • February 14, 2008 - The View - (S11 E108)
  • January 29, 2008 - The Primetime Emmy Awards: The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
  • January 29, 2008 - e-Talk Daily (S4 E110)
  • June 22, 2008 - I Love the New Millenium: 2000 (VH1)
  • June 24, 2008 - I Love the New Millenium: 2002 (VH1)


External links

Fan pages

The following websites are dedicated to Michael Emerson:


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