Who is Susie Cusack?

Susie Cusack is an actress, whose notable roles include in the movies “Hero” and “The Company”. but she’s perhaps best known as the sister of famous actor John Cusack and daughter of Dick Cusack. She was born in 1971 in Evanston, Illinois, USA, of mixed Irish-American ancestry, so as of 2021, she’s 50 years old and holds American nationality.

Early life and Parents

She was born to Dick Cusack, an actor, documentarist and filmmaker, and Ann Paula “Nancy” Cusack, a former mathematics teacher, and a political activist. Her father starred in several popular movies, such as “The Fugitive” and “Chain Reaction”, and gained an Emmy award for his abortion documentary film entitled “The Committee”. After battling pancreatic cancer for years, he died on 3 June 2003 in Evanston.

Not much is known about Susie’s early life and educational qualifications, except that she took acting classes at Piven Theater Workshop, the training center for children and adults.

Siblings

She has four siblings, Ann, Joan, Bill and John Cusack, all of whom followed in their father’s footsteps and launched acting careers. Her brother John, perhaps most recognized of all her siblings, has been in the acting business for over 40 years, with numerous notable roles in a wide range of movies, including “Identity”, “Bullet Over Broadway”, and “Runaway Jury”.

Ann Cusack is best known for starring in films such as “A League of Their Own”, “The informant”, “Multiplicity”.

Joan Cusack is a well-recognized actress and comedienne, known for her roles in “Working Girls” and “In & Out”, for which she received two Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress. She also had a notable recurring role in the popular teen/drama series “Shameless”.

Bill Cusack gained popularity starring in the movie “The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Hollywood Follies”, and is also recognized for his roles in the films “The Fugitive”, “Ed Wood”, and “Grosse Blank”.

Career

Susie launched her career in 1992, portraying Donna O’Day in the comedy-drama movie “Hero” – also known as “Accidental Hero” – alongside her sister Joan, and also Dustin Hoffman, Andy Garcia and Geena Davis.

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Directed by Stephen Frears, the film follows a pickpocket and criminal who rescues passengers from a plane crush, but ironically gets robbed of the credits for his heroic act. Regarding its reception, the movie scooped mainly positive views, but didn’t perform that well at the box office, grossing $67 million against a $42 million budget.

The following year, she landed the role of Nancy in the comedy/drama film “Short Cuts”, inspired by Raymond Carver’s poem and short stories; the movie features an ensemble cast consisting of renowned and popular actors such as Julianne Moore, Andie Mac Dowell, and Bruce Davidson. Earning the title as one of the best movies in 1993, it garnered over 20 awards and nominations.

The cast’s brilliant performance did not go unnoticed, and Susie and the rest of the cast received a Golden Globe Award in the category Special Award for Ensemble.

Her next role came in 1996 when she played one of the main characters, Angie, in the romantic comedy film “Not Again”, sharing the screen with Matt Battaglia, Mia Cottet and Bill Brochtrup, in the story which follows Angie, who gets tangled up in a love triangle.

She kicked off the beginning of the new millennium with a minor role in the romantic comedy-drama movie “High Fidelity”, alongside Joan Cusack, John Cusack and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Based on the eponymous novel by Nick Hornby, the film received overwhelmingly positive reviews, and was voted as one of the 500 Greatest Movies of All Tim by the readers of Empire Magazine.

Susie made her TV debut in 2000, portraying Shelley in the series “Chicken Soup for the Soul”; however, that was her one and only TV appearance. During the same year, she received the Commitment to Chicago Award at the Chicago Film Critics Association, which she shared with other notable actors who had been contributing to the event and the organizing committee over the years.

Her last role was in 2003; she played Susie in the musical drama film “The Company”, which starred James Franco, Neve Campbell and Malcolm McDowell.

Despite garnering praise from the critics for the cast’s performance, it underperformed at the box office, grossing only $6 million against a $15 million budget. After this role, she withdrew from the public eye and the entertainment business.

Personal Life

Given that she has been out of the limelight for more than 15 years, not much information is known about her dating history. At the moment, it’s believed that she’s married to Kaushik Suadarsan, the Head of Analytics at Polen Capital, who provides strategies and advice in the area of investments. Previously, he served as a Senior Vice President at Northern Trust.

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Joining the Band

In addition to her acting career, she briefly dipped her toes into the music industry, when she joined the alternative rock band “Canned”, founded by the famous actor John Travolta. Susie served as a back-up singer, but didn’t remain in the band for long. Reportedly, she has a true talent for music, and in an interview, one of her fellow actors commented: ‘If I had my way, I would have convinced Susie Cusack to give singing another try, because she has such a wonderful voice. Listening to her speak in the movies depicts a “rich” and confident voice that would have made songs sound even better.’

Another Susie Cusack

While researching Susie Cusack, one might get surprised when the obituary for ‘Susie Cusack’ pops up.

The confusion arises from the name of Tig Notaro’s mother, which is interestingly also Susie Cusack (Tig Notaro is a popular comedienne and writer). Unfortunately, her mother died in 2019, and given that they share the same name, Susie, the actress gets mistakenly taken as a deceased person.

Is she active on social media?

It appears that Susie isn’t a fan of any social media platform – she doesn’t use Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, so recent information about her is non-existent.

What is her net worth?

Considering that she has been living under the radar, and her source of income since leaving the scene and Hollywood is unknown, her net worth is only an estimate, of close to $1 million.

Physical stats

Susie is 5ft 9ins tall (175cm), while her weight is unknown. Her hair is blonde, and her eyes are green.

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