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Michael Emerson - Headshot colorMichael Emerson portrays Benjamin Linus and also serves as a narrator in the clipshow episode 'A Tail Of Survival'.

Background: Michael Emerson is originally from Toledo, Iowa. He is well known for his acclaimed theatre work, but has also starred in a few films, such as the horror-thriller Saw, as well as a number of TV roles. He appeared as serial killer William Hinks in a six-episode story arc of The Practice in 2000-2001, for which he won an Emmy for Best Performance by a Guest Actor. Additionally, he guest starred on X-Files and Law & Order: Criminal Intent and SVU, among other roles.
He has been married to Carrie Preston since September 1998. She is also a stage and screen actress, most recently in Transamerica. She appeared in the episode 'The Man Behind The Curtain'.

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  • Has worked as a freelance illustrator
  • Had a minor role in the X-Files series, as Oliver Martin, in episode 9x18 'Sunshine Days' (2002). He played a man who used his psychic abilities to recreated the Brady Bunch and would unintentionally send people through the roof if they upset him
  • His wife, actress , played his mother in season 3 of Lost - episode "."
  • His character was described as being 'quiet, reserved, solitary during childhood' resembling the Benjamin Linus character
  • Also starred in the 'Phantom' episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (as a child killer) and narrated a radio drama by Neil Gaiman entitled Murder Mysteries
  • In the 1st instalment of the popular horror movie franchise 'Saw' - Emerson plays a character named Zep Hindle who spends a majority of the film monitoring captive torture victims on a closed circuit camera system very similar in scope and technology to the ones used on the island
  • Was born on the same day as fellow Lost cast member Mira Furlan

The guys at are friends with Michael Emerson, and snagged an exclusive, candid interview with him in the summer of 2006. In it, he talks about his theatre beginnings in Jacksonville, Florida, landing his role on Lost and how the fan reaction played a big part in expanding the role of the character. Listen to it !

Pre-Lost signature role: Zep Hindle, a hospital porter, in the film Saw

Pre-Lost stage roles: (1997) Starred as Oscar Wilde in the hit Off-Broadway drama "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde."

(1990) Appeared in various U.S. regional theatre productions, including critically acclaimed leading roles in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" (Arkansas Repertory Theatre)

(1995) Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus" (Arkansas Repertory Theatre).

(1999) Made his Broadway debut as Willie Oban in Howard Davies' revival of "The Iceman Cometh," with Kevin Spacey.

(2001) Broadway: "Hedda Gabler"

(1999) Broadway: "The Iceman Cometh"

(2005, October) Appeared in the Itamar Moses play "Bach" as Leipzig at the off-Broadway New York Theatre Workshop, New York City.

(2002) Can be heard as the narrator in the radio play adaptation of Neil Gaiman's short story, "Murder Mysteries," which was released on compact disc and audio cassette.

(2002) Off-Off-Broadway in the American premiere of Jean Luc Lagarce's .

(2003) Played the Duke in "Measure For Measure" at the California Shakespeare Theater, directed by Daniel Fish.
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FROM MICHAEL EMERSON: Michael has said that he has to have more fighting and gun shot make up than anyone in the show!

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ScarClaw geez! 0 May 19 2008, 11:07 AM EDT by ScarClaw
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If i played a chaacter as creepy as Ben I would wan't make-up piled on my face so people don't reconize me as "the creepy guy from LOSt" u know?
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Anonymous zomg! 2 May 19 2008, 11:05 AM EDT by ScarClaw
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oh my gods!!!! michael emerson is by FAR the greatest actor on lost! i have no clue why or how, but when he is on screen there is such a presence! its inexplainable!!
it totally just pulls you in....
he really really creeps me out. and as much as he pisses me off, i pray to the gods he doesnt die!
i cannot express how grateful i am that he is on 'lost'!
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Anonymous Ben Linus 0 Apr 25 2007, 12:53 PM EDT by Anonymous
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The best! Anything than that...
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