Joan Cusack portrays Justice Strauss in the Netflix adaption of A Series of Unfortunate Events.


Actress Joan Cusack was born in New York City, New York, and is the daughter of Nancy (née Carolan) and Dick Cusack. Her father was an advertising executive, writer and actor, and her mother was a math teacher. Her siblings - Susie Cusack, John Cusack, Ann Cusack and Bill Cusack also act. Her family is of Irish descent.

Raised in Evanston, Illinois, Cusack was actively encouraged to explore her creativity by her parents, and as a child she joined the Piven Theater Workshop. She went on to learn and perform improvisation at the Story Theater and The Ark. Later she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with a bachelor's degree in English. Whilst at university, Cusack took some small film roles, but her big break came after graduation, when she joined the cast of the legendary "Saturday Night Live." However, she only stayed for a season before moving on to explore other projects. In 1987, she produced a memorable turn in the acclaimed Broadcast News (1987), and she was Oscar nominated for her performance in Working Girl (1988). Other notable films include Addams Family Values (1993), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) and In & Out (1997), which earned her a second Oscar nomination. She also provided, superbly, the voice of Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl in Toy Story 2 (1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010). On television she scored a role on "Shameless," with her work garnering her an Emmy nomination.

Joan Cusack is married to an attorney, Dick Burke. They have two sons - Dylan and Miles.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1980 My Bodyguard Shelley
1980 Cutting Loose
1983 Class Julia
1984 Sixteen Candles Geek Girl #1
1984 All Together Now Linda Parker
1984 Grandview, U.S.A. Mary Maine
1987 The Allnighter Gina
1987 Broadcast News Blair Litton
1988 Stars and Bars Irene Stein
1988 Married to the Mob Rose
1988 Working Girl Cyn
1989 Say Anything... Constance Dobler Uncredited
1989 Carly Simon: Let the River Run Joan Cusack
1990 Men Don't Leave Jody
1990 My Blue Heaven Hannah Stubbs
1990 Arrive Alive Joy
1991 The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez Cathy
1992 Hero Evelyn
1992 Toys Alsatia Zevo
1993 Addams Family Values Debbie Jellinsky
1994 Corrina, Corrina Jonesy
1995 Nine Months Gail Dwyer
1995 Two Much Gloria
1996 Mr. Wrong Inga Gunther
1997 Grosse Pointe Blank Marcella
1997 A Smile Like Yours Nancy Tellen
1997 In & Out Emily Montgomery
1999 Arlington Road Cheryl Lang
1999 Cradle Will Rock Hazel Huffman
1999 Runaway Bride Peggy Flemming
1999 Toy Story 2 Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl Voice
2000 High Fidelity Liz
2000 Where the Heart Is Ruth Meyers
2002 It's a Very Muppet Christmas Movie Rachel Bitterman
2003 School of Rock Rosalie Mullins
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action Mother
2004 Raising Helen Jenny Portman
2004 The Last Shot Fanny Nash Uncredited
2005 Ice Princess Joan Carlyle
2005 Chicken Little Abby Mallard Voice
2006 Friends with Money Franny
2007 Marian Child Liz
2008 War, Inc. Marsha Dillon
2008 Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Miss Bond
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Jane Bloomwood
2009 Toys in the Attic Madam Curie English Version, Voice
2009 My Sister's Keeper Judge De Salvo
2009 Acceptance Nina
2010 Toy Story 3 Jessie Voice
2011 Mars Needs Moms Mom
2011 Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil Verushka the Witch Voice
2011 Arthur Christmas Lead Elf
2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower Dr. Burton
2014 Welcome to Me Dawn Hurley
2015 The End of the Tour Patty
2015 Freaks of Nature Peg Parker
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Stopping Tilly
2017 Snatched Barb
2017 Unicorn Store Gladys
2017 The Christmas Train Agnes
2018 Instant Family Mrs. Howard
2019 Toy Story 4 Jessie Voice
2019 Let It Snow Tin Foil Woman
2019 Klaus Mrs. Krum Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1985-1986 Saturday Night Live Various
1994 Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Mrs. Bean
1994 Great Performances Annie One Episode
2000-2001 What About Joan Joan Gallagher
2004 Peep and the Big Wide World Narrator
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Pamela Burton One Episode
2010 Phineas and Ferb Glenda Wilkins One Episode
2013 The Office Erin's Biological Mother One Episode
2011-2015 Shameless Sheila Jackson
2016 American Dad! Widow Support Group Leader One Episode
2017-2019 A Series of Unfortunate Events Justice Strauss
2016-2019 The Stinky & Dirty Show Red


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