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Michael Emerson
Character(s) Harold Finch
Date of Birth September 7, 1954
Origin Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
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Michael Emerson portrays Harold Finch. He is best known for his portrayal of Benjamin Linus on Lost.


Born in Cedar Rapids in 1954, Michael Emerson graduated from Drake University in 1975 after studying art and theatre. After moving to New York, Emerson worked in retail and illustration after failed attempts at finding acting jobs. His first big break came in 1997 while playing the role of Oscar Wilde in the Off-Broadway play Gross Indecency: The Trials of Oscar Wilde, followed by roles opposite Uma Thurman, Kevin Spacey and Kate Burton.

2001 brought Emerson to his television fame after winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as serial killer William Hinks on The Practice. In 2004, Emerson portrayed Zep Hindle in the horror movie Saw and as Victor in the comedy Straight-Jacket.


In 2006, Emerson flew to Hawaii to guest-star in three episodes of Lost in the role of Henry Gale. Following an extremely positive reaction from the writers and producers of the show, Emerson's arc was expanded with additional episodes. Revealed to be the leader of The Others in the season 2 finale, Emerson joined the main cast starting the third season, and remained with the show until the series finale. Emerson's character, Benjamin Linus, played an integral part in the overall mythology and story lines of the show. His portrayal earned him Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Emerson won a Saturn Award for a Best Supporting Television Actor in 2008, and an Emmy Award in 2009. Following the end of Lost, Emerson was cast in an NBC drama series titled Odd Jobs alongside fellow Lost actor Terry O'Quinn. While a pilot was ordered, it was never filmed due to Emerson's casting in Person of Interest.

Selected Filmography

Year Title Role
2004 Saw Zep Hindle
2004 Straight-Jacket Victor
2005 The Legend of Zorro Harrigan
2008 Ready? OK! Charlie New
Year Title Role Episode(s)
2000-2001 The Practice William Hinks 6 episodes
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Gerry Rankin "Phantom"
2002 The X-Files Oliver Martin "Sunshine Days"
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Allan Shaye "Ritual"
2006-2010 Lost Benjamin Linus/Henry Gale 61 episodes + 2 mobisodes
2011- Parenthood Andy Fitzgerald "Amazing Andy and His Wonderful World of Bugs"
2011- Person of Interest Harold Finch

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