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Michael Emerson

Michael Emerson (born September 7, 1954) is an American actor who is perhaps best known for his roles as Benjamin Linus on Lost and fictional serial killer William Hinks in The Practice. In 2011 he began starring in the CBS series Person of Interest as Harold Finch. Emerson was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and grew up in the nearby town of Toledo, where he attended South Tama County High School. In 1976, after graduating from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he studied theater and art, he moved to New York City. Unable to find acting work, he took retail jobs and worked as a freelance illustrator. In 1986, he moved with his first wife to Jacksonville, Florida. There, from 1986 to 1993, he appeared in local productions at Theater Jacksonville and The Players by the Sea and worked as a director and teacher at Flagler College. Emerson considered forgoing a career in acting in favor of a more stable vocation in teaching. He decided instead to further his studies with a Master of Fine Arts that might also introduce him to theatre professionals and directors in his chosen trade. In 1993, he enrolled in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's University of Alabama-sponsored Master of

'Person of Interest' -- TV Show SHUT DOWN For Phony Gun Battle

'Person of Interest'
SHUT DOWN For Phony Gun Battle

NYPD dropped the hammer on the CBS drama "Person of Interest" today -- shutting down filming of the show after locals called cops thinking a scripted gun battle was the real deal ... TMZ has… READ MORE >

'Lost' Star -- Everyone's Dead as a Doornail

'Lost' Star -- Everyone's Dead as a Doornail

Michael Emerson -- who played Ben Linus on "Lost" -- clued us in on what really happened on the last episode of the show.So Michael ... please to explain the 100 episodes before the finale. READ MORE >

- 2513 days ago
'Lost' Villian Ambushed by Brandy!

'Lost' Villian
Ambushed by Brandy!

Almost every "Lost" fan would be super excited to meet Michael Emerson ... even a Grammy winner like Brandy. Emerson was having a friendly chat with our photog at LAX on Saturday, when Brandy… READ MORE >

- 2519 days ago
'Lost' Stars -- Forget the Island, Let's Party!

'Lost' Stars --
Forget the Island, Let's Party!

TMZ has put together an awesome gallery featuring some of the stars from "Lost" at a fan viewing party in Hollywood last night. The gallery starts off pretty solid ... but it kinda peters out… READ MORE >

- 2533 days ago
Ben vs. Hurley: Who'd You Rather?!

Ben vs. Hurley
Who'd You Rather?!

"Lost" stars Michael Emerson aka Ben and Jorge Garcia aka Hurley found themselves at the same event in Pasadena on Tuesday. READ MORE >

- 2665 days ago
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