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Net Worth:
$20 Million
Oct 11, 1962 (61 years old)
New York City
5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
Actor, Voice Actor
United States of America
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What Is Joan Cusack's Net Worth?

Joan Cusack is an American actress who has a net worth of $20 million. Joan Cusack is the sister of actors John Cusack and Ann Cusack, and she made her acting debut in 1980, appearing in the films "Cutting Loose" and "My Bodyguard."

Joan has more than 80 acting credits to her name, including the films "Working Girl" (1988), "In & Out" (1997), "Runaway Bride" (1999), and "School of Rock" (2003) and the television series "Saturday Night Live" (1985–1986), "What About Joan?" (2001–2002), and "Shameless" (2011–2015). Cusack voiced Jessie in "Toy Story 2" (1999), "Toy Story 3" (2010), and "Toy Story 4" (2019), and she has also lent her voice to "Chicken Little" (2005), "Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil" (2011), "Arthur Christmas" (2011), "Klaus" (2019), "Peep and the Big Wide World" (2004–2011), and "The Stinky & Dirty Show" (2016–2019).

Early Life

Joan Cusack was born Joan Mary Cusack on October 11, 1962, in New York City. Her mother, Ann (better known as Nancy) is a retired math teacher and political activist, and her father, Dick, was an actor and documentary filmmaker. Joan grew up in a Catholic household in Evanston, Illinois, with siblings John, Ann, Susie, and Bill. Joan and John have co-starred in several films together, including "Say Anything…" (1989) and "High Fidelity" (2000), and Ann guest-starred on "What About Joan?" in 2001. Cusack attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning an English degree in 1984.


After making her big screen debut in 1980, Cusack appeared in the films "Class" (1983), "Sixteen Candles" (1984), and "Grandview, U.S.A." (1984) and the TV movie "All Together Now" (1984). In 1985, she joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" and impersonated celebrities such as Jane Fonda and Brooke Shields. Joan appeared in 17 episodes, then she began working steadily in films again, taking roles in 1987's "The Allnighter" and "Broadcast News," 1988's "Stars and Bars" and "Married to the Mob," and 1989's "Working Girl" and "Say Anything…." "Working Girl" earned Cusack her first Academy Award nomination. In the '90s, she appeared in 18 films, including "My Blue Heaven" (1990), "Toys" (1992), "Addams Family Values" (1993), "Nine Months" (1995), "Grosse Pointe Blank" (1997), and "Cradle Will Rock" (1999), and she earned her second Academy Award nomination for 1997's "In & Out." She voiced Jessie in the 1999 Pixar film "Toy Story 2," which grossed $497.4 million at the box office. She reprised her role in 2010's "Toy Story 3" and 2019's "Toy Story 4," which were even bigger hits, bringing in $1.067 billion and $1.073 billion, respectively.

Joan Cusack

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Joan began the 21st century by appearing in the films "High Fidelity" and "Where the Heart Is," and from 2001 to 2002, she starred in her own sitcom, "What About Joan?," on ABC. She appeared in "It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie" (2002), "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" (2003), "Raising Helen" (2004), and "Ice Princess" (2005), and she co-starred with Jack Black in the hit film "School of Rock," which grossed $131.3 million at the box office. Cusack joined her brother John in 2007's "Martian Child" and 2008's "War, Inc.," then she appeared in 2009's "Confessions of a Shopaholic," "My Sister's Keeper," and "Acceptance." In 2010, she guest-starred on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," and from 2011 to 2015, she played Sheila Jackson on 44 episodes of the Showtime series "Shameless," which earned her several Primetime Emmy nominations and one win. Joan appeared in the films "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (2012), "Welcome to Me" (2014), "The End of the Tour" (2015), "Freaks of Nature" (2015), and "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" (2016), and in 2013, she played the biological mother of Ellie Kemper's Erin Hannon in the series finale of "The Office." In 2017, Cusack began a four-episode stint as Justice Strauss on the Netflix series "A Series of Unfortunate Events." In recent years, Joan has appeared in the films "Snatched" (2017), "Unicorn Store" (2017), "Instant Family" (2018), and "Let It Snow" (2019) as well as the Amazon Prime Video series "Homecoming" (2020).

Personal Life

Joan married attorney Richard Burke in 1993, and they welcomed son Dylan in June 1997, followed by son Miles in July 2000. At one point, Burke was the President of Today he is the President & CEO of immigration technology and employment platform Envoy Global. In 2011, Cusack opened a gift shop in Old Town, Chicago, called Judy Maxwell Home. The name of the shop was inspired by Joan's favorite movie, "What's Up Doc?," in which Barbra Streisand played a character named Judy Maxwell.

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Awards and Nominations

Cusack has earned two Academy Awards nominations for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, for "Working Girl" in 1989 and "In & Out" in 1998, and she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for "In & Out." She won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for "Shameless" in 2015, and she earned three Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nominations for the series. Joan won American Comedy Awards for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for "Working Girl," "In & Out," and "Runaway Bride," and she received a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Comedy/Romance for "Runaway Bride." Cusack was inducted into the Online Film & Television Association Hall of Fame in 2015, and "Shameless" earned her a Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award in 2011 and a Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series award in 2014. Joan won a Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress for "Grosse Pointe Blank" and "In & Out" in 1998, and "In & Out" also earned her a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and a Satellite Award. In 2000, she won an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Feature Production for "Toy Story 2."

Real Estate

In 2007, Cusack and Burke paid $5.3 million for an 8,000 square foot home in the Gold Coast area of Chicago. The home includes six bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, a library, seven fireplaces, and an indoor swimming pool. Shortly before buying the mansion, Joan and Richard sold their home in the Ravenswood area of Chicago for $4.66 million. They purchased the seven-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home for $905,000 in 1998.

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