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Michael Emerson

Award-Winning Actor, Lost

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 Michael Emerson Biography

With his signature piercing voice, steely gaze and wily demeanor, Michael Emerson captivated television audiences worldwide as scene-stealing villain "Benjamin Linus" on the critically acclaimed fantasy-drama Lost. His five-season stint on the groundbreaking series – which resulted in a Golden Globe nomination, four Emmy nominations and an Emmy win for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – led Variety to pronounce Emerson "one of the greatest villains in television history." As one of the show's most complex and nuanced characters, "Ben Linus" became a fan favorite, helping to pull in 13.5 million viewers for its May 2010 series finale.

Currently, Emerson stars as Harold Finch on CBS’ hit show Person of Interest. He plays a billionaire software-genius who creates a Machine for the government that is designed to detect acts of terror before they can happen, by monitoring the entire world through every cell-phone, email and surveillance camera.

But long before finding himself on a mysterious island off the coast of Fiji, Emerson was trying to survive on an island of a different sort: New York City. Fresh out of college, the theater major struggled to find success in the Big Apple, and soon sought out a profession where he could continue to flex his creative muscle. For several years he worked as a successful magazine illustrator; his work was published in The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

Still yearning to pursue his deferred dream, fate soon intervened for Emerson. He found himself auditioning for a Jacksonville, Florida production of "Othello," and over the next five years he honed his craft on stages across the South while supplementing his income with work as a carpenter, landscaper, teacher, and director. Emerson eventually enrolled in the Alabama Shakespeare Company's MFA program and the rest, as they say, is history – not only did he meet his future wife, True Blood's Carrie Preston, but his Broadway debut followed in 1999, when he shared the stage with such acting heavyweights as Kevin Spacey and Paul Giamatti in "The Iceman Cometh." He went on to appear in feature films including Saw and The Legend of Zorro, and guest starred on such television shows as The X-Files and The Practice, for which he garnered an Emmy.

Michael Emerson's path to success in acting has been an unlikely one, full of detours, distractions, and twists – not unlike the show that made him a household name. With humor, humility, and a lighthearted tone, he shows audiences that it is never too late to live out your dream. An advocate for issues facing the theater community, he supports several charities, including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Gay Men's Health Crisis.

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  • Get 'Lost' with Michael Emerson

    Enjoy an evening with Michael Emerson, the creative force behind "Benjamin Linus," Lost's wily, manipulative villain. In this captivating presentation, Emerson discusses his five-season stint on the monumental series, and opens the conversation up to lively Q&A with the audience. Now's your chance to have your burning Lost questions answered!

  • Unlikely: A Working Actor's Unconventional Success Story

    There was a time when Emmy Award-winning character actor Michael Emerson wasn't sure he'd ever make it in show business. After struggling to find success as an actor in New York City, Emerson reluctantly abandoned his dream, and it wasn't until his early 40s that he landed his first important role in The Big Apple as the title role in the play "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde." Now a recognizable face thanks to his work in Lost, Saw, and The Legend of Zorro, Emerson presents his own personal photos in a lighthearted, optimistic presentation that highlights his unconventional path to success as an actor.

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  • HOW TO BOOK Michael Emerson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Michael Emerson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Michael Emerson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Michael Emerson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Michael Emerson?

    Booking fees for Michael Emerson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Michael Emerson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Michael Emerson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Michael Emerson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michael Emerson for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Michael Emerson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Michael Emerson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Michael Emerson

Award-Winning Actor, Lost

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Michael Emerson Biography

With his signature piercing voice, steely gaze and wily demeanor, Michael Emerson captivated television audiences worldwide as scene-stealing villain "Benjamin Linus" on the critically acclaimed fantasy-drama Lost. His five-season stint on the groundbreaking series – which resulted in a Golden Globe nomination, four Emmy nominations and an Emmy win for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – led Variety to pronounce Emerson "one of the greatest villains in television history." As one of the show's most complex and nuanced characters, "Ben Linus" became a fan favorite, helping to pull in 13.5 million viewers for its May 2010 series finale.

Currently, Emerson stars as Harold Finch on CBS’ hit show Person of Interest. He plays a billionaire software-genius who creates a Machine for the government that is designed to detect acts of terror before they can happen, by monitoring the entire world through every cell-phone, email and surveillance camera.

But long before finding himself on a mysterious island off the coast of Fiji, Emerson was trying to survive on an island of a different sort: New York City. Fresh out of college, the theater major struggled to find success in the Big Apple, and soon sought out a profession where he could continue to flex his creative muscle. For several years he worked as a successful magazine illustrator; his work was published in The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

Still yearning to pursue his deferred dream, fate soon intervened for Emerson. He found himself auditioning for a Jacksonville, Florida production of "Othello," and over the next five years he honed his craft on stages across the South while supplementing his income with work as a carpenter, landscaper, teacher, and director. Emerson eventually enrolled in the Alabama Shakespeare Company's MFA program and the rest, as they say, is history – not only did he meet his future wife, True Blood's Carrie Preston, but his Broadway debut followed in 1999, when he shared the stage with such acting heavyweights as Kevin Spacey and Paul Giamatti in "The Iceman Cometh." He went on to appear in feature films including Saw and The Legend of Zorro, and guest starred on such television shows as The X-Files and The Practice, for which he garnered an Emmy.

Michael Emerson's path to success in acting has been an unlikely one, full of detours, distractions, and twists – not unlike the show that made him a household name. With humor, humility, and a lighthearted tone, he shows audiences that it is never too late to live out your dream. An advocate for issues facing the theater community, he supports several charities, including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Gay Men's Health Crisis.

Michael Emerson Speaking Topics

  • Get 'Lost' with Michael Emerson

    Enjoy an evening with Michael Emerson, the creative force behind "Benjamin Linus," Lost's wily, manipulative villain. In this captivating presentation, Emerson discusses his five-season stint on the monumental series, and opens the conversation up to lively Q&A with the audience. Now's your chance to have your burning Lost questions answered!

  • Unlikely: A Working Actor's Unconventional Success Story

    There was a time when Emmy Award-winning character actor Michael Emerson wasn't sure he'd ever make it in show business. After struggling to find success as an actor in New York City, Emerson reluctantly abandoned his dream, and it wasn't until his early 40s that he landed his first important role in The Big Apple as the title role in the play "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde." Now a recognizable face thanks to his work in Lost, Saw, and The Legend of Zorro, Emerson presents his own personal photos in a lighthearted, optimistic presentation that highlights his unconventional path to success as an actor.

FAQs on booking Michael Emerson

  • How to book Michael Emerson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Michael Emerson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Michael Emerson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Michael Emerson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Michael Emerson?

    Booking fees for Michael Emerson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Michael Emerson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Michael Emerson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Michael Emerson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michael Emerson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Michael Emerson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Michael Emerson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Michael Emerson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Michael Emerson for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Michael Emerson generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Rosie Perez, Sharon Stone, Victoria Rowell, Alexandra Cousteau and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michael Emerson for an upcoming event.

Michael Emerson Speaking Topics

  • Get 'Lost' with Michael Emerson

    Enjoy an evening with Michael Emerson, the creative force behind "Benjamin Linus," Lost's wily, manipulative villain. In this captivating presentation, Emerson discusses his five-season stint on the monumental series, and opens the conversation up to lively Q&A with the audience. Now's your chance to have your burning Lost questions answered!

  • Unlikely: A Working Actor's Unconventional Success Story

    There was a time when Emmy Award-winning character actor Michael Emerson wasn't sure he'd ever make it in show business. After struggling to find success as an actor in New York City, Emerson reluctantly abandoned his dream, and it wasn't until his early 40s that he landed his first important role in The Big Apple as the title role in the play "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde." Now a recognizable face thanks to his work in Lost, Saw, and The Legend of Zorro, Emerson presents his own personal photos in a lighthearted, optimistic presentation that highlights his unconventional path to success as an actor.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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