Michael Emerson majored in Theatre at Drake University in Iowa before moving to New York. He is perhaps best known for his role in Lost, for which he won an Emmy in 2009 and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2010. He has also appeared in Law & Order and The X-Files. On stage, he debuted on Broadway in The Iceman Cometh. His films include Saw and The Legend of Zorro. He has made a name for himself portraying villains, who are, as he puts it, "misunderstood".