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Carlton Cuse
Date of Birth March 22, 1959 (age 50)
Origin Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Job(s) Executive producer
Co-host of podcast
IMDb profile

Carlton Cuse is a writer and executive producer on Lost. Early in Season 1, when co-creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams was busy producing and directing Mission: Impossible III, co-creator Damon Lindelof felt uneasy with the sudden burden of being responsible for the show alone, considered quitting.[1] Carlton Cuse, who had previously worked with Lindelof on Nash Bridges [2], talked Lindelof out of quitting [3] and eventually joined Lost as another executive producer for the season 1 episode "Solitary".[4] Together with Lindelof, he mapped out the overarching mythology and the future direction of the show beyond the initial 12 episodes originally planned by Abrams and Lindelof.[5] The WGA states him as the show runner on Lost (i.e., he oversees budgets, script assignments, characters' story arcs, etc.). Cuse is based at the Los Angeles offices of Grass Skirt Productions, although he frequently travels to Hawaii to be with the film crew on set.

Cuse also co-hosts the Official Lost podcast with Damon Lindelof.


Work on Lost

Cuse has co-written the following episodes of Lost:

Season 1 Season 2

Season 3 Season 4

Season 5 Season 6

Cuse also wrote the mobisodes "The Watch" and "Tropical Depression".

He and Damon Lindelof have also provided narration for three clip shows: "Lost Survivor Guide", "Lost: The Answers", "Lost: Destiny Calls".


  • Cuse created Nash Bridges and Martial Law
  • Worked on The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
    • The primary story arc of The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. involved time travel and centered around a mysterious object called 'The Orb' that was sent from the future to help mankind. This bears some similarity to some of the theories surrounding the nature of Lost's mysteries.
  • His production company Carlton Cuse Productions, produced the shows he created.
  • Is an alumni of The Putney School in southern Vermont.


  • Emmy Awards:
  • 'Jules Verne' award during the Festival Jules Verne in Paris (April 2009)


  • Conflicting sources credit the "Previously on Lost" voice at the beginning to Lloyd Braun [6] or Cuse [7]. According to a follow-up response by script coordinator Gregg Nations, early episodes might have used Lloyd's voice, but it has definitely been Carlton's voice on the more recent episodes for a while now.
  • Cuse was the offscreen voice for the lottery show in "Numbers" that said "That's right, Mary Jo, because this is the 16th week without a winner," according to the April 30, 2007 Lost Podcast.
  • Cuse provided the voice for the Hanso Foundation commercial, as hinted in the May 4, 2007 podcast.
  • Cuse was the voice of Jacob that said "Help Me" in "The Man Behind the Curtain". [source needed]
  • Cuse voices the off-screen newsperson on "Action 8 News" describing the car crash following Jack's suicide attempt. ("Through the Looking Glass")
  • Cuse is a graduate of Harvard University [8]
  • Cuse appears on the DVD extra "Lost in a Day" on the Lost: The Complete Third Season (DVD).
  • Appeared on the May 6, 2005 20/20 "Lost Special" (S26 E1396)
  • On Comic-Con 2008 Cuse was asked which episode he loved the most out of all Lost episodes co-written by him. His answer was The Constant.

Media appearances



  • New York Times - September 12, 2008 - The beat goes on: A night out with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse


See also

  • There is an interview with Damon Lindelof and Cuse at TV Guide (November 8, 2006)

External links

  • ABC Medianet biography
  • @CarltonCuse on Twitter

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