Carlton Cuse is a television writer and producer.
Carlton Cuse was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He attended the Putney School, an independent alternative high school in Putney, Vermont. Upon graduation, Cuse was accepted to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a pre-med student. However, his poor introductory chemistry grades and fainting while attending an operation with his uncle, a surgeon, quickly dispelled his notion of a career in medicine. Cuse switched his major to American History and was planning on attending law school when Paramount Picture's Airplane! (1980) was screened at the Harvard Science Center with the film's writers and directors. Cuse helped with the screening of the film and became fascinated with the film business. Upon graduation in 1981, Cuse moved to Los Angeles, California to work as an assistant at a studio. Cuse married Christiane Hart, a fellow alum, four years after they graduated. The couple have three children and currently live in California.
Cuse began his career as a producer's assistant on the 1985 film Sweet Dreams. He served as a writer for several episodes of NBC's Crime Story (1986) before working as a writer on several made-for-TV movies. In 1993 Cuse co-created and executive produced The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., writing a handful of episodes for this short-lived Fox series. After the show was canceled, Cuse created the CBS series Nash Bridges (1996), serving as executive producer and writing numerous episodes. In 1998 Cuse created, executive produced and wrote for another CBS series called Martial Law which only lasted for two seasons. Afterwards, Cuse created the action adventure drama series Black Sash, but only six episodes aired on Warner Bros. Television. In October of 2004, Cuse was hired as an executive producer of Lost.
|Series||Premiere Date||Creation Credit|
|The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.||August 7, 1993||Creator|
|Nash Bridges||March 29, 1996||Creator|
|Martial Law||September 26, 1998||Creator|
|Black Sash||2003||Executive Producer||1|
|Martial Law||1998-2000||Executive Producer||1|
|Nash Bridges||1996-2001||Executive Producer||1||2||3||4||5||6|
|The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.||1993-1994||Executive Producer||1|
Awards and Accolades
(2 Nominations, 1 Win)
- Nominated: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (2006)
- Lost: The 23rd Psalm
- Won: Outstanding Drama Series (2005)
- Writers Guild of America
- Won: Dramatic Series (2006) - Lost
- Producers Guild of America
- Won: Television Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Drama (2006) - Lost