JOAN and John Cusack's actor father RICHARD CUSACK has died aged 77.

The former advertising executive turned actor/screenwriter lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Monday (04JUN03).

Cusack entered the film industry in 1970, and wrote several plays, including TV movie THE JACK BULL, which starred his HIGH FIDELITY star son.

He also acted in such movies as The Fugitive and RETURN TO ME.

His actress daughter ANNE says, "He encouraged us to go for our passions, our dreams, what we wanted to do."

04/06/2003 13:51