Arthur Carlton Cuse (born 22 March 1959) is an American screenwriter, showrunner, producer and co-creator of The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., along with Jeffrey Boam. He also appeared in the pilot episode as the character Owens.
He is most famous as executive producer and screenwriter for the American television series Lost for which he made the Time Magazine list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010. Cuse is also considered a pioneer in transmedia storytelling.
Carlton Cuse was born on 22 March 1959 in Mexico City, Mexico. His parents, Susan and Arthur Robert Cuse, were American, and his father was working in Mexico for Cuse's grandfather, who had a machine tool manufacturing business. Cuse's paternal grandparents were Latvians, of Baltic German heritage. After a few years in Mexico City, his parents moved to Boston, where as a boy, he instantly bonded with the Boston Red Sox and began a lifelong love for the team. A few years after the move to Boston, his dad took a job in Tustin, California. Cuse was raised a Roman Catholic.
Cuse went off to boarding school in 10th grade to The Putney School in Putney, Vermont. The school was on a working dairy farm, and placed a strong emphasis on an education in the arts, music and the outdoors. It was at The Putney School that he realized he wanted to be a writer.
Cuse attended Harvard University (Class of '81) and was recruited at freshmen registration by the freshman crew coach, Ted Washburn, and became part of the rowing team. In his words, he became "a hardcore athlete." Cuse's original plan was to attend medical school but he instead majored in American history.
Cuse organized a test screening for the makers of the Paramount film Airplane! during his junior year at Harvard. The producers wanted to record the audience's reaction to time the final cut of the jokes in the movie. That was when Cuse started thinking about a career in film.