In Season 4, Episode 1 (“Simple Pleasures”), Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) returns to the family home struggling with liver failure. Fiona (Emmy Rossum) wants to throw him out of the house, but Carl insists he’ll take care of him. Frank tells Carl that he can’t drink anymore but still needs alcohol in his system “to function properly.” Carl does everything he can to help Frank, which includes stealing medications from Veronica (Shanola Hampton) and helping Frank stalk Sammi (Emily Bergl), the daughter who has no idea that Frank is her father.
Cutkosky, whose first film role was in the 2007 film “Fred Claus,” always seemed to have a talent for acting. “He was very natural, which a lot of kids aren’t,” his agent, Dawn Gray, told the Chicago Tribune. “He was really grounded as an actor and able to play a wide range of things. He was very in touch with doing tough material too.”
Over the next seven seasons, Carl matured and grew up from the delinquent, troubled kid into a police officer determined to make a positive change in the world. Cutkosky feels Carl’s story had a fitting end, and learned a lot, telling EUPHORIA. Magazine that the experience “also taught me real-life lessons of the world on and off set.”