John Carroll Lynch (born August 1, 1963) is an American character actor and film director. He first gained notice for his role as Norm Gunderson in Fargo. He is also known for his television work on the ABC sitcom The Drew Carey Show as the title character's cross-dressing brother, Steve Carey, as well as on American Horror Story: Freak Show as Twisty the Clown and American Horror Story: Cult. He returned to American Horror Story as a series regular, in American Horror Story: 1984, to portray Benjamin Richter, also known as Mr. Jingles, the main killer of the season. His films include Face/Off, Gran Torino, Shutter Island, Ted 2, The Invitation, and Zodiac. He also portrayed McDonald's co-founder Maurice McDonald in The Founder. He made his directorial debut with the 2017 film Lucky.
John Carroll Lynch
|Education||Catholic University of America (BFA)|
|Occupation||Actor, film director, screenwriter|
Lynch was born in Boulder, Colorado. He attended Regis Jesuit High School in Denver. He studied theater at The Catholic University of America, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1986.
Lynch made his feature film debut in Grumpy Old Men (1993). He gained notice in a supporting role as Norm Gunderson in the Coen brothers' film Fargo (1996). His other notable films are Face/Off (1997), Bubble Boy (2001), Gothika (2003), Things We Lost in the Fire (2007), Gran Torino (2008), Shutter Island (2010), Paul (2011) and Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011). He portrayed Arthur Leigh Allen in Zodiac (2007) and the first establisher of McDonald's, Mac McDonald, in The Founder (2016).
Lynch has also had an extensive career in television. He appeared in ABC sitcom The Drew Carey Show as the title character's cross-dressing brother, Steve Carey. He has also been a regular cast member on series such as Close to Home, Carnivàle, Body of Proof and seasons 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10 of American Horror Story.
In 2018, Lynch was cast in the lead role of Bud Carl in the CBS All Access drama One Dollar. The series was cancelled after one season. In 2020, Lynch plays the lead role of Rick Legarski in the ABC crime drama series Big Sky, created by David E. Kelley. He also co-starred in Aaron Sorkin's acclaimed film The Trial of the Chicago 7, as activist David Dellinger.
Lynch has been married to actress Brenda Wehle (also a former member of the Guthrie Theatre Company) since 1997.
|1993||Grumpy Old Men||Moving Man|
|1995||The Cure||Skipper #1||Credited as John Lynch|
|1996||Beautiful Girls||Frank Womack|
|Face/Off||Prison Guard Walton|
|1998||Mercury Rising||Martin Lynch|
|The Naked Man||Sticks' Driver|
|1999||Anywhere but Here||Jack Irwin|
|The Minus Man||Bartender||uncredited cameo|
|Pushing Tin||Doctor Freeze|
|2000||Waking the Dead||Father Mileski|
|Gone in 60 Seconds||Impound Manager||Uncredited Cameo|
|2001||Bubble Boy||Mr. Livingston|
|2002||The Good Girl||Jack Field|
|Three Days of Rain||Dinner Guest|
|2004||Catch That Kid||Mr. Hartmunn|
|2005||Mozart and the Whale||Gregory|
|Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World||Stewart|
|2007||Full of It||Mr. Leonard|
|Zodiac||Arthur Leigh Allen|
|Things We Lost in the Fire||Howard Glassman|
|2008||Gran Torino||Barber Martin|
|2010||Sympathy for Delicious||Evangelist Carroll|
|Shutter Island||Deputy Warden McPherson|
|Crazy, Stupid, Love||Bernie Riley|
|2012||Lay the Favorite||Dave Greenberg|
|2013||The Pretty One||Frank|
|2014||Camp X-Ray||Col. James Drummond|
|2015||Hot Pursuit||Captain Emmett|
|Ted 2||Tom Jessup|
|2016||Miracles from Heaven||Pastor Scott|
|Jackie||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|The Founder||Mac McDonald|
|White Orchid||Sheriff Mann|
|2019||The Highwaymen||Lee Simmons|
|2020||Kiss Me Before It Blows Up|
|The Trial of the Chicago 7||David Dellinger|
|1996||Frasier||Actor playing Franklin||Episode: "The Show Where Diane Comes Back"|
|Murder One||Officer Carl Bickley||Episode: "Chapter Thirteen"|
|The Client||Frank||Episode: "Damn Yankees"|
|Voice from the Grave||Prosecutor O'Gane||Television film|
|A Friend's Betrayal||Mr. Franks||Television film|
|1996, 1997||Life's Work||District Attorney Agee / Crazy Larry||2 episodes|
|1997–2004||The Drew Carey Show||Steve Carey||Main role (Season 6-8), recurring role (Season 3-5), Guest (Season 9), 72 episodes|
|1997||The Practice||Dr. Robert Larson||Episode: "Search and Seizure"|
|The Visitor||Joe York||Episode: "Going Home"|
|1998||From the Earth to the Moon||Robert R. Gilruth||2 episodes|
|1999||Star Trek: Voyager||Gerald Moss||Episode: "11:59"|
|Late Last Night||Sgt. Van Wyck||Television film|
|Tuesdays with Morrie||Walter Moran||Television film|
|2000||The Fugitive||Raynor||Episode: "Pilot"|
|The West Wing||Jack||Episode: "Galileo"|
|2001||Gideon's Crossing||Sonny Green||Episode: "The Race"|
|2002||Live from Baghdad||John Holliman||Television film|
|2003||The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire||Mayor Garrett Shaw||7 episodes|
|2005–2006||Close to Home||Steve Sharpe||Main role, 21 episodes|
|2005||Carnivàle||Varlyn Stroud||12 episodes|
|American Dad!||Mr. Simms (voice)||Episode: "Stannie Get Your Gun"|
|2007–2008||K-Ville||Captain James Embry||Main role, 11 episodes|
|2007||Big Love||Officer Chuck Tuttle||2 episodes|
|2009||Lie to Me||Mr. Reed||Episode: "Truth or Consequences"|
|Monk||Kurt Pressman||Episode: "Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk"|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Buddy Arnold||Episode: "Bloodsport"|
|2010–2012||The Glades||Mike Ogletree||2 episodes|
|2010||How to Make It in America||Larry||Episode: "Keep on Truck'n"|
|2011–2013||Body of Proof||Bud Morris||Main role, 26 episodes|
|2013||Do No Harm||Will Hayes||10 episodes|
|2013–2014||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Ned Dooley||2 episodes|
|2014||House of Lies||Gil Selby||2 episodes|
|The Americans||Fred||6 episodes|
|Manhattan||Daniel Ellis||2 episodes|
|Us & Them||Ed||Episode: "Coeds & Carburetors"|
|2014–2015||American Horror Story: Freak Show||Twisty the Clown||5 episodes|
|2015–2016||American Horror Story: Hotel||John Wayne Gacy||2 episodes|
|2015||The Walking Dead||Eastman||Episode: "Here's Not Here"|
|2016–2017||Turn: Washington's Spies||James Rivington||6 episodes|
|2016||Billions||Mr. Gilbert||Episode: "The Punch"|
|2017||American Horror Story: Cult||Twisty the Clown||2 episodes|
|Channel Zero: The No-End House||John Sleator||6 episodes|
|2018||The Handmaid's Tale||Dan||Episode: "Unwomen"|
|One Dollar||Bud Carl||Main role, 10 episodes|
|The Good Cop||Sherman Smalls||Episode: "Who Is the Ugly German Lady?"|
|2019||Veep||Lloyd Hennick||3 episodes|
|American Horror Story: 1984||Benjamin Richter / Mr. Jingles||9 episodes|
|2020–present||Big Sky||Rick Legarski / Wolf Legarski||17 episodes|
|2021||American Horror Stories||Larry Bitterman||Episode: "Drive In"|
|American Horror Story: Double Feature||TBA|
|2022||The White House Plumbers||John N. Mitchell||Upcoming Series|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2016||Saturn Awards||Best Guest Starring Role on Television||The Walking Dead||Nominated|||
|2017||Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best Supporting Actor||The Invitation||Nominated|||
|Camerimage||Directors' Debuts Competition||Lucky||Nominated|||
|Chicago Film Critics Association||Most Promising Filmmaker||Nominated|||
|Haifa International Film Festival||Carmel Award for Best Film||Nominated|||
|Fedeora Award - Directors of Tomorrow||Won|||
|Locarno Festival||Golden Leopard||Nominated|||
|Prize of the Ecumenical Jury||Won|
|Satellite Awards||Special Achievement Award for Best First Feature||Won|||
|Los Angeles Film Festival||Special Mention for Acting||Anything||Won|||
|2021||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||The Trial of the Chicago 7||Won|||
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