John Emmet Tracy

John Emmet Tracy is an American-Canadian actor who has appeared in various film, television, and stage roles. He currently has a recurring role as Ellis Steele on the American television series, Yellowstone. He has previously held recurring roles on series like Batwoman and iZombie and was a series regular on the Syfy series, Olympus. Tracy has also appeared in films including American Mary (2012), If I Stay (2014), and Fifty Shades Freed (2018) and voiced the role of Thomas Jefferson in the video game Assassin's Creed III (2012).

John Emmet Tracy
Alma materRose Bruford College
Notable credits

Early life and educationEdit

John Emmet Tracy was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in both Chicago and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received acting education and training at Rose Bruford College in England and studied under Lynn Redgrave and Uta Hagen.[1][2]


Tracy began his career primarily as a stage actor. In the late 1990s, he played the title role in a production of Hamlet that toured Japan for a year. He subsequently appeared in stage, film, and television productions in Los Angeles and Vancouver, British Columbia.[3][4][5] In the early 2010s, he earned roles in American television series like Smallville, Fringe, and The Killing.[6] Tracy was also among 11 actors chosen for the International Actors' Fellowship at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Between 2012 and 2014, he appeared in the films, American Mary and If I Stay and also provided the voice of Thomas Jefferson for the video game, Assassin's Creed III.[3][7]

In March 2013, Tracy starred in a production of Terminus at Performance Works in Vancouver.[8] He won the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for this performance.[9] In 2014, he received a second Outstanding Lead Actor nomination for his performance as Sharky in a production of The Seafarer at Vancouver's Pacific Theatre.[3][10] That year, Tracy also created, produced, and performed in The 24 Hour Shakespeare Project which entailed performing abridged productions of each of William Shakespeare's 38 plays over the course of 24 hours on April 23 (Shakespeare's 450th birthday). The event, which was staged at Blake Snyder Theatre at Go Studios, raised money for the British Columbia Children's Hospital.[3][11][12]

In 2015, he appeared as Pallas, a series regular role, in the Syfy series, Olympus.[13] In 2017, Tracy was nominated for his third Jessie Richardson Theatre Award[14] for his performance as Anthony in Outside Mullingar at Pacific Theatre.[15] Following several more film and television parts, he earned recurring roles as Enzo Lambert in iZombie and August Cartwright in Batwoman (both on The CW) in 2018 and 2019.[1][16] That same year, he appeared as the lead role[17] in the improvised feature film Open for Submissions.[18] Also in 2019, it was announced that Tracy would appear in the recurring role of Ellis Steele on the third season of the Paramount Network's Yellowstone. He has also appeared in the series' fourth season in 2021 and 2022.[1][19]


List of selected film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Smallville Dr. Alfonso Episode 1.5: "Isis"
Sanctuary British museum curator Episode 3.9: "Vigilante"
2010, 2017–2018 Supernatural Mercury / John Driscoll 3 episodes
2011 Fringe ER doctor Episode 3.19: "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide"
Psych Charles Wignall Episode 6.1: "Shawn Rescues Darth Vader"
2012 The Killing Officer Flynn Episode 2.7: "Keylela"
Fairly Legal Mike Duffy Episode 2.10: "Shattered"
American Mary Detective Dolor Horror film
2013 Cedar Cove Loan officer Episode 1.10: "Conflicts of Interest"
2014 Continuum Leon Rutledge Episode 3.7: "Waning Minutes"
If I Stay Surgeon
The Surface Bank manager
2015 Olympus Pallas 8 episodes
2016 The BFG Palace staff
2017 When Calls the Heart Dr. Karl Strohm Episode 4.11: "Heart of a Fighter"
2018 Altered Carbon Warden Sullivan Episode 1.1: "Out of the Past"
Fifty Shades Freed Troy Whelan
ReBoot: The Guardian Code Coach Gorley 3 episodes
The Man in the High Castle Father Finn Episode 3.4: "Sabra"
2018–2019 iZombie Enzo Lambert 16 episodes
2019 Unspeakable Sam Millhouse 4 episodes
Open for Submissions Desmond Baggs
Project Blue Book Phil Episode 1.6: "The Green Fireballs"
2019–2020 Batwoman August Cartwright 7 episodes
2020–present Yellowstone Ellis Steele 7 episodes


  1. ^ a b c Gee, Dana (December 1, 2021). "Bad guy turn on Yellowstone a good thing for a guy with an 'evil face'". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  2. ^ Mueller, Matt (September 11, 2013). ""The Surface" aims to make stars out of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee". OnMilwaukee. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d Leiren-Young, Mark (March 7, 2014). "John Emmet Tracy's career takes devilish turns". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  4. ^ Blake, Joseph (March 9, 2006). "Lawyers put some fun in fundraising". Times Colonist. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  5. ^ Chamberlain, Adrian (May 21, 2006). "Little Women geared to a junior audience". Times Colonist. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  6. ^ "'Yellowstone' Season 3 New Cast: Meet Ellis Steele & Josh Holloway's Roarke". Heavy. June 2020. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  7. ^ Reilly, Travis (December 12, 2014). "Oscars Announce 323 Films Eligible for Best Picture". The Wrap. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  8. ^ Schaefer, Glen (February 28, 2013). "Destinies converge in Terminus". The Province. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  9. ^ Fleming, Andrew (June 26, 2013). "Terminus, Boeing-Boeing, Bard win big at the Jessies". Vancouver is Awesome. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  10. ^ Morton, Brian (May 21, 2014). "Bard on the Beach Festival grabs 15 Jessie nods". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  11. ^ Leiren-Young, Mark (December 20, 2014). "Remounts, reality theatre, premieries". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  12. ^ Robins, Mike (April 9, 2014). "24 Hour Shakespeare Project is non-stop iambic pentameter". Vancouver Presents. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  13. ^ Von Doviak, Scott (April 2, 2015). "With Olympus, Syfy plays the game of thrones and loses". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  14. ^ Smith, Janet (May 27, 2018). "Arts Club Theatre and Hand to God lead Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominations". Straight. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  15. ^ Robins, Mark (May 20, 2017). "Theatre review: Outside Mullingar rises above its predictability". Vancouver Presents. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  16. ^ Ingraham, Alexandria (July 10, 2019). "iZombie interview: John Emmet Tracy discusses Enzo's evolution and the final season". Hidden Remote. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  17. ^ O'Brien, Cormac (February 11, 2020). "'Open for Submissions' review: Victoria Film Festival". Victoria Buzz. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  18. ^ Wells, Kyle (February 11, 2020). "REVIEWS: Victoria Film Fest offers much in the way of variety". Monday Magazine. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  19. ^ Petski, Denise (July 26, 2019). "'Yellowstone': Forrie J. Smith Upped To Series Regular; John Emmet Tracy To Recur On Season 3". Deadline. Retrieved February 8, 2022.

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