List of American Horror Story cast members(Redirected from List of American Horror Story characters)
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American Horror Story is an American horror television series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a disparate set of characters, settings, and a storyline with its own beginning, middle, and end. However, Murphy has stated that all of the seasons are and will be connected by the end of the series.
The first season, subtitled Murder House, takes place during 2011 in Los Angeles, California and centers on a family that moves into a house haunted by its deceased former occupants. The second season, subtitled Asylum, takes place during 1964 in Massachusetts and follows the stories of the inmates and staff of an institution for the criminally insane. The third season, subtitled Coven, takes place during 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana and follows a coven of witches who face off against those who wish to destroy them. The fourth season, subtitled Freak Show, takes place during 1952 in Jupiter, Florida and focuses on one of the last remaining freak shows in America and its struggle to survive. The fifth season, subtitled Hotel, takes place during 2015 in Los Angeles, California and centers on the unusual occurrences and people of a mysterious and outdated hotel. The sixth, subtitled Roanoke, takes place in 2015 on Roanoke Island in North Carolina, and follows a documentary of experiences endured by a couple and one of their relatives while living on Roanoke Island followed by reenactments, and, in 2016, follows the real experiences on the Island of the couple and the reenactors of the documentary. The seventh season, subtitled Cult, takes place between 2016 and 2017 in the fictitious city of Brookfield Heights, Michigan, and centers around a clown cult terrorizing a neighborhood suburb in the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. election.
Although each season is set in a different time period, there have been characters who have appeared in multiple seasons. Billie Dean Howard (Sarah Paulson), Marcy (Christine Estabrook), Dr. Charles Montgomery (Matt Ross), Sister Mary Eunice McKee (Lily Rabe), Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cromwell as old Arden; John Cromwell as young Arden), Pepper (Naomi Grossman), Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe), Lana Winters (Paulson), and Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch) are the nine characters to appear in more than one season of the series. Sister Mary, Dr. Arden, and Pepper appear and reappear in Asylum and Freak Show. Billie, Marcy, and Dr. Montgomery make appearances in Murder House and Hotel. Queenie appears in both Coven and Hotel. Lana appears in Asylum and Roanoke and is mentioned in Cult. Twisty appears in Freak Show and Cult. Murphy has stated that as the series progresses, more and more characters will be making a return to the show.
- A green cell indicates the actor as a main cast member.
- A light blue cell indicates the actor as a special guest cast member.
- A red cell indicates the actor as a recurring or a guest cast member.
- A grey cell indicates the actor has not participated in the respective season.
|Portrayer||Capacity and character per season|
|Murder House||Asylum||Coven||Freak Show||Hotel||Roanoke||Cult||Season 8|
|Connie Britton||Vivien Harmon|
|Dylan McDermott||Dr. Ben Harmon||Johnny Morgan|
|Evan Peters||Tate Langdon||Kit Walker||Kyle Spencer||Jimmy Darling||James Patrick March||Rory Monahan[a]||Kai Anderson[b]|
|Taissa Farmiga||Violet Harmon||Zoe Benson||Sophie Green|
|Denis O'Hare||Larry Harvey||Spalding||Stanley||Liz Taylor||William van Henderson[a]|
|Jessica Lange||Constance Langdon||Sister Jude Martin||Fiona Goode||Elsa Mars|
|Zachary Quinto||Chad Warwick||Dr. Oliver Thredson|
|Joseph Fiennes||Msgr. Timothy Howard|
|Sarah Paulson||Billie Dean Howard||Lana Winters||Cordelia Foxx||Bette and Dot Tattler||Sally McKenna[c]||Audrey Tindall[a][c]||Ally Mayfair-Richards[d]||TBA|
|Lily Rabe||Nora Montgomery||Sister Mary Eunice McKee||Misty Day||Sister Mary Eunice McKee||Aileen Wuornos||Shelby Miller|
|Lizzie Brocheré||Grace Bertrand|
|James Cromwell||Dr. Arthur Arden|
|Frances Conroy||Moira O'Hara||Shachath||Myrtle Snow||Gloria Mott||Mama Polk[e]||Bebe Babbitt|
|Emma Roberts||Madison Montgomery||Maggie Esmeralda||Serena Belinda|
|Kathy Bates||Delphine LaLaurie||Ethel Darling||Iris||Agnes Mary Winstead[a]|
|Michael Chiklis||Dell Toledo|
|Finn Wittrock||Dandy Mott||Tristan Duffy[f]||Jether Polk|
|Angela Bassett||Marie Laveau||Desiree Dupree||Ramona Royale||Monet Tumusiime[a]|
|Wes Bentley||Edward Mordrake||Det. John Lowe||Dylan[a]|
|Chloë Sevigny||Shelley||Dr. Alex Lowe|
|Cheyenne Jackson||Will Drake||Sidney Aaron James||Dr. Rudy Vincent|
|Lady Gaga||Elizabeth Johnson||Scathach[e]|
|Cuba Gooding, Jr.||Dominic Banks[a]|
|André Holland||Matt Miller|
|Billie Lourd||Winter Anderson[g]|
|Alison Pill||Ivy Mayfair-Richards|
Special guest starsEdit
|Kate Mara||Hayden McClaine|
|Charles S. Dutton||Detective Granger|
|Ian McShane||Leigh Emerson|
|Gabourey Sidibe||Queenie||Regina Ross||Queenie|
|Patti LuPone||Joan Ramsey|
|Danny Huston||The Axeman||Massimo Dolcefino|
|Stevie Nicks||Stevie Nicks (herself)|
|Celia Weston||Lillian Hemmings|
|Neil Patrick Harris||Chester Creb|
|Mare Winningham||Alicia Spencer||Rita Gayheart||Hazel Evers||Sally Keffler|
|Naomi Campbell||Claudia Bankson|
|Billy Eichner||Harrison Wilton[h]|
|Lena Dunham||Valerie Solanas|
|Alexandra Breckenridge||Young Moira O'Hara||Kaylee|
|Jamie Brewer||Adelaide Langdon||Nan||Marjorie||Hedda|
|Michael Graziadei||Travis Wanderley|
|Matt Ross||Dr. Charles Montgomery||Dr. Charles Montgomery|
|Geoffrey Rivas||Det. Jack Colquitt|
|Adina Porter||Sally Freeman||Lee Harris||Beverly Hope|
|David Anthony Higgins||Stan|
|Eve Gordon||Dr. Hall|
|Eric Close||Hugo Langdon|
|Brando Eaton||Kyle Greenwell|
|Ashley Rickards||Chloe Stapleton|
|Alessandra Torresani||Stephanie Boggs|
|Amir Arison||Joe Escandarian|
|Rebecca Wisocky||Lorraine Harvey|
|Mena Suvari||Elizabeth Short|
|Anthony Ruivivar||Miguel Ramos||Richard Ramirez|
|Adam Levine||Leo Morrison|
|Jenna Dewan-Tatum||Teresa Morrison|
|Clea DuVall||Wendy Peyser|
|Britne Oldford||Alma Walker|
|Fredric Lehne||Frank McCann|
|Devon Graye||Jed Potter|
|Robin Weigert||Cynthia Potter||Mama Polk|
|John Aylward||Father Malachi|
|Andrew Rothenberg||Mr. Potter|
|Barbara Tarbuck||Mother Superior Claudia|
|Franka Potente||Charlotte Brown|
|Mark Margolis||Sam Goodman|
|Robin Bartlett||Dr. Miranda Crump||Cecily Pembroke|
|Grey Damon||Archie Brener|
|Ian Anthony Dale||Dr. David Zhong|
|Josh Hamilton||Hank Foxx|
|Christine Ebersole||Anna-Leigh Leighton|
|Alexander Dreymon||Luke Ramsey|
|Leslie Jordan||Quentin Fleming||Ashley Gilbert[a]|
|Michael Cristofer||Harrison Renard|
|Lance Reddick||Papa Legba|
|John Carroll Lynch||Twisty the Clown||John Wayne Gacy||Twisty the Clown|
|Skyler Samuels||Bonnie Lipton|
|Patti LaBelle||Dora Brown|
|Malcolm-Jamal Warner||Angus T. Jefferson|
|Matthew Glave||Larry Gayheart|
|David Burtka||Michael Beck|
|Richard T. Jones||Det. Andrew Hahn|
|Shree Crooks||Scarlett Lowe|
|Lennon Henry||Holden Lowe|
|Lyric Lennon||Lachlan Drake|
|Mädchen Amick||Mrs. Ellison|
|Seth Gabel||Jeffrey Dahmer|
|Charles Melton||Mr. Wu|
|Alexandra Daddario||Natacha Rambova|
|Josh Braaten||Douglas Pryor|
|Charles Malik Whitfield||Mason Harris[e]|
|Grady Lee Richmond||Ishmael Polk[e]|
|John Pyper-Ferguson||Mr. Cage|
|Shannon Lucio||Diana Cross|
|Jacob Artist||Todd Allan Connors|
|Brian Howe||Mark Phillips|
|Danielle Macdonald||Bristol Windows|
|Julie Claire||Stephanie Holder|
|Emma Bell||Tracy Logan|
|James Morosini||Bob Kinnaman||R.J.|
|Joe Spellman||Dave Elder|
|Colton Haynes||Det. Jack Samuels|
|Cooper Dodson||Oz Mayfair-Richards|
|Leslie Grossman||Meadow Wilton[i]|
|Dermot Mulroney||Bob Thompson|
|Chaz Bono||Brian Wells[a]||Gary Longstreet|
|Dot-Marie Jones||Butchy May|
- These characters also portray the re-enactors in the My Roanoke Nightmare documentary.
- He also portrayed Andy Warhol, Jim Jones, David Koresh, Marshall Applewhite, Jesus, and Charles Manson.
- Paulson reprised her previous roles from the first two seasons: Billie Dean Howard in Murder House for Hotel and Lana Winters in Asylum for Roanoke, respectively.
- She also portrayed Susan Atkins.
- These actors portray their characters solely in the My Roanoke Nightmare re-enactment.
- Wittrock also portrayed real life actor Rudolph Valentino.
- She also portrayed Linda Kasabian.
- He also portrayed Tex Watson.
- She also portrayed Patricia Krenwinkel.
- List of American Horror Story: Murder House characters
- List of American Horror Story: Asylum characters
- List of American Horror Story: Coven characters
- List of American Horror Story: Freak Show characters
- List of American Horror Story: Hotel characters
- List of American Horror Story: Roanoke characters
- List of American Horror Story: Cult characters
- Lynch, Jason (October 1, 2017). "Sarah Paulson Has Taken FX, the Emmys and Movie Studios by Storm. Next up: Netflix". Adweek.com. Retrieved October 5, 2017.