Patrick Joseph Wilson (born July 3, 1973) is an American actor, director, and singer. He began his career in 1995, starring in Broadway musicals. He is a two-time Tony Award nominee for his roles in The Full Monty (2000–2001) and Oklahoma! (2002). He co-starred in the acclaimed HBO miniseries Angels in America (2003), for which he was nominated for both the Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
|Born||July 3, 1973|
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Wilson has also appeared in films such as The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Hard Candy (2005), Little Children (2006), Watchmen (2009), Insidious (2010), The A-Team (2010), Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), and as demonologist Ed Warren in the Conjuring Universe (2013–present). He has earned a reputation as a "scream king" due to his frequent casting in horror films.
On television, Wilson starred in the CBS drama series A Gifted Man (2011–2012) and as Lou Solverson in the second season of FX's anthology series Fargo (2015), for which he received a second Golden Globe Award nomination. In the DC Extended Universe, he portrayed Orm Marius / Ocean Master in the superhero film Aquaman (2018) and voiced the U.S. President in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
Patrick Joseph Wilson was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on July 3, 1973, the son of voice teacher and singer Mary Kay Wilson and WTVT news anchor John Franklin Wilson. He has two older brothers: Paul, an advertising executive, and Mark, who succeeded their father as a WTVT news anchor. Wilson grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he attended Shorecrest Preparatory School. In 1995, he graduated with a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University.
In 1995, Wilson made his acting debut as an understudy in the role of Chris Scott in the national touring production of Miss Saigon. The following year, he portrayed Billy Bigelow in the national tour of Carousel. In 1999, he starred as Jamie Conway in the off-Broadway production of Bright Lights, Big City, and Wilson later made his Broadway theatre debut in The Full Monty (2000), portraying Jerry Lukowski. For his performance in the role, he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.
Circa 2000, Wilson completed work on the film My Sister's Wedding, which has never been released. He sang "On the Street Where You Live" from My Fair Lady for Julie Andrews' awards ceremony when she received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2001. In 2002, his performance as Curly McLain in the Broadway production of Oklahoma! received critical acclaim, with Wilson being nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for the second time each. He won critical acclaim for his performance as the closeted Mormon Republican Joe Pitt in Mike Nichols' 2003 HBO drama miniseries Angels in America, receiving nominations for both the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
In 2004, Wilson made his first film appearance in The Alamo, playing William B. Travis. That same year, he co-starred in the musical film The Phantom of the Opera as Viscount Raoul de Chagny. The following year, he starred alongside Elliot Page in the psychological thriller film Hard Candy, portraying a pedophile named Jeff Kohlver.
In 2006, Wilson starred as Brad Adamson in Todd Field's Little Children. Also in 2006, he appeared in the Golden Globe Award-nominated Running with Scissors as Michael Shephard, which was directed by Ryan Murphy and produced by Brad Pitt. In 2007, he starred as Brian Callahan in the independent film Purple Violets, which was written and directed by Edward Burns. In 2008, he starred in Neil LaBute's Lakeview Terrace.
Wilson played Dan Dreiberg / Nite Owl II in Zack Snyder's 2009 film adaptation of the graphic novel Watchmen, gaining 25 pounds for the role after filming flashback scenes as the slimmer Nite Owl II. This film reunited Wilson with his Little Children co-star, Jackie Earle Haley. On October 19, 2010, in Yankee Stadium, he sang "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series between the Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees. On November 20, 2010, in Yankee Stadium, he sang the United States National Anthem before the first football game in the new stadium, played between Army and Notre Dame.
Wilson played the primary antagonist Lynch in 2010's The A-Team, and co-starred with Rose Byrne in James Wan's horror film Insidious. He returned for the latter film's sequel, Insidious: Chapter 2, which was released in 2013. In 2013, Wilson portrayed the famous paranormal investigator Ed Warren, alongside Vera Farmiga starring as his wife Lorraine, in the horror film The Conjuring. The film was critically acclaimed, becoming one of the highest grossing horror films of all time. Wilson reprised the role in the film's sequel, The Conjuring 2, released on June 10, 2016.
In January 2014, Wilson was announced to portray the lead role, Lou Solverson, in the second season of FX's anthology series Fargo. He was nominated for the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film for his performance. In March 2014, Wilson was cast in an unspecified role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Ant-Man, but later left the film due to scheduling conflicts brought upon by multiple delays with the film's production. That same year, he was cast as Arthur O'Dwyer in the Western film Bone Tomahawk, opposite Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox.
In 2016, he co-starred in John Lee Hancock's biopic The Founder, as Rollie Smith, based on the life of McDonald's fast food restaurants' founder Ray Kroc. In August 2016, Barbra Streisand released the album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, on which she and Wilson duet the song "Loving You" from the Stephen Sondheim musical Passion.
In 2018, Wilson co-starred in Jaume Collet-Serra's action thriller The Commuter, reuniting with The Conjuring co-star Farmiga, and portraying a trusted friend of Liam Neeson's character. Also that year, he portrayed Orm Marius / Ocean Master in the DC Extended Universe film Aquaman, directed by long-time collaborator James Wan.
On November 8, 2019, Roland Emmerich's blockbuster film Midway, was released, starring Wilson along with Ed Skrein, Mandy Moore, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Dennis Quaid and Woody Harrelson. In June 2020, Wilson signed on to Emmerich's Moonfall. Production began in October 2020 and is slated for a 2022 release.
In his directorial debut, Wilson will helm the upcoming Insidious: Chapter 5. Announced in October 2020, the film will serve as a direct sequel to Insidious: Chapter 2 with both Wilson and Ty Simpkins reprising their roles. Halloween Kills screenwriter Scott Teems wrote the script based on a story by Leigh Whannell. Whannell, James Wan, Jason Blum, and Oren Peli will produce the film, while Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Steven Schneider will serve as executive producers.
In May 2012, the band VanWilson (consisting of Wilson on vocals and drums and his brothers on guitar and vocals) performed a benefit concert for Southeastern Guide Dogs' Paws For Patriots program in St. Petersburg, Florida. They raised $30,000 for the program and were honored by the organization by having puppies named after them. The brothers have also performed benefit concerts for All Children's Hospital and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic.
Wilson married Polish-American actress Dagmara Domińczyk in 2005. They have two sons, born in 2006 and 2009, and reside in Montclair, New Jersey. His sister-in-law is actress Marika Domińczyk, who is married to actor and director Scott Foley.
|Denotes works that have not yet been released|
|2001||My Sister's Wedding||Quinn||Unreleased film|
|2004||The Alamo||William B. Travis|
|2004||The Phantom of the Opera||Viscount Raoul de Chagny||Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical|
|2005||Hard Candy||Jeff Kohlver||Nominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Relationship from Hell (shared with Elliot Page)|
|2006||Little Children||Brad Adamson||Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance – Male|
Nominated—Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Cast Ensemble
Nominated—Satellite award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
|2006||Running with Scissors||Michael Shephard|
|2007||Purple Violets||Brian Callahan|
|2007||Brothers Three: An American Gothic||Peter|
|2008||Life in Flight||Will Sargent|
|2008||Lakeview Terrace||Chris Mattson|
|2009||Watchmen||Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl II|
|2010||Barry Munday||Barry Munday|
|2010||The A-Team||Agent Lynch/Agent Vance Burress|
|2010||The Switch||Roland Nilson|
|2010||Insidious||Josh Lambert||Nominated—Scream Award for Best Horror Actor|
|2010||Morning Glory||Adam Bennett|
|2011||The Ledge||Joe Harris|
|2011||Young Adult||Buddy Slade|
|2013||The Conjuring||Ed Warren||Nominated—Fright Meter Award for Best Actor|
|2013||Insidious: Chapter 2||Josh Lambert||Nominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actor|
Nominated—Fright Meter Award for Best Actor
|2014||Jack Strong||David Forden|
|2014||Space Station 76||Captain Glenn Terry|
|2014||Stretch||Kevin "Stretch" Brzyzowski|
|2014||Big Stone Gap||Jack MacChesney|
|2014||Let's Kill Ward's Wife||David||Also producer|
|2015||Home Sweet Hell||Don Champagne|
|2015||Bone Tomahawk||Arthur O'Dwyer|
|2016||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||President of the United States (voice)||Cameo|
|2016||A Kind of Murder||Walter Stackhouse|
|2016||The Hollow Point||Sheriff Wallace Skolkin|
|2016||The Conjuring 2||Ed Warren|
|2016||The Founder||Rollie Smith|
|2018||The Commuter||Alex Murphy|
|2018||Nightmare Cinema||Eric Sr.|
|2018||Aquaman||Orm Marius / Ocean Master||Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain|
|2019||Annabelle Comes Home||Ed Warren|
|2019||The Assistant||Famous actor||Uncredited cameo|
|2019||In the Tall Grass||Ross Humboldt|
|2021||The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It||Ed Warren|
|2023||Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom||Orm Marius / Ocean Master||Post-production|
|TBA||Untitled Insidious sequel||Josh Lambert||Also director|
|2003||Angels in America||Joe Pitt||6 episodes;|
Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|2006||Tampa Bay: Living Legacy||Narrator
|2009||American Dad!||Jim (voice)||Episode: "Wife Insurance"|
|2011–2012||A Gifted Man||Dr. Michael Holt||16 episodes|
|2013, 2017||Girls||Joshua||2 episodes;|
Nominated—Critics Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Gold Derby Award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
|2015||Fargo||Lou Solverson||10 episodes;|
Nominated—Critics Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries
Nominated—Gold Derby Award for Best Actor in a Television Movie/Miniseries
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—IGN Summer Movie Award for Best Television Actor
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series
|2019||The Other Two||Himself||Episode: "Chase Shoots a Music Video"|
|2009||Watchmen: The End Is Nigh||Nite Owl II (voice)|
|1995||Miss Saigon||Chris Scott||Understudy|
|1996||Carousel||Billy Bigelow||U.S. national tour|
|1999||Bright Lights, Big City||Jamie Conway||Off-Broadway|
Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
|2000||Tenderloin||Tommy Howatt||Broadway Encores! concert|
|2000–2001||The Full Monty||Jerry Lukowski||Broadway|
Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical
Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical
|2006||Barefoot in the Park||Paul Bratter||Broadway|
|2008–2009||All My Sons||Chris Keller||Broadway|
|2014||Guys and Dolls||Sky Masterson||Carnegie Hall concert|
|2017||Brigadoon||Tommy Albright||New York City Center Special Event|
- Allegro (2009; studio cast recording)
- Bright Lights, Big City (2005; studio cast recording)
- The Full Monty (2001; original Broadway cast recording)
- Dreamgirls in Concert (as film executive; 2001 concert cast recording)
- Tenderloin (2000; Encores! concert cast recording)
- Lucky in the Rain (2000; studio cast recording)
- Terrence Mann's Romeo & Juliet: The Musical from William Shakespeare (1999)
- Brigadoon (2017; New York City Center cast recording)
- The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
- The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway (2006) (Simon & Schuster)
- The Ruins by Scott Smith (2006) (Simon & Schuster)
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