John Carroll Lynch

John Carroll Lynch

Aug. 1st, 1963
Born in
Boulder, Colorado, USA
6' 3"

John Carroll Lynch's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Body of Proof TV Show
Body of Proof
Carnivale TV Show
K-Ville TV Show
The Drew Carey Show TV Show
The Drew Carey Show
The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H. TV Show
The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H.

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Hot Pursuit
2015 - Ted 2
2014 - Camp X-Ray
2014 - The Pretty One
2012 - Lay The Favorite
2011 - Crazy, Stupid, Love
2011 - Paul
2011 - Sympathy for Delicious
2011 - Hesher
2010 - Shutter Island
2009 - Love Happens
2008 - Gran Torino
2007 - Three Days of Rain
2007 - Things We Lost in the Fire
2007 - Full of It
2005 - Mozart and the Whale
2004 - Catch That Kid
2003 - Gothika
2003 - Confidence
2002 - The Good Girl
2002 - The Good Girl
2002 - Bug
2001 - Bubble Boy
2000 - Gone in Sixty Seconds
2000 - The Next Best Thing
2000 - Waking the Dead
1999 - The Minus Man
1999 - Anywhere But Here
1999 - Pushing Tin
1998 - The Naked Man
1998 - Mercury Rising
1997 - A Thousand Acres
1997 - Volcano
1997 - Face/Off
1996 - Fargo
1996 - Feeling Minnesota
1996 - The Fan
1996 - Beautiful Girls
1995 - The Cure
1993 - Grumpy Old Men

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Twisty the Clown
Mike Ogletree
Daniel Ellis
Officer Chuck Tuttle
District Attorney Agee
Himself - Guest
Kurt Pressman
Mr. Reed
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John Carroll Lynch was born August 1st, 1963 in Boulder, Colorado. He was raised in Denver Colorado. It was there John found a passion for acting and became a Denver Broncos fan. He graduated in the mid-80s with a B.F.A. in theatre from the The Catholic University of America / Hartke Theatre Acting program. From then, he continued to work in theatre around the country, but concentrated mostly on his work at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, acting in many plays from Shakespeare to Shaw to Chekhov. In the early nineties, John was able to find time away from the theatre to work in film, as productions came through Minnesota. In 1996, he received critical acclaim for his role as Marge Gunderson's simple husband Norm Gunderson in Fargo (1996). He went on to make two more films that year, both of which were conveniently set in Minnesota, the acclaimed Beautiful Girls (1996) and Feeling Minnesota (1996). Since then, John's film career has been on an amazing climb. Much like other well respected actors from the theatre, such as John Malkovich and Gary Sinise, he chooses to play very interesting and diverse roles.

  • John is an Alumni of Regis Jesuit High School, now located in Aurora, Colorado but he graduated in 1981 when the campus was located in north-west Denver.
  • Graduated from The Catholic University of America, B.F.A., Theatre program. He was Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. May 10, 1986.
  • During the 1990s, John was a company member of the world-renowned Guthrie Theater Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota as well as being a mentor for the graduate acting program of the University of Minnesota.
  • Was first choice to play Arthur Leigh Allen in Zodiac (2007). David Fincher saw his cold performance in The Gothic and decided to cast him.
  • Former member of the Guthrie Theater Acting Company.

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