John Carroll Lynch

John Carroll Lynch
Born (1963-08-01) August 1, 1963
Boulder, Colorado, US
Alma mater The Catholic University of America
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Brenda Wehle (m. 1997)

John Carroll Lynch (born August 1, 1963)[1][2] is an American actor. He first gained notice for his role as Norm Gunderson in Fargo, and he is also known for his work on ABC sitcom The Drew Carey Show as the title character's cross-dressing brother, Steve Carey. His films include Face/Off, Gran Torino, Shutter Island, Ted 2, The Invitation, and Zodiac.

Early life

Lynch was born August 1, 1963, in Boulder, Colorado.[1] He studied theater at the Catholic University of America, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1986.[3]


Lynch was a member of the Guthrie Theater company. He starred in several productions, toured with the company and worked there for over eight seasons.[4][5]

Lynch made his feature film debut in Grumpy Old Men (1993). He gained notice starring 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 will portray the first establisher of McDonald's, Mac McDonald in the upcoming film The Founder (2016).

Lynch has 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 and 5 of American Horror Story.

Personal life

Lynch has been married to actress Brenda Wehle since 1997.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Grumpy Old Men Moving Man
1996 Beautiful Girls Frank Womack
1996 Fargo Norm Gunderson
1996 Feeling Minnesota Cop
1996 Life's Work Crazy Larry
1997 Volcano Stan Olber
1997 Face/Off Prison Guard Walton
1998 Mercury Rising Martin Lynch
1998 The Naked Man Sticks' Driver
1999 Anywhere but Here Jack Irwin
1999 Pushing Tin Doctor Freeze
2000 Gone in 60 Seconds Impound Manager Uncredited
2001 Bubble Boy Mr. Livingston
2002 The Good Girl Jack Field
2002 Bug Wallace Gregory
2003 Gothika Sheriff Ryan
2003 Confidence Leon Ashby
2004 Catch That Kid Mr. Hartmunn
2005 Mozart and the Whale Gregory
2005 Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World Stewart
2007 Full of It Mr. Leonard
2007 Zodiac Arthur Leigh Allen
2007 Things We Lost in the Fire Howard Glassman
2008 Gran Torino Barber Martin
2009 Love Happens Walter
2010 Shutter Island Deputy Warden McPherson
2011 Paul Moses Buggs
2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love. Bernie Riley
2013 The Pretty One Frank
2014 Camp X-Ray Col. James Drummond
2015 Hot Pursuit Captain Emmett
2015 Ted 2 Tom Jessup
2015 The Invitation Pruitt
2016 Miracles from Heaven Pastor Scott
2016 Jackie Lyndon B. Johnson
2016 The Founder Mac McDonald


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Frasier Actor playing Franklin Episode: "The Show Where Diane Comes Back"
1997–2004 The Drew Carey Show Steve Carey 72 episodes
1997 The Practice Dr. Robert Larson Episode: "Search and Seizure"
1997 The Visitor Joe York Episode: "Going Home"
1999 Star Trek: Voyager Gerald Moss Episode: "11:59"
2000 The Fugitive Raynor Episode: "Pilot"
2000 The West Wing Jack Episode: "Galileo"
2001 Gideon's Crossing Sonny Green Episode: "The Race"
2003 The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire Mayor Garrett Shaw 7 episodes
2005–2006 Close to Home Steve Sharpe 21 episodes
2005 Carnivàle Varlyn Stroud 12 episodes
2007–2008 K-Ville Captain James Embry 11 episodes
2007 Big Love Officer Chuck Tuttle 2 episodes
2009 Lie to Me Mr. Reed Episode: "Truth or Consequences"
2009 Monk Kurt Pressman Episode: "Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk"
2009 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 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
2014 The Americans Fred 6 episodes
2014 Manhattan Daniel Ellis 2 episodes
2014–2015 American Horror Story: Freak Show Twisty the Clown 5 episodes
2014 Us & Them Ed Episode: "Coeds & Carburetors"
2015–2016 American Horror Story: Hotel John Wayne Gacy 2 episodes
2015 The Walking Dead Eastman Episode: "Here's Not Here"
2016 Turn: Washington's Spies James Rivington 4 episodes
2016 Billions Mr. Gilbert Episode: "The Punch"
2017 Channel Zero John Sleator Upcoming series

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 42nd Saturn Awards Best Guest Starring Role on Television The Walking Dead Nominated [7]


  1. 1 2 "John Carroll Lynch". Rovi via The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 22, 2014.
  2. "[S]ome sources cite May 11, 1961", per "John Carroll Lynch Biography (1963?-)". Archived from the original on October 22, 2015. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  3. "Alumni Relations: Arts & Entertainment". The Catholic University of America. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  4. "John Carroll Lynch lands juicy role in 'Freak Show'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  5. "John Carroll Lynch". Guthrie Theater. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  6. "Brenda Wehle Biography ((?)-)". Archived from the original on October 17, 2015. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  7. Bryant, Jacob (February 24, 2016). "'Star Wars,' 'Mad Max,' 'Walking Dead' Lead Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved July 19, 2016.

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