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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 1 August 1963Boulder, Colorado, USA
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gionniboy

Spouse (1)

Brenda Wehle (1997 - present)

Trivia (7)

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.
Graduated from The Catholic University of America, B.F.A., Theatre program. He was Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. May 10, 1986.
Former member of the Guthrie Theater Acting Company.
Was first choice to play Arthur Leigh Allen in Zodiac (2007). David Fincher saw his cold performance in Gothika (2003) and decided to cast him.
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.
Appears in three films with Jake Gyllenhaal: Bubble Boy (2001), The Good Girl (2002) and Zodiac (2007).
Has two step-children.

Personal Quotes (12)

I don't go to horror movies. I walked out of 'The Exorcist,' man.
You can have the most wonderful motives for what you do, but if what you do harms other people, you're fooling yourself.
Breathing is always key in any character. When you have a character with no voice, that makes it even more important.
Is fame without purpose and is fame without talent really where we are now? People used to be famous for what they did. Now, they're just famous.
'Fargo' was the turnaround for me, in terms of film, because it was a part; it wasn't a line.
Psychological horror I've always appreciated, like 'Rosemary's Baby.' The slasher movies and the grotesque movies are the ones that I've really been off for a while.
Evil is important for us to look at, in my opinion, only insofar as it makes us look at our own actions and make us wonder, 'Am I participating in some kind of human evil that I really should stop doing?'
I never think of myself as lumbering, but I guess I am. I forget how huge I am sometimes. I've seen movies where I'm with a group of people, and I'm like, 'God, I'm just so gargantuanly bigger than anyone else there.'
My crazy fear is I'm always afraid my keys are going to fall down a subway grate when I walk over it. I'm afraid they're going to jump out of my pocket and fall down. Isn't that stupid?
As an actor, I've given up judgment of evil, as long as it's human evil - we have to see ourselves for what we really are, and we're capable of horrific things.
Two actors who have different motivations and skill sets can work together and be magic. Charles Grodin and Robert DeNiro technically couldn't work more differently, and yet they made 'Midnight Run,' which is a genius comedy.
The fear that you come to a show called 'American Horror Story' with is yours. That being said, I'm glad people are afraid, and I hope that I'm contributing to their fear. I'm really not afraid of my own darkness anymore. I'm not afraid of what I'm capable of.

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