John Carroll Lynch is an American character actor and film director. He was born in Boulder, Colorado, and was raised in Denver. 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 Catholic University of America/Hartke Theatre Acting program. From then on, he continued to work in theatre around the country, but concentrated mostly on his work at the world-renowned Guthrie Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he performed 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. In 1996, he received critical acclaim for his role as Marge Gunderson’s (played by Frances McDormand) simple husband Norm 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).
He is also known for his television work on the ABC sitcom The Drew Carey Show as the title character’s cross-dressing brother, Steve Carey, as well as Eastman in The Walking Dead, Twisty the Clown in American Horror Story: Freak Show and American Horror Story: Cult, as well as John Wayne Gacy in American Horror Story: Hotel.
He has also been a regular cast member on series such as Close to Home, Carnivàle, Body of Proof and The Americans.
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 also portrayed Arthur Leigh Allen in Zodiac (2007), horror thriller The Invitation (2015) with Logan Marshall Green, and the founder of McDonald’s, Mac McDonald, in The Founder (2016).
He made his directorial debut with the 2017 film Lucky.
Biography courtesy of IMDB & Wikipedia
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