John Carroll Lynch

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John Carroll Lynch
Born (1963-08-01) August 1, 1963 (age 51)
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present

John Carroll Lynch (born August 1, 1963) is an American actor,[1] known for his role as Drew Carey's cross-dressing brother on The Drew Carey Show,[1] and for his role as Norm, the unassuming husband of Margie Gunderson (Frances McDormand) in Fargo.[1] Lynch played homicide detective Bud Morris in the medical drama Body of Proof, which premiered on ABC in March 2011.[2][3]

In the fall of 2003, he starred in the CBS series The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire, with Randy Quaid, Chris Penn, Mare Winningham, Elizabeth McGovern and Ann Cusack. The series was cancelled after only a few episodes. He also had a recurring role in the HBO series Carnivàle, playing escaped convict Varlyn Stroud. Lynch appeared as a district attorney in the CBS series Close to Home and as NASA official Bob Gilruth in the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. Lynch appeared in films such as Gothika (2003), Gran Torino (2008), Shutter Island (2010), Love Happens (2009), and in a major role as lead suspect Arthur Leigh Allen in David Fincher's acclaimed thriller Zodiac (2007).[1] In 2014, Lynch received critical acclaim and public attention for his role as Twisty the Clown in American Horror Story: Freak Show and starred in Karyn Kusama's Thriller film The Invitation.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Lynch was born August 1, 1963, in Boulder, Colorado. He was raised in Denver. In 1996, he received critical acclaim for his role as Marge Gunderson's simple husband Norm Gunderson in Fargo.

Lynch appears as Colonel James Drummond in the Sundance Film Festival drama Camp X-Ray, starring Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi. The film was released by IFC Films on October 17, 2014. .



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 Limited release
2015 Hot Pursuit Captain Emmett


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"


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