Patrick Wilson (American actor)

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Patrick Wilson
Patrick Wilson 2014.jpg
Wilson at 2014 MontClair Film Festival, May 2014
Born Patrick Joseph Wilson
(1973-07-03) July 3, 1973 (age 41)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Dagmara Dominczyk (m. 2005)
Children 2

Patrick Joseph Wilson (born July 3, 1973) is an American actor and singer.

Wilson has spent years singing lead roles in major Broadway musicals, beginning in 1996. In 2003, he appeared in the HBO miniseries Angels in America. Wilson has appeared in feature films such as The Alamo, The Phantom of the Opera, Little Children, Watchmen, The A-Team, The Ledge, Insidious, and The Conjuring. He starred in the CBS drama series A Gifted Man, which premiered in 2011 and was cancelled in 2012.

Early life[edit]

Wilson was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the son of Mary Kay Wilson, a voice teacher and professional singer, and John Franklin Wilson, a news anchor for WTVT in Tampa, Florida. Wilson's brother, Mark, also works as a news anchor and reporter for WTVT.[1][2][3][4] His ancestry is mostly English, with more distant Welsh, Scottish and German roots.[5] Wilson grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida.[6]


Circa 2000, Wilson completed work on the film My Sister's Wedding, which has never been released.[7] He sang "On the Street Where You Live" from My Fair Lady for Julie Andrews' awards ceremony when she received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2001. He won critical acclaim for his performance in Mike Nichols' 2003 drama HBO mini-series Angels in America. He received both a Golden Globe nomination and an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He played Joe Pitt, a closeted Mormon Republican.

Wilson made his first film appearance in The Alamo, in 2004, playing William B. Travis. In the same year, Wilson co-starred in the film musical The Phantom of the Opera, as Viscount Raoul de Chagny.[8] In 2006, he starred as Brad Adamson in Todd Field's Little Children. The same year, he appeared in the Golden Globe-nominated Running With Scissors as Michael Shephard.[9] In 2007, he starred as Brian Callahan in the independent film Purple Violets, which was written and directed by Edward Burns.[10] In 2008, he starred in Neil LaBute's Lakeview Terrace. Wilson played Dan Dreiberg / Nite Owl II in Zack Snyder's 2009 film adaptation of the graphic novel Watchmen, gaining 25 pounds for the role[11] after filming flashback scenes as the slimmer Nite Owl II. This film reunited Wilson with his Little Children co-star, Jackie Earle Haley.

On October 19, 2010, in Yankee Stadium, he sang "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series between the Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees. On November 20, 2010, in Yankee Stadium, he sang the United States National Anthem before the first football game in the new stadium, played between Army and Notre Dame. Wilson played the primary antagonist Lynch in 2010's The A-Team and co-starred with Rose Byrne in James Wan's horror film Insidious.[12]

In May 2012, Wilson gave the Keynote address for his Alma Mater, Carnegie Mellon University, in which he spoke of his memories from childhood and through his career. May 26, 2012, Wilson and his brothers, Mark and Paul, performed a benefit concert for Southeastern Guide Dogs' "Paws For Patriots" program in St. Petersburg, Florida. They raised $30,000 for the program that provides guide dogs to visually impaired veterans, veteran service dogs to veterans living with post-traumatic stress, and facility therapy dogs to major military medical facilities. Southestern Guide Dogs honored Wilson and his brothers by naming three guide dog puppies for them.

In 2014, Wilson was cast in an unspecified role in the forthcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film Ant-Man.[13] But later left the film due to scheduling conflicts brought upon by multiple delays with the film's production.

Personal life[edit]

On June 18, 2005, Wilson married Polish-American actress Dagmara Dominczyk, also a Carnegie Mellon graduate (he graduated in 1995 with a drama degree; she graduated in 1998).[14] On June 23, 2006, Dominczyk gave birth to their son, Kalin Patrick Wilson. On August 9, 2009, they welcomed their second son, Kassian McCarrell Wilson. He currently lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his family.[15]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 My Sister's Wedding Quinn Unreleased
2004 Alamo, TheThe Alamo William Barret Travis
2004 Phantom of the Opera, TheThe Phantom of the Opera Raoul, Le Vicomte de Chagny Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2005 Hard Candy Jeff Kohlver
2006 Little Children Brad Adamson Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
2006 Running with Scissors Michael Shephard
2007 Purple Violets Brian Callahan
2007 Evening Harris Arden
2007 Brothers Three: An American Gothic Peter
2008 Life in Flight Will Sargent
2008 Lakeview Terrace Chris Mattson
2008 Passengers Eric Clark
2009 Watchmen Dan Dreiberg / Nite Owl II
2010 Barry Munday Barry Munday
2010 A-Team, TheThe A-Team Agent Vance Buress / Lynch
2010 Switch, TheThe Switch Roland
2010 Insidious Josh Lambert Nominated – Scream Award for Best Horror Actor
2010 Morning Glory Adam Bennett
2011 Ledge, TheThe Ledge Joe Harris
2011 Young Adult Buddy Slade
2012 Prometheus Shaw's father
2013 Conjuring, TheThe Conjuring Ed Warren
2013 Insidious: Chapter 2 Josh Lambert
2014 Jack Strong David Forden
2014 Space Station 76 Captain Glenn Terry
2014 Stretch Stretch
2014 Let's Kill Ward's Wife David Also producer
2014 Home Sweet Hell Don Champagne Post-production
2014 Zipper Sam Ellis Post-production
2014 Big Stone Gap Jack MacChesney Post-production
2014 Man on Carrion Road, TheThe Man on Carrion Road Wallace Filming
2015 Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, TheThe Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist Ed Warren Pre-production
2015 Bone Tomahawk Arthur O'Dwyer Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Angels in America Joe Pitt Miniseries; 6 episodes
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2006 Tampa Bay: Living Legacy Himself Narrator; WUSF-TV documentary
2009 American Dad! Jim Voice; episode: "Wife Insurance"
2011–12 Gifted Man, AA Gifted Man Dr. Michael Holt Main cast; 16 episodes
2013 Girls Joshua Episode: "One Man's Trash"
2015 Fargo Lou Solverson
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Watchmen: The End Is Nigh Nite Owl II Voice
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Miss Saigon Chris Understudy
1996 Carousel Billy Bigelow US national tour
1999 Bright Lights, Big City Jamie Nominated – Drama League Award
Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
1999 Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm Ensemble Nominated – Drama League Award
2000 Tenderloin Broadway Encores! concert cast
2000–01 Full Monty, TheThe Full Monty Jerry Lukowski Nominated – Drama League Award
Nominated – Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical
Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
2002 Oklahoma! Curly Nominated – Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical
Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
2006 Barefoot in the Park Paul Bratter
2008–09 All My Sons Chris Keller

Audiowork and CDs[edit]

Cast recordings[edit]




  • Every Day Is a Holiday (2009 Christmas album) by Mary McBride
  • Lucky (2004 CD) by Gary Kline
  • Broadway Cares: Home for the Holidays (2001 CD)
  • The Dreams in You (2001 CD)


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