Wolfhard at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
|Born||December 23, 2002|
Finn Wolfhard (born December 23, 2002) is a Canadian actor and musician. His acting roles include Mike Wheeler in the Netflix series Stranger Things (2016–present), for which he has one Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series out of three nominations. His film roles include Richie Tozier in the film adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel It (2017) and its sequel It: Chapter Two (2019), Boris Pavlivosky in the drama film The Goldfinch (2019), the voice of Pugsley Addams in The Addams Family (2019), and Trevor in the upcoming supernatural film Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021).
As a musician, he was the lead vocalist and guitarist for the rock band Calpurnia, and is currently a member of The Aubreys.
Wolfhard was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to a family of French, German, and Jewish descent. He attends Catholic school. His father, Eric Wolfhard, is a researcher on aboriginal land claims. He has an older brother, actor Nick Wolfhard.
In 2016, Wolfhard began portraying Mike Wheeler in the Netflix series Stranger Things. He auditioned for the role via video after seeing an open casting call. Wolfhard, along with his castmates, won a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He and co-stars Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, and Caleb McLaughlin competed against one another in a 2017 episode of Spike's Lip Sync Battle.
Wolfhard made his feature film debut playing Richie Tozier in the film adaptation of Stephen King's It, which was released on September 8, 2017. The casting of Wolfhard in both Stranger Things and It, both set in the '80s, had been a coincidence. According to Wolfhard, he had been initially cast as Richie when Cary Fukunaga was attached as director and co-writer, but when Fukunaga left the project over creative differences, the role fell through which allowed him to pursue Stranger Things. Once Andy Muschietti became attached to It, Wolfhard had to re-audition for the role of Richie.
On October 20, 2017, Wolfhard parted ways with his former agency, APA, and fired former agent Tyler Grasham following allegations that Grasham had sexually assaulted aspiring young male actors. Wolfhard himself had not been assaulted. On January 9, 2018, Wolfhard signed with talent agency, CAA.
In 2019, Wolfhard reprised his role as young Richie in flashbacks for the sequel It Chapter Two (2019). He also co-starred in The Goldfinch, the John Crowley-directed adaptation of the Donna Tartt's novel, playing Young Boris Pavlikovsky, a Ukrainian student and troublemaker. Wolfhard had not been the director's first choice. He had wanted to cast an authentic Russian actor for Boris, but Wolfhard's near perfect Russian accent in his audition helped him get the role. Also that year, Wolfhard provided the voice of Pugsley Addams in an animated remake of The Addams Family, which premiered on October 11.
In January 2020, Wolfhard portrayed Miles in Amblin’s haunted house film The Turning, an adaptation of Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw, while making his Sundance Film Festival debut with the Miami-set omnibus film, Omniboat: A Fast Boat Fantasia, which also featured Robert Redford, masterminded by filmmaking collective Borscht Corp.. Wolfhard then made his SXSW Film Festival debut in March with the Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux directed proof of concept short film, Rules for Werewolves, based off playwright and novelist Kirk Lynn's adapted screenplay from his debut novel, which is set to become a feature-length film, with Wolfhard attached to star and production occurring late in 2020 or in early 2021. He lent his voice to two Adult Swim productions: the animated special, Smiling Friends by Zach Hadel and Michael Cusack, which premiered on April 1, 2020 and the animated series JJ Villard's Fairy Tales as Boypunzel, a gender-swapped version of Rapunzel.
On April 9, 2020, it was announced that Wolfhard is starring and voicing the role of Ziggy in the upcoming six-part Audible Original, When You Finish Saving the World, written by Jesse Eisenberg. Additionally, the audiobook will be adapted into a comedy-drama movie, When You Finish Saving the World, with Julianne Moore and Wolfhard set to star as mother and son, directed and written by Jesse Eisenberg and produced by Moore, Emma Stone and Dave McCary. In March 2021, Wolfhard will star with Carrie Coon in Jason Reitman's Ghostbusters: Afterlife, with Wolfhard playing the son of Coon's single mother, and Mckenna Grace also starring as his younger sister.
Aside from acting, Wolfhard was the lead vocalist and guitarist, as well as songwriter, for Vancouver-based rock band, Calpurnia, until the band officially dissolved in November 2019. They were signed to Royal Mountain Records in the United States and Canada, and Transgressive Records and its imprint, paradYse, for Europe and the United Kingdom. A few weeks later it was announced that Wolfhard's new band, The Aubreys, would debut on the soundtrack of his movie, The Turning.
Wolfhard has been involved in numerous advocacy contributions. He has sold merchandise that delivered all proceeds to children of indigenous communities, and spread awareness and acceptance for autism.
In May 2017, Wolfhard hosted “Strange 80s,” a benefit concert to raise funds for Sweet Relief, an organization which offered assistance to struggling musicians in need of medical care and healthcare, and performed three tracks with his former band Calpurnia at the fundraiser. For his work with Sweet Relief, he was awarded by the 2017 Television Industry Advocacy Awards as an honouree.
In the media
Wolfhard has been listed by Variety in their young Hollywood Youth Impact Report consecutively since 2017 to 2019. In 2018 and 2019, The Hollywood Reporter named him as one of the top 30 stars under age 18. He was also included in 'Forbes 30 under 30' class of 2020 in the field of Hollywood and entertainment.
|2013||Aftermath||Young Charles||Short film|
|The Resurrection||Short film|
|Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness||Herbert West (voice)|
|2019||It Chapter Two||Young Richie Tozier|
|The Goldfinch||Young Boris Pavlikovsky|
|The Addams Family||Pugsley Addams (voice)|
|2020||The Turning||Miles Fairchild|
|Omniboat: A Fast Boat Fantasia||TBA|
|Rules for Werewolves||Bobert||Short film|
|Rules for Werewolves||TBA||Pre-production|
|When You Finish Saving the World||TBA||Pre-production|
|2014||The 100||Zoran||Episode: "Many Happy Returns"|
|2015||Supernatural||Jordie Pinsky||Episode: "Thin Lizzie"|
|2016–present||Stranger Things||Mike Wheeler||Main cast|
|2017||Young Math Legends||Young Gauss||Animated shorts by Flatland on VHX|
|Lip Sync Battle||Himself||Episode: "The Cast of Stranger Things"|
|2019||Carmen Sandiego||Player (voice)||Main cast|
|2020||Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal||Player (voice)||Interactive TV Special|
|Smiling Friends||Man Living in Wall / Bliblie (voice)||TV Special|
|JJ Villard's Fairy Tales||Boypunzel / Manpunzel (voice)||Episode: "Boypunzel"|
|Home Movie: The Princess Bride||Inigo Montoya||Miniseries|
|2017||Guest Grumps||Himself||2 episodes|
|SuperMega||Episode: "Cooking with Finn Wolfhard"|
|2018||Ten Minute Power Hour||Episode: "Yeti in my Spaghetti"|
|2019||Brawl with the Stars||Episode: "Brawl with the Stars (feat. Finn Wolfhard and Caleb McLaughlin)"|
|2020||HeadGum||Episode: "Off Days: Games (w/Finn Wolfhard!)"|
|2014||PUP||"Guilt Trip"||as Young Stefan Babcock|
|2016||"Sleep In the Heat"||as Young Stefan Babcock|
|2017||Spendtime Palace||"Sonora"||Co-Directing and starring|
|2018||Ninja Sex Party||"Danny Don't You Know?"||as Young Danny Sexbang|
|2019||Weezer||"Take On Me"||as Young Rivers Cuomo (with Calpurnia)|
|2020||When You Finish Saving the World||Ziggy||Jesse Eisenberg||An Audible Original|||
With the Aubreys
|Soda & Pie||Release: 13 March 2020|
Format: Digital download, streaming
With the Aubreys
- "Loved One" (2020)
- "Getting Better (Otherwise)" (2020)
Awards and nominations
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