Patrick Wilson (American actor)

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Patrick Wilson
Patrick Wilson May 2015.jpg
Wilson at the Montclair Film Festival, May 2015
Born Patrick Joseph Wilson
(1973-07-03) July 3, 1973 (age 43)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Occupation
  • Actor
  • singer
  • producer
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Dagmara Domińczyk (m. 2005)
Children 2
Relatives

Patrick Joseph Wilson (born July 3, 1973) is an American actor and singer. He spent his early career starring in Broadway musicals, beginning in 1995. He is a two-time Tony Award nominee for his roles in The Full Monty (2000–01) and Oklahoma! (2002). In 2003, he appeared in the HBO miniseries Angels in America for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.

Wilson has appeared in feature films such as The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Little Children (2006), Watchmen (2009), Insidious (2010), Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), The Conjuring (2013), and The Conjuring 2 (2016). On television, he starred in the CBS drama series A Gifted Man (2011–12), and as Lou Solverson in the second season of FX's anthology series Fargo (2015), for which he received a second Golden Globe Award nomination.

Early life[edit]

Wilson was born in Norfolk, Virginia, the youngest son of Mary Kay Wilson, a voice teacher and professional singer, and John Franklin Wilson, a retired news anchor for WTVT in Tampa, Florida. Wilson's brother, Mark, currently works as a news anchor and reporter for WTVT.[1][2] Wilson grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and attended Shorecrest Preparatory School.[3]

Career[edit]

1995–2003: Stage roles and Angels in America[edit]

In 1995, Wilson graduated with a B.F.A. in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University. Shortly after, in 1995, Wilson made his acting debut as an understudy in the role of Chris in the U.S. touring production of Miss Saigon.[4] The following year, he portrayed Billy Bigelow in the U.S. national tour of Carousel.[5] A role in the Off-Broadway production of Bright Lights, Big City (1999) followed, and Wilson made his Broadway theatre debut in The Full Monty (2000), portraying Jerry Lukowski.[6] For his performance in the role, he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.[7][8]

Circa 2000, Wilson completed work on the film My Sister's Wedding, which has never been released.[9] 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.[10] In 2002, his performance as Curly in the Broadway production of Oklahoma! received critical acclaim, with Wilson being nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for the second time each.[11][12] He won critical acclaim for his performance in Mike Nichols' 2003 HBO drama miniseries Angels in America. He received nominations for both the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.[13][14] He played Joe Pitt, a closeted Mormon Republican.[15]

2004–present: Transition into film[edit]

Wilson made his first film appearance in The Alamo, in 2004, playing William B. Travis. That same year, he co-starred in the musical film The Phantom of the Opera, as Viscount Raoul de Chagny.[16] The following year, he starred alongside Ellen Page in the psychological thriller film Hard Candy, portraying a pedophile named Jeff Kohlver.[17] In 2006, he starred as Brad Adamson in Todd Field's Little Children.[18] Also in 2006, he appeared in the Golden Globe Award-nominated Running With Scissors as Michael Shephard, which was directed by Ryan Murphy and produced by Brad Pitt. In 2007, he starred as Brian Callahan in the independent film Purple Violets, which was written and directed by Edward Burns.[19] In 2008, he starred in Neil LaBute's Lakeview Terrace.[20]

Wilson talking at the Montclair Film Festival, May 4, 2014

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 after filming flashback scenes as the slimmer Nite Owl II.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23] 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.[16] He returned for the latter film's sequel, Insidious: Chapter 2, which was released in 2013.[24] In 2013, Wilson portrayed the famous paranormal investigator Ed Warren, alongside Vera Farmiga starring as his wife Lorraine, in the horror film The Conjuring.[25] The film was critically acclaimed, becoming one of the highest grossing horror films of all time.[26] Wilson reprised the role in the film's sequel, The Conjuring 2, released on June 10, 2016.[27]

In January 2014, Wilson was announced as the lead for the second season of FX's anthology series Fargo, for which he was nominated for the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film.[28] In March 2014, Wilson was cast in an unspecified role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Ant-Man,[29] but later left the film due to scheduling conflicts brought upon by multiple delays with the film's production.[30] That same year, he was cast in the independent Western film Bone Tomahawk opposite Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox.[31] In 2015, he joined the cast of John Lee Hancock's biopic The Founder, based on the life of McDonald's fast food restaurants founder Ray Kroc.[32]

In August 2016, Barbra Streisand released the album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, on which she and Wilson duet the song "Loving You" from Passion.[33] Wilson will next co-star in Jaume Collet-Serra's action thriller The Commuter, reuniting him with The Conjuring co-star Farmiga, portraying a trusted friend of Liam Neeson's character.[34]

Personal life[edit]

On June 18, 2005, Wilson married Polish-American actress Dagmara Domińczyk, also a Carnegie Mellon University graduate (he graduated in 1995 with a drama degree; she graduated in 1998).[35] On June 23, 2006, Domińczyk gave birth to their son, Kalin Patrick Wilson. On August 9, 2009, they welcomed their second son, Kassian McCarrell Wilson.[36] He currently lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his family.[37]

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.[38]

On 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 and were honored by the organization with having puppies named after them.[39] The brothers have also performed benefit concerts for All Children's Hospital and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic.[40]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 My Sister's Wedding Quinn Unreleased
2004 The Alamo William B. Travis
2004 The Phantom of the Opera Viscount Raoul de Chagny
2005 Hard Candy Jeff Kohlver
2006 Little Children Brad Adamson
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 The A-Team Agent Lynch
2010 The Switch Roland
2010 Insidious Josh Lambert
2010 Morning Glory Adam Bennett
2011 The Ledge Joe Harris
2011 Young Adult Buddy Slade
2012 Prometheus Shaw's Father
2013 The 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 Big Stone Gap Jack MacChesney
2015 Home Sweet Hell Don Champagne
2015 Zipper Sam Ellis
2015 Bone Tomahawk Arthur O'Dwyer
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice President of the United States Voice cameo
2016 A Kind of Murder Walter Stackhouse
2016 The Conjuring 2 Ed Warren
2016 The Founder Rollie Smith Completed
2016 Matters of the Heart Will Completed
2016 The Hollow Point Wallace Completed
2017 The Commuter Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Angels in America Joe Pitt 6 episodes
2006 Tampa Bay: Living Legacy Narrator Documentary
2009 American Dad! Jim Voice; episode: "Wife Insurance"
2011–12 A Gifted Man Dr. Michael Holt 16 episodes
2013 Girls Joshua Episode: "One Man's Trash"
2015 Fargo Lou Solverson 10 episodes

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Miss Saigon Chris Understudy
1996 Carousel Billy Bigelow U.S. national tour
1999 Bright Lights, Big City Jamie Off-Broadway
2000 Tenderloin Tommy Broadway Encores! concert
2000–01 The Full Monty Jerry Lukowski Broadway
2002 Oklahoma! Curly Broadway
2006 Barefoot in the Park Paul Bratter Broadway
2008–09 All My Sons Chris Keller Broadway
2014 Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson Carnegie Hall concert

Audio work[edit]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Watchmen: The End Is Nigh Nite Owl II Voice

Cast recordings[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

Audiobooks[edit]

Miscellaneous[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)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result
1999 Drama League Award Bright Lights, Big City Nominated
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical Nominated
Drama League Award Gershwin's Fascinating Rhythm Nominated
2001 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical[7] The Full Monty Nominated
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical[8] Nominated
Drama League Award Nominated
2002 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical[11] Oklahoma! Nominated
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical[12] Nominated
2003 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film[13] Angels in America Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie[14] Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Online Film & Television Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Won
2004 Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy The Phantom of the Opera Nominated
2006 Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Little Children Nominated
Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance – Male Won
Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Cast Nominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Relationship from Hell Hard Candy (with Ellen Page) Nominated
2011 Scream Award for Best Horror Actor Insidious Nominated
2013 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Girls Nominated
Fright Meter Award for Best Actor The Conjuring Nominated
Insidious: Chapter 2 Nominated
2014 Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actor 2nd Place
2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Fargo Nominated
2016 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries Nominated
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Obits – Carol Wilson". Johnson City Press. 
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  4. ^ Panarello, Joseph F. (November 24, 2004). "Dinner With Patrick Wilson – A Conversation with One of Broadway's Favorite Leading Men". Broadway World. 
  5. ^ Winer, Laurie (July 12, 1996). "'Carousel's' Spin on Circle of Life". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ Isherwood, Charles (October 27, 2000). "Review: 'The Full Monty'". Variety. 
  7. ^ a b "Nominees, Some Returning, For the 2001 Tony Awards". The New York Times. May 8, 2001. 
  8. ^ a b Jones, Kenneth (May 20, 2001). "2001 Drama Desk Winners Include Producers, Proof and Mnemonic". Playbill. 
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  10. ^ Boedeker, Hal (December 26, 2001). "Kennedy Honors Lift Up Nation's Heart". Orlando Sentinel. 
  11. ^ a b "THEATER/THE TONY AWARDS; In the Running". The New York Times. May 19, 2002. 
  12. ^ a b Simonson, Robert (May 14, 2002). "Foster, Wilson and Scott Join Performers on Drama Desk Ceremony, May 19". Playbill. 
  13. ^ a b "Golden Globes 2004: The nominees". BBC News. December 18, 2003. 
  14. ^ a b "Complete list of primetime Emmy nominations". USA Today. July 15, 2004. 
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  17. ^ Hernandez, Ernio (April 14, 2006). "Stage Vets Patrick Wilson and Sandra Oh Star in "Hard Candy" Film, Opens April 14". Playbill. 
  18. ^ Balfour, Brad (October 6, 2006). "LITTLE CHILDREN: An Interview with Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson". Blackfilm.com. 
  19. ^ "Purple Violets (2007)". Internet Movie Database. February 20, 2009. 
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  22. ^ "God Bless Patrick Wilson! The Hunky Broadway Alum Wows the Crowd at Yankee Stadium". Broadway.com. October 22, 2010. 
  23. ^ Spunberg, Adam (November 20, 2010). "Notre Dame trumps Army again at Stadium". Pinstripe Bowl. 
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  28. ^ "Patrick Wilson Ted Danson & Jean Smart to Star in Season 2 of 'Fargo'". FX. January 8, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Patrick Wilson confirms 'Ant-Man' role". NME. March 10, 2014. 
  30. ^ Ford, Rebecca (July 25, 2014). "Comic-Con: Patrick Wilson the Latest to Leave Marvel's 'Ant-Man'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  31. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 24, 2014). "Matthew Fox and Patrick Wilson Join Indie 'Bone Tomahawk'". Variety. 
  32. ^ Hipes, Patrick (June 26, 2015). "John Carroll Lynch On 'The Founder' Menu; Gwendoline Christie Joins 'Swallows & Amazons'". Deadline.com. 
  33. ^ Gans, Andrew (June 10, 2016). "Hugh Jackman, Patrick Wilson, Jamie Foxx Join Streisand on New CD; Listen to "At the Ballet" Track". Playbill. 
  34. ^ McNary, Dave (August 23, 2016). "Patrick Wilson Boards Liam Neeson's Thriller 'The Commuter'". Variety. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  35. ^ Meadows, Bob (March 17, 2009). "Patrick Wilson and His Wife Are Expecting Baby No. 2". People. 
  36. ^ Oaterhout, Jacob E. (August 10, 2009). "Patrick Wilson and wife Dagmara Dominczyk welcome their second son". New York Daily News. 
  37. ^ "Dagmara Dominczyk finds a home in the spotlight". The New York Times. June 16, 2013. 
  38. ^ "Press Release: Actor Patrick Wilson Returns to Alma Mater Carnegie Mellon University to Give 2012 Commencement Keynote". Carnegie Mellon University. April 27, 2012. 
  39. ^ Cabrera, Cloe (May 24, 2012). "Band of brothers to rock for veterans". The Tampa Tribune. 
  40. ^ Starling, Amanda C. (January 4, 2013). "Tampa Bay: Here come The Wilson Van...to the Hard Rock this weekend!". Florida State University and Uloop. 

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