John Carroll Lynch was born on August 1, 1963 (John Carroll Lynch age: 58) in Boulder, Colorado and was raised in Denver. Lynch has a brother named Daniel. Lynch attended Regis Jesuit High School and went on to earn a BFA in Theatre at the Catholic University of America in 1986.


He graduated magna cum laude and as a member of the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa.


Grumpy Old Men (1993) marked Lynch’s first role in a feature film. He acted in The Cure (1995) and Beautiful Girls (1996) before his breakout role as playing Norm Gunderson in 1996 comedy crime film Fargo.

In 1996, Lynch made his television debut and appeared in several series, including FrasierMurder One, The Client, Voice from the Grave and A Friend’s Betrayal.

In 2011, Lynch played Bernie Riley in the hit romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love with an ensemble cast.

Lynch is well-known for his performances in the TV series American Horror Story. Lynch has appeared in four seasons of the series; three of which he has played a different role in. He has also appeared in popular TV series including The Walking Dead and The Handmaid’s Tale.

The actor made his directorial debut in the 2017 film Lucky, which earned a number of award nominations. Lucky won the 22nd Satellite Award for Special Achievement Award for Best First Feature, Locarno Festival’s Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, and Haifa International Film Festival’s Fedeora Award – Directors of Tomorrow.

Lynch will have a main role in the upcoming TV series Big Sky as Rick Legarski.


Lucky follows a 90-year-old man nicknamed Lucky who, after an accidental fall, realizes his mortality. Lucky marked lead actor Harry Dean Stanton’s last film role before his death in September 2017.

In an exclusive talk with uInterview, Lynch revealed that the creators of the film had Stanton in mind from the very beginning. “The entire movie was conceived with Harry Dean in mind. There was no moment in the creation of the movie that we would ever would have imagined making it with anybody else,” Lynch said. Lynch told uInterview that Stanton was the one to suggest David Lynch for the role of Howard, a quirky regular at the diner that Lucky frequents.

“The screenplay was so strongly rooted in the conversations that Logan [screenwriter Logan Sparks] and Harry [Stanton] had had about the void, about a kind of a worldview. The thing that I love about the movie is that it’s about living and joy, and living in joy and not shying away from my mortality, no matter how close or how far away it is,” Lynch told uInterview of the message of the movie.


Lynch married fellow former Guthrie Theatre Company member Brenda Wehle in 1997. Lynch has two stepdaughters from his marriage with Wehle. Wehle and Lynch moved to Millerton, New York in 2014 and have resided there ever since, traveling frequently for work.


Is John Carroll Lynch related to David Lynch? No, John Carroll Lynch is not related to David Lynch.

Was John Carroll Lynch in American Horror Story? Lynch played Twisty the Clown in American Horror Story: Freak Show and American Horror Story: Cult, John Wayne Gacy in American Horror Story: Hotel, and Benjamin Richter and Mr. Jingles in American Horror Story: 1984.

What is John Carroll Lynch’s net worth? According to Celebrity Net Worth, Lynch has a net worth of $3 million.

What is John Carroll Lynch’s height? Lynch is 6’3″.


Year Title Role
1993 Grumpy Old Men Moving Man
1995 The Cure Skipper #1
1995 In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice The Major
1996 Murder One (TV Series)

–       Chapter Thirteen

Officer Carl Bickley
1996 Beautiful Girls Frank Womack
1996 Frasier (TV Series)

–       The Show Where Diana Comes Back

1996 Fargo Norm Gunderson
1996 The Client (TV Series)

–       Damn Yankees

1996 Voice from the Grave Prosecutor O’Gane
1996 A Friend’s Betrayal Mr. Franks
1996 Shaughnessy
1996 The Fan Shopkeeper
1996 Feeling Minnesota Cop
1996 Ace Ventura (Video Game) Additional Voices (voice)
1997 Volcano Stan Olber
1997 Dead Men Can’t Dance Sgt. Plonder
1996-1997 Life’s Work (TV Series)

–       Banquet

–       Boss

District Attorney Agee/Crazy Larry
1997 Face/Off Prison Guard Walton
1997 No Strings Attached Priest
1997 A Thousand Acres Ken LaSalle
1997 The Practice (TV Series)

–       Search and Seizure

Dr. Robert Larson
1997 The Visitor (TV Series)

–       Going Home

Joe York
1998 Mercury Rising Martin Lynch
1998 From the Earth to the Moon (TV Mini-Series)

–       1968

–       Can We Do This?

Bob Gilruth
1998 Restaurant John English
1998 The Naked Man Driver
1998 Return to Krondor (Video Game) (voice)
1999 The Minus Man Bartender (uncredited)
1999 L.A. Doctors (TV Series)

–       True Believers

1999 Pushing Tin Doctor Freeze (uncredited)
1999 Star Trek: Voyager (TV Series)

–       11:59

Gerald Moss – Millenium Gate Spokesperson
1999 Late Last Night Sgt. Van Wick
1999 Freak Weather Ed
1999 Anywhere But Here Jack Irwin
1999 Family Law (TV Series)

–       Pilot

1999 Tuesdays with Morrie Walter
2000 Waking the Dead Father Mileski
2000 The Next Best Thing Abbie’s Lawyer
2000 Gone in 60 Seconds Impound Manager
2000 The Fugitive (TV Series)

–       Pilot

2000 Gideon’s Crossing (TV Series)

–       The Race

Sonny Green
2000 The West Wing (TV Series)

–       Galileo

2001 Bubble Boy Mr. Livingston
2001 Rock & Roll Back to School Special
2002 The Good Girl Jack Field, Your Store Manager
2002 Bug Wallace
2002 Par 6 Dour O’Dowell
2002 Three Days of Rain Dinner Guest
2002 Live from Baghdad John Holliman
2003 Confidence Grant Ashby
2003 Gothika Sheriff Ryan
2003 The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire (TV Series)

–       Unaired Pilot

–       The Song of Poland

–       Little Girl Lost

–       Sleeping Lions

–       Tough Lions

–       Secrets and Lies

–       Falling Acorns

Mayor Garrett Shaw
2004 Catch That Kid Mr. Hartmann
2004 The Mortuary Mr. Whitman
2004 Details (Short) Lou
1997-2004 The Drew Carey Show (TV Series) (74 episodes) Steve Carey
2005 Carnivàle (TV Series) (12 episodes) Varlyn Stroud
2005 Mozart and the Whale Gregory
2005 American Dad! (TV Series)

–       Stannie Get Your Gun

Acl-Lou/Mr. Simms/Monkey
2005 Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World Stewart
2006 Maybe It’s in the Water (Short)
2005-2006 Close to Home (TV Series) (21 episodes) Steve Sharpe
2006 The PTA (TV Series) Principal
2007 Zodiac Arthur Leigh Allen
2007 Full of It Mr. Leonard
2007 Big Love (TV Series)

–       Circle the Wagons

–       Dating Game

Officer Chuck Tuttle
2007 Things We Lost in the Fire Howard Glassman
2007-2008 K-Ville (TV Series) (11 episodes) Captain James Embry
2008 Gran Torino Barber Martin
2008 The Prince of Motor City Paul Riley
2009 Love Happens Walter
2009 Lie to Me (TV Series)

–       Truth of Consequences

Mr. Reed
2009 Monk (TV Series)

–       Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk

Kurt Pressman
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)

–       Bloodsport

Buddy Arnold
2010 Hesher Larry
2010 Sympathy for Delicious Evangelist Carroll
2010 Shutter Island Deputy Warden McPherson
2010 How to Make It in America (TV Series)

–       Keep on Truck’n

2011 Paul Moses Buggs
2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love. Bernie
2012 Lay the Favorite Dave Greenberg
2011-2012 Body of Proof (TV Series) (29 episodes) Bud Morris
2010-2012 The Glades (TV Series)

–       Old Times

–       Pilot

Mike Ogletree
2013 Highland Park Rory
2013 The Pretty One Frank
2013 Do No Harm (TV Series) (11 episodes) Will Hayes
2014 Camp X-Ray Colonel Drummond
2014 House of Lies

–       Boom

–       Power(less)

Gil Selby
2014 The Americans (TV Series)

–       Echo

–       Operation Chronicle

–       Stealth

–       Martial Eagle

–       Cardinal

–       Comrades

2013-2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! (TV Series)

–       Zach Galifianakis Wears a One-Armed Jacket

–       Zoe Saldana Wears a Tan Blouse & Glasses

Commissioner Ned Dooley/Officer Ned Dooley
2014 Manhattan (TV Series)

–       The New World

–       Acceptable Limits

Daniel Ellis
2014 Us & Them (TV Series)

–       Coeds & Carburetors

2014 The Money Robert Harris
2014 Hoke Bill Henderson
2015 The Invitation Pruitt
2015 Hot Pursuit Captain Emmett
2015 Ted 2 Tom Jessup
2015 The Walking Dead (TV Series)

–       Here’s Not Here

2015 Family Fortune Mike
2016 Billions (TV Series)

–       The Punch

Mr. Gilbert
2016 Miracles from Heaven Pastor Scott
2016 The Architect Conway
2016 Jackie Lyndon B Johnson
2016 Shangri-La Suite Colonel Tom Parker
2016 The Founder Mac McDonald
2016 Furst Born Wayne
2017 Anything Early Landry
2016-2017 TURN: Washington’s Spies (TV Series)

–       Washington’s Spies

–       Belly of the Beast

–       Nightmare

–       Spyhunter General

–       Trial and Execution

–       Mended

–       Hypocrisy, Fraud, and Tyranny

–       Cold Murdering Bastards

James Rivington
2017 Channel Zero (TV Series)

–       The Hollow Girl

–       The Damage

–       The Exit

–       Beware the Cannibals

–       Nice Neighborhood

–       This Isn’t Real

John Sleator
2018 Private Life Charlie Grimes
2018 White Orchid Sheriff Mann
2018 Crawford (TV Series) (12 episodes) Owen
2018 The Handmaid’s Tale (TV Series)

–       Unwomen

2018 The Good Cop (TV Series)

–       Who Is the Ugly German Lady?

Sherman Smalls
2018 One Dollar (TV Series)

–       Jake Noveer

–       Rick Mitchell

–       Dante Jenkins

–       Cooper Shaw

–       Wilson Furlbee

–       Jenny Ludlow

–       Chelsea Wyler

–       Ken Fry

–       Garrett Drimmer

Bud Carl
2019 The Highwaymen Lee Simmons
2019 Veep (TV Series)

–       Oslo

–       South Carolina

–       Iowa

Lloyd Hennick
2019 AHS9 Cast Teasers (Short)
2014-2019 American Horror Story (TV Series) (18 episodes) Mr. Jingles/Twisty the Clown/John Wayne Gacy
2019-2020 Perfect Harmony (TV Series)

–       Regionals

–       Rivalry Week

–       Pilot

Pastor Magnus
2020 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (post-production) John Dellinger
2020 The Big Sky (TV Series) (pre-production)

–       Episode #1.1


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