John Carroll Lynch bio, career, relationships & net worth

John Carroll Lynch

Who isJohn Carroll Lynch?

John Carroll Lynch is an American actor born in Boulder, Colorado. He is known for both his acting prowess and knack for making beautiful films.

Thanks to his history in theater acting, Lynch’s movie career has always been in a constant climb.

With a career on the Hollywood screen that has lasted for almost two decades, John Carroll’s life is inspirational to all those striving for success.

Quick facts

Full nameJohn Carroll Lynch
Birthday August 1, 1963
Age60 years old
Sun signLeo
Place of birthBoulder, Colorado
EducationRegis Jesuit High School
The Catholic University of America (BFA)

early life and education

John Carroll Lynch was born on August 1, 1963, in Boulder, Colorado. But soon, his family moved to Denver, where he grew up.

Growing up, Lynch found a passion for acting and wanted to make a career in acting. So, to follow his passion, he joined the Catholic University of America and graduated in 1983 with a degree in fine arts.  

Soon after graduation, John started his professional career in theater with Guthrie Theater Company.

Likewise, Lynch made his debut on screen years later in 1993 with ‘Grumpy Old Man,’ a romantic drama. Since then, his career took off.

Personal life

John Carroll Lynch grew up in Denver alongside his brother Daniel. He was born in a catholic family and went to catholic school and college.

Lynch studied at Regis Jesuit High School and then joined the Catholic University of America.

Aforementioned, John joined Guthrie Theater Company after graduation from college and met the love of his life, Brenda Wehle. Interestingly, Brenda is 17 years older than John.

Furthermore, the couple tied the knot in 1997 after about four years of dating. However, the couple doesn’t have kids of their own as Brenda was already past her child-bearing age, 51 years old, at marriage.

Fortunately, John still got to be a father to Brenda’s two daughters from her previous marriage.

John’s net worth

It is estimated that John Carroll Lynch has a total net worth of USD 5 million as of 2021. All credit to his extraordinary acting skills and over three decades-long on and off-screen acting careers that helped him amass this large amount of fortune.

social media

John is very active in social media and has a huge fan following on his accounts. The link to his social media accounts is given below.

Instagram: Lynch has over 23.9 thousand followers on his Instagram and follows 155 people.

Twitter: Similarly, on Twitter, Lynch has over 19 thousand followers and follows about 820 people.

Facebook: His Facebook page has about 7 thousand likes.

John Carroll Lynch career

Lynch is famous for working in popular TV shows like ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show,’ ‘American Horror Story: Cult,’ and ‘The Drew Carey Show.’ Similarly, he has worked on some great movies like ‘Shutter Island,’ ‘Zodiac,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘Face off,’ and ‘Gran Torino.’

However, John Carroll’s directing career is not as noteworthy as his acting career. Lynch made his directing debut recently in 2017 with ‘Lucky,’ an Indie comedy-drama movie.

Nevertheless, ‘Lucky’ proved to be a lucky break in direction for John as it received significant critical acclaim and won several awards.

More about John Carroll Lynch’s career and achievements are mentioned further in this article.


Title (Year)Role
Grumpy Old Men (1993)Moving Man
The Cure (1995)Skipper #1
Beautiful Girls (1996)Frank Womack
Fargo (1996)Norm Gunderson
Feeling Minnesota (1996)Cop
Volcano (1997)Stan Olber
Face/Off (1997)Prison Guard Walton
Mercury Rising (1998)Martin Lynch
The Naked Man (1998)Sticks’ Driver
Restaurant (1998)John English
Anywhere but Here (1999)Jack Irwin
The Minus Man (1999)Bartender
Pushing Tin (1999)Doctor Freeze
Freak Weather (1999)Ed
Waking the Dead (2000)Father Mileski
Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)Impound Manager
Bubble Boy (2001)Mr. Livingston
The Good Girl (2002)Jack Field
Bug (2002)Wallace Gregory
Three Days of Rain (2002)Dinner Guest
Gothika (2003)Sheriff Ryan
Confidence (2003)Leon Ashby
Catch That Kid (2004)Mr. Hartmunn
Mozart and the Whale (2005)Gregory
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)Stewart
Full of It (2007)Mr. Leonard
Zodiac (2007)Arthur Leigh Allen
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)Howard Glassman
Gran Torino (2008)Barber Martin
Love Happens (2009)Walter
Sympathy for Delicious (2010)Evangelist Carroll
Shutter Island (2010)Deputy Warden McPherson
Hesher (2010)Larry
Paul (2011)Moses Buggs
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)Bernie Riley
Lay the Favorite (2012)Dave Greenberg
The Pretty One (2013)Frank
Camp X-Ray (2014)Col. James Drummond
Hot Pursuit (2015)Captain Emmett
Ted 2 (2015)Tom Jessup
The Invitation (2015)Pruitt
Miracles from Heaven (2016)Pastor Scott
Jackie (2016)Lyndon B. Johnson
The Founder (2016)Mac McDonald
Lucky (2017)N/A
Anything (2017)Early Landry
Private Life (2018)Charlie
White Orchid (2018)Sheriff Mann
The Highwaymen (2019)Lee Simmons
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)David Dellinger

Television shows:

Title (Year)Role
Frasier (1996)Actor playing Franklin
Murder One (1996)Officer Carl Bickley
The Client (1996)Frank
Voice from the Grave (1996)Prosecutor O’Gane
A Friend’s Betrayal (1996)Mr. Franks
Life’s Work (1996-1997)District Attorney Agee / Crazy Larry
The Drew Carey Show (1997–2004)Steve Carey
The Practice (1997)Dr. Robert Larson
The Visitor (1997)Joe York
From the Earth to the Moon (1998)Robert R. Gilruth
Star Trek: Voyager (1999)Gerald Moss
Late Last Night (1999)Sgt. Van Wyck
Tuesdays with Morrie (1999)Walter Moran
The Fugitive (2000)Raynor
The West Wing (2000)Jack
Gideon’s Crossing (2001)Sonny Green
Live from Baghdad (2002)John Holliman
The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire (2003)Mayor Garrett Shaw
Close to Home (2005-2006)Steve Sharpe
Carnivàle (2005)Varlyn Stroud
American Dad! (2005)Mr. Simms (voice)
K-Ville (2007–2008)Captain James Embry
Big Love (2007)Officer Chuck Tuttle
Lie to Me (2009)Mr. Reed
Monk (2009)Kurt Pressman
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2009)Buddy Arnold
The Glades (2010–2012)Mike Ogletree
How to Make It in America (2010)Larry
Body of Proof (2011–2013)Bud Morris
Do No Harm (2013)Will Hayes
Comedy Bang! Bang! (2013–2014)Ned Dooley
House of Lies (2014)Gil Selby
The Americans (2014)Fred
Manhattan (2014)Daniel Ellis
Us & Them (2014)Ed
American Horror Story: Freak Show (2014–2015)Twisty the Clown
American Horror Story: Hotel (2015–2016)John Wayne Gacy
The Walking Dead (2015)Eastman
Turn: Washington’s Spies (2016–2017)James Rivington
Billions (2016)Mr. Gilbert
American Horror Story: Cult (2017)Twisty the Clown
Channel Zero: The No-End House (2017)John Sleator
The Handmaid’s Tale (2018)Dan
Crawford (2018)Owen
One Dollar (2018)Bud Carl
The Good Cop (2018)Sherman Smalls
Veep (2019)Lloyd Hennick
American Horror Story: 1984 (2019)Benjamin Richter / Mr. Jingles
Big Sky (2020–2021)Rick Legarski
The White House Plumbers (2022)John N. Mitchell

Awards and nominations

Association (Year)CategoryNominated workStatus
Saturn Awards (2016)Best Guest Starring Role on TelevisionThe Walking DeadNominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards (2017)Best Supporting ActorThe InvitationNominated
Camerimage (2017)Directors’ Debuts CompetitionLuckyNominated
Chicago Film Critics Association (2017)Most Promising FilmmakerLuckyNominated
Haifa International Film Festival (2017)Carmel Award for Best FilmLuckyNominated
Haifa International Film Festival (2017)Fedeora Award – Directors of TomorrowLuckyWon
Locarno Festival (2017)Golden LeopardLuckyNominated
Locarno Festival (2017)Prize of the Ecumenical JuryLuckyWon
Satellite Awards (2017)Special Achievement Award for Best First FeatureLuckyWon
Los Angeles Film Festival (2017)Special Mention for ActingAnythingWon
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2021)Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe Trial of the Chicago 7Won

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