• John Carroll Lynch is an American actor.
• He is best known for his roles as Twisty the Clown in the TV horror-drama series “American Horror Story: Freak Show” and “American Horror Story: Cult”, as Norm • Gunderson in the film “Fargo”, and as John Wayne Gacy in the TV series “American Horror Story”.
• He has been married to actress Brenda Wehle since 1997.
• He has appeared in more than 120 films and TV series.
• His net worth is estimated to be around $3 million.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthAugust 1, 1963
SpouseBrenda Wehle
FactDuring the 1990s, John was a company member of the world-renowned Guthrie Theater Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota as well as being a mentor for the graduate acting program of the University of Minnesota.

Who is John Carroll Lynch?

John Carroll Lynch is an American actor, probably best known to the world for his work as a general villain or main killer in TV series and films in which he’s appeared. Some of his most famous roles include the part of Twisty the Clown in the TV horror-drama series “American Horror Story: Freak Show” and “American Horror Story: Cult”, also as Norm Gunderson in the film “Fargo”, among other roles he has had during his career.

John Carroll Lynch Wiki- Age, Childhood, and Education

John Carroll Lynch was born on the 1st August 1963, in Boulder, Colorado USA; some think that he’s related to David Lynch because of the last name and involvement in show business, but that isn’t the case.

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He spent his childhood in Denver, Colorado, where he went to Regis Jesuit High School. After matriculating, he enrolled at The Catholic University of America, from which he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1986.

Career Beginnings

Once he finished his education, John joined the Guthrie Theater company, and for the next eight years, he was the star of many theater productions. Stationed in Minneapolis, Minnesota while with the Guthrie Theater Company, he was also a mentor for the graduate acting program of the University of Minnesota.

In 1993 he made his on-screen debut in a minor role in the film “Grumpy Old Men”, starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret.

John continued with minor roles in films and TV series, appearing in the award-winning romantic-drama film “Beautiful Girls”, and in the TV series “Murder One” (1996), before he was selected for the part of Norm Gunderson in the Academy Award-winning crime-thriller film “Fargo” (1996). He then appeared in a number of minor roles in popular films, including “Volcano” starring Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche and Gaby Hoffmann, and “A Thousand Acres”, which earned a Golden Globe Award nomination.

Rise to Stardom

Before the decade ended, John secured the role of Steve Carey in the sitcom “The Drew Carey Show”, appearing in 74 episodes of the highly-acclaimed series before its end in 2004.

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With the start of the new millennium, John started being cast in more prominent roles; he starred in the comedy film “Bug” in 2002, was Mayor Garrett Shaw in the TV series “The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire” in 2003, and the same year co-starred in the horror-thriller film “Gothika”, next to Penelope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr. and Halle Berry.

His next popular role was as Varlyn Stroud in the TV series “Carnivale” (2005), and then from 2005 to 2006 played Steve Sharpe in the TV series “Close to Home”. In 2007 he starred as the serial killer Zodiac/ Arthur Leigh Allen in the crime-thriller film “Zodiac”, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr, and Mark Ruffalo.

Now a star, John continued to dominate the screen – he was Captain James Embry in the TV series “K-Ville” (2007-2008), then from 2011 to 2013 he starred as Bud Morris in the TV series “Body of Proof”, and co-starred in the thriller “Shutter Island”.

Continual Success and “Twisty the Clown”

In 2014 John joined the cast of “American Horror Story” as Twisty the Clown, the role that launched him further to stardom. After five episodes, he was picked up for the next season of the popular series, this time as John Wayne Gacy from 2015 to 2016, while in 2019 he was Benjamin Richter/ Mr. Jingles in nine episodes of the acclaimed series.

He also featured in other projects, including the film “The Architect” (2016), co-starring next to Parker Posey and James Frain, while he also starred in the biopic about Ray Kroc, entitled “The Founder” (2016). Two years later he had a popular role in the comedy-drama film “Private Life”, and in 2019 starred with Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, and Kathy Bates in the biopic crime-drama film “The Highwaymen”.

Most recently, John has worked on the TV comedy series “Perfect Harmony” (2019-2020), and currently on the comedy film “Kiss Me Before It Blows Up” (2020), starring Moran Rosenblatt, Luise Wolfram, and Rivka Michaeli.

Furthermore, John is set to co-star in the historical thriller film “The Trial of the Chicago 7”, next to Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp and Sacha Baron Cohen, scheduled to premier on the 16th October 2020. This is not all to John’s work, as he will also appear in the crime-drama series “The Big Sky”, which in mid-2020 is in pre-production.

In addition to his career on screen, John is also known for his voice-over work, and has lent his voice to characters from the video games “Ace Ventura” (1996) and “Return to Krondor” (1998).

John Carroll Lynch Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance

John Carroll Lynch has appeared in more than 120 films and TV series, all of which have contributed to his wealth. According to sources, it has been estimated that John Carroll Lynch’s net worth is as high as $3 million, as of mid- 2020.

John Carroll Lynch is recognized for his height, as he stands at 6ft 3ins, while he weighs 165lbs ~ 75kg. He has black hair though he is going bald, and has brown eyes.

John Carroll Lynch Personal Life, Marriage, Wife, Children

John Carroll Lynch has been married since 1997 to Brenda Wehle, an actress who is 17 years his senior; the couple met while working at the Guthrie Theatre Company. They don’t have children of their own, but John is stepfather to Brenda’s children Emily and Sarah Wehle.

Brenda Wehle was born on the 28th June 1946, and some of her most successful roles include as Dr. Stephanie Rabin in the TV series “Party of Five” (1997-1999), then as Lavernia in the TV comedy series “Malcolm in the Middle” (2001-2002), while recently she featured in the biographical film “Kill Your Darlings” (2013), among numerous other roles.

John Carroll Lynch News, Interests

John is in the news again, and this time thanks to the upcoming series “The Big Sky”, which will air on ABC.

General Info

Full NameJohn Carroll Lynch
Date Of BirthAugust 1, 1963
Height1.91 m
EducationCatholic University of America


SpouseBrenda Wehle


MoviesMiracles from Heaven, Zodiac, The Invitation, Fargo, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Shutter Island, Gran Torino, Gothika, Hot Pursuit, Face/Off, Love Happens, Bubble Boy, Things We Lost in the Fire, Camp X-Ray, The Founder, Paul, Mercury Rising, The Good Girl, Catch That Kid, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim ...
TV ShowsDo No Harm, Body of Proof, K-Ville, Close to Home, Carnivàle, The Drew Carey Show, The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire

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1The fear that you come to a show called 'American Horror Story' with is yours. That being said, I'm glad people are afraid, and I hope that I'm contributing to their fear. I'm really not afraid of my own darkness anymore. I'm not afraid of what I'm capable of.
2Two actors who have different motivations and skill sets can work together and be magic. Charles Grodin and Robert DeNiro technically couldn't work more differently, and yet they made 'Midnight Run,' which is a genius comedy.
3As an actor, I've given up judgment of evil, as long as it's human evil - we have to see ourselves for what we really are, and we're capable of horrific things.
4My crazy fear is I'm always afraid my keys are going to fall down a subway grate when I walk over it. I'm afraid they're going to jump out of my pocket and fall down. Isn't that stupid?
5I never think of myself as lumbering, but I guess I am. I forget how huge I am sometimes. I've seen movies where I'm with a group of people, and I'm like, 'God, I'm just so gargantuanly bigger than anyone else there.'
6Evil is important for us to look at, in my opinion, only insofar as it makes us look at our own actions and make us wonder, 'Am I participating in some kind of human evil that I really should stop doing?'
7Psychological horror I've always appreciated, like 'Rosemary's Baby.' The slasher movies and the grotesque movies are the ones that I've really been off for a while.
8'Fargo' was the turnaround for me, in terms of film, because it was a part; it wasn't a line.
9Is fame without purpose and is fame without talent really where we are now? People used to be famous for what they did. Now, they're just famous.
10Breathing is always key in any character. When you have a character with no voice, that makes it even more important.
11You can have the most wonderful motives for what you do, but if what you do harms other people, you're fooling yourself.
12I don't go to horror movies. I walked out of 'The Exorcist,' man.


1Has two step-children.
2Appears in three films with Jake Gyllenhaal: Bubble Boy (2001), The Good Girl (2002) and Zodiac (2007).
3John is an Alumni of Regis Jesuit High School, now located in Aurora, Colorado but he graduated in 1981 when the campus was located in north-west Denver.
4Was first choice to play Arthur Leigh Allen in Zodiac (2007). David Fincher saw his cold performance in Gothika (2003) and decided to cast him.
5Former member of the Guthrie Theater Acting Company.
6Graduated from The Catholic University of America, B.F.A., Theatre program. He was Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. May 10, 1986.
7During the 1990s, John was a company member of the world-renowned Guthrie Theater Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota as well as being a mentor for the graduate acting program of the University of Minnesota.




The Mortuary2004Mr. Whitman
Catch That Kid2004Mr. Hartmann
Gothika2003Sheriff Ryan
The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire2003TV SeriesMayor Garrett Shaw
Confidence2003Grant Ashby
Live from Baghdad2002TV MovieJohn Holliman
Three Days of Rain2002Dinner Guest
Par 62002Dour O'Dowell
The Good Girl2002Jack Field, Your Store Manager
Rock & Roll Back to School Special2001TV Movie
Bubble Boy2001Mr. Livingston
Gideon's Crossing2001TV SeriesSonny Green
The West Wing2000TV SeriesJack
The Fugitive2000TV SeriesRaynor
Gone in Sixty Seconds2000Impound Manager
The Next Best Thing2000Abbie's Lawyer
Waking the Dead2000Father Mileski
Tuesdays with Morrie1999TV MovieWalter
Family Law1999TV Series
Anywhere But Here1999Jack Irwin
Freak Weather1999Ed
Late Last Night1999TV MovieSgt. Van Wyck
Star Trek: Voyager1999TV SeriesGerald Moss - Millenium Gate Spokesperson
Pushing Tin1999Doctor Freeze (uncredited)
L.A. Doctors1999TV Series
The Minus Man1999Bartender (uncredited)
Return to Krondor1998Video Game voice
The Naked Man1998Driver
Restaurant1998John English
From the Earth to the Moon1998TV Mini-SeriesBob Gilruth
Mercury Rising1998Martin Lynch
The Visitor1997TV SeriesJoe York
The Practice1997TV SeriesDr. Robert Larson
A Thousand Acres1997Ken LaSalle
No Strings Attached1997Priest
Face/Off1997Prison Guard Walton
Life's Work1996-1997TV SeriesDistrict Attorney Agee / Crazy Larry
Volcano1997Stan Olber
Dead Men Can't Dance1997Sgt. Plonder
Ace Ventura1996Video GameAdditional Voices (voice, as John Lynch)
Feeling Minnesota1996Cop
The Fan1996Shopkeeper
Shaughnessy1996TV Movie
A Friend's Betrayal1996TV MovieMr. Franks
Voice from the Grave1996TV MovieProsecutor O'Gane
The Client1996TV SeriesFrank
Fargo1996Norm Gunderson
Frasier1996TV SeriesFranklin
Beautiful Girls1996Frank Womack
Murder One1996TV SeriesOfficer Carl Bickley
In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice1995TV MovieThe Major
The Cure1995Skipper #1 (as John Lynch)
Grumpy Old Men1993Moving Man
Anything2017post-productionEarly Landry
White Orchid2017post-productionSheriff Mann
The Founder2016completedMac McDonald
Furst Born2016TV Movie completedWayne
Channel Zero2017TV SeriesJohn Sleator
Jackie2016/VLyndon Baines Johnson
TURN: Washington's Spies2016TV SeriesJames Rivington
The Architect2016/IConway
Miracles from Heaven2016Pastor Scott
Billions2016TV SeriesMr. Gilbert
American Horror Story2014-2016TV SeriesTwisty the Clown John Wayne Gacy
The Walking Dead2015TV SeriesEastman
Ted 22015Tom Jessup
Hot Pursuit2015Captain Emmett
The Invitation2015/IPruitt
Hoke2014TV MovieBill Henderson
Us & Them2014TV SeriesEd
Manhattan2014TV SeriesDaniel Ellis
Comedy Bang! Bang!2013-2014TV SeriesCommissioner Ned Dooley / Officer Ned Dooley
The Americans2014TV SeriesFred
House of Lies2014TV SeriesGil Selby
Camp X-Ray2014Colonel Drummond
The Money2014TV MovieRobert Harris
Do No Harm2013TV SeriesWill Hayes
The Pretty One2013Frank
Highland Park2013Rory
The Glades2010-2012TV SeriesMike Ogletree
Body of Proof2011-2012TV SeriesBud Morris
Lay the Favorite2012Dave Greenberg (as John Caroll Lynch)
Crazy, Stupid, Love.2011Bernie
Paul2011Moses Buggs
How to Make It in America2010TV SeriesLarry
Shutter Island2010Deputy Warden McPherson
Sympathy for Delicious2010Evangelist Carroll
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2009TV SeriesBuddy Arnold
Monk2009TV SeriesKurt Pressman
Lie to Me2009TV SeriesMr. Reed
Love Happens2009Walter
The Prince of Motor City2008TV MoviePaul Riley
Gran Torino2008Barber Martin
K-Ville2007-2008TV SeriesCaptain James Embry
Things We Lost in the Fire2007Howard Glassman
Big Love2007TV SeriesOfficer Chuck Tuttle
Full of It2007Mr. Leonard
Zodiac2007Arthur Leigh Allen
Close to Home2005-2006TV SeriesSteve Sharpe
Maybe It's in the Water2006Short
The PTA2006TV SeriesPrincipal
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World2005Stewart
American Dad!2005TV SeriesAcl-Lou / Mr. Simms / Monkey
Mozart and the Whale2005Gregory
Carniv2005TV SeriesVarlyn Stroud
The Drew Carey Show1997-2004TV SeriesSteve Carey




Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV Series performer - 1 episode


Char·ac·ter: The Interviews2010Documentary the producers wish to thank
Char·ac·ter2009Documentary grateful acknowledgment / the producers wish to thank
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men2009the producers wish to thank
Trust the Man2005special thanks


Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV SeriesHimself - Who's That Guy?
Talking Dead2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
American Horror Story: Freak Show, Twisty: Behind the Mask of Terror2015Video shortHimself
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Char·ac·ter: The Interviews2010DocumentaryHimself
Svengoolie2008TV SeriesHimself
Zodiac Deciphered2008Video documentaryHimself / Arthur Leigh Allen
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Gothika: Painting with Fire2004Video shortHimself
On the Set of 'Gothika'2004Video shortHimself
Scene Smoking: Cigarettes, Cinema & the Myth of Cool2001DocumentaryHimself
CBS Cares2000TV SeriesHimself


Nominated Awards

2016Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Guest Starring Role on TelevisionThe Walking Dead (2010)
2016Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Guest ActorThe Walking Dead (2010)
2015Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Supporting ActorAmerican Horror Story (2011)

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