John Carroll Lynch

Active - 1990 - 2020  |   Born - Aug 1, 1963 in Boulder, Colorado, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama

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Biography by Matthew Tobey

Character actor John Carroll Lynch first gained notice for his performance as Frances McDormand's sweet and supportive husband in the Coen brother's critically acclaimed Fargo. He subsequently appeared on the ABC sitcom The Drew Carey Show as the title character's cross-dressing brother. The role was initially a recurring one, but Lynch was eventually added as a full-time cast member. Along the way, he also popped up in a number of small roles in large films like 1997's Volcano and 2000's Gone in 60 Seconds.

Following the cancellation of The Drew Carey Show, Lynch switched gears from comedy to drama, but stayed on the small screen, taking a role on HBO's bleak and bizarre Carnivàle. That stint was followed by a season on the CBS legal drama Close to Home. And in 2007, he was cast alongside Anthony Anderson and Cole Hauser in Fox's post-Hurricane Katrina cop show K-Ville. That same year, he could be seen on the big-screen in David Fincher's Zodiac. Lynch would remain an active perormer for years to come, appearing in movies like Shutter Island and Crazy, Stupid, Love, as well as starring on TV shows like Body of Proof.

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  • Raised in Minneapolis, MN, where he was part of the Guthrie Theater Company for many years.
  • Made his film debut in Grumpy Old Men (1993).
  • Known for his performances as Norm Gunderson in Fargo (1996) and the title character's cross-dressing brother on ABC sitcom The Drew Carey Show.
  • Lent his voice to the video games Ace Ventura (1996) and Return to Krondor (1998).
  • Has had regular roles on the HBO fantasy series Carnivàle, CBS legal drama Close to Home and Fox cop show K-Ville.
  • Shares his birth date with rapper-actor Coolio.
  • Supports Habitat for Humanity and the St. Bernard Project.