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Cody Fern (born July 6, 1988) is an Australian actor, writer and director.


Cody Fern took part on several theatrical productions such as the Shakespeare WA's production of Romeo and Juliet, Lindsay in the Black Swan Theatre Company's Jandamarra, and The Enchanters at the State Theatre of Western Australia. He also appeared on short films such as Western Australian Screen Award-winning picture Still Take You Home (2010) and The Last Time I Saw Richard (2014).

He appeared as Jim Mason in The Tribes of Palos Verdes and wrote, directed and starred in the short film Pisces opposite Keir Gilchrist in 2017. In 2018, Fern made his television debut in Ryan Murphy’s acclaimed The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story as Minneapolis architect David Madson, who was forced to go on the run with Andrew Cunanan. He later portray Duncan Shepherd on the final season of House of Cards in 2018.

Work on American Horror Story[]

Cody Fern portrayed the Anti-Christ, Michael Langdon, in the eighth installment of American Horror Story, subtitled Apocalypse. The following year, Fern returned for another major role, as Xavier Plympton, in 1984. Fern started in the second part of Double Feature, subtitled "Death Valley" in the role of Valiant Thor, a sinister extraterrestrial ambassador. In the same year, Cody Fern joined the cast of the spin-off series, American Horror Stories as ranger Stan Vogel in the episode "Feral."

Cody Fern on his role as Michael Langdon[]

  • "I think it’s important, first of all, to say that I understand there’s a separation between who I am and who the character is. But when I’m investigating who Michael is or when I’m in his skin, I’m looking at the world through his eyes. I’m not looking at it through the eyes of someone who is evil or malevolent, or who wants the world to end. I’m looking at it through the eyes of someone who is lost."[1]
  • "In his mind, he draws out the evil within other people. He tempts them and pushes their buttons and finds out how willing they are to go. [...] He’s drawing it out; he’s not putting it there. It’s not something that he’s done, it’s something that he’s revealed. So in that sense, he’s a very righteous character."[1]
  • "If you watch [American] Horror Story very closely, you’ll notice that Michael is drawn to very strong women. [...] When Cordelia walks up to the warlock school, he’s finally found somebody he can respect. So for me as Michael in this female-dominated world, it didn’t feel like I was playing in the gender dynamic because Michael moves so seamlessly between them. To me, Michael doesn’t have a gender. He’s very fluid in how he presents himself, his emotions, his sexuality and how he’s able to entice men and women. It was an interesting battleground."[1]



Episode appearances for Cody Fern
Story or Series Character Episodes
Apocalypse Michael Langdon
1984 Xavier Plympton
Double Feature: Death Valley Valiant Thor
American Horror Stories Stan Vogel Feral
American Horror Stories Thomas Browne Milkmaids