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John Carroll Lynch (born August 1, 1963) is an American actor.


Lynch was born August 1, 1963, in Boulder, Colorado. He was raised in Denver. In 1996, he received critical acclaim for his role as Marge Gunderson's simple husband Norm in the movie Fargo.

In the fall of 2003, he starred in the CBS series The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire, with Randy Quaid, Chris Penn, Mare Winningham, Elizabeth McGovern, and Ann Cusack. The show was cancelled after only a few episodes. He also had a recurring role in the HBO show Carnivàle, playing escaped convict Varlyn Stroud. Lynch appeared as a district attorney in the CBS series Close to Home and as NASA official Bob Gilruth in the HBO mini-series From the Earth to the Moon. Lynch appeared in the thriller Gothika (2003) and as suspect Arthur Leigh Allen in Zodiac (2007).

He was also in Fox's police drama series K-Ville as New Orleans Police Captain James Embry and had a recurring character arc on FX spy drama The Americans.

Lynch appears as "Col. Drummond" in the Sundance Film Festival drama Camp X-Ray starring Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi. The film is scheduled for release by IFC Filmsin late 2014.

Work on American Horror Story[]

John Carroll Lynch joined the cast of American Horror Story during the fourth installment of the series, titled Freak Show. He portrayed Twisty, a killer clown. Lynch reprised the role as a nightmarish comic strip version of the character in the seventh season, Cult.

Lynch also appeared in a recurring capacity portraying another "killer clown", a fictionalized John Wayne Gacy in the fifth installment, Hotel.

Lynch took the mantle of another sinister character in the ninth installment of the series, the slasher 1984, portraying Benjamin Richter. He also joined the spin-off anthology series, American Horror Stories as the deranged filmmaker Larry Bitterman.



Episode appearances for John Carroll Lynch
Story or Series Character Episodes
Freak Show Twisty The Clown
Hotel John Wayne Gacy
Cult Twisty The Clown
1984 Benjamin Richter
American Horror Stories Larry Bitterman Drive In