A native of Colorado, JOHN CARROLL LYNCH (Mac McDonald) spent the first eight years of his professional career as a member of Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater Company with roles in over 30 productions.
Lynch landed his first major film role as 'Norm,' Francis McDormand’s duck-obsessed husband in the Coen brothers’ Academy Award-winning “Fargo.” Since then he has worked steadily in film, television and theater, playing an impressive range of characters -- some lovable, some funny, some terrifying -- doctors, killers, perplexed fathers, aggravated brothers, frustrated husbands, rich business men, poor contractors, southerners, northerners, westerners and easterners. If there’s one thing consistent about Lynch’s career, it’s the extreme diversity of the characters he plays and wide range he covers — from dry wit to broad comedy, and from thriller and mystery to melodrama.
With over 50 film credits, Lynch has been directed by Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Mark Ruffalo, Miguel Arteta, Mick Jackson and Albert Brooks, among others. Along with these accomplished artists, John has had the good fortune to work with first-time film makers as well. John will soon be seen in "Camp X-Ray,” “The White Orchid,” “The Architect,” and “Shangri-La Suite.” He was also recently seen in Karyn Kusama's thriller "The Invitation,” “Hot Pursuit” with Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, and Seth Macfarlane’s “Ted 2.”
On the small screen, Lynch has appeared in many series regular, recurring and miniseries roles, including “American Horror Story” as ’Twisty the Clown,’ “Manhattan,” "The Americans," "House of Lies," “Carnivale,” "Body Of Proof," “K-Ville,” “Big Love,” “How to Make it in America,” “From the Earth to the Moon” and David E. Kelley's “Brotherhood of Poland, NH.” For six seasons he played Drew’s cross-dressing brother on ABC’s “The Drew Carey Show.”
Lynch continues to pursue work in the theater. Most recently he returned to the Guthrie Theater where he had the lead role of Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller's “A View from the Bridge.” Other recent stage appearances include the original production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Dinner with Friends” at South Coast Rep, “Under the Blue Sky” at the Geffen, and Beth Henley's world premiere, “Ridiculous Fraud,” at New Jersey's McCarter Theater.
Lynch lives in New York with his wife, actress Brenda Wehle.