American actor John Carroll Lynch was born on August 1, 1963 in Boulder, Colorado. He was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he was educated at the University of Minnesota. There, he found his passion for acting and actively participated in theater productions. He later graduated with a degree in fine arts from The Catholic University of America/Hartke Theatre Acting program and moved around the country, performing on stage.
John Lynch began his career in the 1990s with roles in Grumpy Old Men, The Cure, Frasier, The Practice, The Visitor and Star Trek: Voyager. Some of the films he was known for include Mercury Rising, Anywhere But Here, and the TV movie Tuesdays with Morrie. He rose to fame for playing the unassuming husband in the 1996 film Fargo, as well as for portraying the cross-dressing brother of Drew Carey in The Drew Carey Show. During the 2000s, he made appearances in Waking the Dead, The Next Best Thing, Gone in Sixty Seconds and on episodes of The Fugitive and The West Wing. After a role in Gideon’s Crossing, Lynch was cast in the 2001 film Bubble Boy. This was followed by performances in The Good Girl, Bug, Par 6, Live from Baghdad, Confidence and Three Days of Rain.
In the fall of 2003, he starred in the CBS series The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire as Major Garrett Shaw. The next year, he was in the family action film Catch That Kid, and soon joined the HBO series Carnivale as Varlyn Stroud. He also voiced a character in the animated show American Dad!, as well as starred in the film Mozart and the Whale. From 2005 to 2006, Lynch portrayed Steve Sharpe in the CBS series Close to Home, and got roles in films like Zodiac and Full of It. Afterwards, he was seen on the HBO series Big Love, and joined the cast of the FOX show K-Ville as Captain James Embry. His next movie roles were in Gran Torino in 2008 and Shutter Island in 2009, before he was cast as a regular on ABC’s fall series Body of Proof.