Patrick Wilson is one of Hollywood’s most engaging actors, known for starring in films that span genres – from drama to comedy to horror and family films.
His career began with Broadway musicals like The Full Monty and Carousel before going on to win multiple awards for his theater work.
Patrick Wilson’s Biography
Patrick Wilson is an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American theater and film actor-singer. Born in Norfolk, Virginia to Mary K. Wilson – a voice teacher and professional singer – and John Wilson (a TV news anchorman for WTVT in Tampa Bay), Florida; Wilson attended Shorecrest Preparatory School before studying at Carnegie Mellon University where he won the Charles Willard Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Music Theater.
Wilson moved to Los Angeles in the early 90s and joined friend Pat Finn’s short-lived band Bush (not to be confused with Gavin Rossdale’s later project of the same name), where he met future Weezer bassist Matt Sharp. Wilson contributed drumming on their first album Return of the Rentals but only small fragments can be heard.
Wilson appeared in numerous independent films including Todd Field’s 2006 Running With Scissors and Ryan Murphy’s 2007 Lakeview Terrace as well as Hard Candy. For Nite Owl II in Zack Snyders’s Watchmen adaptation in 2009, he gained 25 pounds specifically to fulfill this role.
More recently, he has made appearances in horror flicks Insidious (2011) and its sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) as well as the 2016 WWI drama The Commuter with Liam Neeson. Furthermore, he reprised his role as paranormal investigator Ed Warren in The Conjuring 2 (2018) while appearing as Rollie Smith in a biographical drama about Mcdonald’s founder The Founder (2017).
Wilson reprised his roles of paranormal expert Ed Warren in Annabelle Comes Home and King Orm in James Wan’s box office hit Aquaman, as well as Air Force pilot in X-Men: Dark Phoenix and prison riot leader in WWII film Midway. Wilson is married to Polish-American actress Dagmara Dominczyk with whom he shares two children; Kalin and Kassian McCarrell reside with their parents in Montclair, New Jersey, with one brother Paul Wilson working in public relations executive role.
Patrick Wilson’s Filmography
Patrick Wilson first gained fame as a Broadway actor, later moving on to television shows and film projects. He is best known for his work with filmmaker James Wan and has appeared in at least five of his personally directed films; although best known for horror roles, Patrick is equally adept in action and thriller genres – an impressive testament to his acting chops!
He first made his screen debut in 2000’s My Sister’s Wedding and quickly won critical acclaim for his role as Joe Pitt in the HBO miniseries Angels in America, earning critical acclaim and leading to other significant roles including leading in Oklahoma! 2002 where he received both Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy awards.
Wilson joined fellow stage veterans Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler in the 2004 film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera, made into a lavish, over-the-top production. Wilson managed to make Raoul de Chagny his own with his stunning looks and dramatic range as an eager youngster falling for Christine while being charmed by an unknown opera singer wearing a mask.
Wilson first made her mark as Vera Farmigas co-star in James Wans’ spooky possession movie Insidious (2010), directed by James Wan. Though this early effort by Wan was relatively straightforward compared to later projects by him and other horror directors like Robert Rodriguez or Tim Burton, Wilson made his character feel authentic while elevating the narrative by adding real familial tension and adding genuine familial drama. Since then she has appeared in more horror and even some slasher flicks before landing the lead role as Ed Warren demonologist Ed Warren in The Conjuring franchise, including its sequels Insidious: Chapter 2 and Annabelle Comes Home.
Wilson has expanded into more mainstream fare over time, including FXs popular TV series Fargo and Jason Reitmans dramedy Young Adult. Additionally, Wilson appeared as Josh Lambert on American Gods and co-starred in the 2019 war drama Midway. Wilson will reprise this role for 2022’s Insidious: The Red Door film while appearing as Josh Lambert once more for Roland Emmerichs sci-fi thriller Moonfall as well as independent feature Bone Tomahawk.
Patrick Wilson’s Personal Life
Patrick Wilson was born on July 3rd, 1973 in Norfolk, Virginia to Mary Kathryn Wilson and John Franklin Wilson; the former is a voice teacher and professional singer while the latter works as a news anchor at WTVT Tampa in Florida. Paul and Mark Wilson are his siblings while he attended Shorecrest Preparatory School before going on to Carnegie Mellon University for higher studies.
He began his professional acting career shortly after graduation when he was cast as an understudy for the U.S. touring production of Miss Saigon, then went on to appear in other Broadway musicals including The Full Monty and Oklahoma! Tony nominations followed as well as Drama Desk nominations, Golden Globe, and Emmy nods for Joe Pitt in the Angels in America miniseries drama mini-series on HBO.
Wilson has appeared in over 30 movies since making his debut in 2000 and has been nominated for two Academy Awards. Additionally, he earned various other accolades for performances in movies such as the 2004 romantic drama film The Alamo and 2009 superhero flick Watchmen in which he had to gain 25 pounds to portray Nite Owl II.
Patrick Wilson has become one of Broadway’s acclaimed directors, known for shows such as The Full Monty and A Chorus Line as well as regional theater productions such as Sweet Bird of Youth at Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles), Romeo and Juliet: The Musical at Mark Taper Forum and Tenderloin in San Diego.
Wilson married Polish-American actress Dagmara Dominczyk on 18 June 2005; both graduated from Carnegie Mellon. They had one child together; Kalin Patrick Wilson was born on 23 June 2006. In 2009 he made headlines when cast as Nite Owl II in the movie adaptation of the Watchmen graphic novel; for which he needed to gain 25 pounds. Previously he had relationships with Jennifer Love Hewitt (1997 – 2002), Holly C (1996 – 1999), and Christa Denton (1995), with whom rumors surfaced about Scarlett Johansson as well as several celebrity relationships involving Jennifer Love Hewitt as Nite Owl II in 2009.
Patrick Wilson’s Awards
Patrick Wilson is an award-winning Broadway actor and singer who has earned multiple nominations, such as two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Emmy Award nomination. Additionally, Patrick has an impressive filmography featuring roles like Running With Scissors, Lakeview Terrace, and Nite Owl II in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen films; Fargo and The Alamo television shows among many others feature his acting as well.
Wilson has appeared in various theater productions, such as Bright Lights, Big City, and Fascinating Rhythm off-Broadway musicals; national touring company productions of Miss Saigon and Carousel; Drama League Awards and two Drama Desk nominations for his Broadway debut as Curly in Oklahoma! (2002) production.
Wilson has also appeared in films such as The A-Team and Morning Glory, while in 2013 he played paranormal investigator Ed Warren alongside Vera Farmiga in James Wan’s horror flick Insidious which was an immense box office success; Wilson reprised the role for its sequel Insidious: Chapter 2. Wilson also has high-grossing movies such as The Conjuring 3, Insidious: The Last Key, and Aquaman under his belt.
Wilson is best known for his versatile range of dramatic and comic abilities, but perhaps most renowned for portraying flawed characters such as an accused pedophile in Hard Candy and an arrogant former football hero in Little Children. Additionally, Wilson displayed deep empathy towards victims in The Conjuring film series.
Wilson is an extraordinary talent with great dramatic range. He has played diverse characters ranging from straight-laced Mormon law clerks to gay men with hidden sexual identities, garnering critical acclaim. Wilson earned himself his first Golden Globe nomination for playing Lynch in Joe Carnahan’s action movie The A-Team. Later that same year he was nominated again for a Fargo TV series role and again in 2018. In 2018, Wilson will portray Orm Marius in Aquaman – Marvel Cinematic Universe highest grossing film yet.