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  • Patrick Wilson Biography

    Born: March 07, 1973 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA

    Patrick Wilson is an award-winning theatre actor who has also become well-known for his work on the screen. He next reprises the role of Josh Lambert from James Wan’s “Insidious,” the highest grossing horror movie of 2011, in the film’s sequel, “Insidious: Chapter 2,” in theatres this September.

    Wilson’s other recent film credits include Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adventure “Prometheus”; Jason Reitman’s comedy “Young Adult”; the thriller “The Ledge”; “Morning Glory,” with Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford; “The Switch,” alongside Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman; Joe Carnahan’s “The A-Team,” and Zack Snyder’s action adventure “Watchmen,” in which he played the dual role of Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl.

    He previously received praise for his work in the critically acclaimed drama “Little Children,” in which he starred with Kate Winslet and Jackie Earle Haley under the direction of Todd Field.

    In 2008, Wilson starred in three very different films: Neil LaBute’s thriller “Lakeview Terrace,” with Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington; the mystery drama “Passengers,” opposite Anne Hathaway; and the independent film “Life in Flight,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

    His motion picture work also includes the indie films “Evening,” with Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Claire Danes and Vanessa Redgrave; “Purple Violets,” directed by Edward Burns; “Running with Scissors”; and “Hard Candy,” opposite Ellen Page. He also starred as Raoul in Joel Schumacher’s big-screen adaptation of “The Phantom of the Opera,” showcasing his musical talents.

    On the small screen, Wilson received Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his portrayal of the morally conflicted Joe Pitt in the HBO miniseries “Angels in America,” the much-honored 2003 adaptation of Tony Kushner’s award-winning plays “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches” and “Angels in America: Perestroika.”

    Wilson has been honored with two consecutive Tony Award nominations for Best Actor in a Musical, the most recent for his performance as Curly in the successful 2002 Broadway revival of “Oklahoma!,” for which he also received a Drama Desk Award nomination. He earned his first Tony nomination for his work in the 2001 Broadway hit “The Full Monty,” for which he also garnered Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations and won a Drama League Award.

    In 2006, Wilson returned to Broadway to star in the revival of the Neil Simon comedy “Barefoot in the Park,” opposite Amanda Peet. He most recently starred in the 2008/09 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” with John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest and Katie Holmes.

    Born in Virginia and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Wilson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Starting his career on the stage, he earned applause in the national tours of “Miss Saigon” and “Carousel.” In 1999, he starred off-Broadway in “Bright Lights, Big City,” winning a Drama League Award and receiving a Drama Desk Award nomination. That same year, he made his Broadway debut in “Gershwin’s Fascinating Rhythm,” for which he won another Drama League Award.


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