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Also Known As: Patrick Joseph Wilson, Pat Wilson Died:
Born: July 3, 1973 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Norfolk, Virginia, USA Profession: singer, actor

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A Tony-nominated veteran of the Broadway stage, Patrick Wilson came to national attention with his television debut as a straight-laced Mormon law clerk with a secret sexual identity in Mike Nichols' epic adaptation of "Angels in America" (2003) for HBO. His success in that project led to more roles as seemingly upstanding young men whose all-American appearance hid deep emotional and mental flaws, most notably as an accused pedophile in the harrowing "Hard Candy" (2006) and a philandering former football hero in "Little Children" (2006). Add to his blond good looks and dramatic range that he also possessed some powerful pipes, belting out Andrew Lloyd Weber's classic numbers as one third of the gothic love triangle in the feature film version of "Phantom of the Opera" (2004), and it was apparent that Wilson had more than the average amount of talent to spare.Born Patrick Joseph Wilson in Norfolk, VA on July 3, 1973, Wilson's mother was a voice teacher and singer, while his father was a television news anchor. The family moved throughout the South during Wilson's childhood before settling in St. Petersburg, Florida. There, he attended the prestigious Shorecrest Preparatory School, which offered a...

A Tony-nominated veteran of the Broadway stage, Patrick Wilson came to national attention with his television debut as a straight-laced Mormon law clerk with a secret sexual identity in Mike Nichols' epic adaptation of "Angels in America" (2003) for HBO. His success in that project led to more roles as seemingly upstanding young men whose all-American appearance hid deep emotional and mental flaws, most notably as an accused pedophile in the harrowing "Hard Candy" (2006) and a philandering former football hero in "Little Children" (2006). Add to his blond good looks and dramatic range that he also possessed some powerful pipes, belting out Andrew Lloyd Weber's classic numbers as one third of the gothic love triangle in the feature film version of "Phantom of the Opera" (2004), and it was apparent that Wilson had more than the average amount of talent to spare.

Born Patrick Joseph Wilson in Norfolk, VA on July 3, 1973, Wilson's mother was a voice teacher and singer, while his father was a television news anchor. The family moved throughout the South during Wilson's childhood before settling in St. Petersburg, Florida. There, he attended the prestigious Shorecrest Preparatory School, which offered a strong performing arts education to its students. Wilson later attended Carnegie Mellon University, from which he earned the Charles Willard Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Music Theatre, before graduating with a drama degree in 1995. He gained his Equity Card by working at Pittsburgh's Civic Light Opera before joining the national touring company of "Carousel" in 1996. Wilson's powerful tenor and training quickly made him a go-to actor on the national theater front. He took the lead role in "Harmony" (1997), Barry Manilow's musical about the vocal group The Comedian Harmonists in Nazi Germany, and landed his first dramatic role in the six-hour stage version of "The Cider House Rules" (1998) in Los Angeles. He also managed to survive two substantial theater disasters - the musical version of Bret Easton Elis' "Bright Lights Big City" (1999) and "The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm" (1999) - with not only his career intact, but excellent reviews for his work.

A year later, Wilson was tapped for the American version of the musical version of "The Full Monty" (2000), which opened in San Diego to rave reviews and eventually transferred to Broadway a year later. For his efforts, he received a Tony nomination and would earn another nom a year later for a revival of "Oklahoma!" In 2003, movies and television came calling, with Wilson landing the substantial role of Joseph Pitt, a gay man who hides his sexuality behind his Republican and Mormon beliefs in the acclaimed HBO miniseries, "Angels in America." Wilson more than held his own in scenes with such powerhouse actors as Al Pacino (as Pitt's employer, lawyer Roy Cohn of the McCarthy Red Scare infamy) and Mary Louise Parker (as Pitt's frustrated wife), and netted a slew of nominations, including Emmy and Golden Globe nods in early 2004.

Wilson leapt into feature film work with the troubled 2004 production of "The Alamo" for Imagine Entertainment, in which he replaced Ethan Hawke as lawyer and soldier William B. Travis. He followed this with a Satellite Award-nominated turn in another big-budget failure, Joel Schumacher's disappointing movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera," which at the very least, allowed mass audiences to experience his acclaimed singing voice in the role of Raoul, childhood sweetheart to the film's heroine, Christine (Emmy Rossum). Despite the critical drubbing the film took and its lackluster box office, the film became a bit of a cult favorite, particularly with women who discovered it on home video and DVD.

Wilson shifted his focus to independent film for his next two features, both of which were met with critical and box office success. He was convincingly creepy as a pedophilic photographer who meets his match in his latest target (Ellen Page) in "Hard Candy" (2006), the first feature film from video director David Slade. Wilson followed this with "Little Children" (2006), director Todd Field's adaptation of the novel by Tom Perotta, for which he played a former football star whose post-college life is overshadowed by his wife's (Jennifer Connelly) career as a documentary film maker, and who rushes into an ill-advised affair with an equally discontented housewife (Kate Winslet). In both features, Wilson gave note-perfect portrayals of deeply flawed and unsympathetic men whose neuroses put them in considerable jeopardy - physical in the case of "Candy;" emotional in "Children" - and critics were effusive in their praise of his talents.

Wilson appeared in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it role in the unsatisfying film adaptation of Augusten Burroughs' "Running with Scissors" (2006), before playing the medical doctor with whom the young Ann Grant (Claire Danes) has a brief and torrid fling in Lajos Koltai's "Evening" (2007). Wilson and Danes also appeared together that same year in a charming commercial for The Gap in which they danced to "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better" from the musical "Annie Get Your Gun." Wilson's feature-film card was booked solid for the next few years, including top billing in Edward Burns' little-seen romantic drama "Purple Violets" (2007); the husband in an interracial marriage that finds itself the target of LAPD officer Samuel L. Jackson's rage in Neil LaBute's "Lakeview Terrace" (2008); and a retired superhero in the long-awaited film version of the graphic novel "Watchmen" (2009) from director Zack Snyder.

After starring in the comedic dud "Barry Munday" (2010) in the uncharacteristically schlubby title role, Wilson turned up in two major Hollywood movies, with supporting parts in the action-oriented TV adaptation "The A-Team" (2010) and the Jennifer Aniston/Jason Bateman comedy "The Switch" (2010). Keeping remarkably busy, he was featured with Rose Byrne in the surprise horror hit "Insidious" (2010), playing a man who must face supernatural evil in order to save his spirit-plagued son. In 2011, he portrayed the married object of affection for Charlize Theron's damaged writer in "Young Adult," and he took on the lead in the short-lived CBS TV drama "A Gifted Man" (2011-12). Two years later, he return to creepy tales with a pair of successful films by "Insidious" director James Wan-"The Conjuring," where he played paranormal investigator Ed Warren, and "Insidious: Chapter 2," which followed the further exploits of his character's haunted family.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Commuter, The (2018)
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 Aquaman (2018)
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 Blunderer, The (2016)
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 Conjuring 2, The (2016)
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 Founder, The (2016)
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2006:
Co-starred in Todd Field's "Little Children" opposite Kate Winslet and Jennifer Connelly
2008:
Co-starred with Kerry Washington as an interracial couple being harassed by a racist cop in Neil LaBute's "Lakeview Terrace"
1999:
Played the lead role of Jamie, the fact-checker and would-be writer in the Off-Broadway stage musical "Bright Lights, Big City"
1997:
Portrayed a young reporter in love in the play "Lucky in the Rain"
2000:
Played the lead in the stage musical "The Full Monty"; originated part at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre before reprising it on Broadway; earned Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical
2002:
Returned to Broadway as Curly in the revival of "Oklahoma!"; earned Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical
2010:
Acted opposite Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson in the feature film adaptation of "The A-Team" as Lynch, originally played in the 1980s TV series by William Lucking
1999:
Cast as part of an ensemble in the short-lived Broadway musical "The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm"
1998:
Played a dramatic role in the six-hour stage adaptation of "The Cider House Rules" at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Center
2010:
Played the title character in the comedy "Barry Munday"
2011:
Starred in the horror film "Insidious"
2011:
Acted opposite Charlize Theron in "Young Adult," written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman
2012:
Cast as the young Elizabeth Shaw's father in Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel "Prometheus"
2013:
Starred in "The Conjuring" with Vera Farmiga
2013:
Worked with director James Wan yet again in "Insidious: Chapter 2"
2016:
Voiced the President of the United States on Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"
2013:
Had a recurring guest role on HBO's "Girls"
2018:
Appeared in horror flick "Insidious: The Last Key"
2018:
Returned to DC comics adaptations in James Wan's "Aquaman"
2001:
Made his film debut in "My Sister's Wedding"
1995:
Moved to NYC and landed a role in a touring company of "Miss Saigon"
2006:
Starred in the Broadway revival of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park"
1996:
Toured as Billy Bigelow in "Carousel," staged by Nicholas Hytner
2008:
Appeared in the Broadway revival of "All My Sons"
2003:
Portrayed Joe Pitt in the HBO miniseries adaptation of Tony Kushner's award-winning "Angels in America," directed by Mike Nichols; received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations in 2004 for Supporting Actor in a Miniseries
2004:
Portrayed Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera," the screen adaptation of the long-running stage musical
2009:
Cast as Nite Owl II in the film adaptation of the graphic novel "Watchmen"
1997:
Had the leading role of Erwin 'Chopin' Bootz in the Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman musical "Harmony"
2005:
Played a a sexual predator opposite Ellen Page in the psychological thriller "Hard Candy"
2011:
Starred on the CBS drama "A Gifted Man" as a neurosurgeon who communicates with the ghost of his ex-wife
2014:
Led the cast of Wladyslaw Pasikowski's crime drama "Jack Strong"
2015:
Had the recurring role of Lou Solverson on the first season of "Fargo"
2018:
Co-starred with Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga in action thriller "The Commuter"
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Education

Shorecrest Preparatory School: St. Petersburg, Florida -
Carnegie Mellon University: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 1995

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companion:
Jennifer Love Hewitt. Actor, singer. Reportedly dated in 2001.

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father:
John Wilson. TV weatherman. Works in Tampa, Florida.
mother:
Mary K Wilson. Voice teacher, singer.

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